Cheryl Lentz

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Dr. Cheryl Lentz, known as The Academic Entrepreneur and Doc C to her students, is the multi award winning publisher of the internationally acclaimed series, The Refractive Thinker® -a collaboration of more than 200 contributing doctoral scholars from around the world. Dr. Cheryl is also a unique and dynamic speaker who intensely connects with her audience, having one foot in academia and one foot in the business and entrepreneurial space. Her goal is to offer the audience pearls of wisdom today they can use tomorrow in their personal and professional lives. It is not enough to know; the expectation is for participants to take action and do. Join Dr. Cheryl on her journey to connect these dots to provide inspiration, knowledge, and counsel to move forward effectively.

Known globally for her writings on leadership and failure, as well as critical and refractive thinking she has been published more than 58 times with 25 writing awards. As an accomplished university professor, speaker, & consultant, she is an international best-selling author, and top quoted publishing professional on ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox. She took the stage as a TEDx Speaker in *Farningdale2020, October 10, 2020.

Dr. Cheryl is a Senior Contributing Faculty Member for Walden University who includes teaching classes for the DBA program, as well as being a doctoral mentor/chair and serving as a second committee member and URR, to include special committee assignments.

She was selected as Faculty of the Year for the DBA program in 2016.


BA, University of Illinois-Urbana

MS, Troy University

Doctor of Management, University of Phoenix School of Advanced Studies

MS, Troy University

Public Service

Suburban Illini Club (University of Illinois), Board Member - Grayslake

Siberian Husky Rescue of NM, Inc., Board Member - Albuquerque

Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority, Volunteer - Indianapolis

Awards / Honors

Walden Woods Exemplar, Walden University, 2012

2016 DBA Faculty of the Year , , 2016

Alumni Community Service Award, University of Phoenix, 2012

2010 Axiom Book Awards: Bronze Medalist: The Refra, , 2010

2010 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Refractiv, , 2010

2011 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Refractiv, , 2011

2012 Next Generation Award Finalist: The Consumer, , 2012


Lentz, C. (2007). Strategic Decision-Making in Organizational Performance: A Quantitative Study in Employee Inclusiveness.

Lentz, C. (2010). Journey Outside the Golden Palace: A Story of Transformation.

Lentz, C. (2012). The Consumer Learner: Emerging Expectations of a Customer Service Mentality in Post-Secondary Education.

Lentz, C. (2011). Effective Study Skills in 5 Simple Steps.

Lentz, C. (2009). The Refractive Thinker: Vol I: Ch 10: Fail Faster, Succeed Sooner.

Lentz, C. (2009). The Refractive Thinker: Vol II: Ch 3: The Modified Ask-the-Experts Delphi Method: The Conundrum of HR Experts on Management Participation.

Lentz, C. (2011). The Refractive Thinker® Vol II (2nd):Ch 12: Epilogue: The Future of Innovative Thought..

Lentz, C., Blando, J., Robinson, T. (2010). The Refractive Thinker: Vol IV: CH 9 Globalization of Body Language.

Lentz, C. (2010). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol V: The Concept-Where Do We Go From Here? : Epilogue: . The Refractive Thinker®

Lentz, C. (2011). Ch 6: The Consumer Learner: Shifts in the Teacher/Student Relationship; Student as Customer;The Refractive Thinker®:Vol VI: Post-Secondary Education. The Refractive Thinker®

Woodruff, T., Lentz, C. (2012). The Refractive Thinker: Vol VII: Ch 1: Social Responsibility of Doctoral Scholars. The Refractive Thinker®:

Mathur, N., Lentz, C. (2014). The Refractive Thinker: Vol VIII: Ch 7 Effective Motivation and Communication Strategies for Faculty in Higher Education.

Lentz, C. (2016). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol X: Ch 10: The Implications of Quad D on Leadership Success.

Mathur, N., Lentz, C. (2017). The Refractive Thinker®:Vol XIII: Ch 10 The Effectiveness of Teaching Entrepreneurship Programs in Higher Education.