Instructor Bios

Diana Bilimoria

Diana Bilimoria, PhD
Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

Diana Bilimoria, Ph.D. is Keybank Professor and Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from The University of Michigan.

Dr. Bilimoria's research focuses on leadership, governance, gender diversity and inclusion in organizations. Her work helps individuals and organizations enhance their leadership contributions and impact to create positive benefits. She studies issues surrounding the representation, careers, quality of life and success of individuals in organizations, especially women and underrepresented minorities, particularly their advancement to and participation in senior organizational ranks such as in top executive teams and on boards of directors. Topics she studies include: How do individuals achieve their fullest potential as leaders and contributors in organizations? What facilitates women and minority group members becoming full participants in organizations, top management teams, and boardrooms? How can workplaces tap into all the capabilities of leadership and diversity? Her work has applications for individual, group, and organizational change. Her research has been used to facilitate the institutional transformation of research universities to become more inclusive of the contributions and development of women faculty. Other applications include the improvement of corporate and nonprofit organizational practices of recruitment, performance evaluation, advancement, and leadership development to attract and retain a diverse workforce.

Dr. Bilimoria is a co-author of Gender Equity in Science and Engineering: Advancing Change in Higher Education (Routledge, 2012), Handbook on Women in Business and Management (Edward Elgar, 2007; 2009) and Women on Corporate Boards of Directors: International Research and Practice (Edward Elgar, 2008). She has served as the Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management. She has published extensively in leading journals, has contributed to several edited volumes, and has received multiple research grants. She has been the editor of the Journal of Management Education and sits on the editorial boards of several journals in the business and management field.

Dr. Bilimoria is an expert in how leadership development can transform individuals, teams, and organizations. Her teaching focuses on executive leadership, emotional intelligence, women in organizations, diversity and inclusion, and organizational transformation. She has served as an organizational consultant and management educator for private, public and nonprofit organizations, and as an advisor and coach for executives, managers and professionals.

Dr. Bilimoria was a Cleveland, OH area ATHENA award finalist in 2013, received the Excellence in Higher Education Leadership Award from the American Council on Education (ACE) Ohio Women’s Network in 2012, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women’s Spotlight Series Prize for Women’s Scholarship at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, and the Weatherhead School of Management’s Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award in 2002. She has been internationally recognized for her scholarship, leadership and service, including the 1999 Anbar Golden Page Award for her editorship of the Journal of Management Education, and Academy of Management Conference awards in 2010 (Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division), 2009 (Careers Division), 2006 (Careers Division), 1999 (Organizational Behavior Division) and 1997 (Organization and Management Theory Division).

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Kathleen Buse

Kathleen Buse, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Weatherhead School of Management

Starting at the Eastman Kodak Company as an engineer, Kathleen Buse has worked in various technical and management roles for more than 25 years. As an engineer, she has developed new products, designed new systems and led continuous improvement of products and processes. She has managed engineering, operations, IT, plant and facilities maintenance, product development and quality functions. Areas of technical expertise include manufacturing and associated engineered processes such as new product development and technology transfer, systems design, applied automation and controls, information systems, quality systems and process safety management.

Buse obtained her PhD in management: Designing Sustainable Systems from Weatherhead. Her research interests have been framed by her practical experience in technology-driven and male-dominated organizations. Her research has focused on women who persist in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) professions and has examined leadership development, women in leadership and women’s careers—especially women in engineering and other STEM fields.

Buse’s work focuses on understanding the complex factors involved with retaining women in engineering and other STEM careers. She has presented her award-winning research at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, the Society of Women Engineers Annual Conference for Women Engineers and Case Western Reserve University’s Research ShowCASE.

Before earning her PhD at CWRU, Buse earned her BS in chemical engineering and engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an MS in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. She teaches as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve in both the Weatherhead School of Management and the Institute for Management and Engineering. She teaches classes on product design, materials and manufacturing, marketing and research practices. Buse also works as a management consultant and career coach specifically targeting women in leadership and STEM careers.

Buse lives in Mentor, Ohio, with her husband Fred. They have three children: a daughter who is an engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation, a son majoring in engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and a daughter who is in high school.

Ellen Van Oosten

Ellen Van Oosten, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor 
Organizational Behavior
Weatherhead School of Management

Ellen Van Oosten, PhD joined the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in 1995 and has held various positions including Assistant Dean for Executive Education, Managing Director of Custom Programs, Senior Director of Business Development, Master Coach and most recently, Visiting Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of Executive Education. Van Oosten has spent the last 18 years helping individuals and organizations develop their leadership capability. In her coaching practice, she has worked with a diverse group of managers and executives in the U.S. and abroad, including many from Sherwin Williams, Fifth Third Bank, Scottish Enterprises, and Barnes Group as well as numerous participants enrolled in the Weatherhead School’s executive education programs.

As an instructor, she teaches in the MBA, Executive MBA, Masters of Engineering Management, Law and Undergraduate Programs at Case and regularly delivers non-degree workshops in coaching, emotional intelligence, leadership vision and leadership assessment and development to managers and executives.

As a researcher, Van Oosten’s interests include executive coaching, executive development, emotional intelligence and experiential learning. She has authored several articles on the subject of coaching and emotional intelligence and frequently presents at academic conferences.

PhD, Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University
Dissertation: The Impact of Emotional Intelligence and Executive Coaching on Leader Effectiveness

MBA, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

BS, Electrical Engineering, University of Dayton

She is certified in the Emotional and Social Competence Inventory by the HayGroup (ECI, ESCI) and is a member of the following associations:

Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School - Founding Fellow
Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence(CREIO)
Academy of Management (AOM)
Organizational Behavior Teaching Society(OBTS)
International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA)

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