Deborah A. O’Neil

Deborah A. O’Neil, PhD

Deb O’Neil is a Weatherhead Affiliate Instructor with over 20 years experience in management, leadership and organization development. She is actively engaged in both the academic and the business worlds as a professor, executive coach and organizational consultant. O’Neil is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management, College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green Ohio, teaching classes in organization development and change management in the Executive Masters in Organization Development, MBA and undergraduate programs. Prior to her appointment at BGSU, she spent three years as a faculty member in the Organizational Behavior Department at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio teaching classes in leadership development in the MBA, Executive MBA, MS in Nonprofit Management, and Executive Education programs. She remains affiliated with Case Western Reserve University as an Adjunct Professor with the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations and as an instructor and executive coach for the Weatherhead School’s Executive Education programs.

O’Neil has published articles on career and leadership development, the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership, and the use of coaching behaviors in management education. Her research is focused on career-in-life development, women leaders, and the positive impact of coaching and mentoring relationships. In 2007 she was awarded an Academy of Management Organization Development and Change Division endowment fund research grant to conduct an assessment of the fit between OD graduate program learning outcomes and organizational hiring requirements for OD professionals. In 2005 she was awarded a Case Western Reserve University, National Science Foundation ACES (Academic Careers in Sciences and Engineering) Opportunity Grant to present a research paper on women’s career development at the European Group and Organization Studies (EGOS) conference in Berlin, Germany.

O’Neil’s most recent executive coaching and consulting practice has focused on leadership and emotional competency development, change management and building respect in the workplace. O’Neil provides consulting services to a variety of individuals and organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. A sample list of organizations with which she has worked includes The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Ernst and Young, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, KeyCorp, Roadway Express, Alcoa, the Cleveland Municipal School District and America Speaks.

Prior to returning to school to pursue her doctorate, O’Neil was a Senior Consultant with Citibank in New York where she supported the leadership teams of the Retail and Business & Professional Groups. She was responsible for employee development, curriculum design and delivery, coaching to performance standards, and competency model development. She also managed credit training for the New York Bank.

O’Neil holds a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Science Degree in Organization Development/Human Resource Development from The American University, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Secondary Education, Journalism and English from the University of Rhode Island.