Stormy Sweitzer | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Stormy Sweitzer

Stormy Sweitzer
PhD Organizational Behavior, 2017 - Present

Stormy Compeán Sweitzer is a PhD student in the Department of Organizational Behavior. Stormy’s life and career have entailed navigating–and helping others navigate–the risks and possibilities of the unknown in organizational, relational and personal contexts. Today, she is fortunate to make exploring unknowns the center of her work as a researcher, writer, and guide. Her research interests focus on the phenomenon of wonder, how inclusion is attained within organizations, & the complex social dynamics of organizations formed around unusual interests and hobbies, each with an eye to how we imagine and create the future. She is particularly interested in qualitative methods and draws on both interpersonal and digital means of exploring phenomena. She is a board certified executive coach and leadership development consultant, having worked with organizations around the world such as Unilever and the UN World Food Program. She has consulted extensively on leadership, organizational culture, integration of health information technology, and human factors design in managing quality, risk and safety. She has also led several entrepreneurial ventures based in technology, consulting, and education and is author of The Drowning Shark, a YA environmental spy thriller. Originally from Utah, Stormy received an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Russian Language & Literature, a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and an MBA from the University of Utah, as well as an Master of Public Health from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She also spent several years studying and working in Venezuela, Russia, Finland, the Republic of Moldova and Armenia.

MBA, University of Utah, 2007
MPH, Emory University, 2001
BS, University of Utah, 1996
BA, University of Utah, 1996

Interests and Courses


Stormy's current research focuses on the phenomenon of wonder, inclusion, and the complex social dynamics of organizations formed around unusual interests and hobbies


Leadership, Negotiation

Recent Courses and Syllabi

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  • Hinz, J. D. (Coordinator/Organizer), Sweitzer, S. C. (Coordinator/Organizer) Academy of Management, "PDW: What Were You Thinking?: Developing Cognitive Sensibilities for Inductive Coding", Academy of Management, Boston, MA. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Panelist/Discussant) The 2019 Association for Computers and the Humanities Conference, "Up Close and Personal: Ethical Social Media Research in a Distant and Big Data World", Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH), Pittsburgh, PA. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. CreativeMornings / Cleveland: "Wonder", "Between Flying and Falling: A Life at the Edge of Wonder and Anxiety", CreativeMornings / Cleveland, Cleveland, OH. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) 2019 Freedman Fellows showCASE, "Dynamics of Accidental Organization Formation in the Digital Age", Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship, Cleveland, OH. (2019).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Ethics/Morals Table Chat-n-Chew, "Wonder and Self-Concept: From an Idiosyncratic Trait to Something We May Train Ourselves to Embody", Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics, Cleveland, Ohio. (2018).
  • Sweitzer, S. C. (Presenter & Author) Women in Medicine Seminar, "Negotiation in Medicine: What, when and how?", American Medical Women’s Association, Cleveland, OH. (2018).