I started my journey in the 1990s as an owner of a “Psychology for Businesses” coaching, training and consulting company.

After completing my Ph.D. in Psychology, I joined the IPM Business School — one of the leading executive education and consulting institutions in Eastern Europe. Over the years, I worked as a corporate client program director, a chair of a program in leadership and management, a senior consultant, and then Executive MBA Director. I coached people and groups, consulted, and developed programs for adult learners and executives. My Ph.D. in Strategy from Lancaster University (UK) led me to apply strategic approaches to my consulting and all my work.

While, during the first part of my professional life, I worked with executive and corporate clientele, I met a new group of clients – Millennials and veterans – when I became a professor in the United States in the early 2000s. I found that both of these groups face “What’s next?” challenges and that they also have multidimensional profiles.

Bringing together these two lines of my clients —the executives and those who are at the “What’s next” stage of life, I was able to collected a rich cache of data on each’s  needs and expectations of the other.

Challenging old notions of “getting in on the ground floor and working your way up,” I drew on this store of data to develop a framework of “boutique/built-in employability” that applies the psychology of choices, the strategy of stakeholder relationships, and pragmatism of design thinking, and named it the BE-EDGE method.

My research on social capital in a low-trust context received the prestigious Academy of Management “Best Paper” recognition within the Entrepreneurship Division. My research on developing donor commitment in a high-trust but competitive environment received the Carolyn Dexter Award in the Academy of Management and the “Best Paper” award of the Nonprofit Management Division. My cases have been published in the prestigious Case Research JournalEntrepreneurship Theory & PracticeSAGE and Emerald Publishing Group business case collections, listed in Harvard Business Publishing and awarded in a number of global case writing competitions.

Please find the list of other awards and recognitions below.

Innovation in Teaching Award, D’Amore-McKim School of Business, Northeastern University, Boston, 2019
Best Mentored Case, Western Case Writing Association, Western Academy of Management, Salt-Lake City, 2018
Academy of Management Annual Meeting Best Paper Recognition, Entrepreneurship Division, 2018
Winner, Emerald and the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) Case Study Competition, Tunisia, 2017-18
Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards Nomination, Lancaster University, UK, 2015
Excellence in Teaching nomination. College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, 2015
Academy of Management Annual Meeting Best Paper Recognition, Entrepreneurship Division, 2014
Scholarship for Practice-Driven Research, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Scholarship (CATS), Northeastern University, 2014.
W.O.W. Factor! Award for service to the college for launching and managing a Problem-Solving & Consulting Case Writing Competition. College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University, 2013
UPCEA (New England) award CPS Nomination for the Consulting Case Writing Competition project “for its creativity, originality, and substantive effect to the core activity of the College of Professional Studies,” 2013
Winner of the Nonprofit and Public Administration Division, Top-Five Finalist of all-AOM Carolyn Dexter Award Academy of Management Carolyn Dexter Award, 2009.
Case Writing Completion, Top-Four Finalist, Molson Case Writing Competition
Faculty Excellence in Research Award. University of Alaska Southeast. Juneau, AK, 2007.
The Best Paper in Session Awards, Global Conference on Business and Finance, Hawaii, Honolulu, 2008.
The Best Paper in Session Awards, Association for Global Business Conference, Miami Beach, Florida, 2005.
Teacher of the Year Award, School of Executive Business Education, Institute for Privatization and Management, 2001.
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