16 Oct

John Fraser

John is currently a senior consultant and owner of Organizational Growth Optimization Associates in Iowa City. OGO Associates engages in management consulting for organizations from diverse industries with an emphasis on organizational change management, strategic planning, organizational development and executive coaching. He has completed a two-year polarity thinking mastery training program, is PACT (Polarity Approach to Continuity and Transformation), Leadership Circle 360, LPI 360, StrengthsFinder, EQ-I 2.0 and MBTI certified. In addition to OGO Associates, John is also a regional licensee, client acquirer and client manager for Expense Reduction Analysts. He received his MBA from the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business and is also a recent graduate of the ICF accredited George Mason University Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being Program. John is a United States Navy veteran and is a member of the Board of Visitors for the National Defense University and the Iowa United Nations Association.

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16 Oct

David Hensley

Hensley has more than 30 years of experience in business, consulting, strategic management, and entrepreneurial education. He is a clinical professor at the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, teaching undergraduate and graduate-level courses in entrepreneurship. As Iowa JPEC executive director, Hensley leads the campus-wide efforts on entrepreneurship and innovation education and community outreach. He is an expert in entrepreneurial strategy, new venture finance, and small business management. Hensley has provided startup and management consulting services to several companies throughout the Midwest. He serves on several university and community boards that focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, student success, organizational strategy, economic development, and venture financing. Hensley is president of his own company that has invested in several Iowa-based ventures. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of Iowa and holds an MBA in finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  

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16 Oct

Stephen Courtright

Courtright is the Henry B. Tippie Professor of Management and Director of Executive Education at the UI Tippie College of Business. He is also the founding director of the Tippie Leadership Collaborative, which delivers executive training and lifelong learning programs for organizations across Iowa and the United States. A former tax accountant, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Ph.D. in business administration from Iowa. He previously served as an assistant and associate professor of management at Texas A&M University―where he was named a Presidential Impact Fellow―before returning to Iowa in 2020. His award-winning research on organizational leadership, team effectiveness, and the work-nonwork interface has been published in top research journals and cited more than 5,000 times. His work has also been featured in The Wall Street Journal, NPR, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and other media outlets. He teaches courses on organizational behavior and leadership in Tippie’s Executive MBA and undergraduate programs and has delivered training programs and keynote presentations to thousands of executives and managers in Fortune 500 companies, large government agencies, and small-to-medium size businesses. His teaching and service have been recognized with several different university and college awards.

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16 Oct

Kimm Harris

Harris began working for the Cedar Rapids Branch of TLS and advanced through sales and marketing ranks to become head of one of CCH Computax’s largest processing centers within three years. Employee-turned-entrepreneur, Harris acquired assets to start IPC of Iowa Inc., in 1993, a company that created software solutions for CPAs, accountants, attorneys, and other business professionals. In addition to purchasing companies, she has been involved in startups and franchises. Harris’s interest in international business has included work in South America, Africa, and Europe. Her passion for entrepreneurship includes teaching entrepreneurship courses as well as developing and facilitating programs for students and entrepreneurs including IdeaStorm and Startup Games for undergraduate students each semester since 2015; instructor, Venture School, Mandela Washington Fellows since 2016; Venture School International, Kenya, 2020, and European Innovation Academy, Portugal, 2018. Harris received undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Iowa.  

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11 Sep

Dimy Doresca

Director, Institute for International Business, The University of Iowa Dimy Doresca is a Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) and an International Business Specialist and Consultant. He sits on the following boards and councils: Iowa District Export Council Department of Commerce, Engage Cuba Coalition, State of Iowa Council, National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE International), YALI Regional Leadership Center – Dakar, Senegal, and Community Health Initiative, CHI - Haiti. He is the Director of the Institute for International Business and a Lecturer in International Entrepreneurship at The University of Iowa. He is also the Director of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Iowa. In the last 17 years his professional experience includes international market research, doing business overseas, risk analysis, strategic planning, budgeting, financial management, business development and operations, contracts administration and negotiations, claim analysis, and international banking. During his career, Dimy has set many international offices, worked with local suppliers, recruited local representatives, negotiated contracts and terms of payment, and dealt with foreign banks, insurance companies, and foreign government officials in many countries in the Middle East and Asia. Dimy holds a BA in International Business from Augustana College and an MS in Foreign Service (International Affairs) from Georgetown University.

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11 Sep

Prof. Olive Mugenda, Ph.D.

Prof. Mugenda is an experienced facilitator in leadership and management programmes.  She is the Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Kenyatta University Teaching, Referral & Research Hospital (KUTRRH) - a leading referral Hospital in Kenya & East Africa. Prof. Mugenda has previously served as a Commissioner in The Judicial Service Commission (JSC—Kenya, 2018 - 2023). She also served as Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University from 2006 to 2016. Before becoming Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mugenda had a long and eventful career in education. She holds an MSc. and Ph.D. in Family and Consumer Sciences from Iowa State University (USA). She is also a holder of an MBA from the Eastern and Southern Africa Management Institute. She has successfully served as the Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She is a recipient of the awards of Moran of the Order of the Golden Heart (MGH), Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) and Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) presidential awards. Prof. Mugenda was also awarded the highly competitive and prestigious Impact Research and Science in Sub- Saharan Africa (IMPRESSA) Award by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).  

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