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Kathy Geller

Kathy Geller, PhD

EdD Educational Leadership and Management
MS Human Resource Development

Kathy Geller

Kathy D. Geller, Ph.D. joined the faculty at Drexel's Sacramento Center in September 2010. Dr. Geller provides breadth and depth as a scholar - practitioner in adult learning, human resource development, leadership development and research.  Prior to assuming her faculty role at Drexel Dr. Geller was the Associate Vice President for Learning and Organizational Effectiveness at Stanford University, where she provided strategic direction and initiated transformative leadership programs designed to build the talent capacity of leaders and managers across the university.

Dr. Geller brings over twenty years of leadership development experiences in corporate learning settings. Spending ten of those years in Asia, Kathy is the former Global Vice President for Management Development and Chief Curriculum Architect for Managerial Effectiveness at Standard Chartered Bank -- a British financial services corporation with 70,000 employees across the world. Dr. Geller is the Founding Principal and Managing Director of Aretė Leadership, an international consultancy specializing in learning design and facilitation of leadership development and team effectiveness for multinational organizations. Her clients have included Microsoft Asia, UBS Bank, the United Nations, Chanel, the Hong Kong Securities Institute, Standard Chartered Bank, and most recently the Nevada International Center and US State Department. Prior to her work in Asia, Dr. Geller served in leadership roles in human resources development for American Express, Ryder System, and the Right Management Consultants.

Dr. Geller has served as an Instructor with the Columbia University - Teachers College Summer Principals Academy, a Masters in leadership program where she taught Organizational Behavior and Conflict Mediation. Dr. Geller also served on the Doctoral faculty at Nova Southeastern University’s School of Education teaching core leadership courses delivered both online and hybrid in the U.S., Malaysia, Korea and China.

With two recent books, Dr. Geller's research offers insights into developing leaders and managers in international settings through applications of adult learning theory. She authored "Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders for the Borderless Business World" published by the AMA. She is also one of the editors of "Innovations in Transformative Learning: Space, Culture and the Arts" (Lang) a volume of research bridging transformative learning theory with practice in corporate and community settings.

Dr Geller received her Ph.D. and a Masters in Human and Organization Systems from the Fielding Graduate University; she earned an Advanced Graduate Specialist in Counseling from the University of Maryland, her first Masters in Human Development and College Student Personnel from George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maryland.