Our Distinguished Speakers (2018)


Professor Lynn Perry Wooten

Lynn Perry Wooten is the Peter J. Nolan Dean and Professor of Management and Organizations for Cornell University’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management. Prior to joining Cornell University, she was on the faculty at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business for almost two decades. At the Ross School of Business, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Student and Academic Excellence and Clinical Professor of Strategy, Management & Organizations. In this role, Lynn was responsible for developing and implementing transformational educational experiences for Ross students inside and outside of the classroom through curricular initiatives, academic advising, student life activities, leadership development, and career planning.

Lynn’s current research bridges theory and practice and focuses on positive organizing routines, diversity management practices, and crisis leadership, and her research has been published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, American Behavioral Scientist, Human Resource Management, and Organizational Dynamics. She has also written a book on crisis leadership, Leading Under Pressure: From Surviving to Thriving Before, During, and After a Crisis (with Erika James) and co-edited the book Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (with Laura Morgan Roberts and Martin Davidson). Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Society of Human Resource Management, and Ford Foundation. Through her applied research projects, she has worked with many organizations including Whirlpool, Google, and General Motors. She was also a Scholar-in-Residence at the Council of Michigan Foundations and partnered with foundations to develop inclusive leadership practices, diversity management systems, and equity policies.

Lynn is an alumna of the University of Michigan (PhD). She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina A&T State University and her MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Lynn Wooten is an active member in a number of national volunteer leadership organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Jack & Jill of America, Ann Arbor Junior League and The Links Inc.

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Professor Nancy Rothbard

Nancy Rothbard is the David Pottruck Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has served as the Chair of the Management Department since 2016.  Nancy earned her A.B. with honors in History from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan. She began her career in organizational behavior as a Research Associate and case writer at the Harvard Business School.  Prior to joining Wharton, she was on the faculty at the Kellogg School of Management as a post-doctoral fellow. Since joining the Wharton faculty in 2000, Nancy has taught in the undergraduate, MBA, PhD, and executive education programs. She has worked with companies in a number of industries focusing on issues such as work motivation and engagement, teamwork, leadership, emotions, identity, the changing nature of work, and work-life balance issues. Her research on these topics has been published in top management journals including Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Nancy has served on numerous editorial boards, and is currently a senior editor for the journal Organization Science.  She has been elected as Representative at Large for the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management and as a member of the Society for Organizational Behavior.


Assistant Professor Rima Touré-Tillery

Rima Touré-Tillery is an assistant professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds a PhD from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. Her research is at the intersection of motivation and self-perception, with implications for marketers, managers, educators, and public policy makers. She uses experimental and survey methods to examine two key drivers of motivation: (a) the perception of self-diagnosticity—the extent to which people believe an action is indicative of the type of person they are, and (b) the illusion of impact—the extent to which people believe an action contributes to the attainment of their goal.

Dr. Touré-Tillery’s research investigates a wide range of self-regulatory behaviors, such as charitable giving, ethical consumption, healthy eating, saving, voting, and cheating. Her work has produced peer-reviewed articles in top marketing and psychology journals including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, the Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Additionally, several media outlets have featured her findings, including most recently The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, and The Hill.