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About Stephani Richards-Wilson

Dr. Stephani Richards-Wilson graduated with her second doctorate from the German Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her first doctorate is in Education with an emphasis in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. She is an experienced educator, administrator, and researcher and has held leadership positions at Marquette University as an Assistant Dean and at the University of San Diego where she directed the MBA program. She currently serves as the Director of Graduate Business Programs at Alverno College where she is a faculty member in the Business Division. She teaches a variety of courses including: Global Marketing, Women and Leadership, Business Policy and Strategy, and Managing in Organizations. She also teaches the strategy and capstone courses in the MBA program.

Her research interests include: Willi Graf of the White Rose, Nazi resistance, social entrepreneurship, business education, and German-American entrepreneurs. Her work has been funded by Alverno College, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Holocaust Educational Foundation of Northwestern University, the University of San Diego, the San Diego Unified School District, the University of Bonn, Marquette University, the Modern Language Association, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an International Marketing Specialist at Nalge Company, manufacturer of NALGENE water bottles in Rochester, New York.

Research Interests

Leadership Studies, German, Civic Engagement, and Social Entrepreneurship

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Honors and Awards

  • Andrew W. Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship, 2013
  • Modern Language Association Grant, 2013
  • German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, DAAD, 2011
  • Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms-University Bonn Fellowship, 2010
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer 2010
  • Fellow at the Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University, Summer 2009
  • German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, DAAD, 2008
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Golden Key International Honor Society
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, University of San Diego, 2003
  • Woman of Impact Award, University of San Diego, 2002
  • USD School of Business Administration Research Stipend, 2002
  • San Diego Unified School District Research Stipend, Leadership Development in Corporate America, 2002
  • University of San Diego Employee Bake-Off Winner
  • Marquette University Scholarship for Foreign Language Majors
  • Dale Carnegie Award for Highest Achievement in Effective Speaking
  • Steuben Society of America Scholarship - George Ellwanger #53 Unit


  • Intercultural Communication
  • German
  • Culture and Diversity
  • Leadership
  • International Business
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Management - Introduction to Diversity in Organizations

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