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About Susan R. Madsen

Susan R. Madsen is a professor of management at Utah Valley University and an independent leadership and change consultant. She is also the Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics. She has been heavily involved for many years in researching the lifetime development of prominent women leaders. She has personally interviewed a host of women university presidents, governors, and international leaders. Her first book titled “On Becoming a Woman Leader: Learning from the Experiences of University Presidents” was released in 2008, and her second book titled “Developing Leadership: Learning from the Experiences of Women Governors” was released in 2009. She is now doing related leadership research and consulting in the United Arab Emirates. Susan has also published nearly 60 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and speaks and presents often in local, national, and international academic and non-academic settings. Susan’s research and consulting work have focused on women and leadership, change, ethics, strategic faculty development, and work-life integration. She serves as a reviewer and/or editorial board member for many academic journals. In 2007 she received a prestigious research award from the Academy of Human Resource Development and has also received numerous awards and honors for her teaching and scholarship at her institution and beyond. Susan received her doctorate degree from the University of Minnesota in Work, Community, and Family Education with a specialization in human resource development. She has other degrees in exercise science/wellness and speech communication education and started her career many years ago as a junior high speech and debate teacher.


Present Independent Leadership Consultant and Speaker, Utah Valley University
Present Orin R. Woodbury Professor of Leadership and Ethics, Utah Valley University
Present Professor of Management, Utah Valley University

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Women of the Year, Wasatch Branch, AAUW, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 9, 2016
  • Honoree, Sundance Film Festival Utah Women’s Leadership Celebration (with Geena Davis). Park City, Utah, January 28, 2016.
  • Honorable Mention, Community Legacy Award, Women Investing in Women, People Helping People, August, 2015
  • Scholar of the Year, Woodbury School of Business, Utah Valley University, April 2015
  • Women & Leadership Scholar Award from the International Leadership Association at the Annual Women and Leadership Affinity Group Luncheon on November 1, 2014
  • Utah Valley Magazine’s Fabulous 40 recognized in March of 2014.
  • Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch recognized on May 17, 2013 at a Utah Women’s Business Day Luncheon at the Grand America Hotel.
  • Salt Lake Chamber Pathfinder Award awarded on November 14, 2012 at Women and Business Luncheon, Little America, Salt Lake City.
  • The President’s Excellence Award for Leadership and Inclusion awarded on March 31, 2011 at Utah Valley University.
  • The Leadership Trust Foundation Fellowship awarded and inducted on March 1, 2010 in Ross-on-Wye, United Kingdom
  • Orin R. Woodbury Professorship of Leadership and Ethics, awarded July 2009 from the Woodbury School of Business and the Woodbury Family Trust
  • MED Division Best Symposium in Management Education and Development, 2009, part of the “Developing Women Leadership in the Middle East: Generating Local Knowledge” session. Academy of Management.
  • Editorial Board Member Appointment, Journal of Education for Business, Heldref Publications (January 2009-Present
  • Runner-Up for Best ADHR Issue 2005-2007, Academy of Human Resource Development, Announced at the Annual Research Conference of the Americas, February 23, 2008, Panama City, Florida
  • Early Career Scholar Award 2006, Academy of Human Resource Development
  • Editorial Board Member Appointment, Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR) and Sage Publications (2006-Present).
  • Editor’s Award for Best Paper, Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management for 2004-2005
  • Executive Leadership Fellowship, 2005-2006, Utah Valley State Executive Leadership Forum
  • Board of Trustees Award of Excellence, Utah Valley State College, 2004-2005
  • Faculty Scholar of the Year Award, School of Business, Utah Valley State College, 2004-2005
  • Service-Learning Engaged Scholar Award, Teaching Award, 2004-2005, Utah Campus Compact, awarded April 5, 2005
  • Best Paper Award Nomination. Western Academy of Management Conference, 2005
  • Academic Service-Learning Fellowship, Fall 2004, Utah Valley State College
  • Outstanding Civic Engagement Award, Faculty Honoree, Teaching Award, 2002-2003


  • Individual Action and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Leadership Theory and Application


2001 Doctorate of Education in Work, Community and Family Education Specialization in Human Resource Development, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
1991 Masters of Science in Teaching, Exercise Science/Fitness, Portland State University
1985 Bachelors of Arts, Major: Speech Communication Education; Minor: Physical Education, Brigham Young University

Contact Information

800 West University Parkway, MS 119
Orem, UT 84058-5999

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