Dr. Kathleen Buse

President and Founder

Company: Advancing Women in the Workforce
Role: Session Presenter
Session: The #MeToo Imperfect Ally (S4 - G)

Dr. Kathleen Buse is the president and founder of Advancing Women in the Workforce, a company focused on the recruitment, retention, and advancement of professional women, especially in leadership and in STEM careers. She also is the co-creator and past faculty director for the Leadership Lab for Women at Case Western Reserve University and an adjunct professor in the Doctor of Management program.

Kathleen’s current work leverages research and updated methodologies to implement strategies that increase women’s professional achievement, including authoring the “AAUW Playbook for Gender Equity in Tech.” Her work has been framed by her own experience in industry, where she worked in various corporate engineering and leadership roles for more than 25 years. Her second career as a consultant, researcher, educator and advocate for women has been framed by her practical experience in technology-focused organizations.

She is frequently invited to speak at conferences and has recently presented at the 2018 Women of Power Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science in Austin, Tex., the 2017 Massachusetts STEM Conference in Worcester, Mass., and the 2017 Women in Manufacturing Summit in Hartford, Conn. Kathleen has written extensively about women experiences in the professional workforce including more than a dozen academic articles. She has developed workshops and webinars for women and organizational leaders.

Kathleen earned a PhD in management from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in chemical engineering/engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She has worked for Kodak, Lubrizol, Avery Dennison and Sherwin-Williams. She and her husband, Fred, have three children and live in Ohio.

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