Teresa J. Rothausen, Ph.D.

Opus College of Business

Company: University of St. Thomas
Role: DIB Presenter

Diversity Insights Breakfast: Whiteness in Leadership and Organizations

Teresa J. Rothausen, Ph.D., holds the Susan E. Heckler Endowed Chair in Principled Leadership at the University of St. Thomas-Minnesota, where she is a John Ireland Scholar and Professor of Management in the Opus College of Business. She writes, speaks, educates, consults, and conducts applied research in: leader development; well-being, job satisfaction, engagement, and retention; pluralism and inclusion with focus on masculinity and whiteness; work-life, vocation, and career; and spirituality in leadership. Her coaching and spiritual leadership practice involve one-on-one and group sessions with leaders from all walks of life.

Dr. Rothausen’s research has been published in numerous outlets, including the Journal of Management, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, Personnel Psychology, and Journal of Business Ethics. Her articles have been nominated for awards including the Rosabeth Moss Kanter International Award for Excellence in Work-Family Research at Purdue and Boston College, and best article of the year in Family Business Review. Prior positions include founding director of the Full-time UST MBA program, which operated 2003-2015 and was a top-100 full-time MBA program; Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University; and consulting auditor at Arthur Andersen & Co.

Dr. Rothausen holds a Ph.D. in human resources and industrial relations with specialties in staffing, training, and development and organizational behavior/theory from the University of Minnesota, a B.A. in economics from St. Olaf College, and a C.P.A. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction from St. Catherine University and is currently studying moral and spiritual development of leaders at Harvard Divinity School. Clients and partners have included 3M, The Alliiance, Allina, Ameriprise Financial, Best Buy, Ernst & Young, Graco, Medtronic, Minnesota Children’s Defense Fund, Target, Thomson Reuters, UnitedHealth Group, USBank, and professional associations.

Dr. Rothausen works with collaboratively with current leaders at all levels of organizations who are concerned about developing wiser leadership in their organizations. Her approach is to create dedicated spaces and foster practices proven to foster WISeR* Leadership. WISeR Leadership is:

  • Whole ~ integrates full person—mind, heart, body, and soul, with a plumb line deep to the center of cultural wisdom traditions that nurture and sustain leaders to act with integrity through processes for reflection and intention.
  • Inclusive ~ fosters innovation and fairness in an explosively diverse world.
  • Soulful ~ grounds in meaning, purpose, mission, and vocation, celebrating the sufficiency of the human spirit through aesthetics, embodiment, nature, and an integrating and inclusive spirituality.
  • Relational ~ invites others into co-leadership that results in creative ideas and inventive solutions, demonstrating generativity toward the common good. This approach releases natural *engagement and *energy for *effective and *ethical leadership.

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