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Theresa M Welbourne Phd

Affiliated Research Scientist, Center for Effective Organizations (CEO), USC Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

Dr. Theresa M. Welbourne is a scientist, entrepreneur, consultant and educator who brings together numerous areas of research to help individuals and organizations grow. She holds an appointment as an affiliated senior research scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations, Marshall School of Business, at the University of Southern California. She also is the Will and Maggie Brooke Professor in Entrepreneurship and Executive Director, Alabama Entrepreneurship Institute, Culverhouse College of Business at The University of Alabama.

Dr. Welbourne’s expertise is in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, human capital management employee resource groups, and strategic leadership in high-growth and high-change organizations. She is the founder, president, and CEO of eePulse, Inc., a human capital technology and consulting firm that invented the first employee pulse survey and leadership tools that drive high-value data-driven dialogues and actions in complex organizations.

Dr. Welbourne’s research and work have been featured in popular publications such as Inc. Magazine, Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, New York Times, and Entrepreneur Magazine, and she is well-published in numerous academic and business books.

Dr. Welbourne runs two large-scale research studies, one focused on high-growth companies and initial public offerings (IPOs) that is focused on understanding the drivers of long-term survival and growth of these firms. The other is a study of employee resource groups (ERGs) with an emphasis on building strategic ERGs that drive broad business goals (e.g., innovation, customer focus, growth) in addition to diversity-related objectives.

Theresa was awarded the 2012 Academy of Management Distinguished Executive Award (for contributions to research, teaching, and practice), and in 2017 she was named a Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) Fellow.

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