Faculty

General George W. Casey, Jr.,

General George W. Casey, Jr.

Distinguished Senior Lecturer of Leadership

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

General George W. Casey, Jr., enjoyed a 41-year career in the U.S. Army following his graduation from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in 1970. He is an accomplished soldier and an authority on strategic leadership. As the Army Chief of Staff, he led one of the nation's largest and most complex organizations during one of the most extraordinary periods in our history. He is widely credited with restoring balance to a war-weary Army and leading the transformation to keep it relevant in the 21st Century. Previously, from July 2004 to February 2007, he commanded the Multi-National Force – Iraq, a coalition of more than 30 countries, where he guided the Iraq mission through its toughest days.

Currently, he lectures internationally on leadership to the leaders of national and multinational corporations and at other business schools. He serves on corporate boards and numerous boards of organizations that support our servicemen and women, our veterans and their families. He also teaches international relations at the Korbel School in Denver.

He published a book, Strategic Reflections, Operation Iraqi Freedom, July 2004-2007 (October 2012), about his experience in Iraq, and two articles on leadership: "Leading in a VUCA World," Fortune Magazine (March 20, 2014), and "Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous: Leadership Lessons from Iraq," Chapter 1, Changing Mindsets to Transform Security, Academia (December 2013).

General Casey holds a master's degree in international relations from the University of Denver and served as a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council of the United States, a foreign policy think-tank. He has broad international experience. Born in Japan, he served in operational assignments in Europe, the Balkans and the Middle East.

 
Michelle M. Duguid, PhD

Michelle M. Duguid, PhD

Associate Professor of Management and Organizations, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

Professor Duguid engages in two broad, overlapping streams of research. Her main research area is the investigation of social status, power, politics, influence and diversity in organizations. Specifically, her research examines the effect of social status, power and inter- and intra-group relations on perceptions and interactions. Professor Duguid also examines individual and group processes that affect creativity and the quality of decision-making. She serves on the editorial boards of Organization Science and the Academy Management Journal. Her research has been published in academic journals, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science and Psychological Science. Her research has also been cited in media outlets such as Forbes, The New Yorker, Fast Company, NPR, The New York Times and The Economist. She received her Master of Science and doctorate degrees in organizational behavior from Cornell University.

 
Theomary Karamanis, PhD, SCMP

Theomary Karamanis, PhD, SCMP

Senior Lecturer of Management Communication

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

Theomary Karamanis is an award-winning communications professor and consultant specializing in strategic, risk, management, crisis and health communications. In addition to her role at the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Dr. Karamanis currently leads the Global Communication Certification Council and was the founding chair of the International Association of Business Communicators Academy.

Dr. Karamanis has 20 years of global experience in communications, consulting, teaching, higher education administration, executive training, media and research in the private, nonprofit and government sectors. In 2007 she co-founded AKADREM, Inc., a boutique consulting firm with international clientele in the finance and engineering industries; she served as the company’s president and managing partner until 2014.

She is the recipient of numerous professional communication awards and received the Teaching Excellence Award from the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs. She is the author of numerous papers on communication and regularly delivers presentations at international conferences and other business forums.

Her academic background includes a doctorate in communication studies, a master’s degree in mass communication and a post-graduate certificate in telecommunications, all from Northwestern University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the Athens University of Economics and Business. She holds professional certifications as a strategic communication management professional, an adult trainer and online facilitator.

 
Elizabeth “Beta” Mannix, PhD

Elizabeth “Beta” Mannix, PhD

Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Management

Cornell SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University

Professor Elizabeth Mannix’s research and teaching focus on effective organizational performance and the factors that make individuals motivated, high-performing leaders and team members. Her work concentrates on principled leadership, effective teams and leadership and sustaining organizational change.

Professor Mannix served as the associate dean for executive MBA programs at Cornell University from 2012 to 2017. She also served as the director of the Institute for the Social Sciences from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Mannix is the author of the five-session eCornell course, “Leading Virtual Teams.” She is the recipient of Johnson’s inaugural EMBA Globe teaching award and the Faculty Research Award. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Society, the Society for Organizational Behavior and the Academy of Management. She is the author of more than 75 articles and books and her consulting and education reaches executives and major corporations across North America, the Middle East and Asia.

 
Mecca E. Mitchell, Esq

Mecca E. Mitchell, Esq

Senior Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

Westchester Medical Center Health Network

Mecca E. Mitchell, Esq., is responsible for building and leveraging relationships with external stakeholders to explore new and innovative partnerships that create sustainable health and promote community vitality. Mecca is also charged with ensuring that all internal organizational policies and procedures across the hospital network are aligned with diversity, inclusion and equity best practices. Prior to this position, she served as the chief diversity officer for New York state. Appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, she was responsible for the creation and implementation of recruitment and retention initiatives designed to promote workforce diversity and inclusion, while also leading statewide initiatives to increase minority and women owned business procurement opportunities. Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Mecca was the executive director of equal employment opportunity and diversity management for the New York City Department of Education. She began her legal career as an assistant district attorney in the Manhattan district attorney’s office.

Mecca was nominated by Gov. Cuomo, and confirmed by the Senate, to serve as a member of the New York State Minority Health Council. She also currently serves as the chair of both the Greater New York Hospital Association’s Community Affairs Committee and the Community Health Representatives Committee. Additionally, she serves on the board of the United Way of Westchester and Putnam Counties and the board of the Early Childhood Education Center in Poughkeepsie. She also volunteers her time as a mentor for Judge Judy’s Her Honor Mentorship Program. Mecca holds certifications from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in diversity management and equal employment opportunity studies, graduated from Hofstra University’s School of Law and completed her undergraduate studies at the State University of New York at Albany where she double majored in criminal justice and political science.

 
Robin E. Parker,

Robin E. Parker

Nancy and Bob Selander Associate Director of the Engineering Leadership Program

College of Engineering, Cornell University

Robin Parker is a professional certified coach specializing in helping leaders with both technical and executive backgrounds. As the coaching program manager for the Engineering College at Cornell University, Mr. Parker is responsible for extending the reach of the Engineering Leadership Programs. He has special expertise coaching healthcare professionals, physicians and others seeking to improve their leadership and teamwork capabilities. He has experience teaching leadership, teamwork and coaching skills in the U.S., South America and the Middle East.

Mr. Parker has two decades of experience leading technical professionals in a variety of industries, including higher education, telecommunications start-ups and manufacturing. Most recently, he worked at Cornell’s SC Johnson Graduate School of Business, where he directed a team widely acknowledged as leaders in the development of software and information architecture for higher education.

 
Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, CPXP

Barbara E. Warren, PsyD, CPXP

Senior Director for LGBT Programs and Policies

Mount Sinai Health System

Barbara E. Warren leads implementation of LGBT competent health care across the Mount Sinai Health System. She holds an appointment as assistant professor of medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she is teaching and developing curricula to address best practices in serving LGBTQI and other diverse patient populations. Barbara previously served as distinguished lecturer and director for the Center for LGBT Social Science and Public Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.

For 21 years, she was senior management at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York City, leading the center’s behavioral health programs, co-founding the center’s groundbreaking gender identity project and leading the center’s health policy and government relations initiatives. Barbara has served as an advisor to local, state and national government and policy organizations and was recently appointed by HHS Secretary Azar to the National Advisory Council for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. She is a longtime member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, holds a doctorate in counseling psychology and is a certified patient experience professional.