Caryl Hess

Dir, Leadership Development

Caryl Hess

Dir, Leadership Development

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

College of Education
Department of Advanced Studies & Innovation


For over 20 years, Caryl has worked with leaders in healthcare, higher education and the finance industry in the field of leadership development and leadership effectiveness. She has worked closely with presidents, CEOs and their executive teams to design and implement large scale strategic change and leadership development initiatives and has worked with hundreds of organizational executives on three continents. Caryl's areas of focus and research have been leadership and talent development, executive coaching, conflict resolution, strategic problem solving, re-structuring, business acumen, mentoring, process redesign, and performance management.

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  • MBA, Business Administration and Ma Baldwin/Wallace College, 2000

  • Ph.D., Secondary Education and Teachi University of Akron (The), 1993

  • MAED, Secondary Education and Teachi University of Akron (The), 1990

  • BAED, Secondary Education and Teachi University of Akron (The), 1986

  • BSBA, Marketing/Marketing Management University of Akron (The), 1984

  • BA, Political Science and Governme University of Akron (The), 1978


  • Executive Coach, Emotional and Social Intelligence and Emotional and Social Competence Intelligence The Hay Group, 2003

  • Lean Six Sigma Villanova University , 1998

  • Project Management Professional Project Management Institute, 1996

  • Professional Administrator Ohio Department of Education, 1994

  • Professional Teaching: Middle and High School Mathematics, History, Business, Communications, and Marketing Ohio Department of Education, 1992

Awards & Honors

  • Career Connections Competition Augusta University, 2016

  • Outstanding Female Alumnae Our Lady of the Elms High School, 2014

  • Outstanding Woman Leader Cleveland Clinic Women's Professional Staff Association, 2013

  • Fellowship in Leadership Development The University of Michigan, 2012

  • Scholarship in Teaching Award, Recognition for the Staff Mentoring Program and Curriculum Case Western Reserve University, 2012

Teaching Interests

Leadership Development Mentoring Women & Gender Studies

Research Interests

Leadership Development Competency-based Education Women & Gender Studies Mentoring and Sponsorship