Alumni Researcher Spotlight: Sue Weston

Alumni Researcher Spotlight: Sue Weston

This week’s spotlight focuses on Sue Weston. She completed the Masters in Organizational Management program at University of Phoenix in 2004. Sue also has a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Columbia University. 

She is an active research affiliate with the Center for Organizational Research and a member of the Women and Leadership Research Group. Most recently, she has served as a key collaborator in development of the Knowledge Without Boundaries Research Mentoring Pilot Program, which will launch in early 2018.

View her Research Hub profile >>

We asked Sue about her experience with the University of Phoenix and post-grad research with the Center for Organizational Research. Read on to learn more.

What research projects are you working on?

I am researching trends for eliminating bias to create a gender-neutral work environment.  By writing and speaking I hope to guide and inspire the next generation of leaders.  My desire to explore trending topics in women’s leadership and organizational design, which led me to reconnect with University of Phoenix.

Have you presented or published your findings? If so, where can we learn more?

I am the author of a syndicated blog for CIO magazine dealing with gender equity.

View her opinion piece “Does Gender Matter?” on CIO.com >>

View her opinion piece “3 Steps to Reduce Bias” on CIO.com >>

What do you think the long term implications will be for the project results? 

I hope to transform the trajectory and positioning of women in Corporate America by changing rules of engagement and improving communication.  I hope that becoming metric-centric, will begin to shift perception and design out unconscious bias.  By creating a highly visible and supportive mentorship program we can create role models and empower the next generation leaders.

What was the defining moment that led to your decision to pursue this research?

Looking back on my 30-year career as a female engineer, I was amazed by how little changed in the advancement of women leaders. The programs to move the dial and increase the representation of women, seem to be too little too late. In my opinion, managing by numbers is different from igniting careers. I hope to combine my experience and passion to provide the recipe for success.

What advice would you give to University students and alumni interested in research? 

Follow your dream, and trust your instincts! 

Thank you, Sue, for your contributions to the Knowledge Without Boundaries mentorship program, and good luck with your current and future research.