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April Flanagan, EdD

After spending 25 years as an executive in human resources, I formed my own consulting firm to work with leaders at all levels of business, academic and not-for-profit institutions, with focus on increasing individual, team and organizational leadership, learning and effectiveness. As an educator, I teach leadership, organizational behavior, diversity, human resources and qualitative research. I serve as committee chair and member. and have also been a Sr. Examiner for the Michigan Quality Council, using Malcolm Baldrige criteria. I have an Ed.D. from Eastern Michigan University, with research in value-driven leadership for women in higher education; an M.A. in Personnel Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a B.A. in English from Rutgers University. My preference is qualitative research; I have worked with students doing phenomenological and case studies in education, business, health care, spirituality and government. Recent scholarly activity includes an article published in the 2016 University of Wisconsin Distance Teaching & Learning Conference proceedings and a three-hour workshop, both on Conscious Conversations: Building Capacity for Online Facilitation.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
Blog Posts Published


American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies