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Dr. Lisa A. Mainiero

Professor of Management
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Lisa A. Mainiero is a Full Professor of Management at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University, in Fairfield, Connecticut.  Her research includes the study of kaleidoscope careers (the KCM), the intersection between workplace romance and sexual harassment, executive women, power and political strategies, and men's and women's new career paths. Dr. Mainiero has published several papers in journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management, Harvard Business Review, Career Development International, the Journal of Career Development, the Journal of Leadership Education,  the Academy of Management Perspectives, Organizational Dynamics, Business Horizons, and numerous other publications. Her latest book, "The Opt-Out Revolt:  Why People Are Leaving Companies to Create Kaleidoscope Careers", co-authored with Sherry E. Sullivan, was been published by Davies-Black Publishers/Brearly in 2006. She also is the author of the book, Office Romance(Rawson Associates/Macmillan Publishing Co., original edition,1989, reissued 2ndedition, Scribner, 2015) and has become a sought-after lecturer and consultant, with appearances on Good Morning America, the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN's Newsnight with Aaron Brown, CNN's Business News, Fox News Gooday New York, Larry King,and numerous other radio, television, and talk-show programs. She has consulted with several firms and organizations, including SHRM, Columbia Pictures, Donnelley Marketing, and Arts and Entertainment Network, among others.


Dr. Mainiero was elected in a nationwide election of 1000 of her peers to serve as Program Chair and Pre-Conference Chair, as well as Division Chair for the Women In Management Division of the National Academy of Management and became the first Outgoing Chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organization Division of the Academy of Management.  She also is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has served as an invited key speaker at the Academy of Management National Conference in the Women in Management Division, the Harvard Business School Organizational Behavior Doctoral Colloquium Series, the Yale University School of Organization and Management Doctoral Colloquium Series, SHRM-CT, and the National Council for Savings Institutions Human Resources Conference.  At Fairfield University, she has chaired both the Rank and Tenure Committee and the Research Committee and has served on numerous other committees.  Her professional memberships have included the Academy of Management, the Eastern Academy of Management, the Society of Human Resource Professionals,  the American Society for Training and Development, and the American Management Association.


Dr. Mainiero received an A.B. degree in psychology from Smith College, an M.A. and M. Phil. in Administrative Sciences from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Yale University in 1983, where she studied under Professors Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Richard Hackman, and Victor H. Vroom. She received the Distinguished Teaching Award of Excellence at the Dolan School in 2018.



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