Dr. Sheri Marnell is the Director of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center, a non-profit business incubator established by the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Chippewa Valley Technical College, City of River Falls, and the River Falls Economic Development Corporation. Dr. Marnell loves all things Innovation, Leadership, and Business. She has been with the University of Wisconsin System for over six years, nearly three years at River Falls, and over three years at Stout. Before Higher Education, Dr. Marnell spent most of her career at Target Headquarters in various leadership roles, driving innovation, organizational change, and delivering solid results.
Dr. Marnell thrives in spaces of change and leading through disruption. She has a BS in Apparel Design & Development minoring in Business and Art, MBA, and Ph.D. in Business Management with a research focus on Leading Innovators. She also holds several professional certificates from St. Thomas Opus School of Business and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
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Dr. Marya Wilson is an Assistant Professor in teaching and researching in the areas of organizational leadership, development & behavior, operations management, and quality management. Dr. Wilson is a veteran of the dot com boom and bust of Silicon Valley, CA, experienced with diverse and exciting workers in everything from manufacturing, customer service, higher education, non-profit, and government. She has worked for a variety of organizations such as 3M/Imation, Pentagon Technologies Semiconductors, and Starbucks. She consistently focuses on positive individual and organizational development as well as implementing quality management systems and striving for operational excellence.
Dr. Wilson brings first-hand knowledge to the learning experience and a clear understanding of the underlying emotional processes that drive behaviors and create individual and team success. She has a BA in Psychology, an MS in Management Technology, an MA in Human Development, and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems. In addition, Dr. Wilson is working to complete her International Coaching Federation (ICF) certification.
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