Disruptive Innovation Conference Plenary Speaker

photo of Doctor BrownDr. Brown is an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist and assistant professor in Organizational Leadership at the University of Arizona South, a Hispanic-serving institution. Through courses like Leadership in Diverse Environments and the undergraduate research lab that she co-created with Dr. Laura Lunsford, The Mentoring and Leadership Collaboratory, she demonstrates the value of mentoring as a tool to empower non-traditional and marginalized students and studies leadership education as well.

Dr. Brown’s research and teaching are focused on creating inclusive and empowering environments to produce culturally intelligent leaders. As co-Principal Investigator on a nearly $1 million Institute of Education Sciences grant, she’s overseeing a mentor / mentee research project focused on increasing access to PhD programs for underrepresented students via culturally intelligent mentoring that will take place over the next five years.

Dr. Brown received her Masters and PhD degrees from Clemson University, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and fine art.

In her work as an Industrial-Organizational Psychologist, Brandy A. Brown (PhD) has always looked for evidence-based methods to improve the lives of people pursuing their professional goals, while also ensuring positive organizational outcomes.

As a current faculty member and Program Director of Organizational Leadership at the University of Arizona South, both her research and teaching revolve around creating inclusive and empowering environments designed to produce culturally intelligent leaders. Through her work with her students in courses like Leadership in Diverse Environments and her undergraduate research lab, The Mentoring and Leadership Collaboratory, the evidence of the strength of mentoring as a tool for empowering non-traditional and marginalized students is undeniable. She is currently focused on bringing culturally intelligent mentoring into common practice.

During her time at Pima Community College as an Instructional Designer, her work was consistently focused on ensuring their courses were accessible and inclusive. Upon taking a faculty and program directing position with the University of Arizona South, this approach became more focused on how to ensure that her non-traditional student population was empowered to be successful, which is when she discovered the transformative nature of inclusive mentoring.

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