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Catherine Marsh

Catherine Marsh, Ed.D., has more than 30 years of experience in leadership development, diversity management, and conflict resolution. She is a tenured Professor of Management and Leadership at North Park’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and as a member of the Faculty Development Committee. Currently she is serving on the Faculty Personnel Committee.

In teaching Ethical Leadership, Dr. Marsh requires her students to impersonate a leader for a whole class period. Coming at the end of a seven-week class session, this culminating project allows students to formulate what they have learned about ethical leadership and how it is played out in the world. “Guests” at this class period have ranged from Gandhi to Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks.

This sort of energy and interaction is characteristic of all Dr. Marsh’s classes. She engages students in learning which welcomes a wide range of perspectives. Her students are challenged to think broadly, consider new ideas, and explain the big picture.

In addition to Dr. Marsh’s expertise in ethics and leadership development, she has a diverse functional background from large assignments of living and working internationally. Before entering academia, she was Director of Human Resources for 21st Century Telecom Group, Vice President and Director of Human Resources for Kanbay, Inc, and held multiple positions with the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the Unites States, Japan and Australia. She remains active with Catherine Marsh Consulting, where she is President and Primary Consultant.

Recent Publications

Marsh, Catherine. “Building an Ethic of Collaboration: Moral Development in and out of the Classroom.” In Conversations About Adult Learning in Our Complex World, edited by C.J.B. McGill and K.P. King. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2012.

Marsh, Catherine. “Business Executives’ Perceptions of Ethical Leadership and Its Development.” Journal of Business Ethics, 14(3), p. 565-582, 2013.

Marsh, Catherine. “Breakthrough Problem Solving with Action Learning.” Virtual settings: Kanbay-Capgemini. Marquardt, M.J. & Yeo, R.K. (Eds), Stanford, CA: Stanford Business Books, 2012

Marsh, Catherine. “Building an Ethic of Service.” In Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook, Vol. 2, edited by Kathryn A. Agard, p. 849-858. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE Publications, Inc., 2011.


Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, Denver, CO. – The efficacy of diversity training as preparation for organizational change: Perceptions of diversity trainees at a large public health department. February 2012
Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, Schaumburg, IL. – Aging workers perceptions on opportunities for professional reinvention: implications for human resource development. February 2011

Proceedings Academy of Human Resource Development Annual Research Conference, Estes Park, CO. – Kanbay’s global leadership development program: a case study of virtual action learning. February 2005

Popular Courses

These courses, all requirements for the Master of Organizational Leadership, provide practical hands on tools that students find beneficial in their roles as leaders and managers.

  • Diversity and Conflict
  • Negotiation and Influence
  • Team Leadership
  • Change Leadership