Lake Forest Graduate School of Management Welcomes New Business Leader Faculty™

Dr. Bryan J. Watkins, Ed.D.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Professionals who return to complete their Master of Business Administration (MBA) seek expertise and instruction from business leaders who are actively engaged in competitive practice. Since 1946, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) has recruited talented leadership from across the country to form our 100% business leader faculty™.

Acquiring a Lake Forest MBA is a stepping stone to career advancement, including national and international business opportunities for graduates. Lake Forest MBA graduates receive top training from proven and successful business leaders whose skills and strategies are not simply theories – they have been vetted in competitive business practice.

It is with great pleasure that we announce nine new business leader faculty™ members and welcome them to our academic community. We invite you to connect with our new faculty members on LinkedIn.

Sue Barber

Sue Barber

Sue Barber is Associate Director IS Customer Service Operations for Kraft Foods Group. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Marketing and Production Management, Sue also acquired her MBA from Kennesaw State University. Sue brings her expertise in the areas of personal development, women’s studies and leadership.



Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn is the current Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. Matt holds a BS in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Matt will be sharing his expertise in health care, finance and economics.




Steve HammondSteve Hammond

Steve Hammond has served in director positions at national organizations including Walgreens, Zurich and Hollister. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Chemistry from Colgate University, an MBA from Cornell University and a Master of Science (MS) in Creative Studies from SUNY Buffalo, New York. Steve shares his expertise in the areas of innovation, business strategy and leadership.



Jay Prather

Jay Prather

Jay Prather is the Global Director of Marketing for NSF International. Jay completed his BS in Communications from Syracuse University and MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Jay will be sharing his experience in the areas of sales, marketing strategy and business communications.




James RussellJames Russell

James Russell is the Founder of Pointy, LLC. He earned his BA in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. James shares his leadership in the areas of innovation and strategy, social media, digital marketing and user experience (UX).




Dianne RussoDianne Russo

Dianne Russo is the Director of Talent Management for Allstate. She earned her BS in Purchasing and Merchandising from Bowling Green State University, followed by an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Dianne shares her expertise in business communications, leadership, strategic thinking and coaching.




Marshall Sims

Marshall Sims

Marshall Sims is the Director of the Global Marketing and Brand Building for Abbott. After graduating with his BA in Economics from DePauw University, Marshall earned his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Marshall joins our faculty with expertise in marketing, leadership and business communications.




Judi SpalettoJudi Spaletto, PhD

Judi Spaletto serves as the Senior Director of Hitachi Data Systems. A respected expert in information systems and technology, Judi attained her BA from DePaul University, MS at Roosevelt University and PhD at Argosy University in Chicago. Judi shares her strategic expertise in the areas of big data, IT management, women’s studies and leadership.



Leslie Wainwright

Leslie Wainwright, PhD

Leslie Wainwright is the Chief Strategy Officer for AVIA and completed her BA in Biology at DePauw University and her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at Northwestern University. Leslie brings expertise in the areas of innovation and strategy, technology and health care.



We are proud to welcome these new additions to the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Learn more about our Business Leader Faculty™ on our website.

Bryan Watkins

Dr. Bryan J. Watkins, Ed.D. is the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He utilizes his extensive academic and administrative experience to lead the School’s degree programs. Bryan earned his Ed.D. from National-Louis University focused in Adult and Continuing Education. He also holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and a BS in Business Administration from Morningside College.


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