Introducing New Great Minds to the Business Leader Faculty®

Dr. Bryan Watkins

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) sets itself apart from other business schools with its Business Leader Faculty® – which is 100% made up of working professionals who are experts in such areas as marketing, finance, global business, leadership, and healthcare. Through practical learning and application that can be taken from the classroom into any meeting, presentation, or board room, our Business Leader Faculty® prepare students to think critically.

We have welcomed seven new faculty members to LFGSM during the Spring of 2016, and they will soon be teaching invaluable lessons in classrooms and CLS programs.

These seven new leaders hold 18 degrees total, and eight professional certifications. Their experiences range from project management and strategy development to leadership coaching and strategic thinking. We are thrilled to have them join our team of leaders as they will bring added value and experiences to not only LFGSM students, but also to the school. We invite you to connect with our new faculty members on LinkedIn.

Kenneth Atwater

KennethKenneth is the Program Manager of GE Healthcare IT Imaging & Information Systems. A graduate of Northwestern University with a B.S. in History, Kenneth acquired his Master’s in Project Management from DeVry University’s Keller School of Management as well as an MBA from Roosevelt University. Kenneth brings to LFGSM over 20 years of experience in project management and 17+ years of teaching project management.

Theresa Austerberry

theresaTheresa is a MAC Consultant with McKinsey & Company instructing early-tenured consultants in strategic planning process. Theresa hold a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Michigan State University and an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. With more than 15 years of experience in consulting and professional development, Theresa brings her leadership, strategic thinking, and organizational approach to LFGSM.

Miguel Edwards

miguelMiguel is the Vice President of Strategy and Operations for the AIA Group at Allstate. He holds a BBA from the Metropolitan College of New York – School of Business and an MBA from Rider University. Miguel has more than 16 years of experience in technology, financial and general leadership roles across the manufacturing, financial services, and insurance industries. An innovative and adaptable leader, Miguel teaches Strategic Thinking for LFGSM’s Corporate Learning Solutions.

Maureen Glass

maureenMaureen is an Executive Coach, a Leadership Consultant, and a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She has more than 25 years of experience in association management and healthcare management, and received a B.A. in English from the University of Illinois – Chicago as well as a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Northeastern Illinois University. Maureen brings her outstanding leadership, executive coaching, and public speaking experience to LFGSM.

Scott Kremers

scottScott is the Strategic Implementations Manager at the Intercontinental Exchange. Scott holds a B.A. in Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science from Calvin College and an MBA from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Scott’s proven track record of building and leading teams and facilitating corporate success are a great addition to our Business Leader Faculty®.

Dr. Willis Thomas

willisWillis is a Training & Project Management Consultant who has been involved in the pharmaceutical, financial services, and construction industries. Willis received his B.S. in History from the University of Wisconsin, a Master’s in Human Resources from National-Louis University, and a PhD in Evaluation from Western Michigan University. Willis will be sharing his management expertise and development training with students to advance their careers.

Dr. Derrick Walters

DerrickDerrick is President and CEO of Walters Consulting LLC. He holds a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Purdue University, an MBA from DeVry University’s Keller School of Management, and an Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. Derrick’s extensive experience in adult learning and teaching methodologies and strategies will be a great asset to the Business Leader Faculty®.
We’re excited for the profound impact our new leaders will have on the graduate school and its students. Read more about our Business Leader Faculty® on our website.


Bryan J. Watkins, Ed.D.Dr. Bryan J. Watkins, Ed.D. is Chief Academic Officer and Vice President at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Bryan has a breadth and depth of experience in multiple higher education institutions that includes direct responsibility for accreditation, faculty relations, and program and curriculum design and development, as well as virtual, hybrid, and face-to-face program delivery, admissions, marketing, and sales. He is a member of the School’s Leadership Team. Connect with him on LinkedIn.


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