Program Director

Dawn Roe HeadshotDawn Roe

Director, Executive Education
University of Washington Bothell School of Business

Dawn L. Roe, M.B.A., has over twenty years of professional and managerial experience in human resources, performance management, leadership, coaching, training, and employee development with a variety of global corporations, post-secondary institutions, and government entities.  She has worked across a broad range of industries including retail, aerospace, manufacturing, engineering, consumer packaged goods (food), enterprise and wireless software, semiconductors, marketing, consulting, and education.   She credits her signature Engage, Enable, Educate, and Empower human resource brand for her success. 

Some of the clients Mr. Roe has worked for and with include the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Port of Oakland, the U.S. Department of Energy, Siemens, Crane Aerospace, Starbucks, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Amgen, Rockwell-Collins, and Philips Healthcare.

In addition, Ms. Roe has spent over ten years teaching across the west coast.  She has taught at U.C. Berkeley Extension, as a part-time instructor for the University of Washington Bothell Campus teaching general business, marketing, communications, and human resource courses and has been an instructor for Sonoma State University and Tacoma Community College.

More recently, Ms. Roe joined New York University, Abu Dhabi as Learning and Leadership Development Manager in May 2012 and was promoted to Director, Executive Education in September 2013 where she established NYU Abu Dhabi’s Office of Executive Education and building the business to $3.2 million. 

Transitioning back to the U.S., Ms. Roe became Director, Executive Education for the University of Washington Bothell School of Business where she also teaches the Human Resource Strategy and Management course for the MBA program.  As part of her role, she is the Program Director for the Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity.

Ms. Roe holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. in Marketing, with Distinction, from National University.  She is a certified executive coach, an Achieve Global certified instructor, PDI Ninth House 360° certified coach, and a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified facilitator. 

Academic Director

Sophie Leroy HeadshotSophie Leroy

University of Washington Bothell School of Business

Dr. Sophie Leroy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Bothell, School of Business and Faculty Director of the Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion, and Diversity.

She received her Ph.D. in Management/Organizational Behavior from New York University, Stern School of Business. She also holds a Master in Management from HEC (Paris), which was partially completed at Columbia Business School, MBA program. Before her academic career, Dr. Leroy held managerial and executive positions in the finance and consulting industries, working for SG Cowen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Interbrand, among others.

Dr. Leroy’s research investigates the self-regulation challenges people face in the workplace, focusing especially on the effects of interruptions on the ability to have focused attention and perform. She also studies how interpersonal synchrony affects leadership and team dynamics and how leaders emerge in social context. Dr. Leroy’s work has been published in top scientific journals, including the Journal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization Science, and Personnel Psychology. Her work has been also featured in TIME Magazine, The Economist, Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, and more. She also serves on the editorial board of the prestigious Academy of Management Journal.

Dr. Leroy teaches courses on Managing Teams, Leadership, and Ethics. Her most recent honors and awards include the Undergraduate Faculty of the Year Teaching Award, UW Bothell School of Business (2017), and MBA Faculty of the Year, Teaching Award, University of Washington Bothell, School of Business (2016).

Advisory Board

Zoe Barsness HeadshotZoe Barsness

Associate Professor
University of Washington Tacoma Milgard School of Business

Zoe I. Barsness is an associate professor of management in the Milgard School of Business at the University of Washington Tacoma.  She received her B.A. in Comparative History from Harvard University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Behavior from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.  Prior to joining the faculty at UWT, she taught at Kellogg and served on the faculty at the Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University.  Her research focuses on negotiation and the impact of recent developments in communications technology, organization structure, and work arrangements on individuals and groups in organizations. Her research has examined the costs and benefits of different alternative dispute resolution processes, cross-cultural negotiation processes, the influence of gender and technologically-mediated communication on negotiation, the strategies adopted by remote workers to manage their workplace performance more effectively, and the impact of social networks and alternative work arrangements on individuals, group processes and organizational performance.  Her work has appeared in the Academy of Management JournalJournal of Organizational BehaviorResearch on Managing Groups and Teams, Research in Organizational BehaviorSmall Group Research, Social ForcesSocial Justice Research, and The Negotiation Journal.  She teaches courses on leading teams, organizational behavior, negotiation, strategic human resource management, and strategy formation.

Dr. Barsness has served as a Chair of the Conflict Management Division of the Academy of Management, as well as, Representative at Large and Program Chair. She is also a member of the International Association for Conflict Management and serves on the editorial board for Negotiation and Conflict Management Research.  Previously, she has served as Chair of the University of Washington’s Faculty Senate and as Chair of the University of Washington Tacoma’s Faculty Assembly.

Dr. Barsness has consulted to organizations in the construction, energy, forest products, healthcare, retail and technologies industries, as well as, municipal governments, the State of Texas and other non-profit organizations.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Executive Leadership Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity at the University of Washington Bothell.  She has received research grants from the State of Texas, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for International Business Studies at Texas A&M University, and the University of Washington Tacoma. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the private sector in marketing and product development for a start-up software company and in management consulting.  Outside of academic life, she enjoys biking, gardening and spending time with family exploring the mountains and backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.

Cate Goethals HeadshotCate Goethals

University of Washington Foster Women Board Director Development Program

Cate Goethals is a professor, consultant and executive coach who has inspired hundreds of women to succeed as leaders by becoming more deeply and powerfully themselves rather than adopting values and styles that feel inauthentic.  After publishing “The Better Boards Report,” groundbreaking research charting the added value women bring to corporate boardrooms, Cate founded and continues to direct the Women Board Director Development Program within the University of Washington (UW) Foster School of Business, the first program of its kind in the U.S. This program has now guided nearly 200 senior leaders to think strategically about pathways to the boardroom…and to understand, articulate, and effectively communicate the value they individually bring to the table.

A certified leadership coach and longtime business professor at UW, Cate has created and leads many classes and programs for female leaders including seminars on board search strategies, gravitas/executive presence, and building sponsorship relationships.  

Cate’s “Women at the Top” course was named as one of the 10 most innovative MBA classes by Forbes magazine. Her “Half the Sky” Women’s Leadership and Entrepreneurship programs connect female students and leaders in the U.S. with CEOs, social entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, and micro-entrepreneurs in South Asia.

Cate’s coaching practice focuses on aspiring women leaders who share her passion for making their organizations – and thus the world – a better place as they advance in their careers.

Mina Hooshnagi HeadshotMina Hooshangi

Project Manager
The Boeing Company

Mina Hooshangi is a Project Manager at the Boeing Company. A part of the Engineering community, her role specifically focuses on providing career development opportunities to technical employees. Mina has used her UW Bothell education to help her excel within three diverse positions at Boeing beginning in Quality, moving over to Employee Development, and currently with Program Administration—all within a 5 year period. She served a two year term on the Boeing Women in Leadership Executive Board, a Business Resource Group aimed at providing professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities for women at the Boeing Company.

Mina is currently an associate of a two year accelerated leader program, designed to develop highly capable leaders and provide ready-now talent for high-impact leadership roles. Her largest project to date has been planning a 400-person weeklong conference at the Boeing Leadership Center in St. Louis, MO.

Mina earned her Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Seattle University. She plans to use this education to work to empower others, inside and outside of the workplace. Outside of work, Mina serves as the Chair for the University of Washington Bothell Alumni Council, where she works closely with alumni, faculty, and students to plan, coordinate, and promote events to help raise money for student scholarships, wherein lies her true passion. Recently hosted Alumni Events hosted include The Empowerment Project film screening, followed by a panel discussion with women leaders associated with UW Bothell; and project management of the annual Husky 5K.

Mina’s love for UW Bothell and passion for women’s development brings much excitement to her role on the Executive Leadership Certificate Program for Women, Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Board.

Melissa Lavitt HeadshotMelissa Lavitt

University of Washington Tacoma

Melissa Lavitt is a professor of social work at the University of Washington Tacoma.

Lavitt's prior experience includes serving as the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the University of Washington Tacoma. Prior to that Lavitt was Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). This followed five years as Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs at Boise State University. From 2004-2008, Lavitt was a Vice Provost at Eastern Washington University. Lavitt also has experience as a clinical social worker and family therapist.

Lavitt earned her BA in Human Behavior and Institutions from the University of Chicago and her PhD in Social Work from Tulane University.

Jennifer Phillips HeadshotJennifer Phillips

City Manager
City of Bothell

Jennifer obtained her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s in Public Administration Degrees from CSU, Long Beach and is a graduate of the Harvard Kenney School Executive Education Program.  Her nearly 30 years of public administration experience include working at the LA County Sanitation Districts assisting the 88 cities with implementation of recycling programs; Orange County Transportation Authority were she oversaw the development of the agency’s $462M budget, $2B Long Range Financial Plan, and administration of over $150M in grant funding; City of Fullerton as Assistant to the City Manager, and County of Orange serving as a Department Director.  Prior to joining Bothell, she was the City Manager of St. Helena, CA and Assistant City Manager with the cities of Santa Monica and Santa Rosa Jennifer was also an Adjunct Professor with CSU Fullerton and instructor with UC Davis.  She remains active within the City Manager profession and is particularly proud of her role as a founding Board Member of Women Leading Government which began in California and is expanding across the United States.  She also served as President of the Municipal Management Association of Southern California in 2004 and was awarded the 2009 MMASC President’s Award, 2012 Municipal Management Association of Northern California Service Award and the 2016 Career Excellence Award for her unwavering commitment to the profession. 

Julie Rezek HeadshotJulie Rezek

Managing Global Client Partner

For over 20 years, Julie has been a key business driver and leader within the advertising and marketing industry.

Julie’s drive and laser-focus on delivering exceptional results for her clients and business has always helped push the needle forward. She has built her reputation as someone who conquers huge business challenges with candor, humor, and her commitment to do the right thing for her team and for her clients.

Julie’s business leadership and client success has garnered industry recognition. She has spoken at marketing conferences and events hosted by the Direct Marketing Association, American Advertising Federation, Seattle Interactive Conference, American Marketing Association, and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. She was named one of the Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honorees in 2012. She was also named the "Face of Advertising" by the SeattleMet Magazine in 2016.