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Kathy Geller - Drexel University Program Director  for Educational Leadership Management
Associate Clinical Professor

Kathy D. Geller, PhD


PhD, Fielding Graduate University
MA, George Washington University
BS, University of Maryland, College Park
Certificate in Online Facilitation, Fielding Graduate University

Program Affiliation

MS, Human Resource Development
EdD, Educational Leadership and Management
  • Geller, K. & Fisher-Yoshida, B. (January 2008) Developing Transnational Leaders: Five Paradoxes for Success, Journal of Industrial and Commercial Training, Emerald Press.
  • Geller, K. Schapiro, S. and Fisher-Yoshida B. (June 2007) Diverse Applications of Transformative Learning, Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings, Alberquerque, NM.
  • Geller, K. & Fisher—Yoshida, B., (June 2007) The Transnational Leader: 8 practices for developing leaders for multi-national corporations. Transformative Learning Conference proceedings, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Geller, K., (August 2005) Educating Leaders for the 21st Century: A Transformative Learning Process, Interactive Paper Presentation, Academy of Management Conference Proceedings, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Geller, K. Wasserman, I & Fisher-Yoshida, B., (February 2005) Transformative Learning in Human Resource Development: Successes in Scholarly Practitioner Applications, Academy of Human Resource Development Conference Proceedings, Estes Colorado.
  • Geller, K, (October 2005) Transformative Learning Theory: Five Dynamics for Developing Leaders, Transformative Learning Conference Proceedings, Lansing, Michigan.
  • Geller, K & Fisher-Yoshida, B., (June 2003) First Global Forum, Leadership Development in Multi-national Corporations in the 21st Century, Society for Organization Learning Conference Proceedings, Helsinki.
Books: (authors listed alphabetically)
  • Fisher-Yoshida, B & Geller, K. D., (2009) Transnational leadership development: Preparing the next generation for the borderless business world, Innovations in Adult Learning Series: Theory to Practice, American Management Association (AMACOM).
  • Fisher-Yoshida, B, Geller, K. D. & Schapiro, S. (Eds.) (2008) Transformative learning: Space, culture and the arts. Counterpoints Series: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education, Peter Lang Publishers. Note: In November 2009 this book was recognized by as one of the six essential books in the field
  • Geller, K. D. (2004) Doctoral Dissertation: A New Model of Relational Leadership Development for Multinational Corporations in the 21st Century, Fielding Graduate University, UMI AAT 3158283.
  • Transnational leadership
  • Adult learning
  • Career development
  • Drexel University Sacramento (2010–present)
  • Stanford University, Human Resources (2008–2010)
  • Associate Vice President for Learning and Organizational Effectiveness Areté Leadership International, Asia, Global Consulting (2004–2008) Founding Principal (Key clients: United Nations, MicroSoft Asia, UBS Bank, Standard Chartered Bank)
  • Columbia University, Teachers’ College Summer Principal’s Academy Master’s Program (2004–2008) Instructor, Courses Taught: Conflict Management Seminar; Team Building.
  • Nova Southeastern University Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership (2004–2010)
  • Adjunct Professor, Courses Taught: Leadership and Change; Leadership Communication. Standard Chartered Bank (Asia, Africa, Middle East), (1998–2004)
  • Learning and Organizational Development, Global Head Management Development and Chief Curriculum Architect Ryder System, Human Resources Development (1993–1997)
  • Director, Organizational Effectiveness Right Management Associates, Organizational Consulting (1988–1993)
  • Director of Consulting for Florida and the Caribbean Kislak Mortgage Company, Human Resources Development (1986–1988)
  • Director, Human Resources and Manager, Management Development American Express, Human Resources Development (1983–1986)
  • Project Manager, Management Development and Change University of Miami, Residence Hall Programs (1980–1983)
  • Assistant Director, Staffing and Staff Development University of Maryland, Residence Halls (1975–1980)
  • Assistant Director, Staffing and Development for Hill Residential Community (3,000 students)


  • Lily Conference on Teaching (June, 2012) Applying principles of transformative learning to foster rapid development of an effective community of practice.
  • Teaching Professor Conference (June, 2012) Using Instructional Technology for Bi-Coastal Communication.
  • 23rd International Conference on College Teaching & Learning (April 2012) The Use of Social Media to Enhance Communication in Graduate Program Virtual Group Projects.
  • 9th Annual SLOAN-Consortium Blended Learning Conference (April, 2012) Bi-Coastal Group Projects: Integration of Social Media.
  • CUPA—Human Resources Conference—West Region (March 2011); Developing the next generation of leadership talent at Stanford University: A systems perspective.
  • Fielding Graduate University, (January, 2011); Who Am I After I’m Dr. Me: A social identity and career development perspective. Half day workshop
  • AHRD Asia (November, 2010); Transformative Education and Learning: A framework for developing transnational leaders. Pre-conference half-day workshop.
  • Fielding Graduate University, (January, 2010); Knowing Yourself and Honoring the Other - the basis for working effectively across transnational difference.
  • Transformative Learning Conference, (2007) Appreciating Self & Other through Mask Making. Experiential Session, NM.
  • Academy of Management, (2007), Praxis, Inquiry & the Performative Arts: A crucible for Transformative Education and Learning, Chair/Presenter, Professional Development Workshop MED, AOM Conference, Philadelphia, Aug. 2007.
  • Academy of Management, (2005) Flexible, Fluid and Responsive Management: A Model for Working Across Cultural Differences in the 21st Century, Professional Development Workshop,
  • AOM 2005 Conference, Hawaii, August.


  • Fisher-Yoshida, B & Geller, K. D. , (March 2009) PODCAST: Transnational Leadership Development: Preparing the Next Generation for the Borderless Business World, AMANET.
Dr. Kathy Geller joined Drexel University in September 2010 as faculty for the Ed.D in Leadership and Management. Dr. Geller teaches both leadership courses and research courses in the Ed.D. program. She has personally supervised more than 35 dissertations. In 2016 Dr. Geller was promoted to Associate Clinical Professor and became Program Director for the Ed.D program where she served until July 1, 2019.

Prior to joining the Drexel Ed.D team, Dr. Geller was a Lecturer for the Columbia University Teachers' College Summer Principal’s Academy, an urban education Masters and Administrative Certificate Program. She also was an Adjunct Professor for the Ed.D program at Nova Southeastern University serving students in both Asia and the United States.

Drawing from more than 20 years of leadership experiences in corporate and higher education settings, and ten years living and working in Asia and the Middle East, Dr. Geller previously served as Associate Vice President for Organizational Effectiveness at Stanford University; Vice President for Management Development and Chief Curriculum Architect for Standard Chartered Bank, a 70,000-person British financial services organization focused on Asia, Africa and the Middle East; and Managing Principal for Areté Leadership International Ltd., a consultancy that provided leadership development for Microsoft (Asia), UBS (Asia), the United Nations, and other for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Earlier in her career Kathy worked in Organization Learning and Organizational Development positions with American Express and Ryder System. Her earliest career experiences began in Higher Education Student Affairs where she last served as Assistant Director of Residential Life - Staffing and Organizational Development at the University of Miami.

Dr. Geller has authored and edited two books, Transnational Leadership Development (AMA, 2009) and Innovations in Transformative Learning: Space, Culture and the Arts (Peter Lang, 2008), both related to her Doctoral research.

Kathy lives in the Sacramento, California area where she enjoys activities around Lake Tahoe, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. She loves theater and travel!