Debra Orr

Debra Orr
Debra Orr
Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership
Heller College of Business
» Organizational Leadership
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Debra Orr holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, a Master’s degree in Leadership and a Ph.D. in Organization Development. Dr. Orr is the Dean of the Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and associate professor of Organizational Leadership at Roosevelt University in Chicago.  She has taught courses in change management, organization behavior and development, group dynamics, facilitation, decision-making, leadership development, critical thinking, persuasion and presentation skills, conflict management, communication and strategic planning.  Prior to Roosevelt University, Debra has written leadership curriculum for several other Chicago-area universities.

Debra’s professional background is diverse, working in healthcare, higher education, manufacturing, aviation, tourism, and association management. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors’ Bureau Board of Directors, the Advisory Board of the Collegiate Conferences and Events Professional (CCEP) professional designation and as the associate managing editor of the publication, Apt.itudes, for the Chicagoland Apartment Association.  She is published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Organization Development Practitioner, Organization Development Journal, and Revue Gestion de Science (Management Science) – a trilingual European journal, based in FranceTwo healthcare books carry chapters she has authored: Organization Development in Healthcare:  Conversations on Research and Strategy and Principles and Practices of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also afrequent submission reviewer for the Academy of Management, Midwest Academy of Management and Southwest Academy of Management. 

Dr. Orr chaired the Organization Development Network Graduate Student Paper Competition.  She was elected to the Presidency of the Midwest Academy of Management and served in that role through October of 2013.  The Midwest Academy of Management is the regional affiliate of the largest, and most prestigious, scholarly organization in the field of management, the Academy of Management.

Dr. Orr is an active consultant, working with organizations both large and small, established and start up.  She has served as an executive coach for entrepreneurs, Fortune 100 presidents and a member of the U.S. Congress.

Debra Orr is a graduate of the Disney Institute’s Customer Service training.  As an award-winning writer and an award-winning change-management consultant, on-going researcher in leadership, executive coach, organization development consultant and frequent academic presenter, Debra is a scholar-practitioner concentrating her efforts on bringing the newest academic research to life within the context of organizations.

Topics of Expertise
  • Conflict Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Team Building
  • Leadership Development
  • Organization Development
  • Employee Engagement
  • BACommunications/Fine Art — Lewis University
  • MALeadership Studies — Lewis University
  • Ph.D.Organization Development — Benedictine University