NAS Faculty and Staff Bios
Paula J. Caproni, Ph.D.
Paula J. Caproni serves on the faculty of the Management and Organisations Department at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. She is also the Director of the Day MBA Program and the Professional Development Coach for the Executive MBA Program. Professor Caproni teaches courses in leadership, interpersonal skills, and team development both in the U.S. and internationally with the Ross Executive Education. In addition to extensive teaching, she consults with organisations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors and has presented her research at several conferences in the U.S. and abroad, including the Academy of Management Meetings, the Organisational Behavior Teaching Conference, the Academy of International Business, the European Standing Conference on Organisational Symbolism, and the European Group for Organisational Studies. Professor Caproni's book, “Management Skills for Everyday Life: The Practical Coach” is now in its second edition, and she is currently writing a new book called “What Predicts Success: What Researchers Know That You Don’t Know.” The Ross faculty honored Professor Caproni with the Victor Bernard Leadership Teaching Award in 2008. Professor Caproni holds an MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in Organisational Behavior from Yale University.
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is a Michael R. and Mary Kay Hallman Fellow and Associate Professor of Management and Organisations at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan and a Faculty Associate at the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research in Ann Arbor. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan with graduate training in Cultural Anthropology. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Southern California and has had visiting appointments at universities in Singapore, France, Turkey and Russia.
Professor Sanchez-Burks is an award winning scholar, writer and educator. His work focuses on the unique challenges of leading in a global economy where traditional boundaries are fuzzy and culture-free models of leadership break down. His research provides a fresh perspective on what it takes to negotiate and collaborate across cultures, link creativity to innovation, and foster high performing teams and transformational leadership via emotional intelligence capabilities. His work has been published in the New York Times, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organisation Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Research in Organisational Behavior, and other scholarly outlets.
His work has been featured in the TED* series, The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and The Harvard Business Review. Sanchez-Burks serves on the editorial board of Organisation Science, is an elected Fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, and is a member of the Association for Psychological Science, and the Academy of Management. Dr. Sanchez-Burks is the Director of the EMBA Professional Development Program at the Ross School of Business and the Co-Director of the Michigan Ross Executive Education course on Negotiations, and teaches custom and open-enrollment Executive Education courses on design thinking, creativity and innovation, leadership, cultural intelligence, influence and high performing teams. He has experience coaching and training managers and executives across East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, the U.S., Turkey, Russia, Northern and Western Europe. Within the Day MBA program, he teaches a popular elective on negotiating in a global economy. Sanchez-Burks is also a father, musician and amateur photographer.
Professors Caproni and Sanchez-Burks are both based in the University of Michigan Ross School of Business, consistently in the top ten in rankings of global executive education providers (Financial Times, 2013, etc.). They are also both faculty members for the NAS Chief Executive Program.
Gail Crider, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NAS
Gail Crider, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, directs NAS program design area and facilitates our internal operations. In addition, she consults on strategic leadership, planning and governance. Gail was instrumental in the transition from the National Arts Stabilization Fund to National Arts Strategies and providing the range of services NAS offers today, including the most recent addition, The Chief Executive Program.
Before joining National Arts Strategies, Gail worked with a variety of arts organisations and spent ten years in the funding community. In her most recent position as a program officer for a private foundation, Gail worked on inner-city redevelopment and community building in Washington, D.C. Gail has also worked for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger and the National Endowment for the Arts. She co-chaired the Community Development Support Collaborative in Washington, D.C., and has served on the audit committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies and on grant panels for the Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps), the National Endowment for the Arts and the Department of Treasury, CDFI Fund. She holds a B.S. in theater from Lewis and Clark College. She was recently named a Senior Fellow of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is working on a report for donors on how to best assess the financial and management systems within arts organisations.