The main purpose of this program is to allow a senior executive from a major business enterprise to spend a meaningful period of time on campus interacting with students and faculty. The Executive-in-Residence (EIR) shares his/her own perspective on leadership – drawn from his/her experience in the business world. In turn, students and faculty have an opportunity to gain their own insights through their interaction with the EIR. This reciprocal relationship is the hallmark of this program.

While the McDonough Center hosts many campus speakers throughout the academic year, the EIR is expected to go beyond a one-time campus presentation. However, the residence arrangement is flexible. It can range from several visits during a semester to a longer stay on campus (e.g., a full week, two weeks, a month). While on campus, the EIR can make presentations to different groups (e.g., classes, campus, community organizations), or even team-teach a class. The EIR also will have an opportunity to mentor leadership students interested in his/her main business area. The program's flexibility allows the Executive-in-Residence to make a commitment based on his/her time requirements. All of the details will be arranged prior to the residence.

The 2020-2021 Fitzgerald Executive-in-Residence:

Dr. Colleen Lyons, Senior Ethics Advisor for the Boeing Company. Her EIR Project is entitled "Personal Leadership Development in a VUCA World." VUCA stands for Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. The students in this project will design and develop a personal ethical leadership model (PELM) as a tool to lead themselves and others.  The PELM will serve them in their personal and professional lives long after they graduate.  Specifically, they will have codified their core values while appreciating and respecting those of others. This enables the students to approach problem-solving as a collaborator seeking win/win outcomes. Lyons has her Ph.D. in Values-Driven Leadership from Benedictine University and a master’s in bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Recent Fitzgerald Executives-in-Residence:

Douglas Griebel is a highly accomplished Entrepreneur, Senior Executive, and Board Member with more than 40 years of success within the restaurants, education, athletics, investments, and real estate industries. His areas of expertise include fundraising, negotiations, sales team development, performance management, executive coaching, and mentoring. Currently, Griebel is the Chairman and Co-Founder of RM Hospitality Group Inc., a company consisting of the award-winning Rosa Mexicano restaurant chain.

Paul Worstell, former president of PRO-TEC Coating Company, a joint venture partnership of U.S. Steel and Kobe Steel, Ltd. of Japan. Before joining PRO-TEC, he spent 26 years with U. S. Steel’s operations in the Pittsburgh region. He now supports organizations with executive coaching, leadership training, cultural transformation, and leadership retreats.

Barbara Fitzgerald, former Senior Vice President of Store Operations of PetSmart. With responsibility for the strategic planning and tactical execution of all customer service and store operations activities, she developed and implemented the cultural transformation away from tasks to a customer focus.  That company-wide initiative, PetSmart Unleashed, included all stores, distribution facilities and home office support departments and has remained an integral part of the business strategy and success of the company. 

Michael Milone, Executive Vice President (Retired), H.J. Heinz Company. At the time of his retirement, he was responsible for Rest of World, Global Enterprise Risk Management, Environmental Health, Safety & Sustainability, Quality and Infant/Nutrition. Milone holds a B.A. degree from Colgate University and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Graduate Division.