Dr. Colleen Merrill Brown

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School of Business - Adjuncts Business Psychology Business Administration (MBA)


  • Ph.D. - Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service - Cardinal Stritch University 
  • Master of Science – Organizational Leadershi - Marian University
  •  Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration - Lakeland College
  • Advanced Sourcing Certification - General Electric
  • Masters Certificate in Project Management - University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Dispute Resolution Certification - Wisconsin Mediation Centre     

Areas of Specialization

  • Passionate about helping others reach their own success:
    • Academia – Psychology, business and philosophy; Blends theory-based academics with real-world experience into a practical format for applicable career growth.
    • Business – Healthcare; IT procurement; contract management; supply chain/sourcing; grants; entrepreneurship; or mergers/acquisition (M&A) and divestiture. Highly organized, looking to leverage expertise in mitigating risk/exposure with the ability to work across all levels of an organization. Proficient at managing resources to ensure projects get completed on-time/on-budget. 
  • Recognized as an expert in the following areas:
    • Educator – Psychology; leadership; diversity; business; philosophy
    • Global Sourcing – IT procurement
    • Supply Chain Leadership Development Program – Researched and authored playbook for industry
    • Mentorship – Active business supporter
    • IT Procurement – Negotiator working within a global environment and government
    • Contract Management – All aspects

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

  • Marquette University Business Mentor Program
    • Dissertation - Survivors as Leaders: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis on Lessons Learned from Survivors about Quality of Life 
  • Marian University
    • Thesis - Environmental Indicators for Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Teachers at Washington High School
  • Electronic Medical Records (EMR)                               
    • Key negotiator and drafted agreement for install of EMR software and hosting at Milwaukee County’s Behavioural Health
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A)                
    • Team Lead on several high-profile M&A and spinoff initiatives
  • Global Indirect Sourcing “Huddle”                                    
    • Quarterly training presentations to the Global IT Team on: Issues; Risk; Opportunities; and VCP (Variable Cost Productivity)
  • Tech Talks – New Technology Acquisition Process               
    • Global IT Annual Presentation at GE Healthcare
  • GE Corporate Software Governance Council                       
    • Global panel member for all GE Businesses - set guidelines and policies on Company software use

Honors and Awards

  • GE Healthcare Crystal Award; Recognition for outstanding work performed with the GEHC Integration Team in the acquisition of a significant healthcare company
  • ABCD Mentorship Program Recognition Award recipient; After Breast Care Diagnosis Support Group (www.abcdbreastcancersupport.org)
  • Bud Larner Law Firm Software Seminars; Keys to Negotiating Better Software Agreements and Software-As-A-Service Agreements  
  • Advanced Sourcing Certification; GE Corporate/Louisville, Kentucky               
  • Advanced Project Management Masters Certification; University of Wisconsin-Madison       
  • Dispute Resolution Certification; Wisconsin Mediation Center; The Wisconsin Association of Mediators (WAM) seeks to promote and develop the use and practice of cooperative conflict resolution through mediation.
  • Activity Leader for GE Community Service Day; Annual volunteer work at public schools in Milwaukee
  • Software Asset Management Governance Council; GE Corporate & GE Healthcare; Member of the Global Software Asset Management Committee for GE Corporate & Healthcare in order to set policy around the use of licenses, compliance and example of best practices for the Business.
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