Kathleen Buse

Kathleen Buse

Director, Women's Leadership Institute at ERC

Dr. Kathleen Buse is a business leader whose work focuses on advancing women in the workplace. As Director of the ERC Women’s Leadership Institute, Kathleen helps employers recruit, retain, and advance women through research-based solutions and development services. Additionally, she is leading the efforts at ERC to expand the use of data analytics to support client initiatives.

Kathleen’s experience includes 25 years in industry, beginning as an engineer and advancing to executive leadership. She spent ten years in academia where she became an award-winning researcher and top-rated educator. After immersing herself in the five decades of research on women in the workplace and drawing on her own experiences in industry, she has designed strategies and solutions for women and their leaders. These efforts have measurably increased women’s achievement within organizations especially in leadership roles and other critical professions including engineering.

Prior to her role at ERC Kathleen was President of Advancing Women in the Workforce, Faculty Director for the Leadership Lab and Adjunct Professor at Case Western Reserve University. At CWRU, Kathleen taught research methods including multivariate data analysis. She led the effort to modernize the content across the quantitative course sequence to include big data and data analytics. As an advisor and dissertation committee member, she guided students in both qualitative and quantitative research in various management topics.

Dr. Buse earned a Ph.D. in Management from Case Western Reserve University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemical Engineering/Engineering & Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Her industry experience includes Kodak, Lubrizol, Avery Dennison, and Sherwin-Williams. She is an active volunteer, currently serving as a board member at the Center for Arts-Inspired Learning and at Magnificat High School where she chairs the Education Committee. She is chair of the United Way of Lake County and a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council. She and her husband have three children and live in Lake County, Ohio.