Dr. Kathleen Buse is a business leader, award-winning researcher, and top-rated educator. She works with organizations to increase inclusiveness and to engage all employees by leveraging data, research, and educational initiatives. Her specialty is helping employers recruit, retain, and advance women at all career phases.
Kathleen’s experience includes 25 years in industry, where she began as an engineer and advanced to executive leadership. She spent 10 years in academia immersed in research on the retention of top talent in the workplace, with a focus on women. Drawing from her own experiences, she leverages practical strategies and solutions to add and advance women in organizations.
Kathleen previously served as the Director of Research and The Women’s Leadership Institute at ERC, and she was past faculty director and co-creator of the Leadership Lab for Women at Case Western Reserve University. She has been an adjunct professor at the Weatherhead School of Management and the Case School of Engineering. Kathleen taught professional and leadership development; research methods, including multivariate data analysis; and product design.
Dr. Buse earned her doctorate in management from Case Western Reserve University and a master's in electrical engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology. She received her bachelor's in chemical engineering/engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Kathleen’s industry experience includes Kodak, Lubrizol, Avery Dennison, and Sherwin-Williams.
She is an active volunteer, currently serving as a board member at Magnificat High School, where she chairs the Education Committee. Kathleen is also a founding member of the Women’s Leadership Council/Women United and chair of the speaker series committee. She is a past board chair and member of the United Way of Lake County. She and her husband have three children and live in Lake County, Ohio.