Since its formation in 2004, the Kardia Group, led by Diana Kardia and Karen Williams, has become a leading strategic partner in the transformation of the culture, functionality, and success of the academic endeavor. Our services are rooted in the literature on higher education and developed through collaboration with faculty and organizational experts. We focus on the unique and challenging realities of academic institutions and faculty careers including leadership, climate and diversity, academic culture, departmental dynamics, faculty transitions, and the changing face of academia.
Kardia Group Clients
Diana Kardia, Ph.D.
Diana Kardia is an expert in organizational change and leadership development in academia devoted to articulating and solving the most vexing and important challenges facing faculty, staff, and administrators today.
Dr. Kardia received her Ph.D. in 1996 in Education (specialty in Higher Education) from the University of Michigan, a program consistently ranked #1 by U.S. News and World Report. She holds a B.S. and M.A. in Statistics as well as a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, all from the University of Michigan. She is certified in the use of the CPI 260® and certified-by-degree in interpreting the MBTI®.
Dr. Kardia has taught and conducted research in the fields of statistics, psychology, education, and women’s studies and has served in staff and upper administration roles. She has worked as an independent consultant for over 25 years and is frequently consulted as a subject matter expert on faculty careers, organizational change, the dynamics of academic departments and the benefits and challenges of diversity.
Diana takes a translational approach to coaching, applying research and experience from many fields to the specific goals, dilemmas, and developmental opportunities of a given person within a particular context. This style is well-matched to many faculty-led leadership experiences.
Karen Williams has seven years of experience working with faculty, staff, and academic administrators on achieving leadership goals, effecting organizational health and change, understanding conflict styles and responses to conflict, and cultivating the benefits of a diverse academic environment. In her coaching, Karen braids together a variety of life and work experience, formal education and training, and self-directed learning. Karen has worked in and with academia for over 20 years. Early in her career she worked closely with academic administration on university-wide information systems. In the past 7 years, Karen has coached faculty, staff, and administrators. She has worked with the Kardia Group team on a variety of projects such as departmental team building, unit climate assessment and culture change, faculty/staff relations, and the development of diversity change leaders in STEM departments. Particular foci include achieving leadership goals, organizational health, effecting change, working productively with conflict, and cultivating the benefits of a diverse academic environment.
Beyond her work around higher education, Karen has created several successful businesses ranging from technology services to consulting. In addition, she has served on a non-profit Board of Directors, and has consulted with more than 100 individuals, businesses and non-profits. Karen holds an A.B. in Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Washington University. She is certified in the use of the CPI 260® and MBTI® assessments. She is currently pursuing her interest in the confluence of individual growth and organizational change through the Ph.D. program in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University.
Mary Dotson joined Kardia Group in 2013. She oversees our contracts and client management. Mary also provides research and analysis support for survey projects. She is certified in the CPI 260® assessment.
Mary began her career working as part of the engineering and planning community, looking at project environmental impact. By 2000, she was inspired to focus on supporting the creation of healthy communities by working through urban agencies. From 2002 to 2013, Mary held the post of Director of Secondary Education at TreePeople, a local environmental nonprofit organization in Los Angeles. Her responsibilities as director included program planning, implementation and assessment, along with special workshop design projects. The knowledge gained from this wide variety of experiences enhances her contribution to the team. Mary enjoys spending time in nature as a way to inspire life and produce creativity.
Cindy Glover, M.S.
Cindy has been with Kardia Group since March 2015. She holds a master’s degree in industrial and organizational (IO) psychology. Her degree informs the significant technical and organizational skills she brings to Kardia Group administration and presentations. She is certified in CPI 260® assessment.
Kardia Group Collaborators
We greatly value working in collaboration with other professionals who know and understand higher education.
Current key collaborations include…
Mark Chesler, Ph.D.
Emeritus Professor of Sociology and founding faculty member of the Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Mark is mentor, colleague, and friend, bringing extensive scholarly experience, passion, and knowledge to help us increase higher education’s capacity to actualize the benefits of diversity and inclusion and to train faculty, staff, and administrators to effectively make change in the wilds of academia.
Kelly Mack, Ph.D.
Vice President and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope, Office of Undergraduate Science Education (PKAL/STEM), AAC&U
Kelly brings a keen intelligence about academia, STEM fields, the crises we face, and the efforts necessary to make lasting change. She works with us on developing effective leadership to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion goals in STEM fields and collaborates with us on strategies to train and support PIs to ensure that funding aimed at DEI efforts is well spent.
Recent important collaborations include…
TECAID: Transforming Engineering Culture to Advance Inclusion and Diversity
Working with WEPAN (Women in Engineering Proactive Network), ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineering) and Purdue University, we guided five teams from mechanical engineering departments through a series of four two-day workshops to promote real diversity and inclusion changes.
ADVANCE at the University of Michigan
Over the past 15 years, Kardia Group worked closely with ADVANCE and its collaborators to conceive and design key institutional change programs, especially Faculty Leading Change and LIFT: Leadership and Integration in Faculty Transitions.
Other coaches and consultants who know academia
Daryl Nardick, PhD
Susan McGraw (Susan McGraw Consulting)
Susan Palmer, JD, PCC (Susan Palmer Consulting)
Patricia Romney, PhD (Romney Associates)
Rena Seltzer, ACSW (Leader Academic)
Kerry Sheldon (Bridgeport Consulting)
Overview of Our Rates
Our institutional rates range from $300 to $450 per hour per consultant for consulting services, and $250 to $500 per session for one-on-one coaching, depending upon the work and the personnel. Please contact us for more information.