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Team Dynamics Biographies

Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Associate Professor of Business Administration

University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Education Module Presenter

Melissa Thomas-HuntAssociate Professor Melissa Thomas-Hunt teaches Bargaining and Negotiations. Her teaching and research activities focus on conflict management, negotiation and inclusive leadership within global teams and organizations. Her current research activities focus specifically on the effects of status and power on negotiation processes and outcomes and the evaluation and integration of expertise within diverse groups. Prior to coming to Darden, Thomas-Hunt was an associate professor at Cornell’s Johnson School. She also taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, Washington University’s Olin School of Business and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Thomas-Hunt received her MA and PhD from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and her BS in chemical engineering from Princeton University.

Odette Harris

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Director of Brain Injury, Stanford University School of Medicine

Associate Chief of Staff, Polytrauma; Director, Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center, VHA Palo Alto CA

Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow, 2012-2013

Education Module Interviewee

Supported by the Iris F. Litt, M.D Fund

Odette HarrisDr. Odette Harris is an Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of Brain Injury at Stanford University School of Medicine.  She is the Associate Chief of Staff, Polytrauma at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.  Harris is also the Site Director/Principal Investigator of the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center Palo Alto site. Upon completing her neurosurgical residency, Harris was awarded the William VanWagenen Fellowship from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. She is a Clayman Institute Faculty Research Fellow.

Dr. Harris graduated from Dartmouth College and received her MD degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed internship and residency at Stanford University Medical Center and earned a MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.

Gina Bianchini

Founder and CEO, Mightybell

Clayman Institute Advisory Council Member

Education Module Interviewee

Gina BianchiniGina Bianchini is an expert in creating communities of interests online and in the real world. She is the founder and CEO of Mightybell, the first community platform built to support networks of groups.  Before Mightybell, Bianchini served as CEO of Ning from its inception in 2004 to March of 2010. Bianchini serves on the board of directors of Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI). She also serves on the Advisory Council of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research and played an instrumental role in creating the Voice & Influence Program.

Bianchini graduated with honors from Stanford University and received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Kim Scott

Vice President, Operations & Online Sales, Dropbox

Education Module Interviewee

Kim ScottKim Scott is the VP for Operations and Online Sales at Dropbox.  Prior to Dropbox, Scott was a member of the faculty at Apple University.  She worked at Google from 2004-2010, where she ran AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations.  Earlier in her career, Scott co-founded Juice Software, a business intelligence and collaboration start up, where she was the CEO.  Scott began her career in 1990 in Moscow, working first as an analyst on the Soviet Companies Fund, and then starting a diamond cutting factory.  

Scott earned her AB in Slavic Literature from Princeton University and her MBA from the Harvard Business School.


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