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Laura Morgan Roberts, Ph.D.

Georgetown University
Teaching Professor of Management

Dr. Laura Morgan Roberts is a Teaching Professor of Management at the McDonough School of Business. She has served on the faculties of Harvard Business School and Antioch University’s Graduate School of Leadership and Change. She has also taught courses in organizational behavior, psychology, negotiations, group dynamics, and leadership and career development as a faculty affiliate of University of Michigan, the Wharton School of Finance, Tuck, Georgia State University, UCLA Anderson, and AVT (Copenhagen). Laura is a co-founder of RPAQ Solutions, Inc., a research and consulting firm that brings strength-based practices to leaders who seek extraordinary performance and personal fulfillment.

Laura’s research examines how leaders cultivate positive identities in diverse work organizations. She has published research articles, teaching cases, and practitioner-oriented tools for strategically activating best selves in workplaces and communities. Her publications, “How to Play to your Strengths” and “Creating a Positive Professional Image,” are among the most popular articles from Harvard Business Publishing and have been featured in several media outlets. Laura is an editor of Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity-building and Inclusion (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson) and Exploring Positive Identities and Organizations: Building a Theoretical and Research Foundation (with Jane Dutton). Her forthcoming books include: Leadership, Race, and Work (with David Thomas) and Seven Conversations (we should be having) about Diversity, Inclusion and Positive Organizing (with Lynn Perry Wooten and Martin Davidson). She is currently a Visiting Scholar of Harvard Business School’s Leadership Initiative, researching the influence of African American business leaders. Laura earned a BA in Psychology (highest distinction & Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Virginia, and an MA and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Faculty for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy, 2018 – present