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Business and Management

Daphne DePorres, EdD

Doctoral Professor of Management

Colorado Springs, CO

Scholar-practitioner. Organization Development specialist. Facilitator of the Hero’s Journey.

  • BS Chemistry, Chicago State University (1979)
  • MS Organization Development, Pepperdine University  (1993)
  • EdD Organization Change, Pepperdine University (2000)

Prior to her tenure at CTU, Dr. DePorres held several roles in which she practiced as a scholar-practitioner including: An executive role in a large early childhood organization in the area of Research, Evaluation and Organizational effectiveness;  teaching and living for almost a decade in Mexico with the primary objective of redesigning the #1 rated Master’s program in Organization Development in Latin America;  a decade of Organization Development Practice in the Upper Midwest consulting to a variety of local and international organizations in the area of Strategy Development and Inclusion. Dr. DePorres launched her career during a decade as a Quality Assurance manager and Certified Quality Engineer in a Fortune 500 Consumer Foods company which included implementing a Development Support Network (DSN) process of her design which led to a dramatic reduction in turnover in a subset of the corporate population. The DSN was also empirically examined for its feasibility as a tool to support the growth and development of adolescents, and is still in use today in a variety of settings.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Business and Management

  • Why are YOU IN?

    I’m in for doctoral students on ”The Hero’s Journey”!

  • What is your teaching philosophy?

    Kurt Lewin said, “If you want to truly understand something, try to change it.” The action-reflection orientation embedded in this quote serves doctoral students in their formation as they trod the Hero’s Journey. To borrow from Carl Rogers (On Becoming a Person, 1961) "Experience is, for me, the highest authority. The touchstone of validity is my own experience. No other person's ideas, and none of my own ideas, are as authoritative as my experience. It is to experience that I must return again and again, to discover a closer approximation to truth as it is in the process of becoming in me.”

  • Professional memberships
    • Academy of Management
    • International Society of Organization Development
  • Speaking Engagements

    Dr.DePorres has spoken nationally and internationally on numerous occasions over the last twenty years.

  • Research interests
    • Action Research
    • Appreciative Approaches to Change
    • Narrative Approaches to Change and Development
    • Organization Development Practice
    • Application of Postmodern and Complexity theories in the social sciences,
    • Self-As-Instrument professional and personal development
    • Learning Community Development
    • Doctoral Research continuous process improvement