Catherine Tinsley

Professor of Management, McDonough School of Business
Executive Director, Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative

Catherine H. Tinsley is a Professor of Management and head of the Management group at the McDonough School of Business. She is also Executive Director of the Georgetown University Women’s Leadership Initiative. She is a CPMR fellow for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and a Zaeslin fellow at the College of Law and Economics, University of Basel. She studies how factors such as culture, reputations, and gender influence negotiation and conflict resolution. She also studies how people make decisions under risk, applying decision analytic frameworks to understand organizational disasters, and individual and expert responses to natural disasters (such as hurricanes) and man-made disasters (terrorist attacks). She currently serves on the editorial board of several journals, her work has appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals, and she has won various academic awards for her research.

Dr. Tinsley collaborated with the White House and U.S. State Department to execute a woman-to-woman mentorship summit, which began in Helsinki, Finland and concluded in Washington, D.C., including remarks from President George H.W. Bush and Dr. Condoleeza Rice, then National Security Advisor. She also partnered with the U.S. State Department and the Council of Women World Leaders to convene the first ever world-wide meeting of the Ministers of Women’s Affairs. Dr. Tinsley has conducted numerous negotiations, conflict resolution, and leadership training seminars for various organizations, and has also run numerous “open enrollment” negotiation trainings for managers of a variety of companies, and within a variety of cultures. She also runs semi-annual seminars for Senior Executives in the Energy Industry.