About the Kardia Group

The Kardia Group, a network of faculty, administrators, and organizational change and leadership development experts, invests in a deep transformation of the culture, functionality, and success of the academic endeavor, with a focus on institutions offering graduate degrees. Kardia Group services include coaching customized to the academic environment; team/group development tailored to the complex interactions among faculty and between faculty, staff, and administration; and seminars, retreats, consultations and special projects. Our services are deeply rooted in the academic and industry literature on higher education and have been developed through collaboration with faculty advisors and organizational experts, inspired by faculty development and institutional transformation goals originally explored at the University of Michigan. Since its formation in 2004, Kardia Group has focused on the unique and challenging realities of academic institutions and faculty careers dealing with the topics of leadership, climate and diversity, academic culture, departmental dynamics, faculty transitions, and the changing face of academia.

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Kardia Group Clients

Diana Kardia, Ph.D.

Coaching and Consultation

Diana Kardia is an expert in organizational change and leadership development in academia: the conditions that foster the development, mastery and expression of individual genius within and through collaborative, interdependent, and synergistic networks and organizational structures to advance knowledge. She combines graduate training from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan (the top program in this field) with two decades of practical experience working in higher education to articulate and solve the most vexing and important challenges facing faculty, staff, and administrators today. Additionally, she brings more than 30 years of experience understanding and addressing social inequities and the subtle and profound dynamics of power and difference.

Dr. Kardia received her Ph.D. in Education (specialty in higher education) from the University of Michigan in 1996. Her graduate program, UM’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education, has consistently been rated the top program in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Additionally, 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.

Dr. Kardia has taught and conducted research in the fields of statistics, psychology, education, and women's studies. She has also held a variety of administrative roles in academia and conducted workshops, retreats, and multi-day trainings on organizational change, effective teaching, diversity and dialogue, and the dynamics of academic departments. She has extensive experience working with diverse environments and across conflicts and challenges associated with social identity, including gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and other sources of difference and imbalance.

Karen Williams

Coaching and Consultation

Karen Williams is a skilled practitioner in the field of leadership development and change in academia, with five 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. She is skilled in the application of leadership assessment instruments to achieve leadership goals and has worked with a variety of academic units on strategic planning, staff dynamics, conflict resolution, and team building.

Karen combines skills in program development, organizational analysis, leadership development, information systems, and communication and information principles, with more than 20 years of experience in information systems, 14 of those in an academic setting. In addition she has extensive experience in writing and survey design and analysis. In her former position, she consulted with more than 100 individuals, businesses and non-profits, including serving on a non-profit Board of Directors. Karen is certified in the use of the CPI 260 and the MBTI. She holds an A.B. in Mathematics and a Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Washington University, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems at Fielding Graduate University.

Mary Dotson

Administrative Specialist

Mary Dotson contributes to scheduling, contracting, and various other administrative duties.

Cindy Glover

Administrative Specialist

Cindy contributes with significant technical and organizational skills to Kardia Group administration and presentations. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational psychology.

Stefanie Levine


Stefanie Levine handles invoices and accounts for Kardia Group.

Kardia Group Collaborators

Kardia Group also works with subcontractors who bring substantial experience with academia, organizational development, leadership, and management issues in academic and non-profit settings. Many of our subcontractors also bring training in psychotherapy as a background to their coaching skills. Kardia Group chooses its subcontractors carefully, ensuring high levels of professionalism and experience, and customizes the fit between subcontractor background and skills and client needs. All subcontractors are trained and supervised by Diana Kardia, Ph.D.

Mark Chesler, Ph.D.

Current Projects:Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments (STEP); Diversity Workshops for faculty

Marianne James

Current Projects: Departmental and individual assessments; staff coaching

Catherine Lilly

Academy Dean of University of Michigan's Business and Finance Leadership Academy
Current Projects: LIFT: Leadership and Integration in Faculty Transitions

Kevin Meisel, MA, LLP

Current Projects: Departmental and individual assessments; faculty coaching

Patricia Romney, Ph.D.

Romney Associates
Current Projects: leadership development resources for faculty of color

Rena Seltzer, ACSW

Current Projects: Faculty coaching

Karla Vineyard

Vineyard Associates
Current Projects: Leadership Development for Full Professors (initiated in 2008, on-going); LIFT: Leadership and Integration in Faculty Transitions; Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments (STEP)

Kardia Institutional Group Collaborators

ADVANCE at the University of Michigan

ADVANCE at the University of Michigan
Current Project: Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments (STEP) (annual event initiated in 2007, ongoing)
Current Project: LIFT: Leadership and Integration in Faculty Transitions

CRLT Players

The CRLT Players at the University of Michigan Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
Current Projects: Strategies Toward Excellent Practices in Departments (STEP) (annual event initiated in 2007, ongoing)


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.