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1991 Speaker - Dr. Maria Georgiopoulos Mackavey

Associate Professor and Director of Human Resources Management Division, School of Management, Lesley College

Maria Georgiopoulos Mackavey was Born in Greece and raised in Zambia. She received both her B.A. and M.A. in English from State University of New York, Albany (SUNY) in 1968 and 1973, respectively. In 1988, she earned her Ed.D. from Boston University in Leadership Studies and Managing Change, writing a dissertation entitled “Synectics as Planned Change Theory: Understanding its Applications in the Workplace.”

Dr. Mackavey has been an asset to several institutions of higher learning, serving in varied capacities, including as:

  • English instructor at Bay State Junior College, Boston, MA (1975-1980)
  • Summer instructor at the American Institute for Foreign Studies, Athens, Greece (1978-1979)
  • Dean of Continuing Studies at Bay State Junior College, Boston, MA (1980-1985)
  • School of Education Dissertation Advisor at Boston University, Boston, MA (1988-1990)
  • Graduate School of Business Administration Lecturer, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1988-Sept. 1990)
  • Psychology Department Lecturer in Organizational Psychology, Boston University, Boston, MA (1989-May 1990)

She has held her current position as Professor and Director of Human Resources Management Division at Lesley College since 1990.

In 1998, Dr. Mackavey co-edited Shared Purpose: Working Together to Build Strong Families and High-Performance Companies with Richard J. Levin. She is currently working on another book, titled, A Sweet Seed of Red Pomegranate: Reflections on Grief. When not directing the Human Resources Management graduate program that she designed or assisting in the design of a competency-based general education program for undergraduates at Lesley, Dr. Mackavey is highly sought as a consultant. She has lent her expertise to several sources, holding positions including:

  • Training and Development Consultant to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, Philadelphia, PA (1976-present)
  • Human Resources Management Consultant to the International Human Resources Corporation, Boston, MA (1985-1986)
  • Development Consultant in the United States for the World Wildlife Fund, Washington, D.C. (1990-April 1992)
  • Organizational Development Consultant for the Harvard Business School, Cambridge, MA (1998-June 1999)

Dr. Mackavey is also a member of several professional associations, including:

  • Institute of International Human Resources
  • International Who’s Who of Intellectuals, Cambridge, UK
  • Northeast Human Resources Association
  • Organizational Development Network
  • Society for Human Resources Management 

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