Kimberly DeSimone

Kimberly DeSimone

Professional Background

Kimberly DeSimone is an Associate Professor who teaches coursework in leadership with a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). DeSimone received her Doctorate in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University and her Master’s in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. She is the program director of the Master of Arts in Leadership program and the Diversity Advocate for the Jandoli School of Communications. DeSimone also serves on the University President’s Commission for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. 

Her published scholarly research in leadership advancement of women and under-represented groups focuses on gender bias, androcentric bias, gender socialization, power-distance, and feminist theories. DeSimone has published research in the Journal of Organizational Change Management, The International Journal of Business Management and Commerce, Educational Research Quarterly, The Business Research Yearbook, Global Business Perspectives and The Academy of Business Research. DeSimone is an invited presenter and panelist at numerous academic and professional conferences presenting on global DEI topics.

Prior to teaching DeSimone was a senior Fortune 500 marketing manager at Fisher-Price where she developed long-term and short-term business strategies for multiple multi-million-dollar global businesses. DeSimone has successfully led and managed diverse teams and projects traveling to Europe and Asia during her tenure.

DeSimone is a passionate advocate for advancing women and women's workforce success. Her blog www.powerofworkingwomen.com addresses women’s professional barriers. DeSimone is a board member and past president of New York State Women Inc. (Buffalo/Niagara Chapter) whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally, and politically. She is also involved in numerous women’s advancement organizations including The American Association of University Women (AAUW), The National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), The National Latina Business Women’s Association (NLBWA), and The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). In addition, DeSimone advocates and fundraises for organizations that support neurodiversity, especially children on the autism spectrum.  

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Leadership & Policy, Niagara University, 2018
  • M.S., Psychology, Walden University, 2014
  • M.B.A., Marketing, St. Bonaventure University, 2001
  • B.A., Communications, minor in Business, Niagara University, 1993