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Alyssa Westring Named Management & Entrepreneurship Chair

Professor of Management Alyssa Westring
Professor of Management Alyssa Westring

Professor and work-life balance scholar Alyssa Westring has been chosen to become the next chair of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship at the Driehaus College of Business, effective July 1.

“To her new role Alyssa brings a distinguished record as a leader in the DePaul University community and as a teacher and researcher at our college,” Interim Business Dean Thomas Donley says. “We welcome her contributions as a member of our college administrative team.”

Westring joined DePaul in 2007 and was named a Vincent de Paul Professor in 2019 for her strong demonstration of Vincentian values in her teaching and scholarship. In 2019, she was appointed one of two inaugural Presidential Fellows by DePaul President A. Gabriel Esteban, PhD. In the latter role, she identified opportunities to enhance engagement, retention and career advancement for women and faculty of color at the university. She also co-chairs the business college’s Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the university Academic Integrity Board.

Westring's teaching and research explores issues related to work-life balance and women’s career success, with a special focus on working parents and women in STEM. She is co-author of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) book, “Parents Who Lead: The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life,” and she recently produced the HBR Quick Study video, “Here’s How Leadership Skills Can Help You Parent Better.”

Westring succeeds Professor and Chair Lisa Gundry, who is retiring from DePaul at the end of June. “Lisa has contributed greatly to the success of our Department of Management & Entrepreneurship through her work as a professor, scholar, center director and chair during her 30-plus years at DePaul,” Donley said in a message to the college announcing Westring’s appointment. “Thank you, Lisa, for so admirably serving our students and our college. You will be much missed.”

Westring added that she feels “so honored to succeed Lisa Gundry as chair of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship.”

“Lisa deftly guided our faculty, staff and students through the past few years of uncertainty and fear. I hope to follow in her footsteps of compassionate and inclusive leadership as we move forward in our new normal” at the university as it emerges from the pandemic.