Before coming to the Doerr Institute, Chase worked as the Research Assistant to the Babylab of École Normale Supérieure Paris. In this role he was charged with recruiting and in-house translation and interpretation for post-doctoral research teams. He recently received his Master of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from the Université Paris – Sorbonne Nouvelle in Francophone Literatures and Gender Studies.
Prior to joining the Doerr Institute, Brooklyn was the Communications Specialist for the Office of Undergraduate Research at Auburn University where she was responsible for creating and implementing a myriad of communication and marketing efforts. Brooklyn has also worked as a Communications and Marketing Intern for the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Auburn University and a Communications and Engagement Intern at Southwest Airlines in Dallas, Texas.
Stephanie Taylor is the Assistant Director of Leader Development at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Stephanie oversees the hiring, training and managing of professional coaches who facilitate Doerr Institute’s Catalyst modules as well as the design and execution of Leader Excursions.
Sarah Sullivan is the Administrative Specialist for the Doerr Institute. Before joining the team at the Doerr Institute, she worked for two years as a career counselor at the University of Tulsa. Sarah also interned in the Global Talent Management division at Corporate Walmart and was a psychological counselor at Lone Star College.
Marcel Fingers is the Executive Assistant to Tom Kolditz. She has many years assisting executives in both the nonprofit and corporate setting.
Ryan is the Managing Director for Measurement at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. The Institute is committed to ensuring that the services it provides to students are of the highest quality and achieve the greatest impact on the development of Rice students as leaders, and Ryan oversees all measurement initiatives to this end. He regularly consults with organizations on ways to measure their impact on people, including non-profits, churches, and schools.
Ruth Reitmeier is the Assistant Director for Coaching at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders. Ruth oversees the hiring, training and managing of professional coaches who work directly with Rice students to increase their leadership capacity.
Ruth is an ICF-certified coach and received her coach training at Rice University through the Doerr Institute. She has 20+ years of experience in developing leaders and she is passionate about helping people grow and flourish by maximizing their potential.
Lillie Besozzi is the senior associate director at the Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University. As the operations oracle, she is the chief problem anticipator, bureaucracy whisperer, resident empath, and general peacekeeper. From human resources to general council to managing the endowment – Lillie makes the Doerr system run. She manages the details so her colleagues can focus on their leader development passions.
Tom Kolditz is the founding Director of the Ann and John Doerr Institute for New Leaders at Rice University--the most comprehensive, evidence-based, university-wide leader development program in the world. The Doerr Institute was recognized in 2019 as the top university leader development program by the Association of Leadership Educators. Prior to Rice, he taught as a Professor in the Practice of Leadership and Management and Director of the Leadership Development Program at the Yale School of Management.