A passionate professor, researcher, and leadership development consultant, Dr. Cristina (Cris) de Mello-e-Souza Wildermuth has engaged audiences and students for over twenty years. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dr. Wildermuth immigrated to the United States in 1992 and has traveled extensively, facilitating leadership and diversity/inclusion programs in Latin America and Europe.
Dr. Wildermuth’s main research areas include leadership development and education, ethics, and international/intercultural relations. She has written a book on Diversity Training (published by the Association for Talent Development) and published in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Leadership Education, and the Journal of Psychological Issues in Organizational Culture.
Dr. Wildermuth holds a Master’s in Technology Education/Training and Development and a Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Bowling Green State University, with a dissertation on employee engagement and personality. She is the chair of LinkedIn’s 1M+ group for HR professionals, Linked:HR; the Director of Certification for the Brevard County SHRM; and a member of the International Leadership Association’s Leadership Academy facilitation team.
Dr. Wildermuth lives in West Melbourne, Florida, with her husband Mel and furry family members Friskey, Bambi, and Buffy. She loves discovering new beaches, making impromptu trips to the Disney Parks in Orlando, and learning painting from Bob Ross.