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Dr. Marilou Ryder

Dr. Marilou Ryder is a Professor of Education in the Ed.D program at UMASS Global. .  Marilou holds a Master’s degree from Syracuse University and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Dr. Ryder’s scholarly interests range from the history of women in leadership, the gender divide, teen self-advocacy,  executive presence, and women and aging.  


Her research, “The Impact of Male Gender Dissonance on Women’s Potential Eligibility for Advancement to the Position of Superintendent” was published as a popular book, The SeXX Factor: Breaking the Unwritten Codes that Sabotage Personal and Professional Lives, by New Horizon Press in 2003 and was featured on talk shows throughout the nation. 


Later she wrote Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership, an Amazon best seller for educational leaders. She co-authored 92 Tips from the Trenches: How to Stay in the Game as an Educational Leader. 


An accomplished presenter, Dr. Ryder speaks extensively delivering lively and engaging presentations on women in leadership,  self-confidence, executive presence, and women and aging. Throughout her career, Dr. Ryder has been an energetic and determined advocate for scholarly learning and practice and is deeply committed to working with women and girls to be their best selves on a good day. 

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