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Wendy Ruona

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Part-time Clinical Assistant Professor
Industrial-Organizational Master's Program
Adjunt Instructor
Associate Professor, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, and Policy, College of Education

Wendy E.A. Ruona, Ph.D. is currently a part of the Organization Development team at The Home Depot (corporate/Store Support Center) where she serves an internal consultant, partnering with business leaders to facilitate both small- and large-scale change that supports strategic alignment and high performance. Dr. Ruona began this role in 2022 as she follows her passion back into full-time practice after nearly 25-years as a faculty member at The University of Georgia, including teaching in the IOMP program since it was established.

Wendy’s work is devoted to developing (1) aligned organizational systems that are poised to achieve strategy, foster optimal organizational effectiveness, and be amazing places for employees to work and (2) the leaders needed to enable that. Her consulting and scholarly work has focused on: strategic planning, alignment, and implementation in organizations, the systems that support performance, talent management, organization development and change, and building the HRD profession (foundations and what is required for strategic alignment and contribution). She has published over 50 articles, chapters, and papers and received numerous awards recognizing her scholarship and service in HRD, including the Richard A. Swanson Research Award for Excellence and the Early Career Scholar Award.

Dr. Ruona served as President of the Academy of Human Resource Development (2016-2018) (Incoming President 2014-2016 and Past President 2018-2020) and was the Editor-in-Chief of Advances in Developing Human Resources.

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