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F. Byron (Ron) Nahser, Ph.D.

Ron Nahser

Managing Director for CORPORANTES, Inc., an outgrowth of The Nahser Agency/Advertising, Dr. Nahser is currently a Senior Wicklander Fellow at DePaul University’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics and also Provost Emeritus of Presidio School of Management, San Francisco (offering the first accredited MBA in Sustainable Management). He lectures and consults with business and academic audiences in the US and internationally on business values, vision, marketing strategy, branding, social responsibility and integrative sustainable management.

The author of Learning to Read the Signs: Reclaiming Pragmatism in Business and Journeys to Oxford:  Nine Pragmatic Inquiries into the Practice of Values in Business and Education, he has developed a strategic business problem-solving model known as PathFinder Pragmatic Inquiry® which has been used by more than 100 organizations and thousands of participants including 3M, Levi-Strauss & CO., The Quaker Oats Company, Time Inc., Harris Bank, Kellogg School of Management, Stanford GSB, Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business,  DePaul University Kellstadt GSB, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Presidio School of Management, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and many others.

The former chairman, president, and CEO of The Nahser Agency of Chicago, serving such advertisers as The Quaker Oats Co., CNA Insurance, Harris Bank, Schwinn Bicycle Co., Merlin’s 200,000 Mile Shops, Solo Cup Co., and Florsheim Shoe Co., Dr. Nahser earned a BA degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, an MA degree in Religious Studies from Loyola/Mundelein College and the Ph.D. in American Business Philosophy from DePaul University.

In his four-year term as Provost and Co-CEO at Presidio School of Management, he re-positioned and re-branded the college, guided the faculty, refined and integrated the educational philosophy and the School’s curriculum and executive education program; and placed paramount emphasis on helping individual students discover their true callings through their careers, and organizations to connect their strategies with their values and vision.

Having successfully completed the first five iterations of the MBA program and played a major role in growing the School by ten-fold, from 22 students in 2004 to 220 students in 2008, Ron has been conferred the title “Provost Emeritus” by the College’s Board of Directors. As Senior Wicklander Fellow at DePaul’s Institute for Business and Professional Ethics, he is nowleading the launch of an Executive Education Program on Integrative Sustainable Management.

He is also a Curator of the Willis Harman Archive and the Founding Partner of the Oxford Leadership Academy in USA. To read more about Dr. Nahser, visit his personal site.