Project Description

Carolyn J. Stefanco, Ph.D.


Carolyn J. Stefanco, Ph.D. is a global higher education and women’s leadership expert. Following two decades as a tenured professor of history, she held positions as dean, vice president, and president in both public and private universities in the United States. She also served as resident director of a London Study Program, Senior Fulbright Scholar at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, higher education consultant for Saudi Arabia and South Africa, trustee and board chair at the American University in Bulgaria, and board member of the International Leadership Association. While president, she founded a women’s leadership institute and raised millions of dollars in support of diverse women’s leadership. Along with the roles she has held in U.S. and international higher education, Dr. Stefanco is a sought-after speaker on women’s and diversity issues, publishes regularly in popular and scholarly venues, and serves on numerous boards. She was awarded a Helen Gurley Brown Foundation Genius Award in recognition of her decades of achievement.

Dr. Stefanco earned a Ph.D. in history from Duke University, an M.A. in women’s history from Binghamton University, and a B.A. in history and a women’s studies certificate from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

She now serves as founder and CEO of Baret Leadership Consulting, where she offers executive coaching to individuals, and assistance with global engagement and board development to universities and organizations.