St. Bonaventure University


DeSimone, Kimberly

Kimberly DeSimone

Journalism, Strategic Communication, Sports Media
Jandoli School of Communication

Master's in Leadership Program Director
Jandoli School Diversity Advocate
Co-chair, President's Commission on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Phone: (716) 375-2060; Cell: (716) 348-7422
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Master's Level:
  • LEAD 605. Leadership & Values
  • LEAD 610. Leadership and Diversity
  • LEAD 645. Organizational Performance
  • IMC 600. Strategic Marketing Management 
  • SC 497. Synapse Marketing Agency Experience
  • SC 303. Digital Marketing
  • SC 302. Global Marketing Communication
  • Ph.D., Leadership & Policy, Niagara University, April, 2018, magna cum laude;  Dissertation Title: A phenomenological study of women’s perceptions in navigating the Fortune 500 executive leadership pipeline; Inducted Member Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society in Education.
  • M.S., Psychology: Organizational Psychology, Dec 2014, summa cum laude, Walden University; Thesis Topic: The Role of Organization-Based Self-Esteem and Self-Efficacy in U.S. Female Corporate Managers’ Intent to Quit; Inducted Member Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.
  • M.B.A., Concentration: Marketing, May 2001, cum laude, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y.
  • B.A., Communications, Business Minor, May 1993, Niagara University, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Kimberly DeSimone is an experienced Fortune 500 marketer and student centered professor. DeSimone received her Doctorate in Leadership and Policy from Niagara University and her Master’s in Business Administration from St. Bonaventure University. 

Dissertation title: A phenomenological study of women’s perceptions in navigating the Fortune 500 executive leadership pipeline.

Prior to teaching DeSimone was a senior marketing manager at Fisher-Price (Fortune 500 Company), where she developed long-term and short-term business strategies and marketing plans for multiple multi-million dollar global businesses. DeSimone successfully led and managed diverse teams and projects traveling to Europe and Asia during her tenure.

DeSimone is a passionate advocate for advancing women and women's workforce success. DeSimone is a former president of New York State Women Inc. (Buffalo/Niagara Chapter) whose mission is to build powerful women personally, professionally, and politically and to make a difference in the lives of working women.

DeSimone is also involved in numerous women’s advancement organizations including The American Association of University Women (AAUW), The National Association of Female Executives (NAFE), The National Latina Business Women’s Association (NLBWA), The National Association of Professional Women (NAPW), and Buffalo/Niagara Sales and Marketing Executives (BNSME).

DeSimone has published scholarly papers in numerous academic journals and presents frequently at professional and academic conferences. 


Honors & Awards

Recent Publications 

  • DeSimone, K. (2021). Women perceive barriers to corporate advancement as self-imposed. Advancing Women in Leadership Journal, 40(1), 99-107.
  • DeSimone, K. (2020). Beyond gender: Reconceptualizing understandings of work-life balance and the extreme work model for 21st-century high-potential top earners. Journal of Organizational Change. DOI (10.1108/JOCM-02-2020-0042).
  • DeSimone, K., Harris, H. and Moore, E. (2020). “Mansplaining 101: Male/Female Miscommunication Among Undergraduate Students” Conference Presentation and Proceedings. Academy of Business Research Spring 2020 Conference Presentation and Proceedings. New Orleans, LA, USA. Winner: Best Paper.
  • Polka, W. (Ed.), Adelakun, O. (Ed.) and DeSimone, K. (Ed.) (2020). Fatal Attractions in the Digital Age: The Impact of Dire "High-Tech" and "High-Touch" Indiscretions in Our Digital Village. New York, NY: Linus Learning.
  • Polka, W., Adelakun, O. and DeSimone K. [of Chapter 8] (2020). You're Not in ‘Flip Phone Kansas’ Anymore...Get Used to It! How to Remain Appropriately Grounded in the Digital World. In Fatal Attractions in the Digital Age: The Impact of Dire "High-Tech" and "High-Touch" Indiscretions in Our Digital Village. New York, NY: Linus Learning.
  • DeSimone, K. (2018). Mediating Corporate Gender Bias and Queen Bee Syndrome through Mentorship Tied to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). Academy of Business Research. August 2018 Conference Proceedings. Winner: Best Paper, Management.
  • DeSimone, K. (February, 2018). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Modeling: Women’s leadership visualization study. International Journal of Business, Management and Commerce, 3(1), p.18-27.
  • Gross, B., Marinari, M., Hoffman, M., DeSimone, K., & Burke, P. (2015). Flipped@ SBU: Student Satisfaction and the College Classroom. Educational Research Quarterly, 39(2), 36.

Recent Presentations

  • DeSimone, K. (2021). Trust in organizational diversity initiatives and reinforced gender binaries. Academy of Business Research Fall Conference San Antonio, TX, USA October 27-29 Winner: Best Paper Management Track.
  • Invited keynote speaker and panelist: United Nations International Women’s Day Global Conference (2021): Women in Leadership, Achieving and Equal Future - sponsored by the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD). Presentation title: Women in leadership: More fixing the pipeline, less fixing the women. London, UK. 
  • Invited Panelist: Dixon Schwable Advertising Webinar: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Advertising, March 2021.
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lecture Series (DEILS) (February 2021): Beyond Gender: Reconceptualizing the extreme work model for 21st Century Families. 
  • Academy of Business Research (August , 2018) Presentation and Proceedings: Mediating Corporate Gender Bias and Queen Bee Syndrome through Mentorship Tied to Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
  • Invited Presenter & Panelist, October 2017, International Society for Educational Planning (ISEP) Global Conference in Toronto, CA. Presentation Topic: Where are the women? Women’s under-representation at the highest corporate echelons. Panel: Addressing Global Diversity Today.
  • Invited Presenter, December 2017, Niagara University Annual Research Symposium. Presentation Topic: A research proposal: Corporate women’s perceptions in navigating the barriers in reaching executive level, top earner positions.
  • Invited March 2015 Women of Promise Panelist, St. Bonaventure University: Women’s Workforce Issues.
  • Invited May 2014 Keynote Speaker: Western New York Women in Business October, Topic: Powerful Women Consumers Unite: Rise of the “Sheconomy.” 

Summary of Qualifications

  • Exceptional, experienced higher education instructor focused on student engagement and experiential learning instructional strategies. Top student rankings for teaching and advisement.
  • Extensive online teaching experience including course development, instruction and assessment.
  • Scholar Warrior. Peer reviewed research/scholarship focused on diversity in leadership. Qualitative & quantitative. Multiple academic presentations and publications.
  • Service: Actively serve and lead many community and university committees and organizations.
  • Broad experience in digital & social media brand building (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogging).
  • Strategic business leadership consultant with active ongoing client base.
  • 10+ years strategic management and marketing experience in a Fortune 500 company.
  • 8+ years research and business development experience.
  • Extensive qualitative and quantitative business and academic research involvement including peer reviewed research, GIS data mapping, surveys, phenomenological, and ethnographic research.
  • Executive integrated marketing communications experience in traditional & non-traditional media including television, print, website and social media campaign development & implementation.
  • International business development experience: extensive U.S. & Global travel (Europe and Asia).

Teaching experience:

  • Assistant Professor, Jandoli School of Communication, Master's in Strategic Leadership Program, St. Bonaventure University, Olean, N.Y.
  • Current Research Interests: Women in the workforce, advancing women in leadership, leadership diversity, workforce equity, gender socialization, role conflict, work-family conflict, feminist theory, gender bias, organizational behavior, power, professional wellness, emotional intelligence, digital media.
  • Current Research Projects: Researching bias and barriers to women’s advancement and the relationship between gender and perceptions of the ideal worker/leader.
  • Teaching Interests: Leadership, policy, diversity, women’s studies, management, social and digital media, organizational psychology, strategic marketing, integrated & global marketing communications, advertising, organizational behavior, consumer behavior, media psychology, business communications.
  • Professional Research Experience: I have led in the planning, ideology, development, research, testing and launch of hundreds of products to market as well as multiple global marketing and advertising campaigns.