About Karen Higgins, Ph.D.


Ph.D. and MBA Executive Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

B.S. Mathematics, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID


2002 to present:

Adjunct Professor of Management,  Peter F. Drucker/ Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA.   Dr. Higgins teaches Project Management, Ethical Leadership, and Systems Thinking to MBA, Executive MBA, and PhD students from around the world.

2006 to present :

President, ÉLAN Leadership Concepts, Ridgecrest, CA 

2006 to present:

Board Member, Alta-One Federal Credit Union, Ridgecrest, CA

1973 to 2005:

Naval Air Warfare Center, Weapons Division, China Lake & Point Mugu, CA

  • U.S. Navy Senior Executive Service
  • 7 ½ years: Executive Director and Director for Research & Engineering overseeing $1B budget, $2.8B facilities, 1 M acres ranges, and more than 5,000 employees.
  • 10+ years: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line management of various technical departments, divisions and branches
  • 7 years: project manager for Sidewinder missile and for organization-wide communication system
  • 8+ years: software design/system engineer for complex real-time integrated weapons systems
  • Strategic planning and organizational change.  Extensive mentoring and external interface.
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