The Conference Board
Dr. Pat Stocker is program director and conference director for The Conference Board Leadership Council on Advancing Women. She has spent her lifetime as an advocate for women in both her professional life and her volunteer activities. Pat is currently a consultant for the Office of Executive Programs at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland where she previously served as Associate Dean and Director of Executive Programs. She is a member of the Task Force on Women’s Initiatives for the Robert H. Smith School of Business. She also previously taught at Georgetown University in Washington, DC as well as at The University of Denver, where she was honored as the outstanding business professor of the year.
Pat was one of 102 women leaders from across the United States selected to participate in Vision 2020, a multiyear commitment to encourage more involvement by women in politics in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in 2020. In that capacity, she was involved in the national meetings and conversations among women leaders and took a leadership role in a special project to teach young women about the history of the Women’s Suffrage Movement. She participated in Leadership America as one of the country’s 100 top women leaders and was an invited to participate in Leadership America’s National Women Leaders’ Summit, “Women’s Voices, Values, and Vision.”
She also participated as a sponsor and speaker for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which includes about 1,000 women student leaders from throughout the US and the world. Through AAUW, she has collaborated with Lilly Ledbetter (Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act) and other national and regional leaders on issues affecting women. Pat has been a mentor to many senior women business leaders. In 1999, she co-founded, and continues to direct, LAM - Life After Marriott - for former high-ranking Marriott women executives. The organization has more than 60 members and provides networking opportunities, mentoring, and career guidance to prominent women executives across a range of industries.
She received her Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, the first woman to complete the marketing doctoral program, and was honored as the outstanding doctoral student. She received her MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where her concentrations were finance and management. Her undergraduate degree is from North Dakota State University from which she recently received the Alumni Achievement Award, the university’s highest recognition.
Pat is founder and president of Stocker & Associates, a consulting organization based in Bethesda, Maryland. Working with a group of 120 thought leaders in business, she plans and coordinates custom executive education programs. These thought leaders, with whom she has built long-term working relationships, represent the country’s best business schools and consulting organizations.
She served as Senior Executive Education Consultant for Marriott International (including Ritz-Carlton and the Marriott Vacation Club businesses) since 1990 and as program director for their four-week Marriott Executive Development Program and one-week Marriott General Managers Program, and the Leadership Excellence Program. Pat also served as Executive Education Consultant for Lockheed Martin and served as program director for the Lockheed Martin Executive Leadership Program (ELP), the corporation’s most senior executive education program, a program she directed for seven years and the Lockheed Martin Advanced Senior Management Institute (ASMI) for four years. She was the academic program director for the Egyptian Executive Development Program, a USAID-sponsored program in Egypt for senior executives in Egyptian businesses, cited by USAID as the most successful program of its type. In addition, she has served a limited number of other clients, including Aetna Insurance, Honeywell, PepsiCo, Host Marriott, Hess Corporation, Capitol One, FedEx, AARP, Volunteers of America, the US Postal Service, and a few other nonprofit organizations.
She served as president of AAUW Maryland (American Association of University Women) from 2012-2014 and is currently president of the Bethesda/Chevy Chase branch. She served for 11 years (July 2001 – July 2012) as a Trustee for Suburban Hospital – Johns Hopkins Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, and was Vice Chairman of the Board. She also served on the Board of Interfaith Works in Montgomery County, Maryland, and on the National Governing Board of Common Cause.