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Tammi Gray



Tammi Gray

Adjunct Faculty

  • Professor of Organizational Leadership & Management

  • Campus:
  • Pasadena
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  • Dr. Tammi Gray
Academic Affairs
Pacific Oaks College
Address Map of 45 W Eureka Street Pasadena CA 91103
45 W Eureka Street
Pasadena, CA 91103

Dr. Gray is an equity-minded Organizational-Business Psychologist, college educator, and transformational leader with software engineering, social psychology, and higher education expertise. Her commitment to optimizing the success of organizations is evident in her ability to identify and address interpersonal and organizational factors that affect performance. Dr. Gray's leadership experience in global technical operations - software engineering, and higher education extends beyond 20 years. Her expertise in software engineering and organizational psychology gives her a unique perspective when addressing the complex challenges modern organizations face.

She expands her erudition through rigorous scholarship and generously shares her expertise with others to inspire a love of learning. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA, and a Master of Science in Leadership & Management from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA.

Furthermore, Dr. Gray has honed skills in comprehending human behavior and leveraging it to enhance group performance and achieve organizational goals. She has spearheaded complex initiatives across diverse industries, including biotechnology, fintech, healthcare, higher education, and media, with the invaluable support of exceptional teams successfully. Moreover, Dr. Gray is an accomplished practitioner with a solid foundation in Emotional Intelligence (EI), Social Intelligence (SI), Cultural Intelligence (CI), and Adversity Quotient (AQ). This robust skill set enables her to navigate social situations adeptly and foster positive relationships in both professional and personal settings. Throughout her career, she has consistently demonstrated her ability to ameliorate social interactions and relationships, employing strategic human behavioral techniques to optimize the performance of groups and teams. As a result, her efforts have led to significant organizational transformations.

Dr. Gray's most notable scholarship accomplishments and contributions to leadership and STEM communities include authoring a quantitative dissertation on Factors in the Career Advancement of Women Leaders of Color in IT. In addition, her published research will help advance the knowledge of diversity and inclusion and how mentorship, career sponsorship, and leadership behaviors affect the career advancement of women leaders of color in IT. Her research interests are the psychology of group dynamics and intergroup relations, including unconscious biases, stereotyping, intergroup conflict, and conflict-also the influence of culture and ethnicity on social cognition, behavior, and identity. Additionally, in 2021 she received the Women of Color STEM Technology All-Star Award for her significant contributions to the technology profession, and in 2022 she received the She Inspires Me Award (SIMA), recognition for mentoring and volunteerism.

In her free time, she enjoys nature, quiet time at the beach, and spending time with family and friends.

Education History
Degree Institution Year
Doctor of Philosophy Organizational Leadership The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, CA 2020
Master of Science Leadership & Management University of La Verne, La Verne, CA 2010
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Alumni Council Member The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Member Employee Assistance Professional Association
Member Employee Assistance Professionals Association (EAPA)
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Volunteer Pancreatic Cancer Society
Chair, Leadership & Development Beyond the Field, Inc.
Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Business/IO Psychology Organizational Psychology
Organizational Psychology
Career/Workplace Issues Employee Development, Engagement, Motivation
Curriculum and Program Development Online
Cultural Issues
Diversity General Expertise
Higher Education Adult Teaching and Learning
Leadership Organizational Leadership
Transformational Leadership
Research Design/Methodology Mixed Methods Research
Quantitative Inquiry
Media Exposure

Blossom Where Are You Planted Podcast | Women In Technology

You Are Not Alone Video Podcast |Your Guide to Mental Wellness presented by KJLH and produced by The Chicago School


Factors in the Career Advancement of Women Leaders of Color in IT: Mentorship, Leadership, and Career Sponsorship


Tammi Gray (2021). Factors in the Career Advancement of Women Leaders of Color in IT: Mentorship, Leadership, and Career Sponsorship. . ().

Professional Skills
Organizational psychology, Organizational change management, Lean and Agile concepts and principles, Human factors, Agile SAFe, Team performance, Program and project management, Global business, Process mapping, Policy development, Process standardization
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