Amy FarmerMargaret Gerig & R. S. Martin, Jr. Chair in Business

Amy Farmer

Meet Amy Farmer

University Professor Amy Farmer holds the Margaret Gerig & R. S. Martin, Jr. Chair in Business. She directs the Global Community Development Program, a study abroad program focused on community projects with sustainable economic and social impact.

She received her B. S. Degree in mathematics from Purdue University in 1987 and her doctorate in economics from Duke University in 1991.

Her academic interest are game theory, law and economics and economics of the family.

What extraordinary thing has another woman done that influences you?

My mom is really the greatest female influence in my life. She worked tirelessly to raise five kids and hold a job as a math teacher without much help really. She wanted to be an engineer, but girls weren't allowed to take calculus where she went to school. So she became a teacher and taught me from the time I could understand words that I could be whatever I wanted. But, she also taught me that nothing was more important than family and her kids, so I owe my work-life balance to her.

Anne M. O’Leary-KellyProfessor

Anne M. O’Leary-Kelly

Meet Anne M. O’Leary-Kelly

Professor Anne M. O'Leary-Kelly is the William R. and Cacilia Howard Chair in Management in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She has served as Division Chair in the Organizational Behavior Division and as Representative-at-Large on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management.

She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University in 1990.

Her academic research interests are the study of aggressive work behavior and individual attachments to organizations. Anne defines success as a journey toward self-understanding and pinning down our personal motives, rather than a process of acquiring things. She believes that the key to success if understanding what you contribute to the world and how you balance your ego and your wounds.

What extraordinary thing has another woman done that influences you?

No matter how many people my grandma cooked for, no matter how many hours we spent in the kitchen cleaning up afterward, she would dry the last dish, smile and say, "There. That wasn't so bad, was it?" Her positive spirit influenced me.

Carol ReevesAssociate Vice President for Entrepreneurship

Carol Reeves

Meet Carol Reeves

Professor Carol Reeves is the Associate Vice President for Entrepreneurship and holds the Cecil and Gwendolyn Cupp Applied Professorship in Entrepreneurship in the Sam M. Walton College of Business. She coordinates the entrepreneurship efforts on the University of Arkansas campus and mentors an average of four undergraduate and graduate business plan teams each year. In 2010, her teams won more business plan competitions than teams from one university in the history of the competition.

Reeves earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Georgia in 1988. Her research focuses on the effects of family violence on the workplace and the mitigating effects of financial self-sufficiency.

Carol has been published in some of the top journals in Management, including the Academy of Management Review and the Academy of Management Perspectives. She has won two national awards for innovation in entrepreneurship pedagogy and won the prestigious University of Arkansas Alumni Association Faculty Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching in 2009.

More recently, Carol has begun to study how entrepreneurship can have a positive influence on those at the “base of the pyramid.”

Janine A. ParryProfessor

Janine A. Parry

Meet Janine A. Parry

Professor Janine A. Parry teaches Political Science at the University of Arkansas and has directed the Blair Center’s Arkansas Poll since its inception in 1999.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Western Washington University in 1992 and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. at Washington State University in 1994 and 1998 respectively.

Her research interests include examining the role of campaign contact in voter mobilization, the effect of institutional endorsements on ballot measure voting and women in contemporary southern politics. She defines her success as any time that she can be a benevolent force in the lives of her family, students, co-workers and community.

What extraordinary thing has another woman done that influences you?

Professionally, the most critical things were significant because they were articulated by people who had nothing to gain by building me up. One woman declared me ‘ridiculously competent’ to an associate vice chancellor when I’d been here less than a year and was launching a fearfully large project, the Arkansas Poll. Others reached out at a difficult time to affirm that I am a capable leader.

Ro Di BrezzoVice Provost for Faculty Development & Enhancement

Ro Di Brezzo

Meet Ro Di Brezzo

Professor Ro Di Brezzo teaches kinesiology and is director of the Human Performance Lab in the College of Education and Health Professions. She is also Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. 

She was chair of the Faculty Senate in 2010-11, chair of the Campus Faculty in 2009-10 and is a previous interim department head for Health Science, Kinesiology, Recreation and Dance. The Baum Teaching Award was awarded to her in 1999 and she is one of the co-founders and co-directors of the Teaching and Faculty Support Center. 

She received the College of Education and Health Professions Outstanding Teaching Award twice, the college’s Outstanding Research Award, and the Southern Academy of Women in Physical Activity, Sport and Health Research Award twice.

What extraordinary thing has another woman done that influences you?

The most extraordinary thing anyone has done for me (and it came twice time in my life)  was having another woman that I respected tell me that I was “smart enough and talented enough to do…” I hope I have proven them right.

Susan Imes YellAdministrative Support Supervisor

Susan Imes Yell

Meet Susan Imes Yell

Susan Imes Yell works in the Sam M. Walton College of Business Department of Economics and has been a part of this campus since 1976. She has served on a number of committees over the years that are dedicated to making staff members’ and students’ lives easier.

Yell graduated from the Walton College Staff Development Program in 2001 and 2004, the Walton College Wellness Program in 2002 and CPR Training in 2003. Yell will receive her 35-year service award this fall. She was chosen as Arkansas State Employees Association Outstanding State Employee in 2010.

At the end of the day, Susan feels successful if she’s helped and supported faculty members and students so that they can more easily accomplish what they need to do.

What extraordinary thing has another woman done that influences you?

My daughters influence me every single day. They have acquired multiple degrees here at the U of A and are successful in every aspect of their lives. That influences me to try and help each and every student that I come in contact with during my day.


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Commision on Women

Back row (L to R): Kathy Van Laningham, Angela Davis, Sharon Gaber, Janine Parry, Chris Pohl, Elizabeth Woods, Lori Libbert, Kathryn Huddler

Front row (L to R): Judy Schwab, Melynda Hart, Aisha Kenner, Sandy Thomas, Autumn Lewis