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Melanie Weaver Barnett New Executive Director

Following the retirement announcement of UNICON Executive Director Bill Scheurer, an extensive search was launched last year to fill the position. The UNICON Continuity Committee and the UNICON Board of Directors are delighted to report that Melanie Weaver Barnett was chosen to be the next Executive Director of the organization, and she has accepted. Melanie will begin August 1st.

Melanie is well known to her colleagues at UNICON, having served in executive education leadership roles at the University of Michigan for many years, along with multiple roles within UNICON as a project volunteer, committee member, and a board member who served as UNICON board chair in 2012-2013.

Please join us in welcoming Melanie to this key position and wishing her the very best in her new venture.

The UNICON Board for Directors


About Melanie

“Melanie Weaver Barnett is chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Under Melanie’s leadership, Michigan Ross Executive Education has been consistently ranked among the top in the world, offering programs in multiple locations in the Americas, Asia (including India and the Middle East), Europe, and Africa.

Melanie brings an inclusive, collaborative, and energetic leadership approach to her work, and, with the Executive Education team, has created new global partnerships, developed innovative learning experiences, and earned high levels of customer satisfaction, all while achieving unprecedented growth. Prior to joining Michigan, Melanie worked for then Fortune 500 firm Ethyl Corporation in its management and organization development area, and later established her own firm, The Leadership and Learning Alliance, a consultancy in organization and management development.

Melanie works directly with a wide range of client organizations. These include, for example, the largest bank in the world, ICBC; the public utility DTE Energy; Saudi Arabian telecom company STC; and the National Football League, among others. She serves as a faculty member in Executive Education as well, developing and teaching programs on leadership, change management, and team building.

She has served as chair of the board of directors for UNICON (the International University Consortium for Executive Education) and on the boards of the Alumni Association and the Advisory Board for Intercollegiate Athletics.” – Michigan Ross website