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Leadership Strategies

Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille


Gretchen M. Bataille provides advice and guidance to higher education leaders and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad that are seeking new approaches to leadership, organizational change or assessment.  Activities include leadership team evaluation, board and faculty development through retreats and interactive meetings, developmental activities that support diversity and women’s leadership and lectures/presentations/workshops to improve institutional effectiveness.  Her experiences at diverse institutions provide a background for working with new presidents and their leadership teams at both public and private institutions.



Bataille has been quoted in several national and local news stories, including News Gazette (Urbana, IL), Houston Chronicle, Eugene Register Guard, Reno News Gazette, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, Chattanooga Times Free-Press, Diverse, Des Moines Register, University Business, Chronicle of Higher Education, News and Observer (Raleigh,NC), Inside Higher Education, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

  • Otis L. Fowler Award, Denton Chamber of Commerce, 2010

  • Advocate of the Year, Communities in Schools of North Texas, 2009 

  • Great Women of Texas, Fort Worth Business Press, 2008

  • Women in Business Award--Most Influential Woman, Dallas Business Journal, 2008 

  • Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas, Texas Diversity, 2008                

  • AAUW One Hundred and One Texas Women of Distinction Award, 2008 

  •  Founders’ Award, National Association for Ethnic Studies, 2008

  • Award of Achievement, National Alpha Chi Omega, 2006 

  • College of Liberal Arts Honored Alum, California Polytechnic State University, 2004 

  • Plaza of Heroines, Iowa State University, Carrie Chapman Catt Hall, 1995 

  • Charles C. Irby Distinguished Service Award, National Association for Ethnic Studies



In June of 2013, Dr. Barbara Kaufman, President of ROI Consulting Group, announced the first ROI Strategic Partner: 


"As leader, author and speaker, Dr. Gretchen M. Bataille brings decades of senior leadership experience to the ROI portfolio in higher education."

~ Dr. Barbara Kaufman, President, ROI Consulting Group

“By sharing your experience and knowledge, you provided specialized insight on the ongoing transformation of the American education system. . . .Your presence gave our university leaders an opportunity to hear from the ‘front lines’ of changes that are driving the future of our students.”

~ System Chancellor

“Thank you for speaking at our Leadership Conference.  We have received outstanding feedback. . .those attending appreciated learning about opportunities for career growth from women who have led the way.”

~ University Administrator

“Thank you for your inspiring words and for taking time out of your schedule to talk to us about leadership.” 

~ Participant in NMSI Young Leaders’ Program

“You are greatly appreciated and valued as a leader.”

~ Project Director

"Through your facilitation of the Welcome Round Table for Women Music Executives, you provided a helpful service to the administrative leaders of many institutions."

~Dean of Music

“Faculty, administrators, and staff participants rated Dr. Bataille’s presentation  as one of the most outstanding presentations in the Leadership Series.  It included substantive, in-depth insights relevant to the higher education environment.  Dr. Bataille was very engaging and stimulated thinking on the topic of Leadership in Higher Education.”

~University Chief of Staff

"Your engaging remarks, the story of your leadership journey mark you as a person of authenticity and integrity.  You stretched our minds and widened our horizons in important and inspiring ways." 

~ Leadership America

"Your work at the Board Retreat was critical in giving us a foundation.. The Board and our senior team remain very grateful. I will keep you very much in the loop as work unfolds.

~ President


"You are a wonderful storyteller and it was such a pleasure to hear you talk about your journey."

~Leadership Institute Leader


The broad leadership vista you shared helped the participants anchor their own specific goals within a larger leadership context and was very valuable. . . .We are truly appreciative of your insights, wisdom and thoughtful perspectives on leadership."

~ University Human Resources Director

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