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Vanderbuilt University Peabody College
230 Appleton Pl. , 230 Appleton Pl.
Nashville , TN

Corbette Doyle, EdD

Senior Lecturer

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Dr. Doyle is a senior lecturer of Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on gender diversity at the leadership level. In addition to diversity, Dr. Doyle teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in strategy and analytics and consults on equity, diversity, and inclusion strategies. Until she joined Vanderbilt's faculty in the summer of 2008, Dr. Doyle was the chair of the Health Care Industry practice and global chief diversity officer (CDO) at Aon, one of the two largest risk and health consulting firms in the world. For the latter role, she reported directly to the CEO.

As CDO, she revamped the firm's diversity leadership strategy, co-led a process to revamp Aon's flex work strategy, sponsored the development of a company-wide mentoring program, and rolled out or sponsored advanced development programs, 1 for 30 of the firm's top women from around the globe and another that focused on top minority talent in the United States.

Prior to her role as CDO, her responsibilities included executive responsibility for a dozen different industry practices, launching new practice groups, acquiring companies, closing companies, and serving on the boards of companies that Aon invested in. She was originally recruited to launch the firm's Health Care Industry Practice, which she remained the chair of until she joined Vanderbilt. Her particular areas of expertise are inclusive leadership, women in the workplace, risk financing, professional liability, and consumer-driven health care.

Dr. Doyle serves on multiple boards, including Martin Methodist College and the Friends of REAL Foundation. She serves on the mayor of Nashville's Gender Equity Council and is an external member of Nissan America's Executive Diversity Council. She previously served on the boards of Definity Health, Sterling Life Insurance, Evolve Women's Foundation, the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Board of Governors, American Society for Health Care Risk Management, and was the president of the Owen Alumni Board. In 2015, Business Insurance honored Dr. Doyle with its inaugural Impact Award for ongoing contributions to diversity in the industry. PLUS recognized her in 2009 with its Plus One award for outstanding contributions to the industry. In 2006, the Advancement of Professional Insurance Women named her the Insurance Woman of the Year, and Risk & Insurance named her one of their inaugural "99 Power Brokers."

Dr. Doyle earned her doctorate in organizational leadership at Northeastern University, graduated first in her executive master of business administration class at the Owen School at Vanderbilt, and graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York at Oswego in economics (major) and math (minor).


Leadership at All Levels

You Can't Lead If No One Is Following You

December 01, 2011 | Corbette Doyle