Stephani Richards-Wilson, Ph.D., Ed.D



  • Strategic Leadership
  • Women’s Leadership Development
  • Organizational Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Modern Germany
  • Holocaust


Stephani Richards-Wilson is the director of graduate business programs at Alverno College, where she has taught since 2016. She teaches several courses including Business Policy and Strategy, Introduction to Business and Management, Managing Organizations, and Global Marketing. She also teaches classes in the MBA program including Creating Agility in Dynamic Environments and Assessing Self, Organizations and the Operating Environment.

Richards-Wilson has a wide range of business experience. Prior to coming to Alverno, she served as vice president of Merle Made, LLC, a family start-up located in Milwaukee. She has also taught German at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Before that she served as assistant dean for Student Recruitment and Retention in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette University, where she led recruitment efforts, managed the college’s scholarship process, grants and emergency financial aid, and served on campus leadership committees.

Richards-Wilson earned a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego. She also earned a Ph.D. in German from the University of Wisconsin. Her first dissertation dealt with the benefits of an MBA degree and her second focused on Nazi resister Willi Graf of the White Rose. She completed her Master of Arts in German and her Bachelor of Arts in German and French at Marquette University. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Milwaukee Turners, the Wisconsin Alumni Association, the German-American National Congress, the Society for German-American Studies, and is the chair of the Mathilde Anneke Room Restoration Committee at Turner Hall. Dr. Richards-Wilson is also a member of MBAA International (the Midwest Business Administration Association).