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Sheila
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Sheila Ronis

Dr. Sheila R. Ronis is Director of the MBA/MM Programs at Walsh College in Troy, Michigan.  She is also President of The University Group, Inc., a consulting firm, and think tank specializing in strategic management, visioning, national security and public policy. She teaches the “Strategic Management Capstone” course of the MBA, “Issues of Globalization” and “Strategic Management and Leadership” in the Doctorate of Management program at Walsh College. Dr. Ronis chairs the Vision Working Group of the Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) in Washington, D.C., which has been tasked by Congress to rewrite the National Security Act of 1947. Her B.S. is in Physics and Mathematics.  Her M.A. and Ph.D. are from The Ohio State University in Large Social System Behavior.

As a Distinguished Fellow at PNSR, Dr. Ronis is responsible for the plan and processes to develop The Center for Strategic Analysis and Assessment; the place where the President of the United States will conduct “grand strategy” on behalf of the nation.  On 30 July, 2010, she chaired a conference at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, that presented the findings of the PNSR Vision Working Group Report and Scenarios which she edited, that outlines why foresight capabilities are essential to the workings of the Executive Office of the President of the United States.

On 24-25 August 2010, Dr. Ronis chaired the conference:Economic Security: Neglected Dimension of National Security at the National Defense University that explored a “grand strategy” for a healthy U.S. economy.   In March 2006, she completed a study of the national security implications of the erosion of the U.S. industrial base for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business.  Her book, Timelines into the Future: Strategic Visioning Methods for Government, Industry and Other Organizations, was published by Hamilton Books in June, 2007. 

Other significant papers include, “Transformational Recapitalization: Rethinking USAF Aircraft Procurement Philosophies” which was published in Defense AT&L in November 2004 and “Erosion of the Industrial Base and its Issues of National Security: A Systems Approach to Congressional Action” presented at the National Defense Industrial Association conference in November 2005. Dr. Ronis participates in many programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. including their National Security Strategy Exercise. 

Dr. Ronis founded and directed the Institute for Business and Community Services at The University of Detroit to assist the U.S. automobile industry in becoming globally competitive by bringing systems and strategic management principles to the industry

Dr. Ronis has worked with many organizations; public, private, large, small, profit and nonprofit.  These include:  General Motors Corporation, Ford Motor Company, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, the U.S. House of Representatives, the Federal Laboratory Consortium For Technology Transfer, U.S. Institute of Peace, USAID, Ameritech, USCAR, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Institute for National Strategic Studies at the National Defense University, the National Science Foundation, The National Academies of Sciences and The State Council of The People’s Republic of China.

In 1996, Dr. Ronis was asked to deliver a paper on “National Security and the Theories of Dr. Deming” by the W. Edwards Deming Institute.  The paper was read by General John M. Shalikashvili, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was widely distributed throughout the Pentagon as an example of applying strategic systems thinking to matters of national security.  Known as a systems security strategist, Dr. Ronis has authored 180 papers.  Her paper delivered at the Pentagon entitled, “Economic Security is National Security:  A Discussion of Issues Surrounding the Global U.S. Corporation” suggested a way to re-think industrial base policy. 

Dr. Sheila Ronis may be contacted at sronis@walshcollege.edu