Connie Ostwald, PhD

“My favorite scripture is 2 Timothy 1:7: For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of LOVE, POWER, and a DISCIPLINED mind. Why is it meaningful to me? If I remember these gifts that God has given me, I am thus prepared for whatever He calls me to do! “

Connie Ostwald came to Eastern University in 2004, and worked full-time in Eastern's Leadership and Development programs for 7 years. Currently, she serves as an adjunct while creating an Economic Development major at Messiah College in Harrisburg, PA. She has taught local nationals working in development in China, South Africa, Kenya, Mexico, Italy, Romania, and Thailand, most often in partnership with Eastern University. Before that, she taught economics and marketing at Colorado Christian University where she created and directed the Global Studies degree.
Connie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and in Environmental Studies, a Master’s Degree in Business/Marketing, and a Ph.D. in International Economics with a concentration in Development from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her area of research is the social justice aspect of economic development, and specifically the social impact of economic inequality. Her work has been published in Ireland, Great Britain and Germany. For the past 14 years, she and her husband have been spent a portion of every year in the frontier region of Mexico on the Baja Peninsula, an area going through considerable economic and transformational development at this time.
Connie is happily married to Dr. Gary Ostwald, an executive coach, professor of leadership & management in the PhD program at Eastern University, and founder of Coaching to Authenticity, Inc., a leadership coaching firm. Both Connie and Gary have been trained in executive coaching by Drs. Kegan and Lahey at Harvard University. When they are not coaching or teaching, you can find them sea kayaking off the West Coast of Canada or Mexico, riding bikes and hiking in the Rocky Mountains, or investing in the lives of their many children and grandchildren. 
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  • PhD, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies (International Economics with a concentration in Development)
  • M.A., (Business/Marketing)
  • B.A., (Economics and in Environmental Studies)
Research Interests
  • Social justice aspect of economic development, and specifically the social impact of economic inequality
Selected Publications/Presentations
  • “A Social Justice Perspective on the Celtic Tiger” (invited submission), in Irish Business & Society:  Governing, Participating, & Transforming in the 21st Century, John Hogan, Paul F. Donnelly, and Brendan K. O’Rourke (eds.), Dublin, Gil & Macmillan, Ltd. 2010.  
  • “Economic Growth, Inequality, and Social Justice in the Celtic Tiger”, Lambert Academic Publishing, Köln, Germany, November 2009.
  • “A Deeper Look at Poverty: Challenges for Evangelical Development Workers”, Transformation, Sage Publications vol. 26 (2) pp. 130-45. April 2009.
  • “Leadership in Development for Nonprofit and Nongovernmental Organizations” LUISS University, Rome, Italy April 2008.
  • “Sustainable Development and the Loreto Bay Project” Presented at interdisciplinary conference on Latin America, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA April 2008.
  • Book Review of “Walking With the Poor” by Bryant Myers Transparent Journal of Poverty &Development, Winter 2008.
  • “NPOs in the Global Environment: A Strategic Look at the Citizen Sector” Presented at Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, November 2007.
  • “Social Entrepreneurship as a Mechanism of Transformational Development” Presented at the CBFA Conference, Seattle, Washington, October 2007.
  • “Entrepreneurial in Action” School of Leadership & Development Quarterly, Eastern University Summer 2006.
  • “Considering Both Winners and Losers in the Celtic Tiger”. 20th Anniversary Magazine, School of Leadership & Development, Eastern University Fall 2004.
  • “A Model of Sustainable Development in Loreto, Mexico” School of Leadership & Development Quarterly, Eastern University Fall 2004

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