katie thiry

As someone who has designed custom training and performed as a facilitator of an international training system, I can speak to the quality of the courses and the relevance of the degree programs at Ashford University. Our students have made a great choice by selecting the Forbes School of Business!

Katie Thiry, PhD



Dr. Katie Thiry is the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. She is also the founder and Faculty Advisor for the Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI), and certified as a Master Trainer for the MHI Global (formerly Achieve Global) leadership development system. She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

She has over 18 years of experience in Human Resources and Training and Development, where she has held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams, reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization, and designed, developed, and delivered custom training. In her previous role for a Fortune 50 company, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an enterprise-wide Learning Management System (LMS). It was in this technical role that she gained an increased appreciation for the use of technology to enhance learning experiences and working interactions.



Doctor of Philosophy
Capella University

Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
St. Catherine University

Bachelor of Arts in Communication
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh



SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
Society for Human Resource Management

Certified Performance Technologist (CPT)
International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Training Needs Assessment Certification
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota

CITI Management Researchers Certification
Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative Program

Certified Trainer, Leadership Development & Customer Service
MHI Global

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