Marcia Dority Baker is a leadership coach and program facilitator for MOR Associates. She is curious by nature and enjoys helping people achieve their goals. As a coach, her first question is, “how can I help you be successful?” This process invites individuals to identify what they want to accomplish and then build an action plan to successfully reach their goal.
Marcia has over seventeen years of experience in higher education in academic technologies and as an academic law librarian. Most recently, she was the assistant director for academic technologies with the Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) at the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining ITS, Marcia was an associate professor of law library and access services librarian at Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law. Marcia has experience in leading teams and projects, strategic planning, communication, programming, and events. She has presented at national conferences on a variety of topics including women in leadership and building inclusive teams.
Marcia is active in several WIT (Women in IT) groups including the EDUCAUSE WIT CG and was a founding member of the BTAA WIT peer group. She served as chair of the annual Women Advance IT leadership conference hosted by the University of Nebraska. Marcia serves as the Chair of the EDUCAUSE Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Advisory Committee. In 2021, Marcia was awarded the EDUCAUSE Community Leadership Award recognizing her ongoing and widespread leadership in helping to make the higher education IT community more connected, inclusive, and successful.
Marcia holds a Master of Arts in Library & Information Science from the University of Missouri and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
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The influence of established women in IT encouraged the author to apply for a job in her university's Information Technology Services department. Share in her experience and learn how to organize your own event.