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Jeanine Soucie, Ph.D. is a 2020 graduate of the PHD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.


Dr. Jeanine Soucie at her Dissertation Defense.

From L-R: Dr. Philomena Essed, Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway, Committee Member, Dr. Ulrika Schmauch, Committee Member (not shown)

Dissertation Committee

  • Philomena Essed, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Ulrika Schmauch, Ph.D., Committee Member


Belonging, Creativity, Contextual Creativity, Culture, Cultural Pivoting, Foreign-born Professionals, Grounded Theory, Leadership, Inclusive Leadership

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The purpose of this grounded theory study was to explore the lived experience of foreign-born professional highly skilled employees living in the United States working for U.S.-centric organizations and the impact the interplay between their ethnic culture and the organization’s culture has had on their creativity in the workplace. Fourteen participants were interviewed and shared their experiences of creativity, providing rich stories. Using grounded theory analysis of their statements revealed five primary dimensions and five theoretical propositions. The study offers a heuristic model of the newly identified concept “cultural pivoting.” This term describes the importance and impact of having access to several cultural practices and finding behaviors/attitudes/discourses that best suits the situation and/or best solves the problem at hand. Navigating variations of cultural pivoting are indications of what I have called contextual creativity. Thus, the study also adds a different understanding of factors enabling creativity in organizations. This dissertation is available in open access at AURA: Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLINK ETD Center,



Jeanine Soucie, Ph.D.

ORCID Scholar ID #: #0000-0002-0185-9189

Jeanine Soucie holds a PhD in Leadership & Change as well as a BS in Education, an MS in Training & Performance Improvement, and an MA in Leadership & Change. Her work and research focus are on culture - both organizational and ethnic – and creativity. As a consultant and facilitator, she provides analysis and recommendations on the employee experience, employee engagement, creativity, diversity & inclusion, organization development and learning experiences in the workplace. She has a background in corporate learning and employee engagement/experience and has worked with or for Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies in multiple industries and has held the position of Advisory Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for a learning startup company. A proficient speaker, Jeanine has presented at several trade conferences and enjoys presenting and facilitating. Her work curating/creating a Leadership Development program won a Brandon Hall award for her client. Jeanine has been to almost all states and many countries for her work and loves to travel.

Below is the link to her eLearning module: