Joyce Henderson
Leadership and Human Resources

Professional Experience

Dr. Joyce Henderson has numerous years of human capital expertise at the executive level. She directed the human capital initiatives in employment branding, recruitment, staffing, selection, compensation, benefits, employee retention, engagement, training, development, loss prevention, EEO, valuing diversity, labor relations, communication, metric reporting, and employee engagement at Marriott International. She also led the strategic initiatives for succession planning for high potential employees and organizational competency planning. One of her key accomplishments was the startup of Courtyard by Marriott along with strategic responsibilities for mergers, acquisitions, and the growth of Marriott International to the global organization it is today. As the National Vice President of Human Resources for Volunteers of America, Dr. Henderson’s responsibilities included human capital for the unique charity with over 6,000 employees nationwide. Her role and major accomplishment there was to transform the human capital function from an administrative role to one that was more strategic and value added for the success of the organization. Through the company she co-founded, Invision, Dr. Henderson provided executive coaching to organizations and the individuals in them for exceptional individual and collective engagement and effectiveness.


  • PhD, Education (Human and Organizational Learning)
    The George Washington University
    Dissertation: Transformative Learning in the High-Power Context of Chief Executive Officers
  • MBA (Human Resource Management)
    University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
    Thesis: What Motivates Employees?
  • BBA (Human Resource Management)
    University of North Texas, Denton, Texas

Research, Presentations, and Publications

Research interests and publications focus on transformational learning of Chief Executive Officers and the transformational learning of students in the online classroom. Dr. Henderson practices the Community of Inquiry (COI) model in her online classrooms and is dedicated to sharing her human capital, leadership, and management expertise with her students to develop their leadership, management, and human capital competencies for even more effectiveness and accomplishments in their careers and lives.


  • Henderson, J. & Bastnagel, M. (2017). Unplug for transformational learning, a study of a diverse set of women leaders, Chapter found in Women Leaders, in publication, Springer Publishing Company
  • Henderson, J. (2015) Transformational learning in the online environment revisited.
  • Henderson, J. (2010) New developments in social trends impacting learning: Transformative learning in the online classroom, George Washington University New Horizon’s Conference, Ashburn, Virginia
  • Henderson, J. (2010) Goals for the chief executive officer: Outcomes, not activities, Board Source Magazine
  • Henderson, J. (2010) Paper and presentation: Exploring transformative learning in the online classroom, Distance Learning Conference, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Henderson, J (2010) Transformative learning in the online classroom: Reflections of an educator, Magna Publications, Madison, Wisconsin
  • Henderson, J. (2002) Transformative learning: assumptions crucial for success in turbulent times, NetWords, monthly newsletter of ExecuNet
  • Henderson, J. (2002) Transformative Learning: The board, CEO partnership, National Association of Corporate Directors, Directors Monthly
  • Henderson, J. (2001) Transformational learning in the executive suite: CEOs and the role of context in Mezirow’s theory, published dissertation, George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Marquardt, M. and Henderson, J. (2000) George Washington University, chapter entitled “Developing Global Leaders” for an untitled book, Jossey-Bass publishers
  • Confessore, S. and Henderson, J. (2000) George Washington University, chapter entitled “Top Team Learning” for untitled book, Jossey-Bass publishers


  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • The Catholic University of America Metropolitan School for Professional Studies
  • The Charles E. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland College Park
  • University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • University of Maryland University College


  • University of Maryland, University College, Stanley Drazek Award, the top teaching award for the school for Teaching Excellence, Nominations for this award are from the students, 2017
  • Catholic University of America’s Graduate Faculty of the Year, 2014
  • University of Maryland University College, Outstanding Teaching Award, 2011
  • Human Resource Society of Prince George’s County’s Outstanding Leadership in Human Resources Award 2009
  • American Fellow, American Association of University Women, 2001 AAUW, Washington, DC

Professional Affiliations

  • UMUC Representative, Council for University of Maryland System Faculty (CUSF)
  • Executive Committee of the Faculty Advisory Committee for the Universities of Maryland at the Shady Grove Campus
  • Advisory Team Member, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change (CLIC), The Charles E. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
  • Founder and Faculty Adviser, UMUC Student Chapter of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) 
  • Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, & Chairperson of the Resource Development Committee, Volunteers of America Chesapeake, Inc. Lanham, Maryland
  • Member of the Executive Development Roundtable, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Chair of the Human Resource Council, National Human Services Assembly, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Advisory Council Member, Pyramind, LLC, Executive Search Firm, Falls Church, Virginia
  • Board Member and Past President, Leadership Greater Washington, Washington, DC
  • Board Member, Chair of Search Committee and Compensation Committee, Leadership America, Inc. Washington, District of Columbia
  • Founding Member, The Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future, Dallas, Texas
  • Advisory Board Member, The George Washington University’s School of Political Science Committee for Political Effectiveness of Women, Washington, District of Columbia