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Elizabeth Odders-White offers faculty coaching, academic leadership coaching, and resources to support self-trust and peace.


Thanks for visiting my site! I'm so glad you're here.


You landed on "about," so you're probably wondering who I am and what I do. Here's the short version. 

After more than 20 years in faculty and leadership roles at the University of Wisconsin, I felt called to something new.

I was convinced I could have a significant impact on others who had chosen a career in higher education, and I knew that—for me—it wasn't going to manifest through the traditional faculty paths of research, teaching, and service. I realized that, perhaps paradoxically, leaving academia was the best way to effect the positive change I envisioned.

So in 2017, I founded nodramaturg coaching & consulting to help clients in higher education—and beyond—thrive. I work with leaders, individuals, and groups to set goals consistent with their values, map out steps for moving forward, and generate evidence-based strategies for overcoming any obstacles. Above all, I help clients learn to trust themselves and their abilities, and to operate from a solid foundation of authenticity and confidence. I believe that my intimate familiarity with the complexities of an academic environment, coupled with my deep compassion and creativity, allow me to offer clients the particular encouragement and support they need to flourish.

I hope you'll join my quest to shift the academic culture one person at a time.


PS: This makes my professional path sound amazingly clear and smooth. It was neither. Please reach out to me if you'd like the longer version of the story or to explore the benefits of working together. 

More about me:​

  • I served on the Finance Department faculty in the Wisconsin School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for over 20 years before leaving my position to devote my full professional energy to coaching and consulting. You can find my academic CV here.

  • I have an undergraduate degree in math from Tulane University and a PhD in finance from Northwestern University.

  • I love the arts and believe deeply in the power of creative expression. I also have a BFA in music from Tulane University.

  • I recently served on the board of two non-profits: Madison Youth Choirs (July 2013 through June 2022) and Madison Youth Arts Center (November 2018 through January 2022 as president; February 2022 through April 2023 as past president).

Questions? Please reach out to me.

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