Melanie Weaver Barnett

Executive Director


Melanie Weaver Barnett is executive director of UNICON International University Consortium. The consortium focuses exclusively on executive education, providing research, benchmarking, conferences, education, and a global network of colleagues to its members. Augmenting this work, Melanie consults and teaches on leadership, team-development, and change management. Prior to joining UNICON Melanie served 14 years as chief executive education officer at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Under Melanie’s leadership, Michigan Ross Executive Education was consistently ranked among the top in the world, offering programs in multiple locations in the Americas, Asia (including India and the Middle East), Europe, and Africa. Prior joining Michigan Ross, Melanie worked for then-Fortune 500 firm Ethyl Corporation in management and organization development, and later established her own firm The Leadership and Learning Alliance, a consultancy in organization and management development. Melanie brings an inclusive, collaborative, and energetic leadership approach to her work, working with her teams and clients to craft strategy, develop culture, improve team relationships and performance, and lead change. Melanie has worked directly with a wide range of client organizations. These include the largest bank in the world ICBC, the public utility DTE Energy, Toyota North America, Zachary Group, Saudi Arabian telecom company STC, UNS Energy, Arbor Research, and the National Football League. She serves as a faculty member for Michigan Ross Executive Education, developing and teaching programs on leadership, change management, and team building. In addition to holding an MBA from Michigan Ross, Melanie earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, where she was an all-American distance runner. She is a member of the Hall of Honor and received the University’s Gerald R. Ford Award, awarded to one former athlete each year for achievement in academics, sport, and society. She was also inducted into the Mason County Sports Hall of Fame