Dolores Blueford received a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, California, and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University in Orange, California. She taught systems theory as an Adjunct Professor in the Organizational Leadership graduate program at Brandman University-Whidbey Island campus, an affiliate of the Chapman University system.
Dr. Blueford is a principal in Blueford and Associates, an educational consulting firm that partners with individuals and organizations to create educational programs that inspire deep learning; develop projects and strategies that drive organizational change; coach individuals for powerful personal transformation, and advocate for global human rights.
She collaborated with Washington State community colleges, economic development organization, local and national industry partners to develop innovative education and skills training platforms for incumbent workers in the marine trades. As director of the Northwest Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College, she was a founding council member of the national Marine Industry Technical Education Council (MITEC), and was its Workforce Development Division Chair. She is a certified National Workforce Professional, certified DACUM trainer, and a University of Washington affiliated Dependable Strengths© instructor.
In December 2014, Dr. Blueford presented an academic paper, “For-Profit Education: Market-Driven Approach in Higher Education” at the 2014 International Case Management Conference in New Delhi, India. Her peer-reviewed paper was published in Understanding Work Experiences from Multiple Perspectives: New Paradigms for Organizational Excellence (2015). She is currently exploring and eventually documenting the experiences, identity orientations, and personal narratives of native black Americans in West Texas. She is a classically trained vocalist.