Shirley Weis


Shirley Weis is special advisor to the president and professor of practice in the W. P. Carey School of Business and the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is also a Professor Emerita at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and president of Weis Associates, LLC, a national management and leadership consulting firm. 

Ms. Weis recently retired from her role as vice president and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Her work involved overseeing 60,000 employees and coordinating overall institutional strategy and operation of Mayo Clinic’s $9 billion healthcare system. Mayo treats more than a million patients a year from around the world.

Ms. Weis has held a number of clinical and administrative leadership positions in her 40-year career including chair of Administrative Services for Mayo Clinic in Arizona, chair of the Mayo Clinic Managed Care Department, executive director (CEO) for Mayo Management Services, Inc., chief operating officer (COO) for Blue Care Network Mid-Michigan and emergency services manager for a Lansing, Mich., healthcare system.

Ms. Weis has a broad academic and teaching background. She has taught healthcare leadership at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Michigan State University, Winona State University and for the Michigan Hospital Association. She has been a curriculum advisor for Capella University and the Western Governors University.

Ms. Weis is a member of the RTI Surgical, Inc. (RTIX) board where she is chair of the Compensation Committee. She also serves on the board of Sentry Insurance and Medical Memory.

Professor Weis has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Diana Award for Outstanding Business Women and the National Association of Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year Award” for 2012. She was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine for 2007 and 2013. He received an honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in 2014. 

Ms. Weis is an inspirational public speaker and author. Her 2015 book, "Playing to Win in Business," is an Amazon bestseller.


  • Master's degree. Management, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich.
  • B.S. Nursing (Magna Cum Laude), Michigan State University

Research Interests

Professor Weis is involved in scholarly activities related to collaborative leadership and respect -- particularly in the healthcare arena.  She is also a coach for the W. P. Carey School of Business Executive Connections prorgam.  


Professor Weis was named one of the Top 25 Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare magazine in 2007 and 2013.

Professional Associations

Professor Weis is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Women Corporate Directors and Women Business Leaders of US Healthcare.