Gelaye Debebe is Assistant Professor of Organizational Sciences at The George Washington University and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons Graduate School of Management. Dr. Debebe holds a BS in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, an MS in Human Resource Development from The American University, and a PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of Michigan Business School. She has taught Leadership, Organizational Behavior, and Managing Cultural Diversity. Her primary research is in the area of cross-cultural communicative competence. In particular, her research examines the microprocesses of dealing with differences that facilitate or inhibit the construction of shared views among culturally dissimilar individuals. She is author of a forthcoming book entitled Cross-Cultural Competence and Coordination: The Role of Organizational Learning in Economic Development, to be published by Lexington Press. In her collaborative research, she has looked at the role of relationships in the construction of work meaning. This line of work has explored how people construct the meaning of their work through a process of making sense of workplace interactions. Dr. Debebe is currently engaged in a research project exploring factors that support or conversely constrain women’s leadership development in organizations.