Cathleen Wharton has over 20 years of experience in telecommunications, high-tech, and academia. Her career has spanned the Storage, Internet, and Telecommunications, and Healthcare industries – all with an emphasis on software. She is an experienced business leader and technical contributor who has successfully designed, delivered, and managed numerous customer-facing solutions, products, and services for the market. She has broad product development experience for the consumer and small business markets as well as significant consulting experience within the education and large business markets. Dr. Wharton also has experience with and knowledge of Fortune 500 companies’ product development and operations teams, IT organizations, enterprise architectures, operational support systems, integration issues, process reengineering, and change management.
Cathleen provides business and technical, executive management and hands-on, consulting services to businesses, governmental agencies, educational and non-profit institutions. Her consulting and industry experience is in business processes and business development, e-business and marketing solutions, educational and training solutions, new product development, program and project management, software engineering and application integration, user experience and human factors engineering, and technology strategies. To her clients’ engagements she brings outstanding client communications and management skills, proven end-to-end software solution delivery expertise, broad business development experience, continuous excellence as a top-of-the-line “bridge” person between business and IT organizations, and strategic negotiation and contractual skills with partners, vendors, and internal organizations.
During her career, Cathleen has held a variety of positions. For example, she has extensive industry experience in key management and project delivery roles as a Senior Software Engineering Manager (Sun Microsystems), Assistant Vice President of Business Systems (Great-West Healthcare), Vice President (BoldTech Systems, Inc.), Chief Technology Officer (e-Trinsic, Inc.), Director of Content and Business Development (U S WEST !nterprise) and Member of Technical Staff (U S WEST Advanced Technologies). Dr. Wharton has also worked at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, AT&T Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey; and taught at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and at the University of Pittsburgh.
Cathleen holds a United States patent, has published extensively in the computer science and human factors communities, and has achieved worldwide recognition for her co-development of the Cognitive Walkthrough usability inspection method. Dr. Wharton holds a B.S. in Psychology, a Certificate in Cognitive Science, and a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Computer Science. Her undergraduate degrees are from the University of Denver and her graduate degrees are from the University of Colorado at Boulder.