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Frances Laskey

Frances Laskey
Lecturer | General Business
Teaching Faculty III | General Business
7195 Grainger Hall


I am currently a lecturer in Professional Communications at the UW-Madison School of Business, after more than 25 years of working in the private sector. I worked for 20 years at Berkeley Policy Associates (Oakland, CA), first as office manager, eventually as director of human resources and IT manager; also served on BPA’s Board of Directors and as a trustee of BPA’s ESOP. Prior to that, I worked for a husband-and-wife power electronics consulting firm (E/J Bloom Assoc.) and a Japanese international trading company (Mitsui). I served as president of the California Employer Advisory Council (and president of the East Bay Employer Advisory Council, a local chapter of the CEAC), an organization that provides training and networking to HR professionals, as well as linking employers to the California Employment Development Department. I also served as secretary of Small Business California, a small business advocacy group. I have given presentations on HR management and, for the ESOP Association, presentations of HR management in the context of employee ownership. I have also worked as a freelance editor since 2007.

I received my BA in French from UC Berkeley (1983), MAs in English from Mills College (2010) and UW-Madison (2012), and completed PhD coursework in Literary Studies at UW-Madison in 2014. My first academic teaching experience was as a teaching assistant at Mills; I have since taught courses in literary studies and composition at both Mills and UW-Madison. My current position, teaching professional communications, brings together my management, writing, presentation, and teaching skills and experience.



Association for Business Communication 87th Annual International Conference (2022) Information Literacy in the Business Writing Classroom: A Scaffolded, Progressive Approach to Professional Research