Ken Weidner photoThe Living Wage Policy Study is directed by Dr. Ken Weidner, who has served as Assistant Professor of Management at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia since 2000.

Dr. Weidner teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in business ethics and social responsibility, social justice, organizational change, leadership, and consulting skills. He previously served on the faculty of the Center for Organization Development at Loyola University Chicago.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Weidner worked as both an internal and external consultant in the areas of organizational culture, leadership, change, communication, and organizational effectiveness. His clients included organizations in the service and technology sectors, including professional services firms, hospitals, and organizations in the mental health, information technology, and other fields.

Dr. Weidner holds an MBA and Ph.D. in Business from University of Illinois at Chicago and a BA (Management) from University of Illinois at Springfield.

Contact information: or 610.660.2112

Research and research support 

Vraj Thakar (’22) is researching living wage policies posted on publicly available websites of community colleges as an SJU-sponsored Summer Scholar in 2020.

Ethan Dias (’19) assisted with conducting interviews with CHROs of institutions that have adopted living wage practices as an SJU-sponsored Summer Scholar in 2018.

Elizabeth Sohmer (’16) conducted the original research that evolved into the Living Wage Policy Study as an SJU-sponsored Summer Scholar in 2015.

Hayley Miles (MS ’19) provided research and data support for the Living Wage Policy Study as an SJU graduate assistant (Management).

Jana Wolf (MBA ’17) provided research support for the Living Wage Policy Study as an SJU graduate assistant (Management).

Website support

Katherine Grimm (’21) provided assistance bringing the the Living Wage Policy Study website to life as an SJU student (Management).

Data team (names in bold indicate involvement in 2019-2020)

Our contact database is continually updated and refreshed by a team of SJU students.

Ankur Bhattacharya (’19), Katherine Grimm (’21), Heather L. Jones (’22), Maggie Koch (’22), Nick Myers (’21), Danny Phelan (’22), Hannah Salamon (’18), and Cara Smith (’21) have all contributed to the creation and/or maintaining of the database as SJU students (Management).

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