Congratulations to members of the MS Learning and Organizational Change community who have recently moved into new positions!
MSLOC students, faculty and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance in their careers by leveraging the strong MSLOC network, MSLOC career services and the leadership and strategic thinking skills developed during their time in the program. Many of our students don't wait for graduation to move into new roles -- after just a few classes they are often recognized within their organizations as transformational change agents and strategic partners with a unique point of view.
Over the past three years, 55% of MSLOC part-time students who are working full-time receive promotions while they are students in the program. 92% of full-time students pursuing human capital consulting jobs graduate with a job.
Dorie Blesoff, MSLOC Designing Sustainable Strategic Change Instructor, accepted a new role as Chief People Officer at Chicago-based kCura. She describes it as “the fourth lap on her career track.” Prior to August 2013, while she was still an independent organizational development consultant, Dorie worked with kCura for 2 years to build their internal learning program, kCura U, and to establish their management development program. kCura is a rapidly growing e-discovery software development company making the transition from start-up to mid-size company, with the intention to keep an entrepreneurial spirit and strong sense of community and to evolve in a healthy and sustainable way. Dorie’s background in designing sustainable change and creating learning organizations has helped her move quickly on the learning curve since innovation is a way of life in technology, and disruptive change is par for the course. She describes one of her enjoyable challenges as learning to partner with, and mentor, a workforce with a majority of Gen Y and a management team with a majority of Gen X. The latest conversation is “what really brings balance to our lives” as kCura creates more flexible work arrangements in a hard-working and collaborative environment. One of her favorite initiatives is “kCura Gives” which provides a vehicle for kCurians to provide tutoring, technology and support to schools and individual students in Chicago.
Dorie has been teaching in the MSLOC program since its inception and also teaches in the undergraduate Learning and Organizational Change program in the School of Education and Social Policy. You can learn more about her on her website.
Mary Gardner Burelle (MSLOC 2011) recently joined McDonald’s Corporation as the Director of Global Legal Strategy and Development. In her new position, Mary leads the strategies, execution and development of McDonald's global legal function, which is comprised of over 300 professionals worldwide. She acts as an internal consultant focusing on driving greater alignment, efficiency and performance, with an emphasis on organizational and professional development. In addition, Mary is responsible for oversight of the Legal Department’s technology systems and financial budget.
Prior to this new role, Mary was the Director of Attorney Development at Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP which entailed responsibility for attorney performance management and development. She has a J.D., Law from Temple University. Read Mary’s MSLOC Capstone on The Knowledge Lens:Managerial Success and Failure in the Law Firm Context.
After graduating from the MSLOC program in 2012, Eshna Nambiar started working at IBM as an Organizational Change Strategy Consultant. She was recently promoted within IBM to an Organizational Change Managing Consultant. In this new role she works on strategic change management and value driven transformation initiatives for clients across the globe. Eshna has extensive experience in the various areas of human capital management including executive alignment, communication, stakeholder management, and employee engagement. Eshna's Capstone research project focused on the effect of pay for performance compensation on high-performer motivation in the execution of organizational strategy. While studying full-time in the MSLOC program, Eshna worked as a contractor within the McDonald’s Corporation Global Human Resources division and was an HR Intern within the Change Management and Communication division at Motorola Solutions. Prior to starting the MSLOC program, Eshna worked as a Human Capital Consultant at Deloitte.
Judah Kurtz (MSLOC 2009) has been promoted to Senior Manager of Talent Solutions for BPI Group. He is also an Executive Coach within the executive coaching practice. In his role, Judah works with C-suite and senior leadership across multiple industries to implement talent strategy, as well as design and deliver custom solutions for impacting culture, organizational change, leadership and talent development, and organizational effectiveness. He also leads various internal efforts around talent acquisition, mentoring, coaching, and practice building.
Judah continues to retain individual coaching clients in his private practice of 14 years and to write on his blog, JudahBuddha.com. His MSLOC Capstone focused on the connections between values, vocational beliefs and choices, and the ability to find meaning and satisfaction in work and life.
Peter Finn (MSLOC 2007) was recently promoted to Deputy Executive Director and Chief Learning Officer at the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). Peter oversees SWE’s professional development programs, conferences, K-12 STEM outreach programs, and works with numerous organizational partners to advance the mission of SWE. Peter’s MSLOC Capstone research project focused on the design and impact of knowledge management systems within healthcare.
Christine Leung (MSLOC 2009) joined Education First Consulting as the Director of Organizational Development and Operations at the start of 2014. Since graduating, Christine has applied skills and content knowledge honed during MSLOC core courses and education-focused electives toward driving organizational change in public education. She currently is responsible for leading business process improvement as well as project methodology and measurement to ensure the firm delivers on its mission 'to improve public education by helping leaders to innovate, think bigger and achieve more on behalf of students'.
Christina Pedulla (MSLOC Student) recently joined BPI Group, a consulting firm, as a part-time Consultant interning with their Talent Solutions and Organizational Effectiveness groups. She has previous experience working on enterprise wide knowledge and change management initiatives. Christina is passionate about empowering individuals and organizations to gain the awareness, knowledge and interpersonal skills needed to work towards shared successes.