People on the Move - January 2014

Congratulations to members of the MSLOC community who have recently moved into new positions!

MSLOC students 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.


Graham Murphy Using his newly acquired MSLOC knowledge and skills in adult learning and design, Graham Murphy (MSLOC Student) structured a new team at his firm, Arabella Advisors, that he will be leading. The Culture and Talent team is a strategic partner that engages and connects Arabella staff throughout their entire life-cycle through a commitment to leading practices and the firm’s cultural values. While Graham leads the whole team, his particular focus is on the organization’s internal learning and development practice. Graham credits his MSLOC experience with giving him the confidence to propose, develop, and lead this new and exciting team at his firm.

Doug Parks

Doug Parks (MSLOC 2006) recently joined Mercer’s New York office with a new position as the Global HR Leader for Talent. Doug is an HR Leader with broad generalist experience in developing HR strategy, policies and programs and using analytics that enable business results. Prior to joining Mercer, Doug worked at Exelis as the senior manager of HR and organization strategy and development, where he provided leadership and HR & Talent Management support for all people-related initiatives including workforce planning, organizational development, leadership development, succession planning, total rewards, performance management, culture building and employee relations.


Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson (MSLOC student) recently joined Deltak, a provider of online program management services to higher education institutions, as a Program Development Manager. Christina will be focusing on introducing interactive learning design principles and processes to the Academic Services team as Deltak begins to offer new types of online programs to its university partners. She has worked in e-learning design and project management since completing her BA in Cognitive Science with a Learning and Instruction emphasis at Northwestern, and returned to Northwestern in Fall 2012 to begin the MSLOC program.


Debby Ochoa

Debby Ochoa (MSLOC 2013) was recently promoted into Director of Human Resources for American Girl out of their corporate office in Middleton, Wisconsin. She made the leap from an American Girl single retail location to overseeing the HR function for Corporate Operations in 3 separate locations. As part of the senior leadership team, she’s provided a seat at the table in several key organizational initiatives including but not limited to cultural work, change management and leadership development. Her MSLOC knowledge proves to be very meaningful and relevant in her daily work. Debby’s Capstone work focused on determining the competencies that a successful retail manager would embody in a retail experiential environment directly informing her ability to understand what constitutes effective leadership in her specific type of organization.


Michelle Terry

Michelle Terry (MSLOC 2011) is now Director for Joint Appointment Processes and leading the development and implementation of a joint operational system across The University of Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. This position grew out of her MSLOC Practicum which focused on mapping out and improving joint appointment processes between one institute at the university and Argonne. Michelle’s MSLOC Capstone research project focused on developing knowledge management systems that people actually use. Michelle continues to direct an after-school education program at two elementary charter schools and serves as an Executive HR Administrator for the Office of the VP for Research and for National Laboratories. She is a member of the University’s Diversity Leadership Council and has an MBA from University of Chicago Booth.


Kami Bond

Kami Bond (MSLOC 2010) has been promoted to the Global Head of Talent for Aon Hewitt. In her new role, Kami will be responsible for driving and aligning the global Unmatched Talent agenda for Aon Hewitt. Kami's team oversees performance management execution and is responsible for talent and organizational development across Aon Hewitt's 33,000 global population. Kami started working at Aon Hewitt in January 2013 as a Global Talent Leader. Prior to working at Aon Hewitt, Kami was with GE Healthcare where she was the director of Executive & Talent Development. Her MSLOC Capstone focused on utilizing the STEEP strategy & scenario planning tool as a framework for creating a talent development strategy, which has helped her provide a theoretical background to her work.


Claudia Richman

After twenty years of leading projects and teams, the last ten in advertising (most recently as Director of Operations for Digitas’s Chicago and San Francisco offices), Claudia Richman (MSLOC Student) has decided to go out on her own and work as an independent organizational design and change management consultant.

Claudia helps companies align their processes and structures with their goals, find optimization opportunities and create plans to get from here to there. She is interested in working with startups and small companies in periods of growth and change that have all the ideas and passion but need help with the logistics and practical stuff. Claudia is also interested in staying connected to the ad world and helping agencies scale when they have big wins, and working with them to build more efficient structures and processes so they can focus on the work. Know someone who needs this kind of help? Send them her way!

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