MS Learning and Organizational Change People on the Move - May 2014

MS Learning and Organizational Change People on the Move - May 2014

Congratulations to MS Learning and Organizational Change leaders 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.


Susan DeBourcy

Susan DeBourcy (MSLOC 2014) recently joined Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, MI as Senior Manager of Talent Management and Organization Development. She is responsible for maturing and managing the organization’s change capability, including building change competence at all levels of the organization and ensuring that change initiatives align with and drive strategic priorities and adhere to best practice methodologies. She consults with business leaders across the company to design strategies to address diverse organizational change triggers, serves as the technical expert on change management, and develops delivery tools and resources, thought leadership, and client offerings for application across the organization. Susan’s experience in the MSLOC program will be well-applied as she builds out an internal community of practice, exposes practitioners to proven frameworks and tactics for driving strategic change, and coaches leaders on sponsoring and managing change. Prior to this new role, Susan was Manager, Talent & Organization at Accenture where she helped clients successfully manage change during business transformations. Susan’s MSLOC Capstone research focused on helping organizations understand the behavioral motivations, personality traits, and organizational structures common among successful brokers in a network.


Sharon Bautista

Sharon Bautista (MSLOC 2014) recently joined Discover Financial Services as Senior Manager of Digital Design & Development. In this position, Sharon leads the team of customer experience design professionals who oversee Discover.com. She and her team work closely with business partners and external agencies to support acquisition and customer engagement through the website and other digital channels. Sharon credits MSLOC with helping her envision a role that bridges her interests in design, technology, and change leadership--a role she's found at Discover. Sharon is currently serving on the Chicago Ideas Week Co-op, a group that sparks connections and breaks down silos across Chicago. Prior to joining Discover, Sharon worked at Blast Radius as a Senior User Experience Designer. Sharon’s MSLOC Capstone research focused on workplace learning groups where she suggested some ways that organizations can support knowledge sharing, learning and innovation through communities of practice.


Jed Sawyer

Since recently joining the MSLOC program in January 2014, Jed Sawyer (MSLOC Student) has found many areas to apply knowledge and skills from the MSLOC program. In April, Jed assumed a new role within The Boeing Company, leaving the Office of Internal Governance training team and joining the corporate Learning, Training and Development group. In this new role he is part of a team overseeing ongoing development of Boeing human resources staff throughout the HR curriculum, primarily through a Human Resources Strategic Business Partner course that will be taught to over 1100 Boeing HR employees over the next 2 years. Jed lives in Seattle and takes all of his classes in the Alternative Schedule format.


Tricia Goel

Tricia Goel (MSLOC Certificate 2009) recently accepted a position at HCA, Parallon Business Performance Group as a Trainer. Parallon manages business and operational services for various hospitals in Houston. Tricia is excited to leverage this new opportunity for her career and professional growth. In this role, Tricia will have the opportunity to learn new software systems, conduct training needs assessments, and continue designing and facilitating training programs. The MSLOC graduate certificate allowed Tricia to enhance her skills and knowledge in adult learning, organizational development theory, consulting skills, and to team development skills.


Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson (MSLOC Student) is currently interning at Leo Burnett Worldwide as a Global Learning & Organizational Development intern. Jessica’s responsibilities include analyzing and reporting on the results of the firm’s employee engagement survey and enhancing internal and external client training programs. Jessica attributes MSLOC for the internship opportunity and has been able to use many of the theories and methods introduced in her classes. In particular, Jessica has applied many of the theories taught in her Advancing Learning and Performance class when dealing with team’s varying engagement levels in addition to many of practical tools introduced in her Executing Strategic Change class. Prior to starting as a full-time MSLOC student, Jessica worked as a Risk Manager for a hotel.


Justin Jacques

Justin Jacques (MSLOC Certificate 2012) recently started work as a Case Manager at Peer Assistance Services in the Peer Health Assistance Program in Denver, Colorado. He primarily serves the nurse assistance program, but also will work with the veterinarian, dentist, and mental health programs. His role will include psychosocial and substance abuse assessments/evaluations and recommendations for those who have had an issue with their professional license and helping them return to their full practicing capacity by being utilized in a case management role. Formerly, Justin has worked for multiple Employee Assistance Programs for local and Federal government agencies and the United States Coast Guard.

Justin’s MSLOC knowledge proves to be very useful and relevant in his daily work. As a result of his newly developed knowledge management expertise he has developed a strong social media presence for the Colorado Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association and for the various organizations he has worked with over the past four years. Justin has also been able to provide keen insight to the upper level management at the City and County of Denver and Denver Health Hospitals on larger organizational knowledge, learning, and change issues within those organizations.


Sara Levinson

Sara Levinson (MSLOC 2010) recently accepted a position as a Training Specialist with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mood Disorders Research. In her role, Sara will be working to implement a depression screening and measurement - based care treatment protocol in primary care clinics across the Dallas Fort Worth metro area. Her MSLOC Capstone research focused on the importance of integrating evaluation into each phase of an organizational change. In addition to her MSLOC degree, Sara has a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University.

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