Congratulations to MSLOC community members making career changes
Master's of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) students and alumni are change leaders who work in diverse organizational settings and roles. They advance 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.
Jenna Brubaker (MSLOC Student) recently joined the YMCA of the USA as project director in strategy, planning and program development. Brubaker, a leadership, talent and organziational change strategist, will be leading and directing multidisciplinary teams to plan, develop, and launch strategic YMCA programs and products for strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
Brubaker was introduced to the YMCA of the USA last spring through Terrence Roche, an MSLOC alumni and co-adjunct faculty member and a co-lecturer. In the fall she began working part-time for Roche at the YMCA's Strategy, Planning & Program Development. Her team drove the planning, development, and launch of a national health and wellness program.
Brubaker fully credits MSLOC for helping her build extremely relevant capabilities in learning and development, decision-making, strategic planning. The Organizational Leadership and Coaching Certification classes provided fabulous opportunities to develop her leadership and team coaching skills, which will be a critical in her new role. She's grateful to have had the opportunity to explore and discover her passions. "The warm support and intellectual stimulation of the MSLOC community is exactly what she needed to make this new and fulfilling career change," she said.
Bree Groff (MSLOC 2014) was recently promoted to CEO of NOBL, an organizational design consultancy focused on creating high-performing teams, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, and Austin, Texas. She will be responsible for leading and growing NOBL's team, spearheading business development, managing internal operations, and acting as an advisor on client work. With a toddler at home, she also has taken on the role of baby-gift sender to all expectant clients and contacts of NOBL.
Groff credits the class Designing Sustainable Strategic Change for giving her the ability to see all organizational change as, at its heart, personal change and the Foundations class with teaching her that ambiguity only gets you when you stop experimenting.
Mercibel Gonzalez recently joined Abarca Health as the AVP Learning & Organizational Change. Mercibel will develop the overall learning and talent development strategies, help the organization manage change and ensure the climate, culture and values are aligned.
During her years as a consultant, Gonzalez realized that implementation was one of the most challenging stages. Every day she dealt with different types of conflicts, communication breakdowns, and managing client expectations. MSLOC gave her the tools and experiences to be better prepared and connected her with a vast network of practitioners to seek advice and leverage.
Beth Seraydarian (MSLOC 2016) joined Warner Bros. in November 2016. In her role as a manager of organization development, she leads OD, learning, and talent management initiatives for the WB Finance team. Beth also works on studio-wide initiatives such as implementing a new performance management approach called CHAT, which focuses on more frequent and informal performance conversations. Beth's Capstone looked at the topic of performance management redesign, so she can apply this research directly to her work. Beth is also applying what she learned in both MSLOC change management classes in her role.
Norman Yu (MSLOC 2016) recently joined EY as a Senior Consultant in the People Advisory Services practice. In his new role, Norman will partner closely with clients to successfully manage and sustain people, process, and technology changes impacting organizations.
Norman began his professional career as a Logistics Officer in the United States Air Force. After six years of active duty service, Norman entered the private sector where he led process improvement initiatives at a Global 500 manufacturing company.
With aspirations of entering the management consulting industry, Norman explored graduate programs to prepare him for this career change. After his initial conversation with Terri Cramer, MSLOC Assistant Director, Norman knew he had found the perfect program. Norman joined the MSLOC community in 2015 and credits the program for helping him build a meaningful network and equipping him with the organizational change toolkit to be successful.
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Beth Barich (MSLOC 2003) recently joined Allison Transmission, Inc as Manager, International Human Resources headquartered in Indianapolis. Barich is responsible for aligning business objectives with employees and management in designated business units outside the US. Beth will manage a team of HR managers located in the international regions that support the company's presence in 23 countries. She will also oversee the company's expatriate program. While an MSLOC student, Beth used her passion for intercultural communication and culture change in her capstone and recently returned to campus as a panelist in the Spring 2015 MSLOC Showcase on "Building Global Acumen". Beth credits MSLOC for creating a foundation of looking at organizational challenges and opportunities with a systemic approach and through a learning lens, always asking, "why?", "why not?", and "might there be something else going on?".
Eugenia Kim (MSLOC Student) began a new role as Associate Managing Director of Compliance Training at The PrivateBank. In this role, Eugenia will develop, execute, and maintain a bank-wide compliance training program that is comprehensive, innovative, and forward-looking. Her responsibilities will include overseeing the training plan, developing material through various media, and conducting training as needed. Eugenia plans to leverage her MSLOC education to coach staff and executives to not only meet regulatory requirements, but embrace a strong compliance culture. The long-term vision is to implement and integrate training efforts within the compliance function and across all learning initiatives.
Natalie Hudson (MSLOC Student) recently joined Sift Science as a Talent Development Partner. In this role, Natalie will be responsible for building a culture of learning and development through purposeful programs that ensure cultural integrity and consistency for employees.
Natalie’s MSLOC experience came full circle with her new role in a new city, moving from Chicago to San Francisco. The initial spark came from talking about her Capstone topic over coffee with Liz Young (MSLOC student and now Natalie’s boss). Natalie credits her knowledge of her Capstone subject in helping her obtain her position at Sift Science prior to finishing her Capstone.
Lynne Levy (MSLOC Student) recently joined Globoforce at the Director of Product Management. In this role, Lynne will be driving the product strategy to enable software to help leaders create a more 'human' workplace where employees are empowered, engaged and love their job. She will also be exploring how software can facilitate "leader as coach". Her MSLOC experience enabled Lynne to find her passion in all things culture and employee engagement and also enabled her to find this unique position. This position leverages her product management background, her coaching experience, and her MSLOC knowledge.
Michael Kosiarek (MSLOC 2008) was recently promoted to Senior Director of Global Organization Design for McDonald's Corporation. In his new role Mike is leading a team responsible for ensuring the McDonald's system continually has the right structures and the right capabilities required to propel the growth of the business. He assumes this broader responsibility having recently led the global redesign of the People function (HR and training). Prior to his organization design roles, Mike was a founding member of McDonald's People Insights team, focused on human capital analytics. He began his McDonalds career in 2008 as a member of McDonald's Global Talent Management team, overseeing enterprise-wide succession planning and leading the talent function for McDonald's Europe. Mike credits his MSLOC Practicum experience for getting him in the door at McDonald's. He attributes his career success to the MSLOC discipline of looking at and solving problems through a variety of lenses.
Molly Fried (MSLOC Student) recently joined TiER1 Performance Solutions as a Consultant. This is surprisingly her second career shift since joining the MSLOC program two years ago as a part-time student. In the spring of 2015, she went from working at a small nonprofit organization to leading operations at an award-winning, international post production company. She is thrilled toT launch her career at TiER1, a fast-growing consulting company that's expanding its market in Chicago. She was introduced to TiER1 through the MSLOC community and received wonderful encouragement throughout the interview process from her MSLOC career advisor and colleagues. As a strategic change consultant, she is excited to leverage her education and this incredible community of practitioners to deliver innovative and sustainable solutions for clients.
Kristine McKinney (MSLOC 2013) recently joined Fish & Richardson as the Chief Professional Development Officer. McKinney will be based in the Twin Cities office and will have broad responsibilities for leading the firm’s professional development activities across 11 U.S. offices and in Munich, Germany. McKinney will also provide support and leadership for Fish’s Diversity Initiative, EMPOWER Women's Initiative, and Pro Bono programs.
The MSLOC program provided McKinney with a tremendous network and with a deep understanding of organizational development and change. As a result, she is uniquely positioned to lead the professional development function at Fish & Richa
Jen Manfredo (MSLOC 2016) joined MSLOC and completed the program explicitly in the attempt to shift careers into change management external consulting. Trying to describe what specific piece, information, class or experience that most influenced the opportunity to work in a practice such as People Advisory Services at EY (PAS) would be impossible. At a very basic level, MSLOC gave Jen the words to discuss change concepts and principles with experts and novices alike. It has helped her expand her love of communication and learned how to get others to care about it also. MSLOC has prepared Jen for this role not only by teaching the tools to diagnose, design and execute change and communication, but largely to go bounding into the unknown with the confidence to analyze, develop, and iterate as she goes. Things that used to be black and white have become a multi-color spectrum of a process rather than a still moment in time. Jen is happy to be joining several other MSLOC students and alumni in PAS throughout the country.
After finishing her MSLOC (2015) masters Sami (Nerenberg) Packard is now an Experience Design Consultant for Kaiser Permanente. As an internal consultant she works with a variety of stakeholders to infuse design thinking throughout the organization. She does this by working on strategic projects related to Kaiser's health plan, facilitating key meetings in new and interactive ways, and she is working on an enterprise-wide curriculum to spread design thinking methodologies to Kaiser employees throughout the organization.
Terri Cramer sent Sami sample resumes from other MSLOC alum. This was HUGE help. Sami completely revamped my own and was much better able to communicate my skills and work in a way that would capture an employer’s attention. Also, having a masters in MSLOC gave Sami a lot of credibility when looking for my new steps. Not only was the degree extremely relevant, but also coming from a great school like Northwestern was a huge help.
After MSLOC she now think about people first. Who they are, what motivates them, what their mental models might be etc. Recognizing that nothing gets done without people, Sami now has a strategic mindset for how to bring people along for a change and involve them in the process.
The MSLOC practicum project with the YMCA actually greatly benefited Sami in her job search as it gave her real organizational design experience to point to. She referenced it frequently throughout her interviews and people were impressed with the depth and caliber of her team's ideas.
Sami really appreciated the MSLOC Hive network. Sami’s been logging in frequently to access materials needed for her work and is grateful to still be connected to the community in this way. She continues to post questions on there to the community and get a great response with useful tips from fellow MSLOCers. For all alumni- Sami recommends that you remember your netID and password so you can stay connected to this useful resource!
With more than eleven years of experience working with scholars across the United States and helping them identify and reach their goals, April Bowman (MSLOC 2012) recently launched her own business, Bold Believers United (BBU), to impact young people around the globe. BBU empowers people, schools and organizations to actualize their vision and maximize their purpose through transformational programming, dynamic motivational speaking and development of adults who directly impact lives of young people.
Bowman credits the MSLOC program with giving her the knowledge and skills she needed -- particularly in the areas of consulting, change management, leadership and learning theories -- to take a leap to start her own business and help her succeed in her role as chief executive officer of Bold Believers United.
Additionally, Bowman was selected as an Education Pioneer Fellow (2011) while in the MSLOC program and placed in Dallas with the largest charter school network in North Texas. After graduation, she relocated to Dallas to take on the inaugural role of director of alumni programs with that same charter network. Immediately applying her MSLOC training, she created infrastructure to support first-generation college students through college graduation and developed staff across a district of 34 schools.
“The MSLOC program helped to uncover what was already within me – a transformational leader with a heart for people and business, who not only manages change well but welcomes it and helps others to successfully navigate it," Bowman said.
Justin Jacques (MSLOC Certificate 2012) recently started work as a research assistant to Dr. McGuire-Kuletz who holds a secretarial appointment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. This position is an integral part of his recent admittance and pursuance of a doctoral degree in counseling at GWU. His primarily role will be conducting research, teaching in the master’s counseling program, and providing supervision to graduate students who are offering counseling services to university students. Justin formerly worked as assistant director of wellness for the University of North Texas at Dallas, as a mental health and substance abuse evaluator for the State of Colorado, for multiple Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) within varies levels of government, and as an embedded EAP clinician within the United States Coast Guard.
Justin’s MSLOC knowledge has proven to be very useful and relevant. During his recent time at UNT Dallas, he conducted an organizational needs assessment and engaged key university stakeholders while creating a comprehensive counseling and wellness program. Justin also helped develop a strong social media presence for the Colorado Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association and for other organizations and provided 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.
Kate Cohen (MSLOC student), is a learning and development specialist at Deloitte where she works on the design and delivery of the company's global leadership assessment process, the highly-selective manager development program and new hire onboarding sessions. Kate was connected to this position through her MSLOC network, and she credits the program with giving her the knowledge, skills and community that have made this new and exciting career path possible.
Cohen joined the Deloitte Global Organizational Development/Learning & Development team in September 2015, based in Chicago. She began as OD Program Coordinator, supporting the learning and assessment programs for Deloitte Global professionals.
Jordan Rickard (MSLOC Student) recently accepted a position at Tier1 Performance as a Consultant as member of the Change Management Practice. In his new roll he will provide communication, organization effectiveness, research and consulting support to various clients and project teams.
Jordan enrolled in MSLOC last fall with the goal of changing careers - he did not expect it to happen so fast, but is thrilled for this new opportunity. TiER1 conducted an open house for our program during the winter quarter. “I jumped at the opportunity because I really connected with their culture and values. MSLOC gave me the credibility and a conceptual framework to make it through the interview process. I'm excited to continue as a student while at the same time working as a change management consultant.”
Jinny Strand (MSLOC 2016) taking on the new role of PwC as an Advisory Asia Pacific & Americas (APA) and Trifecta (US, China & Japan) Staffing & Deployment Leader. Jinny is focused on launching an internal Talent mobility and tracking tool, streamlining and driving key processes like onboarding, as well as the intersection of deployment and global mobility. Jinny was most recently leading Onboarding & Milestone Programs within Advisory Learning & Development where she and managed a number of large scale and complex learning projects within PwC, both in the US and globally.
After going through MSLOC's Coaching certification program, Foram Soni Sheth (MSLOC Student) decided to launch her own professional development company called GenIN Solutions. Utilizing her experience and learning from MSLOC, GenIN Solutions offers coaching, workshops and advisory services to multigenerational workforces. As of June 1st, Foram is working full time on launching her business with two other partners. GenIN Solutions utilizes MSLOC concepts such as adult learning, team dynamics, change management and coaching models to provide comprehensive services to organizations. Lastly, Foram used her capstone research on generational workforces to carve out a niche in the coaching space and be a Millennial expert for organizations.
Sean Radford (MSLOC 2015) was recently promoted to Vice President, Human Resources at CNA. In this new role Sean serves as the Human Resources Partner to the President of CNA’s Worldwide Field Underwriting organization and leads a team of six strategic HR Business Partners supporting 42 branch offices across the US. He and his team develop, prioritize, and sequence deployment of human capital solutions to maximize impact and ensure CNA attracts, motivates, develops and retains the very best people.
Sean joined MSLOC in 2013 in order to build Human Capital and change management expertise to add to his ten plus years of corporate experience. He will use many key MSLOC concepts in his new role as he develops are drives a talent management, leadership development and organizational effectiveness agenda. Sean’s favorite MSLOC classes included: Executing and Designing Strategic Change, Accelerating Learning and Performance and Cognitive Design. “MSLOC has contributed significantly to my success at CNA, and has helped supplement my practitioner experience with solid theory and frameworks to drive meaningful results.”
Eric Johnson (MSLOC 2013) has been named the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals - Chicago Chapter (AFP Chicago) for the 2016 year. The volunteer position is part of a three-year term (President-Elect in 2015 and Immediate Past President in 2017) during which Eric will continue to be responsible for key responsibilities related to the organization's growth. AFP Chicago is among the largest AFP chapters in North America (900 members) dedicated to advancing the nonprofit fundraising profession. Eric also maintains his full time job as the Director of Development for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools.
Eric cites his MSLOC experience as a key learning opportunity to achieve success in this position. He is leading AFP Chicago's strategic plan development by which the organization is determining its strategy for the next three years (2017-2019). The skills Eric learned through the MSLOC program provide a strong foundation for his leading the organization through its first planning process in nearly a decade. Needless to say, with an ambitious process comes great change, which calls on Eric's skills to manage how AFP Chicago designs its next several years. Eric is thankful for the learning that MSLOC provided him and is excited to see through the development of a robust plan over the next several months.
Carly Mulliken (MSLOC student) recently joined GrowthPlay as their People & Culture Manager. GrowthPlay is a boutique consulting firm that works with organizations and individuals that want to improve organizational effectiveness and sales performances, working to ultimately drive measurable results and revenue. Since its inception 18 months ago, the business has been in acquisition and growth mode. Her role is to hire for the different arms of the business, but also working to pull the different cultures and businesses into one. Building on her experience, and what she has learned in MSLOC, she is excited to start building out processes and policies that will be the framework for a culture that supports a great place to work!
Sara Levinson Eidelman (MSLOC 2010) was recently promoted to Manager, Delivery Systems Improvement at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). In this role, Sara will be providing strategic oversight to twenty projects for the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payments (DSRIP) Program across the UTSW system. These innovative programs strive to transform the way healthcare is delivered to the Medicaid, low-income, uninsured population throughout the country. Sara entered the UTSW system as Director of VitalSign6 depression-screening program, which is one of the twenty program she is now overseeing. In this role, she leveraged her training from MSLOC that gained her attention in her ability to change the mental models of primary care physicians towards the treatment and management of depression as a chronic condition. In her new role, Sara will continue to tap into the training provided by the MSLOC program in efforts to transform healthcare delivery systems within the Dallas metro area.
Eshna Nambiar (MSLOC 2012) recently joined Intel as an OE Partner working at the organizational level with specific businesses undergoing significant change or major organizational challenges to achieve improved business results. Specific focus areas include Leadership Development, Org Design, Change / Transition Management, and Strategic Workforce Planning.
After many years braving the Chicago winter, she and husband decided it was time to move to warmer climates and to be closer to family. They were hoping to make the move to the Bay Area, but she was having no success in finding a job in that market. Terri Cramer and the MSLOC Career Services were pivotal to getting me in touch with various MSLOC alumni n the Bay Area and providing me the network she needed to eventually find the right job.
Jaime Buell recently joined Slalom Consulting as a Consultant as part of the Business Advisory Services team. Jaime is passionate about helping clients with M&A integration, cultural shifts, change management, executive coaching, organizational effectiveness, and strategy. She is quickly becoming the subject matter expert on the people side of change, particularly when a cultural shift or realignment is necessary.
Jaime says that MSLOC was a great reset for her. The learnings, combined the self-awareness and reflection that MSLOC is known for, truly transformed her and her career.
She is also one of the lucky ones who picked a Capstone she was truly passionate about and that she uses nearly every day - Improving Change Outcomes Through Executive Coaching. “Slalom and I are applying what I learned and building it into our core service offerings. It's been a lot of fun to see all the work come to life!”
Lauren Bertschy Mann (MSLOC 2012) recently left United Airlines to move back into consulting at Deloitte. She's currently spanning both the Change Management and the Strategy practices, developing tools and methods to ensure efficient project delivery. She is currently developing a new global approach to change management. This approach leverages many of the frameworks learned in MSLOC as well as pulling ideas from other disciplines like Marketing and Finance. Her experience at United Airlines during its merger with Continental gave her the opportunity to practice her MSLOC skills that she's now codifying as part of her role at Deloitte.
Kami Bond (MSLOC 2010) recently joined Cielo Talent as the Senior Vice President of People & Culture. In this role, Kami will oversee the company’s global human resources function, which enables Cielo’s record growth and unique position in the RPO industry. Kami has nearly 20 years of experience as a human resources leader for global companies such as Aon, GE Healthcare and Sapient Corporation. Her balance of generalist and specialist experience informs her ability to drive organizational effectiveness both within regions and around the world.
“At Cielo, we know talent is the most important factor in driving business results, for our clients and ourselves. This is why it is critical that we deepen our leadership capabilities with individuals like Kami who share our passion for investing in recruitment as a profession,” said Sue Marks, Cielo’s Founder and CEO. “Kami’s experienced approach to learning and development, along with her expertise in talent acquisition and management will guarantee that we continue to offer deeply rewarding career experiences for our employees and a culture that fosters innovation.”
Kami expressed similar sentiment when asked why she chose to join Cielo. “I am looking forward to being part an organization that has such high standards and to join a leadership team that takes pride in their reputation for being game-changing in the industry. I am motivated by the challenge Sue and team present to balance the successes of the past with the disruptive desire to mold the future.”
Kami holds a Master’s of Science in Learning and Organizational Change from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management from the University of Delaware. Based at Cielo’s Brookfield, Wisconsin, headquarters for work, Kami resides in Chicago with her husband and two children.
Christina Anderson (MSLOC student) was recently promoted to Associate Director of Instructional Media, a newly created position at Wiley within the Education Services division. In this role, she has creative and operational oversight of a team of media specialists who design and produce video, graphics, and e-learning activities for online master's programs. One of the challenges of this new role that Christina has been most excited about has been building the team and establishing a creative, collaborative culture along with processes that allow the team to scale its services during this time of rapid growth. With the experience and skills gained from MSLOC, Christina has been able to build a cohesive team and is well-equipped to work through various organizational challenges that have arisen from the change of introducing the new group and corresponding work products and processes.
Holly Brunk (MSLOC Student) recently joined Ecova as a Senior Manager. As the Senior Manager, Holly manages a growing team of Client Portfolio Managers at Ecova. She is responsible for developing the strategy and coordination of energy, water and waste management services for over 300 large corporate clients operating across North America. She leans on MSLOC principals and tools on a daily basis as she balances coaching, strategy development, consulting management, and A LOT of change management in her daily responsibilities.
Holly was offered her first position at Ecova in Awareness & Training services during her Foundations On-Site almost four years ago. She credits her MSLOC experience with helping to set her apart then and for the rapid development opportunities she's been offered at Ecova since.
Fiona Barbour Horenkamp (MSLOC 2010) recently joined Deloitte as a Manager. As a part of the Human Capital Service Line (Organization, Transformation & Talent Practice); partnering with clients around how to align their organization design, talent, leadership and culture with their business strategy to make transformative and sustained change.
"The MSLOC Network helped me to advance my career forward by connecting me with a Practicum (McDonalds), an Internship (Leo Burnett), as well as to my first full-time employer post Grad School (The Revere Group/NTT Data). I was also referred to Deloitte by a colleague and friend who was already working at the firm. The network I made through MSLOC opened the door for every role that I have had since graduating," Horenkamp said.
Aditya Chauhan (MSLOC 2015) recently joined The Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant. Using his MSLOC knowledge and credentials, Aditya made a 180-degree career shift to become a leadership expert at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). He works as an expert consultant in the BCG's Leadership and Talent Enablement Center, Singapore, recently setup to deepen organization capability in the domain. He finds his role exciting as he is responsible to design and deliver effective and innovative solutions to address his clients’ leadership and talent needs. In this role, he also supports the management team to develop new offers and services, driving the intellectual agenda and building delivery and execution capabilities.
Aditya feels that MSLOC has prepared him well for this role through the exposure he had to wide set of relevant topics and disciplines such as learning sciences, design and strategic thinking, organization and team behavior, organizational leadership coupled with knowledge management and social network analysis, to name a few. MSLOC with its multi-model learning and practice has enabled him to find innovative and practical solutions for the most complex problems of leadership and talent management, which give Aditya the confidence to take on new challenges and deliver value to his clients and his firm.