Adjunct Lecturer, MS in Learning and Organizational Change Program
BiographyDorie Ellzey Blesoff currently serves as Chief People Officer for kCura, a rapidly-growing e-discovery software development company based in Chicago. Before she began this lap in her career track, Dorie ran her own independent consulting practice that focused on developing leaders and designing and implementing sustainable strategic and culture change. In that capacity, she worked primarily with family-owned businesses, non-profits and healthcare organizations. Prior to that her work as an internal HR/OD professional in healthcare, manufacturing and professional services enabled her to hone in on her areas of most passion: learning and change!
Dorie utilizes practical approaches and tools to help leaders imagine and create desired change in their organizations. Through partnering with key stakeholders she has helped to design and serve as faculty for middle management and executive leadership development programs. She has also established corporate universities in companies of varying size in multiple industries. She facilitates a variety of participatory processes that embody her watchword phrase, “people are more committed to what they help to create.” Examples include: appreciative inquiry, scenario planning, and world café dialogues.
In her current role as a strategic HR leader, she contributes to the evolution of a healthy culture in an organization growing from start-up to mid-size. Her oversight includes ensuring values are weighed equally with technical talent and encouraging learning and continuous improvement throughout the employment life cycle. With an HR vision to promote a “happy, healthy and engaged workplace community,” she finds many opportunities to connect MSLOC topics and colleagues to help with the learning curves.
Dorie has served as Adjunct Faculty in the School of Education and Social Policy’s Learning & Organizational Change curriculum since 1996. In addition to MSLOC 441, she teaches a course at the undergraduate level, “Learning Organizations for Complex Environments.”
Dorie’s academic background includes a Masters in Organization Development from Loyola University, Chicago, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Religion from American University.
|1995||MS, Organization Development||Loyola University-Chicago|
|1974||BA, Political Science, Religion||American University|
Learning Organizations for Complex Environments Major change factors, including technology, globalization,and demographics, and their impact on organizations; how organizations are creating and responding to these changes through organizational design, learning systems, and human resource changes.
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Designing Sustainable Strategic Change
|2013 - Current||
Chief People Officer, kCura
Independent Consultant, Independent Learning & Change Consultant
Provide leadership team facilitation in strategic planning and designing change efforts, design and deliver customized leadership development programs, provide employee and management workshops on diversity, communication, and teamwork. Client base ranges from Fortune 100 to local non-profits in multiple industries.
Served as HR leader in North America for Business Process Outsourcing with oversight of all HR practices, and multiple acquisitions & integrations of workforces.
Director of Organization Development at Fel-Pro in Skokie, IL. When it was acquired by Federal Mogul, I became Director of Global People Development.
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center
Director of Human Resources Development (Employee Relations, Patient Relations, Training & OD, Performance Management, Recruitment).
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