MSLOC People on the Move - Year in Review

MSLOC People on the Move - Year in Review

As MSLOC wraps up the 2012-2013 academic year we congratulate students, faculty and alumni who have been on the move recently, both in their professional roles and through presentations and other events. Learn more about how an MSLOC degree can help you further your own career and learning goals.

New Professional Roles

Lynee Bamford

Lynne Bamford (MSLOC 2009) joined NorthShore University Health System as Chief Learning Officer on April 15, 2013. Lynne oversees leadership and professional development as well as technical training in electronic medical records. She brings to the role her passion for strategic talent development, human capital metrics, and of course, her change lens.

Bree Berman

Bree Berman (MSLOC Student) will head Flint Hill School 's newly-formed Innovation Department beginning in Fall 2013. She will lead the Innovation Department, comprised of Technology Integration Specialists and Instructional Coaches, in functioning as Flint Hill's internal educational think-tank. Bree currently designs curriculum and professional development programming for Flint Hill. She holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and will graduate from the MSLOC program in March 2014.

Eric Hoernemann

Commander Eric Hoernemann, U.S. Coast Guard (MSLOC 2007) was assigned as Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard's Director of Civil Rights and Human Resources in Washington, D.C. 

Mala Sasikumar (MSLOC 2012) joined Accenture Management Consulting in March 2013 as a Consultant in the Talent & Organization Performance practice. Her functional specialties at Accenture include helping clients with Learning & Collaboration, Talent Management, Organizational Change, and HR Effectiveness initiatives. Mala's MSLOC Capstone research project focused on how organizations can practice talent management while undertaking high volume hiring.

Renetta McCann

Renetta McCann (MSLOC 2011), former Starcom MediaVest Group CEO, joined Leo Burnett as the agency's U.S. chief talent officer. Renetta will oversee the agency's U.S. recruitment, training, benefits and talent management efforts. Renetta's MSLOC Capstone is published on The Knowledge Lens: Personal Resources Training: A New Approach for Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage.

Julnar Rizk

In Feb 2013, Julnar Rizk (MSLOC 2011, Certificate) joined Oracle as a Senior Consultant for Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL). In her role with OWL, Julnar acts as a regional lead for the Americas, supporting community leaders in the development and fostering of their local communities, and the furthering of OWLs global mission to support, educate and empower current and future generations of women leaders at Oracle.

Anne-Marie Wolff

Anne-Marie Wolff (MSLOC 2012, Certificate) joined BPI group as an Analyst after she started the MSLOC program. She joined Judah Kurtz (MSLOC 2009) and Courtney Calinog (MSLOC 2013) at BPI group, a global management and HR consulting firm. After finishing the MSLOC Certificate in 2012, Anne-Marie became a Senior Consultant in BPI's Talent Solutions Group. Anne-Marie has a Master's in Public Administration from Valdosta State University and served in various local and regional government planning roles prior to becoming an MSLOC student.

Aaron Olson

Aaron Olson (MSLOC Faculty & SESP MS Organization Development and Workplace Learning 1998) was promoted in September 2012 to Vice President and Global Head of Talent Management at Aon Corporation. In his new role, Aaron leads a team accountable for internal programs regarding performance management, leadership development and diversity supporting Aon's 62,000 employees worldwide. This follows Aaron's work for the last two years on post-merger integration activities following Aon's merger with Hewitt Associates in 2010. His areas of expertise and interest include talent strategy, leadership development, executive succession, corporate university governance, and action learning.

Aaron’s team at Aon won the 2012 Brandon Hall Excellence Award for Best Integration of Learning and Talent Management for their Unmatched Talent Initiative.

Aaron teaches the MSLOC Leading with Strategic Thinking course.

Kami Bond

Kami Bond (MSLOC 2010) started work at Aon with Aaron Olson in January 2013 as a Global Talent Leader. She is responsible for the Talent Management & Development strategy, including performance management, career progression, and learning & development for their global outsourcing businesses. 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.

Jamie Allen

Jamie Allen (MSLOC student) was promoted at Illinois Tool Works (ITW) to Division HR Director for the Powertrain Plastics Division. In her leadership role, Jamie has ownership of the talent and HR operations for the $350 million division that spans 17 locations globally, with the majority of locations residing outside of North America. Jamie is scheduled to finish her MSLOC degree in December 2013.

Claudia Richman

Claudia Richman (MSLOC student) was named SVP, Regional Director of Operations at Digitas. In this role she oversees the Project Management, Client Operations and Casting teams for the Chicago and San Francisco offices. She will be augmenting her experience leading project management teams with real time applications of her MSLOC learning as she helps lead her organization through a period of growth and change.

Georgia Del Freo

Georgia Del Freo (MSLOC 2013) was promoted to Associate Vice President of Operations at the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC), a social service agency focused on anti-poverty initiatives. In her 12 years working at GECAC, Georgia has developed extensive knowledge in community assessment and program development. The  organizational change knowledge she has gained since joining MSLOC in Spring 2011 has been invaluable in her new position where she is responsible for assisting with managing all aspects of organizational operations.


Amy Collins (MSLOC 2011) joined as the Director of Learning & Development. In this newly created position, Amy is responsible for identifying development needs, designing and delivering core training curricula, and overseeing company-wide talent management initiatives from inception. Amy's MSLOC Capstone research project, focused on the development of emotional intelligence in leaders, ties nicely into her work at


Lucy Gee (MSLOC 2012) joined SmithBucklin, an Association Management Services Company, as the Senior Manager of Talent Development. She is responsible for providing leadership in the areas of talent development, the management of corporate learning and development activities, and change management.  Lucy's MSLOC Capstone research project focused on employee empowerment and what methods are successful across various work populations.


Nicole Haris (MSLOC 2010) joined McDonald's Corporation as Manager of Global HR Design in February 2012. Nicole, who was introduced to McDonald's Corporation through her MSLOC Practicum, is responsible for creating global frameworks and solutions that impact employee engagement at the restaurant level and knowledge sharing within the Global HR Community. Nicole's MSLOC Capstone research focused on how to leverage informal leaders in organizational change.

Lori Kinast

Lori Kinast (MSLOC 2011) was promoted to Vice President, Organizational Development at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls in Chicago.

Julie Sutter

Julie Sutter (MSLOC student) joined the American Association of Orthodontists as Director of Leadership Entities and COO. Julie was formerly Association/Executive Director at SmithBucklin.

Teresa Torres

Teresa Torres (MSLOC student) joined AfterCollege as Vice President, Products. AfterCollege connects student and alumni with top employers across the U.S. through faculty and career networks at colleges and universities. Teresa has been a product consultant and President and CEO of Affinity Circles prior to taking on her new role at AfterCollege. Teresa has been featured as a guest blogger on The Knowledge Lens: Find Big Wins by Setting Exponential Goals.

Sandra Felker

Sandra Felker (MSLOC 2011) joined Ernst & Young as a Manager of People & Organizational Change. In her work as a senior-level management consultant, Sandy has developed extensive human capital and project execution expertise. Sandy's MSLOC Capstone research project focused on building organizational collaboration through functionally diverse teams.

Tabitha Isham

Tabitha Isham (MSLOC Student) joined Motorola Solutions as a Talent Development Specialist. She moved from Florida in Summer 2011 to start the MSLOC Program and worked as a contractor at McDonald's Corporation within their Global HR Design group prior to joining Motorola Solutions.

Presentations & Events

Amanda - Swati

MSLOC students Amanda Dawson (MSLOC 2013) and Swati Sarupria (MSLOC 2013) were selected for the 2012 National MBA Human Capital Case Competition as members of a Northwestern team composed of School of Education and Social Policy and Kellogg students. Only 12 teams from across the nation were selected for the sixth annual competition, held in Nashville. Read the full story...
Both Swati and Amanda graduated in June 2013 and secured Human Capital consulting positions well before graduation. Swati now works for PwC as a Senior Associate in the People & Change practice. Amanda starts work as a Senior Consultant in Deloitte's Human Capital Practice in July 2013.
Beth BlackBeth Black (MSLOC 2011) gave a keynote address titled Harnessing the Power of Story to Promote Change at the 2012 Wisconsin Women's Health Summit.

Beth's session was based on her Capstone research, Once upon a Time at the Office: Learning to Recognize, Interpret and Tell Stories in Organizations, which examined current organizational storytelling practices and identified key features that characterize stories with powerful impact. Her study found that narrative is used by leaders to transfer knowledge, shape culture, and motivate or curtail employee behavior, as well as by employees to manage stress. Interviews with eight experts on narrative revealed, perhaps surprisingly, that skimping on details is what makes stories powerful.

Beth became Head of School for the Newton Montessori School in July 2013. You can read more about Beth's experience in the MSLOC program in her alumni profile.

Frisque Michelle Frisque (MSLOC 2012) presented results related to her MSLOC Capstone research at the 2012 Medical Librarian Association Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA. Shortly after graduating from the MSLOC Program, Frisque started a new role as the Director of Library Technology at the Chicago Public Library.

This poster session -- Engaging Librarians for Future Organizational and Professional Success -- was based on Frisque's research measuring academic librarians’ engagement in their current organizations and with the profession. Engagement was measured by the extent to which employees commit to their work physically, cognitively, and emotionally. Organizational triggers for disengagement were identified so libraries could seek solutions to reengage the librarian workforce for future organizational and professional success.

Levinson Sara Levinson (MSLOC 2010) led a roundtable discussion session based on her MSLOC capstone research at the October, 2012 American Evaluation Association conference

The session -- Are We There Yet: Integrating Evaluation into Organizational Change -- covered findings from her research relating to the importance of integrating evaluation into each phase of an organizational change. Sara's study utilized both quantitative and qualitative data from an online survey of representatives from the fields of evaluation and organizational change. Questions regarding common characteristics of evaluation and organizational change, both in isolation and in concert of the disciplines, were analyzed.

lucy-geeLucy Gee (MSLOC 2012) facilitated a discussion on employee empowerment at the MOR Associates IT Leaders Conference in Chicago in June 2012.

Gee’s session was based on her Capstone research, “Employee Empowerment: What Works?” which looked at nine specific types of empowerment used by managers to determine which are successful from the employee perspective. The study also looked at preferences by gender, generation and total years of work experience.

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