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

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

Congratulations to Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change leaders who are on the move.

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.

Jim Green

After 11 years of employment with global pharmaceutical firm Pfizer, Jim Green (MSLOC Student) recently accepted a new position with Sorin Group working as a Clinical Sales Operation Specialist. Sorin Group is a global medical device company and a leader in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). With the future launch of multiple cutting-edge CVD products, Sorin Group is primed for growth and change. Sorin Group created the position for Jim after his discussions with the Director of Human Resources unveiled his knowledge of navigating and leading change within the healthcare space and the need for these topics to be explored in a paced and methodical setting. This position proved to be an ideal fit for Jim. He will have the opportunity to marry both the business and technical expertise acquired while employed at Pfizer, with the change management skills developed as an MSLOC graduate student.

Currently, Jim is on track to finish the MSLOC degree program in the Winter 2015 term. This will mark Jim’s second graduate degree as he also earned an MBA from Oklahoma City University in 2010. What attracted him to the MSLOC program was the specialized focus on the theory and practical application of organizational change management. Working in the ever-evolving field of healthcare, Jim has been able to immediately transfer knowledge acquired in the classroom to measurable results in the workplace.

Nicole Haris

Nicole Haris (MSLOC 2010) has been promoted to Director of Talent Management for Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, Nicole will be responsible for driving talent management initiatives as well as deploying leadership development workshops for 38 countries in the region. Nicole was introduced to McDonald’s Corp. through her MSLOC Practicum and later hired as Manager of Global HR Design in 2012, where she leveraged her Capstone work in building informal change networks and knowledge-sharing communities. Nicole will be joining the talent management team in Hong Kong, led by fellow MSLOC alumna Janet Man, Senior Director, Talent Management.

Kelly Ross

Kelly Ross (MSLOC 2011) completed her executive coaching certification at the Hudson Institute in December 2013 and has been awarded the Professional Certified Coach, PCC, credential by the International Coach Federation. Kelly runs a niche consultancy, Ross Associates, focused on leadership development and talent management, combining her coaching work with facilitation and learning strategy.

Kelly's passion is for helping leaders to lead authentically. Recent examples of work include facilitation and 360 assessment coaching at leadership programs in Vietnam and India for a global management consulting firm, development planning and coaching based on Hogan Assessments for a Wisconsin-based insurance company, and a learning strategy project with a global bioscience organization. Kelly is also a Master in Learning and Organizational Change adjunct faculty member. As an MSLOC coach she helps new students make sense of their Hogan Assessment data and create a learning plan. She is also a coach supervisor for the MSLOC Coaching Fieldwork class.

Katy Pitt

Katy Pitt (MSLOC Student) accepted a position as a Change Management Consultant at Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) on July 28. HCSC is the largest customer-owned health insurer in the United States and employs more than 21,000 people. In her new role, Katy is responsible for providing leadership around strategic change management and organizational effectiveness initiatives and programs at the division and enterprise level. Prior to accepting this role, she was a full-time MSLOC graduate student and an independent change management and communications contractor in Chicago. She returned to grad school to transition her career from marketing and communications to change management consulting. Not only did the MSLOC curriculum provide her with the education and skills necessary to do her job, but it also provided an introduction to her boss. She sincerely thanks her MSLOC 440: Executing Strategic Change professors for hosting HCSC's Chief HR Officer to class one evening, as that event transpired into a job offer!

Bryan Wazbinski

Bryan D. Wazbinski (MSLOC Student) joined the management consulting practice of Accenture in June of 2014. In his new role Bryan is based in Houston, TX and is focused on energy clients in the oil & gas industry. As part of the Talent & Organization segment he will be helping clients with change management, learning and organizational transformations.

Even though Bryan’s MSLOC journey is still in the early stages he has already been able to apply some concepts from his Foundations and Leading with Strategic Thinking classes. In particular, on his first project Bryan worked as the change lead on the strategy team to develop, manage and deploy a new innovation pipeline and work stream on a marketing transformation for one of the largest downstream oil & gas companies. Also, as one new to consulting, Bryan credits his MSLOC experience with exposing him to some best practices, tools and networking opportunities that have helped make the transition a positive experience.

Caroline McGrath

Caroline McGrath (MSLOC 2013) is currently pursuing a PhD in Organizational Behavior at RMIT University in Australia. Her research topic is an extension of the work she started in her Capstone project in MSLOC, and explores brand as a potential identity threat in the workplace, and examines coping mechanisms employees use to manage this. Her Capstone paper (Sticking to the Script) was accepted for publication in the academic journal Organizational Cultures. Caroline is also a learning and organizational development practitioner, consulting through her own company primarily in the technology sector. Her work continually informs her study and her study continually informs her work – a formula she discovered as a MSLOC student that continues today.

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