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

MS Learning and Organizational Change People on the Move - April 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.

Jenn Chung

Jenn Chung (MSLOC 2009) was recently promoted to Director of Global Operations at TransUnion, where she is responsible for a transformative change program on sales effectiveness across TransUnion's six international markets. Jenn will be leveraging all her MSLOC experience as she takes the teams through the change process, which includes both strategic and knowledge management components. Prior to her recent role, Jenn worked in TransUnion's Business Planning and Strategy team where she had the opportunity to spend six months living in São Paulo, Brazil. She credits MSLOC with helping her to consider cultural frames as she rolled out new process initiatives.

Sean Radford

Sean Radford (MSLOC student) recently accepted the position of Director, Talent and Leadership Development at CNA Insurance. In this role, Sean will be responsible for designing and implementing the enterprise Talent and Leadership Development agenda and ensuring appropriate initiatives are adopted to drive improved performance and organizational business results. He will work at the enterprise level as well as on large business unit specific priorities to identify, recommend, develop and direct talent and leadership projects, programs, and processes.

Sean will serve as CNA's leadership and talent expert, leveraging his Graduate Certificate in Organizational and Leadership Coaching, current studies in MSLOC, and membership in various industry organizations to stay up-to-date with trends and provide innovative solutions in leadership development, talent management, and employee engagement. His focus in the near term will be on the design and implementation of a leadership development program for mid-senior level leaders and guiding the organization in action planning for the enterprise-wide employee engagement survey scheduled this year.

Georgia Del Freo

Georgia Del Freo (MSLOC 2013) has been promoted to Vice President of Operations at the Greater Erie Community Action Committee (GECAC). In her new role, Georgia is responsible for overseeing the overall operations of the agency including its four service delivery divisions; planning & program development; information technology and marketing. While Georgia has been with GECAC for the past 13 years, she credits her MSLOC degree with providing her the knowledge and confidence needed for this new position.

Kate Jones

Kate Jones (MSLOC 2010) is now a Consultant with sr4 Partners, a people and change-focused consulting firm in Chicago. Since August 2013, Kate has been responsible for helping her clients fulfill their intentions at the upper end of what is possible within the three disciplines of Inquiry, Articulation and Mobilization. Prior to joining sr4, Kate worked as Director of Talent and Training at Breakthrough Collaborative, an education non-profit based in the San Francisco Bay area, and for Accenture as a Manager in the Talent and Organizational Performance practice. Kate references the learning and change frameworks she learned through MSLOC regularly in her new role and continues to balance new ideas with theory. She is still in contact with a number of the colleagues she was so fortunate to work with through MSLOC and hopes to continue to strengthen her network within the MSLOC community.

Bree Groff

Bree Groff (MSLOC 2014) recently accepted a position as a Design Strategist at Peer Insight, an innovation consultancy in Washington, D.C. In her new role, she helps her clients unite the power of design thinking with Lean Startup-like in-market experiments to create profitable and meaningful user-centric services. She also helps companies grow their internal innovation capabilities for long-term growth. Bree credits her ability to thrive in this role specifically to MSLOC's Designing Sustainable Strategic Change and Cognitive Design classes. It was through those classes she first came to love design thinking, which now is a foundational tool of her work. In fact, she used several class deliverables as examples of previous work in her interview.

Diane Knoepke

After originally working with IEG as a consultant and account leader from 2004-2011, Diane Knoepke (MSLOC student), is rejoining the team as the Managing Director of Client Leadership. In this role, she focuses on managing and supporting the group's growth and continued innovation. IEG specializes in sponsorship consulting, valuation, measurement and strategy for a variety of clients working in sports, entertainment and nonprofit sectors. Diane's current and planned course of study within MSLOC played a significant role in this move, both in her choosing to follow this next career vector and in shaping the position to include team member performance development, employee coaching, knowledge management, methodology development and other change initiatives. Both Diane and IEG's senior leaders are excited that Diane will be able to meld her previous IEG consulting experience with her new and growing MSLOC knowledge and skills.

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