MS Learning and Organizational Change People On The Move – August 2015

MS Learning and Organizational Change People On The Move – August 2015

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.

Eric Doctors

Eric Doctors (MSLOC 2013) recently joined Leo Burnett as the SVP, Leadership and Organizational Development. It was through the MSLOC network that he was connected to his new manager, Renetta McCann, a fellow MSLOC alumna and Chief Talent Officer at Leo Burnett. In his new role, Eric is using the tools and thinking sets learned at MSLOC everyday to help the agency understand and discover what they want to be. Eric is now able to put into practice his capstone research around being creatively resilient in an environment where the business is creativity. Prior to joining Leo Burnett, Eric held various roles at AbbVie including the Head of Talent Management, Americas and Senior Learning and Development Manager, Latin America.

Read Eric’s MSLOC Capstone Research: Unleashing Employee Creativity: What Matters Most in Sustaining Creativity Engagement?

Yue Guo

Yue Guo (MSLOC 2014) recently joined Taikang Asset Management in Beijing as the Head of Human Resources. With the expertise she gained from MSLOC, Yue decided to join a local, Chinese private enterprise. Taikang Asset Management is an asset management arm of Taikang Insurance, the 4th largest insurance company in China. Prior to this new role, Yue worked in Chinese branches of U.S. firms, most recently as the HR Director, Greater China for Motorola Mobility. Yue is finding that her experience gained in the MSLOC program is becoming even more relevant as this new role requires more strategic thinking than previous roles. Yue misses all the MSLOC alumni very much and encourages everyone to get in touch with her if they are in Beijing.

Yue joined the MSLOC program as a full-time, international student and then returned to China to finish her master’s research project. Her research focused on how to engage high potential talent from acquired companies.

Anne-Marie Fort

Anne-Marie Fort (MSLOC Certificate 2012) recently transitioned from being a Manager with BPI Group, a Global Business Management and HR consulting firm, to a newly created internal role at Advanced Disposal, an environmental services company headquartered in Ponte Vedra, Florida. Anne-Marie is now the Director, Learning and Development and is responsible for designing and coordinating the delivery of development programs for the company's 5,400 employees, with an initial focus on the manager population.

Through her MSLOC experience, Anne-Marie understands and appreciates the importance of self-reflection to support sustained behavior change. This knowledge is helping her meet the challenge of building a learning culture in her new organization.

Justin Jacques

Justin Jacques (MSLOC Certificate 2012) recently joined University of North Texas at Dallas as the Assistant Director of Wellness. His primarily role will be to build a counseling center for students as the university experiences rapid growth. He is also tasked with developing a comprehensive and robust wellness program. Justin has an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education and has many years of experience working at employee assistance programs in the government sector.

Justin’s MSLOC knowledge proves to be very useful in his current role at UNT Dallas, which is building a comprehensive counseling and wellness program from scratch. As a result of his newly developed knowledge in the areas of organizational design, strategy, and knowledge management he feels confident he will be able to excel in this new position. In the recent past, Justin has also helped develop a strong social media presence for the Colorado Chapter of the Employee Assistance Professional Association and for the various organizations he has worked with over the past three years. This included being able to provide 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.

Pooja Patankar

Pursuing her passion for project management, Pooja Patankar (MSLOC Student) has joined Direct Energy in Houston, Texas as a Talent & Development Program Manager. She oversees the program management of HR's Talent & Development priorities, projects and workstreams. She is managing the strategy execution of the Talent & Development team's three-year roadmap to become a customer-centric, best-in-class organization. Pooja will also be developing the long-term Direct Energy engagement strategy with a focus on diversity & inclusion and mentorship. Prior to joining Direct Energy, Pooja worked at Dr Pepper Snapple Group as a Leadership Development Specialist.

Pooja completed her undergraduate degree in Economics and Psychology at Northwestern University and was excited to find a graduate program at her alma mater that allowed her to continue living in Texas while working full-time. She enjoys being back on campus once a quarter for the MSLOC alternative schedule on-site sessions.

Molly Fried

Molly Fried (MSLOC Student) recently joined the team at Whitehouse Post, one of the leading international creative film editing companies with post-production facilities in London, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Working closely with all four offices as operations manager, Molly supports recruitment efforts as well as manages client services and company travel. In this dynamic role, she is excited to apply her passion for the field of change management to help ensure Whitehouse's continued success as one of the most respected names in this rapidly changing industry. Prior to joining Whitehouse Post, Molly led outreach for Greenheart Travel, a nonprofit organization that provides cultural immersion programs around the world.

Carla Karijolich

Carla Karijolich (MSLOC Student) recently became the Lead Trainer for the sales department at McMaster-Carr. She is responsible for onboarding and training new employees, in addition to using learning interventions, coaching, and group learning activities to develop skills for experienced employees. Carla has valued the support of her fellow students and faculty at MSLOC who have helped her reflect on her experiences developing people and integrate systems thinking into her training and coaching practices. She also credits the MSLOC community for providing regular encouragement, perspective, and wisdom that she can apply in complex situations.

Follow Carla on Twitter where she shares interesting content related to learning and organizational change and is a regular participant in #lrnchat: @carlakarijolich


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