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

MS Learning and Organizational Change People On The Move – May 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.

christina-pedullaFollowing her completion of the MSLOC degree program in March of 2015, Christina Pedulla joined Social Edge Consulting, a management consulting firm specializing in social collaboration partnered exclusively with Jive Software. Her passion is empowering organizations and individual contributors to harness their collaboration potential. At Social Edge Christina works with various Fortune 1000 clients to implement Jive enterprise social network communities designed to create strategic opportunities for innovation and increased productivity via online collaboration. Christina was introduced to Social Edge through the MSLOC network and leveraged her masters research on knowledge sharing and experience as a student in The Hive, MSLOC’s learning community powered by Jive, during the interview process.

During her time as a full-time student in the MSLOC program, Christina worked at Aon as a Knowledge Management Intern and an HR Target Operating Model Intern. She was also a Consultant Intern with BPI group, contributing to talent development, organizational effectiveness and leadership development engagements.

Read about Christina’s MSLOC Capstone Research Project: It’s Not About Me: Individual Knowledge Sharing Behavior in Virtual Communities 

Follow Christina on Twitter: @Knowledge_Geek 


Stephanie Waite (MSLOC 2013) was recently promoted to Director of Leadership & Organizational Development at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Stephanie is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for leadership and organizational development, developing and optimizing leadership programming to support the human resources and organizational strategic objectives. Additionally, she serves as an internal consultant for implementation of large scale behavioral, strategic, operational and change initiatives to over 400 leaders. After completing the MSLOC program, Stephanie joined the hospital as the Manager of Organizational Development & Physician Services.

 In her last quarter of the MSLOC program, Stephanie worked with the hospital as an external consultant to develop their leadership competencies and behaviors. The leadership competencies and behaviors she developed now serve as the foundation for all leadership talent programming and development.

Stephanie’s favorite part of attending conferences, events and industry meetings is seeing another MSLOC smiling face – it is a community that she is truly proud to be a part of, and can say that it has been a springboard and sharpening stone for her development. “I would not be where I am now without the knowledge, connections, relationships and community of MSLOC,” says Waite.

Stephanie refers to her MSLOC library, concepts, learning and network to create creative solutions for her organization’s complex needs and areas of opportunities. This year she partnered with MSLOC Practicum students who built out recommendations for a New Leader Onboarding program that the hospital is planning to implement in 2016. 

Stephanie’s MSLOC Capstone research focused on the connection between induction programs of new teachers to increase retention. More specifically, it focused on mentoring the new generation of teachers, entering into a less than attractive career due to the changing socio-political landscape of education throughout our nation, and the connection to increasing the retention of these education-pioneers. Now, with the healthcare landscape changing in the same fashion, she’s able to use similar research practices and data to create ways to retain, develop and support new leaders entering the organization.


Whit Wesenberg (MSLOC Student) has been promoted to Professional Development Specialist - Litigation at the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP. Tasked with managing and advancing all litigation-based professional development, Whit holds a lead role in identifying, defining and implementing learning and development opportunities for more than 250 domestic associates. In this position, he also functions as an internal consultant, working with attorney and staff subject matter experts to design and execute a variety of L&D programs and initiatives. 

Whit attributes much of his success to the knowledge and skills acquired through MSLOC. He believes his ability to demonstrate a keen understanding of both organizational change and adult learning and performance has been fundamental to his advancement.


Laura Zeligman (MSLOC Student) has recently taken on a new role within PwC, as Manager in Assurance Transformation. In this role, Laura will be driving organizational change as PwC simplifies its audit through innovation. Laura is excited to bring together different areas of her background including process consulting, instructional design, and change management. She is finding her current MSLOC course, Executing Strategic Change, extremely relevant and helpful for analyzing the change and applying best practices to drive engagement and sustainability. Prior to this new role, Laura held learning and development project management and implementation roles at PwC.

 Follow Laura on Twitter: @LauraZeligman 


Jed Sawyer has been in the MSLOC program for just over a year and has recently transitioned into a new role in Learning, Training and Development at The Boeing Company. He relocated from Seattle to Washington, DC for this new role. As an Employee Development Specialist, he will continue to support ongoing human resources functional excellence development initiatives, while also supporting the Potomac region by developing a new employee onboarding experience.  Jed has been using many of the concepts and practices from the MSLOC program in his work as well as for himself as an individual with the major changes involved in this transition.

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