Talent Management Newsletter, October 2017

Welcome to the first Talent Management Update. Developed in response to culture survey feedback, this update will be sent out periodically to College of Business faculty and staff to welcome new staff and to provide updates and information on what is happening in the College. If you have content you would like to suggest for a future update, please send your requests to lwilkins@illinois.edu. Thanks and enjoy!


What’s New at the College of Business?


New Employees


Please join us in welcoming new employees and congratulating existing employees on new roles within the College over the last couple of months.


Tad Brinkerhoff, Director, MBA Programs
In his role as director of MBA Programs, Tad leads the full-time and Professional MBA programs. Prior to joining the College of Business, Tad spent 16 years in business school administration at Missouri, Purdue, and BYU. He also spent 8 years in the corporate world with Subaru and Wal-Mart. Tad enjoys playing the piano and cello and spending time with his wife Michelle, his five kids, and his dog Buddy.

Gavin Flure, Technology Support and Training Specialist, Business IT Services
Gavin manages the Business IT Help Desk and coordinates technology training initiatives. Gavin joined the college on July 5, 2017. He previously worked for the College of Engineering (2014-2017) and University of Illinois Extension (2012-2014).

Allyson Frizzell, Academic Advisor, Accountancy
As an academic advisor, Allyson advises students, creates course plans, and helps brainstorm ways to advance the Department of Accountancy. She reports to Sue Thomas, Kevin Jackson, and Angel Chatterton. Alyson began her career in higher education with a dual role in residential life and student development. After earning her master’s degree, she followed her passion to help students at one of the “greatest universities on the planet” hear in the College of Business. When she’s not advising students, Allyson enjoys calligraphy, hand lettering, and restoring and repainting old furniture.

Barb Horner, Office Manager, Operations
In her role as office manager for Graduate Programs, Barb plans MSF activities and assists with the admissions process. On campus since 2000, Barb has previously worked in the College of Engineering and ACES. Barb enjoys playing with her one-year-old grandson, scrapbooking, and camping. She reports to Lorena Nicholas.

Holly Kizer, Assistant Director, Academic and Student Services, College of Business Graduate Programs
In her role as assistant director of Academic and Student Services, Holly provides curriculum support, academic advising, student services, and leadership in supporting the strategic direction of the MSM, MSMBA, and MSTM programs. She also promotes a positive student experience throughout the student life cycle. Holly has been at the University of Illinois for nearly 23 years, working for the last 17 years directly with students. In her spare time, she enjoys running, cross-stich, camping, and family. Holly reports to Lorena Nicholas.


Kim Sgarbossa, Academic Advisor, iMBA Program
Kim provides academic advising to degree and non-degree students in the iMBA program. Kim comes to the University of Illinois from the Chicago suburbs, having worked in higher education at Benedictine University in Lisle and in international education at Educational Perspectives, a non-profit in downtown Chicago. Kim reports to Arshad Saiyed.


Eric Swenson, Associate Director, Illinois Business Consulting
In his role as associate director of Illinois Business Consulting, Eric engages current and prospective clients and works directly with IBC’s outstanding student consultants to help them develop professional skills and exceed expectations in completing their projects. Eric recently joined the College of Business from MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois, where he served as the director of external relations. Eric previously worked as an operations manager for ADM, a research scientist here at the University of Illinois, and as an intelligence analyst in the US Army. Eric is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. He also reads voraciously, is an award-winning home brewer, and fills his remaining time with a transatlantic policy fellowship. He reports to Whitney Smith.


Dylan Thomas, Academic Advisor, iMBA Program
Dylan provides advising and assistance to students around program degree requirements, degree planning, and course selection. Dylan previously held an advising role on campus in the International Student and Scholar Services Office (ISSS). During his time at ISSS, Dylan thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to engage with a large and culturally diverse student and scholar population. One of his primary roles in that position was to assist students with their post-graduation work authorization process (OPT). Many of them were able to land exciting opportunities at companies such as Google, Facebook, and IBM. Dylan took great satisfaction in helping these students pursue their professional goals.

Dylan is thrilled to be a part of this new and exciting program in the College of Business, and looks forward to helping it grow and develop over the coming years. He wants to be a valuable resource for students on their road to success, and he hopes to foster productive relationships with those requiring academic assistance. Dylan reports to Arshad Saiyed.


New Roles


Meagan Hennessey, Customer Relationship and Project Manager, Business IT Services
In her new role of customer relationship and project manager, Meagan will work with faculty and staff to identify and meet college needs for public-facing web development, as well as consult for and manage application development, workflow management, and technology systems integration projects. Meagan has worked in the College of Business since 2001.


Aria Novianto, Associate Director, Research and Business Technology, Business IT Services
In his new role of associate director for research and business technology, Aria works with faculty and staff to identify and manage technology for faculty research, classroom instruction, and learning labs. Aria has worked in the College of Business since 1998.


Sandy Schaefer, Director of Communications Development, Accountancy
In her role as director of communications development, Sandy oversees implementation of communications curriculum within the Department of Accountancy, including development and evaluation of communications assessment. Sandy supervises 8-10 hourly employees for grading, tutoring, and mentoring positions within the curriculum. She also is responsible for developing new initiatives within communications to continue to meet demands of students and their future employers. Sandy was previously part of the Finance team and has significant experience as a writer, as a copy editor, and in higher education administration. Sandy reports to Brooke Elliott and enjoys reading, animals, Wisconsin sports, and outdoor activities, like hiking, kayaking, and camping.


Professional Development Opportunities


PMBA Program

Applications are now open for the College of Business PMBA Scholarship Program! The College of Business and the Professional MBA Program are offering two scholarships to the Professional MBA Program (evening program) for employees of the College who meet eligibility requirements. The scholarships will cover 90% of the program tuition. The intent of the scholarship is to provide continuing education that will equip emerging leaders for broader leadership roles. You can find more information about how to apply on our professional development page. The application deadline is November 3. If you have questions about the program, contact LaTonya Wilkins lwilkins@illinois.edu. You can read our current recipient spotlight below.


Current Recipient Spotlight – Dionna Williams

dionnaMy PMBA experience so far has been rewarding. I have met and bonded with new friends, I’ve learned concepts that I can and have applied in my current job and will carry with me throughout my career.

I would have to say my favorite course so far has been Leadership and Teams, which was a course designed to develop critical thinking and behavioral concepts in business.

Balancing my time has been a work in progress. Working full-time, while raising two children who are both very active in sports, attending classes, and keeping up with the work that comes with it began as a slight challenge, but has since become part of my everyday routine. Depending on your children’s age, you have to sit them down and explain to them that there will be activities and events you will not be able to attend. Learn to say no to family and friends. Everyone around you must be aware of the load you’re taking on and not only be understanding but ready and willing to step up and help. Eventually, you will establish some sort of rhythm for balancing your work, personal, and school life.

The PMBA program has allowed me to become more engaged in networking. I approach certain issues differently and am able to come up with more creative ways to resolve them.

I would recommend this program to other College of Business employees because of the opportunities and convenience. The PMBA will present opportunities for an individual, as well as make them more marketable. The program itself is convenient for those who work full-time, offering evening classes two nights per week. Classes are held in BIF, so most employees would already be in the building or a just short walk across the street. The professors recognize that we are all professionals and have lives outside of the program; therefore, as long as you communicate in advance, they understand if you need to miss class due to a job commitment, family matters, etc. (within reason).


New Employee Onboarding

College of Business New Employee Onboarding has arrived! Whether you are new or want to see your colleagues in action, you can access the online onboarding course by clicking here. Click “enroll” and use the password “business” to join the course. The link will be included in all offer letters, but we encourage you to reiterate course availability to all new employees.


Human Resources Series for Supervisors and Managers

New course opportunities just released!

The Human Resources Series for Supervisors and Managers (HR Series) is a multi-topic series focused on the basic information required to understand Illinois Human Resources (IHR) policies and guiding principles. Providing crucial information to create a positive workforce and productive work environment, this series of seminars is vital to successful supervision and management. You can find more information on the Illinois Human Resources page. If courses are full, you can also opt to join a waitlist.


Upcoming Workshops


Inclusive Culture Advocate Series – Women in Business Session (Register Now!)

The focus of the next Inclusive Culture Advocate Series session is Women in Business. The session will feature structured learning content, a guest panel discussion (comprised of private sector leaders/alumni and faculty) and audience participation. Click here to register. You will receive more information, including pre-work and panelist bios, next week. Date/Time: November 14 from 9:30-11 in 3041 BIF.