Meet Joe McCue

Joe, a 2012 graduate of DePaul’s MA in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS) Program, is the Wellness Coordinator for the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, which serves just under two-thousand employees throughout the state. Joe is a Worksite Wellness Educator, a Certified Wellness Practitioner, Certified Worksite Wellness Program Manager, author, entrepreneur, and adjunct professor.

Joe earned his bachelor’s degree is in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts.  He worked in that field for several years until a cancer diagnosis changed the course of his life both personally and professionally.

Joe became a passionate advocate for his own health and tried to learn anything and everything he could which contributed to it.  After a circuitous series of events, he eventually found himself in a massage therapy school in northern California.  A few years later, he became a wellness coach and a few years after that, a certified personal trainer.

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What led you to choose DePaul’s MAAPS program and what was your focus area?

After years of working with private clients one on one, I felt I wanted to make a bigger contribution.  Workplace wellness initiatives were gaining in popularity at the time and it seemed like that domain would provide me a fertile soil to help entire organizations instead of just one person at a time.

I figured that for organizations to be willing to hire me, I would need some solid credentials.  Having been an entrepreneur for many years prior to entering DePaul’s School for New Learning, the idea of creating my own program was most appealing, thus  I created my own focus area of Integrating wellness coaching into corporate health and productivity management programs.

 Have your career goals changed course since beginning the MAAPS program

They’re continuously evolving.  Originally I saw myself as a consultant, helping organizations develop, implement and evaluate their employee wellness programs.  Having been a “solopreneur” for several years, however, I felt I lacked a solid understanding of operational practices of organizations, especially large ones.  So much so, that I’m considering an MBA to compliment my MAAPS degree.

Since 2007, I have been an instructor in several massage therapy and wellness programs and I love everything about being a teacher.  I decided to shift my focus therefore from being a wellness consultant to being a wellness educator.  In his capacity, I feel I can fully inhabit what I have to offer companies.

Do you think the MAAPS program helped you to obtain your current position?

I think it did absolutely.  At many companies, people in a position like this are typically folks from the human resources department who have been tasked with running the wellness program in addition to their other duties.  The MAAPS experience, coupled with my background in wellness is what, I believe helped me stand out from the crowd.

 What are your Occupation(s)/Scope of Work/Area of Expertise?

I have been a licensed massage therapist for fifteen years, a wellness coach for ten and a personal trainer for seven.  I have been teaching college level massage and wellness classes for almost nine years and I recently accepted a position with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation as their Wellness Coordinator.  I’m very excited about this as I am responsible for the wellness programming for close to two thousand employees all over the state.  In addition, I am a part time photographer and sell limited edition giclées through my website.  My favorite subjects are landscapes and scenery here in the seacoast area of New Hampshire.

Can you tell us about any current projects you are working on and how you are able to apply your learning in the workplace?

I have been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation for many years and can speak for hours about its benefits.  I am currently in the process of implementing a mindfulness program for the NHDOT employees.  I’m especially excited about the potential this has not just for the individual wellness of each employee who participates but also for the positive impact I hope it will have on the culture of wellness throughout the entire Department.

The biggest piece I’ve been able to use is the Educating Adults Certificate.  Especially now, as I am creating non-traditional learning experiences in non-traditional locations for non-traditional adult learners!  The concepts I gleaned from the EA classes are proving invaluable.

Do you have any advice for graduate students or prospective graduate students?

The MAAPS program demands an intense and sustained level of self-awareness and personal reflection.  It can be very challenging but the more you authentically dive into that process the more successful you will be, both during and after.

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Spotlight on Part-time SNL Faculty member, Pamela Meyer!

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Meet Dr. Gretchen Wilbur…

Gretchen Wilbur is the School for New Learning’s Director of Assessment, an Associate Professor, and an upcoming Faculty Mentor for the MA in Educating Adults (MAEA) program. We asked her if she would share her background and experiences with current and future SNL students.

wordpressWhere are you from and what is your educational background?

I grew up in North Carolina and have lived and worked in England, Tennessee, Michigan, Missouri, and Kansas. I attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh for my B.A. in Psychology and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN for my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Currently my home is in Chicago, where I have worked for DePaul for 6 years.           

What is your Area of Expertise/Scope of Work?

My areas of expertise are in Multicultural Education, Reflective Practice, and Assessment. I am especially curious about building cultures of learning in classrooms and organizations. My roles include facilitating the learning of undergraduate and graduate students through teaching, mentoring, and assessment. I also direct the assessment activities at SNL. This includes a variety of things, such as leading the college assessment system, facilitating ongoing improvement, and advocating alternative ways to assess competences and outcomes. I have previously held positions as Professor and Chair of Education Departments, Executive Director of Curriculum for Kansas City, MO School District, and Director of a Regional Equity Center.

Are there any current consulting projects you are working on?

I am a part of several projects that connect my areas of expertise and practice. I work with the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) in prior learning assessment and competence-based education. I also work with universities in Jamaica, Kenya, Italy, and Ireland to implement instructional approaches that promote equity outcomes, integrate technology, and promote intercultural competence-based learning. I have the opportunity to use these experiences to facilitate systems approaches for higher education change and improvement.

Have you received any Distinctions/Awards while at DePaul?

While at DePaul I have received the following:

Spirit of Assessment Award Nominee, DePaul University, 2015

Women of Spirit and Action Honoree, DePaul University, 2013

University Research Council Grant Award, 2011

What do you like about teaching at DePaul?

I really like the diversity at DePaul as well as the opportunities to work internationally. There are people from all over the world with many different life experiences and I find this very enriching. I especially enjoy the diversity of my students—age, ethnicity, work settings, and life experiences. Students bring varied and rich perspectives to the topics and issues about which we inquire. This deepens everyone’s learning and expands all of our perspectives—I learn as much from my students as they learn from me; we all learn from each other.

What do you like about the MAEA program?

Several things! I like the way that it brings together my passions, scholarly interests, and my experience facilitating learning. I am stimulated by working with adults who can immediately apply their new learning in their practice settings. I also find the reflective component of the program powerful because we get to examine ourselves as learners in relation to facilitating the learning of others. As part of the program we can integrate experiences across life, work, and school and this makes the formal curriculum relevant and meaningful.

Who would you say is the most influential person in your life?

Oh my goodness, this is a difficult question that I try to avoid. The most? There are many people that have had a significant impact on my worldview, scholarly interests and life passions and there will be many more, I know. I am drawn to authentic people who practice what they preach and these include scholars, colleagues, and soul mates. But since you make me pick ‘the most’ then I will say Rodney. Rodney was a 10 year old in my class of students labeled “emotionally disturbed” and he lived in the projects where I also started a summer art camp. Rodney was reflective, insightful, and contemplative. Rodney didn’t do his schoolwork and hardly talked at all. He stayed on the sidelines, watching me set up classroom learning and art camp activities, and he eventually came to participate. Rodney taught me that students have many gifts and incredible intelligences, which are rarely recognized or valued in formal education. Unknowingly or maybe knowingly, he taught me that trust, respect, and listening with your heart are the qualities that are most important for learning and teaching. And he taught me that education must change!

A Note From Recent MAAPS Grad, Gail Zelitzky…

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Thanks to every one of you who didn’t ask me to dinner, entice me to attend a play, left me to my own devices and supported me along the way! And thanks for being there when it was all over and time to celebrate – at the graduation, the parties, over wine and for lunch. You all made it possible. DePaul School of New Learning thanks you, too, as well as my memorable mentor and faculty adviser, Catherine Marienau, my fabulous professional adviser, Renie McClay, and all the professors from whom I learned lasting and valuable knowledge.

I spent 6 weeks reclaiming my life, reviewing all my materials and creating new approaches to my work. My newly minted degree, Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS), resulted in my developing a more directed focus for my work.

What I studied is a very specialized and unique area for the sole purpose of helping business owners embrace creativity. Now I can teach teams how to innovate on a daily basis to achieve breakthrough thinking that keeps them in the forefront of their industries. My goal has always been to help successful business leaders reach their maximum potential, become strong leaders, make more money and lead the lives they love. Now, armed with this new learning and specialization, I can make an even greater impact on them and their teams.

Small business owners must become more creative in their problem-solving approach and practice innovation every day if they are to remain competitive. They deserve to enjoy bottom-line profitability so their companies can positively impact their lives and those of their employees, the community in which they work and the world at large.

I’d really like to connect with you to see if there are any colleagues, friends, business owners, associations or groups in your network that would benefit from taking their leadership to new heights. Phone, Skype and Face Time make it simple to connect. In-person is even better. Please email me and let’s talk. 

That’s all for now,

Gail Zelitzky

Meet Barbara Lewis – current MA in Educating Adults student!

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Barbara grew up in Glen Ellyn and currently resides in Geneva, IL. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in SNL with a focus on organization and employee development. Barbara enjoyed the SNL competence model and wanted a program which specifically focused on educating adults- the MAEA program was a perfect fit! Barbara has worked in human resources for almost twenty years and is currently the Director of Talent Management at AdvantEdge Healthcare. We asked Barbara a few questions about her experience in the program thus far…

How are you applying learning from the MAEA program to you current work setting?
I am applying something immediately after almost every class! I am responsible for the training program at my company as well as developing emerging leaders and new supervisors. I have learned methodologies and thought leadership on facilitation, leadership, and designing curriculums that engage and challenge adult learners, and immediately find ways to incorporate those teachings into my workday.

Can you tell us about any current projects you are working on (work or school or both)?
I am preparing to facilitate a leadership workshop for our managers this summer. The workshop was the product of what I learned in the Facilitating Adult Learning course, and also uses material learned from the Leadership course (LLS 430 Leadership in Contemporary Adult Life). The workshop will be given at seven locations across the country; an online version of the courses will be developed as well.

I am also working on a competency-based curriculum which offers a completely different way of training for one specific job function. I attended a seminar in November 2014 through DePaul’s CAEA center on competency-based training, and was able to receive credits toward the MAEA degree based on seminar attendance and the design of a curriculum for my practice area. The competency-based curriculum focuses on the various types of knowledge, skills and abilities that a team member should have (or needs to develop) to be effective in their role. This is light-years beyond our typical training programs, which largely focused on what buttons to push in the technology platform, but didn’t offer much information on why they wanted to push those buttons. Coupled with the facilitation methods learned in the MAEA program, the entire curriculum is much more engaging and—most importantly—relevant.

Can you tell us about something you are currently learning in an EA core course?
I am learning about backward curriculum design, which challenges us to determine the goal and objective of the course first, determine exactly what our learners should be able to get out of the course, then develop the learning activities and text.

What do you like about the format of the MAEA program?
I like the cohort model; I am very lucky to be attending these courses with a very special group of people. The cohort provides a safe learning environment; we need feedback as we go through these courses, and we need to get that feedback from people that are motivated for us to do well. We have a very cohesive group, and I know that what I share and the feedback I receive is coming from a positive place.

I also enjoy the core courses and the logical progression.

Do you have any ideas for your Applied Inquiry Project?
Yes, I am going to focus on the creation of competency-based curriculums for adult learners within my practice setting.

How do you foresee this degree impacting your future career goals?
It already has. Because I’ve been able to immediately apply many of the teachings into my practice setting, the training I am now developing has been transformed. The workshops represent a departure from the way the company would normally have conducted training, and it’s a huge change. I am not surprised; I am in my current role because of my advanced project in my undergraduate studies. I proposed the advanced project to my company, and was promoted and asked to implement the advanced project company-wide. I am confident the competency-based curriculum that will be the focus of my Applied Inquiry Project will have similar impact.

2015 MAEA Graduates’ Showcase and Networking Event with ATDChi

One hundred and twenty five (125) adult learning professionals from the greater Chicagoland area gathered for a lively evening of networking, idea and resource-sharing. The theme of this year’s event was “Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Career in Learning and Development” and included a showcase of six of this year’s SNL Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) final projects, a job fair for learning and development positions, a panel discussion on employability trends in the field, and networking with learning and development professionals from our co-sponsor, ATDChi (the Chicago Chapter of the Association for Talent Development). The job fair participants included United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Cara Group, Caveo Learning, and Walgreen’s. The panel discussion was moderated by SNL professor, Catherine Marienau and included Jann Iaco, ATDChi, CPLP Director and e-Learning Training Specialist, Crate&Barrel; Sybil Madison-Boyd, Ph.D., from Learning Pathways Program Director, Digital Youth Network, DePaul University and Chicago Cities of Learning; Carol Taylor, Department Head, Workforce Education, Metra; and MAEA alum James Lee Weir, Jr.,  Facilitator, Global Leadership College, UPS. Check out some of the pictures from this event!

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Spotlight on Theresa Campbell

We asked Theresa Campbell, alumni of the Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) at SNL, if she would share her experiences and advice with current and future SNL students.

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MAEA Graduate Theresa Campbell

Residence/Hometown?

I live in Chicago and have for the better part of my life. The city has so much to offer and so much diversity in everyday life. Diversity to me is more than a wide variety of ethnic restaurant menus. It is being able to observe the everyday struggles of people, to witness the work ethic of various peoples, to be influenced by their culture and heritage. Even experiencing the violence, including deaths in my Rogers Park neighborhood enables me to understand what others, especially students, are experiencing.

What is your educational background?

I walked onto DePaul’s Loop Campus back in 1977 and just signed up for some accounting classes. Nine years later, through sheer perseverance, I completed a Bachelor in Commerce. I had already passed the CPA exam before I graduated, so I started working in public accounting. Fast-forward 25 years, the economy was collapsing, my job prospects as a construction auditor expert had dwindled, and I was ready for a new career direction. That led me to the MAEA program.

Why did you choose the DePaul Graduate School for New Learning?

At first, I did not know how long this economic situation was going to last, but while things were slow; I saw an opportunity to go to school. I choose SNL’s MAEA program because I wanted flexibility and I saw flexibility in its program design. I had the expertise in accounting; I needed to know how to deliver that expertise to learners in a variety of environments. I remember asking in my entrance interview, will I be able to teach community college, put on CPE seminars, or lead internal staff development in a CPA firm with this degree? I had not yet decided what direction my career was going to take.

What was your Applied Inquiry Project?

My AIP was about Informal Learning in the workplace with a specific application to small to midsized CPA Firms. I rather migrated to the topic. I started out looking at social learning theory, especially Bandura[i] work. I thought to apply it to how ethics and ethical behavior are learned in the workplace. During the literature search, I stumbled on a Canadian study on informal learning in the workplace whose author used the metaphor of an iceberg[ii]. That was it! All that is learned informally is hidden beneath the surface. My project was going to surface that learning for the public accounting firm workplace. I was thinking of a seminar, a webinar, or possibly some type of guide for CPA firms. At which point my faculty mentor asked me to be specific about the final deliverable product. So, I chose to write a self-published book.

Tell us about your academic team: your faculty mentor, project advisor and yourself?

My original faculty mentor was Morry Fiddler, who was having career redirection dreams of his own. I was still writing and researching when Catherine Marienau had to take over. It was a very smooth transition. I chose John Ahern as my project advisor. John is an accounting professor at DePaul and also teaches the internship class for accountants. John was much attuned to what DePaul graduates were experiencing in the “first job,” and he knew what was important to CPA firms. I would write some, then do more research, write some more, and then do more research. The project took longer than I had expected. I knew I had perseverance from my undergraduate work, but I often wondered if the rest of the academic team saw my perseverance. Studies have shown that character skills such as perseverance count more than intellectual ability in relation to long-term success.[iii]

What path did your career goals take after beginning the MAEA program?

My career goal was to change careers. I was able to solidify what my choice was after experiencing an adjunct teaching position at a small college. I knew I was going to be teaching college. Recently, I accepted a position with Harold Washington College in Chicago, to teach accounting through the business and professional career designated center. Obtaining the position might have been the combination of the MAEA and an MBA from DePaul Business School across the street. Colleges are constantly trying to align with business to better serve the students and the workplace that eventually hires them. I think having both degrees, in educating adults and in business, was essential to my current position.

I have not abandoned my interest in workplace learning in CPA firms, I may start a consulting or seminar type business during the summer months. I am not required to teach in summer, and CPA firms are in the “slow season” during summer months. The MAEA has provided me with the expertise to be able to accomplish that, when the time is right. The success of future businesses in this fast-paced global and technological world rests on a few keys ideas; innovation and learning organizations are among them. To be a contributing member in a learning organization, you need to be able to learn and teach your expertise to others. Knowing how we learn in what context we learn is essential to all people who work.

Can you tell us about any current projects you are working on?

I can give you a hint: I am in the research phase of another possible writing project on the transition of formal learning to informal workplace learning. I am constructing a bridge to guide the college senior into the business workplace.

How have you been able to apply your learning in the workplace?

Every day I apply what I have learned. During the difficult winter we just passed, I had a group of students start venting and getting angry at the administration of the college. They were not able to sit down in the class. I texted an emergency message to the Dean, then asked the students to think of solution routes for the issues they had.  Then a guided imagery popped into my head. Someone from our cohort had done a guided imagery demonstration and Professor Pamela Meyer had taught guided imagery as well. Next thing I know I am telling them to stretch their hands up in the air like trees, reach for the sky, breathe, breathe, ground your feet in the earth like roots of the tree. Breathe. Within seconds they all sat down and were fully engaged in the lesson. Moments later the Dean drops in to say she is observing today. She had a puzzled look on her face and asked me later, “How did they calm down?” I replied, “Oh, just something I learned at School for New Learning.”

Do you have any advice for graduate students or prospective graduate students?

While it might seem at times the learning is narrowly applied to your specific application, it is the process of application that solidifies your learning. It is that learning that you will be able to apply to any context in the future.

Who is the most influential person in your life?

My mother is the most influential person in my life. Margaret, at 85, is a lifelong learner, a critical thinker and an avid reader. Ever since she aged out of the orphanage school at 16, she has been an informal lifelong learner.

Thank you,

Theresa Campbell, CPA, MAEA, MBA

[i] Bandura, A. (1977) Social Learning Theory. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

[ii] Livingstone, D.W. (1999) Exploring the icebergs of adult learning: Findings of the first Canadian survey of informal learning practices1 WALL Working Paper No.10. Canadian Journal for the Study Of Adult Education, 13-2, pp. 49-72.

[iii] Heckman, James J. and Kautz, Tim (2013, Nov.) Fostering and measuring skills: Interventions that Improve character and cognition. NBER Working Paper No. w19656. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2355662

Meet MAAPS Alumn Jenny Miller

We asked Jenny Miller, a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies (MAAPS) in DePaul University’s School for New Learning (SNL), if she would share her experiences and advice with the SNL community.

Recent MAAPS Graduate Jenny Miller

Recent MAAPS Graduate Jenny Miller

 Where is your Residence/Hometown?

Chicago, IL

 What is your educational background?

I attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I spent my final semester of undergraduate work at the National University of Ireland in Galway.

 Why did you choose the DePaul Graduate School for New Learning?

When I discovered the program I had been living in Brazil for over three years. I was curious to investigate theoretical dynamics of culture, which would allow me to deepen my understanding of the expat experience. I chose the School for New Learning because the Master of Arts in Applied Professional Studies program afforded me a great deal of flexibility to steer my studies. My interests for this program were specific and uncommon: to study intercultural communication and collaboration between U.S. Americans and Brazilians.

 What are your Occupation(s)/Scope of Work/Area of Expertise?

My background includes a few periods and types of overseas work. I have really enjoyed forging bonds with people globally and hope to blend a talent for connecting others with the new learning about intercultural dynamics. For example, in Brazil, I aided a local law firm in communicating with, and setting expectations for, a large U.S. American corporate client. For one MAAPS competence project, I designed a professional and cultural exchange program to bring Brazilian professionals to DePaul, and subsequently held feasibility meetings in Brazil with professionals that would be considered the target market. I would abbreviate my rather varied experience by saying that I specialize in enhancing global collaboration.

 How do you expect the MAAPS program to help you to pursue your career goals?

The MAAPS program helped me to focus my interests and efforts. Because I was really able to dig into the cultural nuances that distinguish these two nations, I have a richer understanding of how to facilitate relationship development between the two nationalities. Still, there is a broader application to the learning. I hope to use this—along with other experience—to bridge collaborative gaps in the business and/or education sectors.

 Have you been able to apply your learning in the workplace?

Indirectly, yes. Because the MAAPS program is competency-based learning, there are several aspects of my study that have transferred to my current role.  I feel, for example, that I engage in reflection-on-action quite often in my workday. Also, thinking differently about the nature of change and how to manage it has really helped during the transitional times the organization has been facing. Even on a personal level, I find that I am deliberately more mindful.

 Do you have any advice for graduate students or prospective graduate students?

The library and librarians really are invaluable resources. Take your time when thinking through your objectives.

The Waiting Game

By Amy Krenzke

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MAEA Graduate Amy Krenzke

School for New Learning Master of Arts in Educating Adults (MAEA) graduate, Amy Krenzke, would like to share her story of success and program implementation in her post-graduate career.

Good things come to those who wait or so it is said, right?!  Well lucky for me that was true this time around.  After graduating from the DePaul SNL MAEA program in fall of 2012 I was looking for positions in the Training & Development field.  Much of my Applied Inquiry Project (the final project at the end of the MAEA program) was spent studying appreciation in the workplace and how it could affect learning and engagement.  As my AIP developed I also looked at the importance of using a set of values in the workplace to show appreciation to employees.  After graduation, I was lucky to land a job as a trainer but due to extensive travel and lack of my values matching with the company values, I decided to revert back to the world of retail manager.  Well wait just a little longer, because I landed my current job as Learning Coordinator with Pinstripe, Inc.

This has been an exciting opportunity.  The ability to put my MAEA experience into practice abounds in my everyday tasks.  Just last week I wrote learning objectives for a new training program, began re-developing the plan for our most important learning program, and delivered a training session.  On-going projects will include: delivering courses, reassessing the needs analysis and scope & sequence for our main learning program that is focused on career progression, and researching/designing training materials. My team is also considering the ASTD CPLP exam in the future for our own professional growth.  Moreover, I am learning new tools like Boolean logic and am lucky enough to be led by a leader who is dynamic and has extensive hands-on experience educating adults’ in the RPO Industry.

Most importantly, what is most exciting about this experience is that I did take my time and I found an organization that fit my values.  While studying at DePaul it became very apparent to me that values, ethics, and business honesty were core to my being within an organization.  Studying at DePaul gave me the opportunity to expand my thinking.  Independent study and GILP work was focused on Mindful Meditation in the workplace and how to use appreciation to engage employees and increase productivity.  Ethics and values truly became a focus for me especially as I completed coursework in ethics and leadership. I realized there is more to working for an organization and where I was when studying at DePaul did not make me happy. 

At that time, the organization I worked for was stagnate and we spoke of values but they were not active in our daily work lives.  Fast forward two years, now a career move was again on my agenda (due to my fiancé taking a job in the Milwaukee area) I knew this was my time to look for a place that was a true value fit for me.  This is exactly what happened, the interview process included an informal interview with my now boss where we spoke of Pinstripe’s learning culture, a shared excitement for training, and abundant conversation on company values. Now a few months in, during the most recent all employee meeting I was excited to take part in the re-launch of the company values.  Right off the bat I was reminded why this place was a good match.  The leaders talked about how they decided to drop the traditional PowerPoint presentation for a simple talk-and-tell.  They explained the values from their perspective and each shared a story from their own experience at Pinstripe, Inc.  Storytelling! The ultimate educating adult tool and they were recognizing it to deliver this message of company values.  Maybe they didn’t know about how this experience exemplified transformative learning, but for me it hit home and reminded me this is where I’m supposed to be.  I was also extremely excited to hear a leader talk about “authentic leadership”.  Even at my early stages I interact with leaders and see others of all levels do the same.  The leaders are very accessible and are absolutely open to hearing ideas, working towards change, and excited by seeing their team succeed. This is a change for me in the workplace and much like my AIP research concluded, employees are motivated when they are engaged by values in action (or values in motion as we call them at Pinstripe). These Pinstripe, Inc. values mesh with my own and it makes me feel that I am part of a bigger picture and am valued by the organization.  That is exactly what I wanted to discover with my AIProject and now I’ve found it can be possible. Yes, maybe it is true that good things come to those that wait but great things come to those that apply what they learned at the DePaul School for New Learning!

 

To learn a little more about the splendid organization that is Pinstripe, Inc. [now Pinstripe OchreHouse as we’ve expanded globally!] check out this information:

This article was recently published on Brandon Hall Group, a research and analyst firm focused on learning and development, Talent Management and Leadership. 

http://tinyurl.com/nkof3x7

 This was recently published in Workforce online magazine and discusses the RPO Industry:

http://www.workforce.com/articles/20246-rpo-is-on-the-go

Spotlight on: Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

For 25 years Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized Northern Uganda. Now, the war is over, but the decades of brutal conflict have deeply scarred the people. 

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe lived through the horror and now works to heal these wounds. She invites formerly abducted girls her Saint Monica School where they learn skills to provide for their families. Through vocational training, these young women gain independence. Through community with their fellow students, they find forgiveness. Through the restoration of their lost futures, they find hope.

Please join the School for New Learning for a film screening of the documentary (by filmmaker Derek Watson and narrated by Forrest Whitaker) “Sewing Hope” based on Sr. Nyirumbe’s work, on Feb. 19, 5 pm in the Lower Level Theatre of 14 E. Jackson.

At this event, Sister Rosemary will be discussing her efforts to heal the people of Uganda and a new book about her struggle, Sewing Hope. The book will be available for purchase at this event and proceeds from the sale go to Sister’s Rosemary’s Foundation.

Hear Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe discuss her work on WBEZ worldview.https://soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/helping-women-and-girls Image

For information on Sr. Rosemary’s upcoming events visit us at https://www.facebook.com/snldepaul

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