Monday Mentor Minutes-Brian Graham

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Spartan Brian Graham discusses his role as an Engineer and Businessman.

Brian serves as the VP of Global Operations at Sealink International Inc. He has extensive experience leading and directing domestic and international organizations in the area of Operations Excellence, Product Development, and Business Development. These organizations have been extremely successful in delivering new technologies to the market, delivering financial results and growing businesses in start- up, turn around and consolidation situations. His specialties include:

*Strategic analysis/initiatives

*International Operations – single / multisite

*Business start- up and turn around

*International Technology / Product Transfer

*Program / Project / Portfolio Management

*New Product Development & Commercialization

*Green Field Plant expansion

*Global Supplier Management & Development

*Business Process Development, Optimization, Management

*Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing

His other specialties include: EMS: Medical, Industrial and Public Safety verticals, Strategic Planning, Strategic Alliance Forming, M&A, Fund Raising, Branding and Identity, Lean Manufacturing, Value Engineering, General Management, Demand Flow Technology, SMT Manufacturing, Turn Around Management, Tampa Exchange Club, Tampa Bay Technology Forum: Emerging Company Network Board, Pinellas County TBIC Vetting Committee

Brian graduated from MSU through the Applied Engineering program, earning a B.S. in Engineering. He later attained a degree from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder and even attended a Leadership series at Harvard University in 2006. One piece of advice he offers undergraduates is to seek mentorship early and often, both while partaking in internships and while in the workforce because you never know what can come from an opportunity.

Contact Brian-

Email: brian.graham0128@gmail.com

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Monday Mentor Minutes- Calvin McDaniel

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Spartan Calvin McDaniel shares his experience working in the HR field.

Calvin graduated from Michigan State University’s Master of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations program in 2013. He currently works as an HR Manager for Wayne Water Systems in Harrison, Ohio. Wayne assembles water removal systems, including basement, well, and utility pumps.  He also provides HR support for a sister Berkshire Hathaway company, Powerex, that assembles medical and industrial air compressor systems.  Prior to his current role, Calvin worked as an Alumni Career Advisor at Michigan State as well as an HR Manager for General Mills.

As a student, he spent two summers interning in different states- one in Wisconsin and the other in Minneapolis. He says these experiences contributed to both his professional success and helped shaped who he is today. Additionally, Calvin spent 2 weeks in South Africa studying HR and Labor Relations and the socioeconomic aspects of culture in the workplace.  He spent the first week in Cape Town engaging with the local culture and the following week studying at the Nelson Mandela University. He says this experience enabled him to see a wide variety of labor relations and HR practices in another country and provided him a global perspective of the workplace. Most importantly, Calvin was able to take what he learned from his time in South Africa and put it into practice in his current role.

Calvin says he knew the HR field was for him when he first took a Diversity & Inclusion course through the Broad Business College, and later as he developed a passion for talent management because it enables him to help people maximize their skills and abilities. For those who share his passions and/or who are looking into HR, Calvin offers a couple pieces of advice. First, he says to be aware of the administrative duties required while working in the field, such as record keeping. Secondly, he emphasizes the importance of having integrity and strong value systems to guide everything you do.

Contact Calvin-

Email: CMcDaniel@WayneWaterSystems.com

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Monday Mentor Minutes- Richard Stankiewicz

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Spartan Richard Stankiewicz discusses both his role as an IT executive and how he has seen the field change over time.

Richard is currently working as a Senior Manager for the State of Michigan with an IT focus, spending a lot of his time conversing about IT projects with customers both at the executive and business level. More specifically, he is representing three state agencies on the implementation of the new statewide financial system, along with working on two other large projects.

When Richard began his career, after receiving a computer science degree from Saginaw Valley State, he says the IT field did not exist. Professionals in the IT field were required to jump in and find solutions, unlike today where people have specific roles and responsibilities. Additionally, he mentions how the field has become more accessible through the internet and use of mobile devices as well as through specialized University programs. Richard also received a degree in Parks and Administration from Michigan State and is working towards earning an MBA from Texas State University.

For those of you who are thinking about going into the I.T. field, Richard offers some great advice you may not have already thought about. For example, before entering the field, individuals should know what sector of business they want to be in, with options ranging from healthcare to business management. He also says in order to be successful in IT, professionals require flexibility and communication skills. Most importantly though, Richard says it is imperative to find a mentor early and utilize him/her often so as to offer sound guidance and advice.

Contact Richard-

Email: StankiewiczR@michigan.gov

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Monday Mentor Minutes-Kayla Weatherwax

 

kaylaSpartan Kayla Weatherwax shares her journey as a former undergraduate student at MSU to now a dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Spartan Kayla Weatherwax shares her journey as a former undergraduate student at MSU to now a dental student at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

Kayla is currently a first-year dental student at University of Michigan School of Dentistry, pursing her Doctorate of Dental Surgery anticipated May 2019. She graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Sciences with Honors at Michigan State University. In her undergraduate career and as a current dental student, she has been intrigued by the role that nutrition plays in oral health.Dentistry has been a passion of hers for quite some time and she has gained over 2,500 hours of experience within the field, both clinically and administratively.

As an undergraduate student at Michigan State, she was employed as a co-supervisor of The Student Executive Team at the Michigan State University Alumni Association. As a supervisor, she was responsible for leading a team of dedicated student interns. Some of her duties included assisting in the planning and organizing of alumni events, the delegation of student intern projects, event preparation, and the hiring of new student interns. She says it was an excellent opportunity to be an integral part of an amazing team and she gained tremendous experience as a leader.

She was also a part of Michigan State University’s Outreach and Engagement department. She worked as an assistant to Dr. Jessica Barnes-Najor who works with The Tribal Early Childhood Research Center. Kayla says it gave her the opportunity to be a part of research projects such as a social network analysis and the development of an educational module focusing on the dynamics of power and privilege in research. This position also gave her the opportunity to gain research knowledge and a greater awareness of community and culture.

Contact Kayla-

Email: weathkay@umich.edu

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Monday Mentor Minutes-Christopher Sell

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Spartan Chris Sell discusses his roles as a career educator, talent coordinator, and business developer.

Christopher Sell is a career educator, project manager, fundraiser, and business developer. At his core, he’s passionate about creating community and connecting people to opportunity. As a two-time college graduate with over six years of work experience in higher education, he’s equally committed to leveraging relationships with industry, alumni, and college students to retain and attract talent in the state and contribute to Michigan’s revitalization.

In his current role at Michigan State University, Chris serves as the Director of Alumni and Entrepreneur Engagement, where he leads efforts to build advocacy and support for the entrepreneurship ecosystem and student entrepreneurs at the University. Previously, Chris worked in career services roles at two different universities. In the past, he has applied his passion for workforce development and Michigan’s economic renaissance in several professional organizations, including Michigan’s Employer Educator Partnership (MEEP) and the Michigan Career Educator & Employer Alliance (MCEEA), for which he recently completed his 3-year term as President.

Chris is very involved in the local community as a #lovelansing enthusiast. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Impression 5 Science Center – the premier science center for children and families in the region – and is an active member of the Friends of the Lansing River Trail non-profit organization. Additionally, Chris is the Founder and Executive Director of Lansing 5:01, a new non-profit startup aimed at attracting and retaining talent in the Lansing community by offering dynamic and interactive events to college students and young professioanals.

A graduate of Western Michigan University (BA) and Michigan State University (MA), Chris has maintained a strong desire for continuous learning and leadership development. He is a graduate of the 2012 WMU Academic Leadership Academy, and a recent graduate of the inaugural 2015-16 Leadership Lansing program coordinated by the regional chamber of commerce. He also serves on the External Advisory Board of Directors for the WMU School of Communication.

Chris lives in Lansing with his wife, daughter, and black Labrador named Izzo, who they adopted from the Capital Area Humane Society. Outside of work, you can find Chris watching MSU sports or exploring the great outdoors in Pure Michigan on camping trips, backpacking expeditions, and endurance running races.

Contact Chris-

Email: sellchri@msu.edu

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