Monday Mentor Minutes- Ray Bates

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Spartan Ray Bates shares his experiences within the HR field.

Ray Bates joined Croda International, a boutique chemical manufacturer, in March of 2016 and is currently a Human Resources Manager in the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area.  In his current role, he is responsible for all of the strategic and tactical HR requirements and oversees two locations in Delaware and Pennsylvania.  With one location being a unionized environment, and his other site a non-union environment; Ray and his team experience a wide-ranging spectrum of challenges and opportunities on a daily basis.  Ray is currently in a transitional period as he will soon be leaving Croda and has accepted an opportunity to work at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a Sr. HR Business Partner.

Prior to joining Croda, Ray was the Lead HR Business Partner for The Boeing Company at their Ridley Park, Pennsylvania location.   While at Boeing, Ray began as an intern and went on to hold a variety of positions that extended from unionized manufacturing settings to international HR support in the Middle East, Asia, and Europe.

Prior to his career in Human Resources, Ray served in the United States Marine Corps for 11 years, and prior to that, he spent 4 years in the Army Reserves.  After his career in the military, Ray went on to earn his Bachelors and a Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Human Resource Management (Eli Broad College of Business) and Human Resources & Labor Relations (MHRLR) respectively.  As an undergraduate he studied abroad at the University of St. Andrews, in Scotland, studying International Business and Labor Management.  Ray has since then earned a Master of Business Administration, specializing in International Business, from Washington State University.  He is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and holds both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certifications.

Ray is a native of Durand, Michigan and currently lives just west of Philadelphia.

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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-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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Monday Mentor Minutes-Shane Shirley

 

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Spartan Shane Shirley discusses her specialties in media, communication, and marketing.

WHO IS SHE: She says she started out her journey almost a decade ago to live a healthier life, and says this has developed into a career helping clients in many industries develop digital media strategies.

Her consulting specialties are digital media strategy, mass communications, content creation, inbound marketing, web development, copywriting and editing, connecting your brand with the right online audience, as well as planning and implementing social media marketing efforts.

WHAT SHE CAN DO FOR YOU: She is a digital strategist that can create solutions to all of your digital media (think social media management, Inbound Marketing, SEO, blogging, content creation and web development) to make you look good and your business more profitable.

She was selected by a Fortune 500 corporation as one of the top ten bloggers in the U.S and Canada to serve on their Blogger Advisory Board, was a Ford Motors Digital Influencer, and she lobbies for safer chemicals in Florida as well as Washington DC. She is also a CMO for SBS brands and is a green consumer advocate, she works out to relax and her most important job is being a mom to her three beautiful daughters.

CAN YOU TWO TALK? She says, in today’s world, business moves fast and relationships are being built online and offline that are moving sales for companies that know how to position themselves to effectively utilize digital media opportunities.

If you want to talk about how she can help you succeed in today’s digital business space, please reach out with a call or text 407.230.8592 or email at info@shaneshirleymedia.com

HER SPECIALTIES: digital media strategy, mass communications, content creation, inbound marketing, copy writing and editing, connecting your brand with her vast green audience, as well as planning and implementing social media marketing efforts.

Contact Shane-

Email: info@shaneshirleymedia.com

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Monday Mentor Minutes-Jessica Pantano

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Spartan Jessica Pantano shares how her broad-ranging experiences and curious nature led her to the position she currently holds as a Program Manager for Landis + Gyr load control solutions.

Graduating from Michigan State University in 1996 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science, Jessica had no idea she would end up working for an electric company. However, she says the hands-on experience in the field was what led her to where she is today. Mark Rose, Jessica’s mentor from her time working at the Executive level for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative was not afraid to let young professionals, such as herself, develop management skills through trial and error. Jessica also mentions  how her time as a team member and editor of the Texas Co-op Power magazine at IBM allowed her to gain a better understanding about what the role of a Project Manager consists of as well as educated her on the details of the electric field. All of which serves as important in her current role. 

A typical day for Jessica involves working within her 7 customer related projects for different utility companies implementing auto control solutions in places from Mississippi to Iowa as well as her 5 internal projects. Thus, her day consists of administrative work, standing meetings, and responding to customer questions or problems.  This does not leave her much, if any, downtime, which is an aspect of her work that she enjoys, and encourages everyone to take a look at the electric industry as there is much opportunity for placement and growth.

Her parting suggestions to our listeners were to be curious, to never stop learning, and to partake in any experience that comes your way, regardless of whether or not opportunities presented to you necessarily fall in line with your career aspirations. She says you never know what seemingly random experiences have in store. Perhaps, in taking her advice, you too will develop a new passion or find yourself in a position you never had expected you would end up.

Contact Jessica-

Email:  jesspantano@yahoo.com

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