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-David Wishinsky

portraitSpartan David Wishinsky shares how his background in politics has influenced his decision to work towards an MBA from the University of Colorado.

David says he has always been fascinated by what makes people make decisions. That is one thing that led him into electoral politics where he worked as a fundraiser raising about $10M in support of making people decide to support his candidates by successfully “selling their ideas.”Seeing that the private sector was effecting change more rapidly and in exciting ways, he decided to go to the University of Colorado in Boulder to pursue an MBA. Here, his fascination with decision making hasn’t abated and he is focusing his studies on marketing, essentially making consumers choose your product instead of another. On campaigns, he was always tasked with unmovable election dates and financial reporting deadlines. He was also always facing highly constrained resources leading him to become an efficiency expert and an aggressive initiator in new, faster and cheaper strategies. He hopes to bring this back to the business world, by motivating consumers to choose the products or services he works to support, creating efficiencies to reduce bureaucratic delays and also save money.

Having had many mentors throughout his academic and professional life, David highlights how important those were to his current success, and how students-particularly undergraduates-should take advantage of their status as students to reach out to any professional(s) within fields they are interested in because most are excited about the opportunity and are willing to sit down and discuss their career.

In his spare time – which is becoming a limited commodity, he says- he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, watching Michigan State football and hiking. He has never lost a game of Monopoly, earned the first press pass ever for a blogger from the Oakland A’s, enjoys a good hefenweizen and if available would pursue a Ph.D. in bullpen usage studies.

Contact David-

Email: david.wishinsky@gmail.com

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Monday Mentor Minutes-Katie Paulen

Spartan Katie Paulen,a former Alumni Career Services Assistant for the Alumni Association, shares her experiences as a Human Resources Generalist at Wolverine Worldwide located in Big Rapids, Michigan.
katie-paulen-photoKatie originally entered Michigan State as a Political Theory major in James Madison and  planned to attend Law School. After her first year, she decided Law School was not for her and decided to switch her major to Business Management, graduating with a BA in 2008. Katie continued her journey as a Spartan to graduate with a Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations in 2010. Her undergraduate experience working for the Alumni Career Services and her internship at Shell Oil Company while completing her graduate degree are two experiences Katie found to be most beneficial to her future career, and encourages her fellow Spartans-especially young professionals- to seek these types of opportunities while at Michigan State.

Upon leaving Michigan State, she began her first entry-level HR role at Federal Mogul Powertrain, a leading supplier for the 3 top automotive companies and situated in Greenville, Michigan. Here, she was able to develop her labor relations skills and eventually worked her way up to become the HR Manager.

3 years later she was offered a similar HR position at Wolverine Worldwide, but here she is working to advance popular brands of footwear instead of the manufacturing of enginer components. Katie’s favorite part of her job is never having one day exactly like the next. She could be dealing with labor disputes one day, and recruiting, training, and writing a new policy the next. She also says her work in the manufacturing facility also contributes to her unique work week.

Contact Katie:

Email: katiepaulen@gmail.com

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Monday Mentor Minutes – Molly Ziske

Spartan Molly Ziske shares how she tells stories with research and data as a Senior Consumer Insights Manager.

popo & me 10 18 2013Molly Ziske is currently a Senior Consumer Insights Manager for McCann Worldgroup Detroit. She manages analytics and insight for GM.com (General Motor’s corporate website). Molly not only reports the analytics behind gm.com but provides insights for site improvement and is responsible for all tagging and reporting plans for the redesigned gm.com which launched in February of 2016.

Outside of work, Molly’s favorite things include:

  • Her three daughters (Emerson, a junior at Wellesley College; Carter, a junior at MSU and Claire a freshman at Wayne State University)
  • Her 3 year old puppy, Topopo Bullough Ziske
  • MSU football and the Spartan Marching Band. You can’t have one without the other, right?
  • A good book. Molly is on target to reach her goodreads.com goal of 52 books this year.

Contact Molly:

Email: mcziske@hotmail.com

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Twitter: @mollyziske