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-Patricia Turner

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Spartan Patricia Turner shares her journey within the HR field.

Patricia Turner joined Microsoft in March in 2016, and is currently a Sr. Human Resources Manager in Redmond, Washington.  In her current role, she is responsible for strategic HR generalist leadership for various teams in the Cloud & Enterprise Engineering group.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Patricia was the Sr. HR Business Partner at Kellogg’s HQ in Battle Creek, Michigan.  While at Kellogg’s Patricia helped drive the HR agenda for the Snacks – Supply Chain group as well as functioning as a national Co-Chair for the Kellogg African American Resource Group (KAARG).   Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Patricia was the Human Resources Manager with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, based in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She provided generalist HR leadership for the Nuclear Plant Projects (NPP), Engineering & Technology, Sales & Marketing organizations globally.   While in this role, Patricia also held a leadership role in the Wilmington chapter of the GE African American Forum (AAF).

Patricia has spent the majority of her career in HR leadership roles in the automotive industry.  She worked for five years at Eaton Corporation as a Human Resources Manager at both Division Headquarters and Engineering Technical Centers, and supported a number of functional organizations. Patricia began her HR career with Visteon Corporation (formerly of Ford Motor Company) on their 4-year rotational Human Resources Leadership Development Program.

Patricia earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Human Resources and Labor Relations & Human Resources (MLRHR) respectively. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.

Patricia is a native of Lansing, Michigan.  She has two adult children, Fred and Dominique, who both reside in Michigan.

Contact Patricia-

Email: vpturner09@yahoo.com

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