Monday Mentor Minutes-Kayla Weatherwax

 

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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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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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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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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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