Alumni Spotlights

Jacklyn Faith (2016 Graduate)

Current Job: Manager of Organizational Effectiveness at Hitachi Consulting

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

In my current role, I am tasked with enabling organizations and people to successfully navigate large and complex transformations. Another important aspect of my role relates to helping leaders develop change management and coaching competencies. I often describe organizational effectiveness and change management as microcosms of all the IO disciplines. To accomplish this, I employ competencies related to organizational and personality assessments, organizational development, leadership coaching, learning & development, organizational design and employee engagement, to name a few. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The most valuable aspect of the program, in my view, is the opportunity we were provided to put the theories and concepts into practice by executing consulting projects with local organizations. There is no substitute for practical application. We worked with clients to build strategy, develop detailed plans, perform assessments, as well as create and execute on science-based recommendation. We were able to add real value to our partner organizations. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

Enrolling in the IOMP program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The knowledge, skills and the practical experience I obtained from the program have been instrumental in enabling me to transition out of finance into organizational effectiveness. I had spent years attempting to make that transition, prior to enrolling, with no success. Less than a year after starting the program, I was able to secure a highly prized, paid internship with a Fortune 100 financial institute. That experience was a springboard to where I am today. I owe the UGA IOMP program and the faculty a debt of gratitude.

 

Makayla Greathouse (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Core HR Lead at Hitachi Consulting

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

I have been very lucky to apply several of the skills I learned in the IOMP program in my present role. I am currently on a team conducting a large scale job analysis project across a multi-million dollar company. When finished, the project will help us to better understand the functions of each role and develop and align recruiting, retention and development initiatives to the organization on a global level. Additionally, I have had the opportunity to develop competencies and behavioral anchors for several roles in the organization to ensure quality hires. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The competency modeling class in the IOMP has served me in two organizations now and I still refer to the resources we were given in that class. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

My experience in the IOMP has been invaluable for my career. The knowledge and skills I gained in the program have helped me to become a trusted adviser in the workplace. It has helped to improve both my business acumen and my approach in planning and executing projects.

 

Frances Larson (2016 Graduate)

Current Job: Program Manager, Global Talent Management at Novelis 

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

I own career paths, pre-hire and developmental assessments globally for Novelis which are all based on underlying I-O principles. As an example of just a few projects I have managed, in the last year I have built competency models and career paths for the Finance and Human Resources functions here at Novelis, as well as run a global developmental assessment for HR to determine where our strengths and development opportunities are both individually for all employees as well as functionally. This was composed of three different types of assessments: a 360, a personality assessment and a skills assessment. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The most useful learnings I gained from the program came from three specific classes: Competency Modeling, Testing and Assessment, and Organizational Research Methods. From these courses my technical skills were increased to make me a better leader for Novelis. After having these courses, I find I am a better partner to the business and have been able to add a level of science into HR practices that may not have been there before. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

By pursuing this degree I was allowed to own all assessments in my organization, a feat that I had been told years before would not be possible without a master’s degree. More than just having the credentials allowing me to expand my role in the organization, I truly believe that the knowledge I received in the program makes me a better professional which in turn has led to advancement opportunities in the organization that would not have been possible before. 

 

Alissa Manolescu (2017 Graduate)

Current Job: Strategic Human Capital Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton 

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

From building competency models for internal and external clients, to writing white papers addressing the link between pay and performance, to measuring teamwork processes in cybersecurity operations centers, my I-O education informs much of what I do as a human capital consultant. I am frequently called upon to provide I-O subject matter expertise on various projects, so even the more theoretical components of the program have proven to be highly relevant to my work. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The applied nature of the program – the ability to practice hands-on what we learned in the classroom – was the most valuable aspect, but the opportunity to build a meaningful network with my cohort and professors has also been of great benefit both personally and professionally. 

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I worked in Testing & Assessment in my previous career, but wanted to move into the Human Capital/Talent space. Through the MA program at UGA, I was able to successfully pivot into a role as a Talent Management consultant, and then to my current role in Human Capital consulting. I would not have gotten my current job had it not been for my MA in I-O, nor would I have been so successful without the education the MAIOP program imparted.

 

Brittani Nolan (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Organization Transformation & Talent Consultant at Deloitte Consulting

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

A lot of what I learned from my I-O education is relevant, but in my current role, I use the change model/curve and assessing personalities in the workplace in order to determine how to best work together. 

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

The applied projects! I developed a competency model for a professional services firm and also assisted a large university with revamping their employee engagement survey.  

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I enrolled in the IOMP because I knew I wanted to change careers from HR Business Partner to Human Capital Consulting. The process was extremely tough, and I felt like recruiters doubted my knowledge and skillset. However, because of the consulting focus in the IOMP and my own self-study, I was able to effectively speak to typical consulting concepts and methodologies during the interview process. 

 

Jason Stansel (2015 Graduate)

Current Job: Manager, Talent Programs at beeline Group

What do you do in your current job that is relevant to your I-O education?

At Crate and Barrel, I lead strategy and process for a wide range of organization development initiatives across the organization. This includes building a custom philosophy and approach to succession planning, partnering with leaders to effectively navigate the people side of change, building predictive selection systems, developing and validating leadership competency models, and coaching leaders to manage performance and develop talent. I also provide talent insight using data and analytics and work closely with our Executive Leadership Team to find high-impact talent solutions to business problems.  

What specific experiences in the program do you think have been most valuable to you so far in your career?

Through the program, I was able to build a solid network of seasoned I/O practitioners, professors, and current I/O students that have proven to be an incredible resource for me as I carry out my work in I/O. I was also able to gain hands-on experience that allowed me to be very competitive in the job market once I graduated.  

How has your IOMP experience helped you to advance your career?

I joined this program because I was ready to make a career-shift into Organizational Development. The program is designed for working professionals, so while fulfilling degree requirements I was able to gain applied experience in the field through paid internships and side consulting projects. This led me to interview with some of the most iconic brands in the country during my last semester and, ultimately, being offered an incredible position at Crate and Barrel. This degree was, without question, a fantastic investment.