Alumni Spotlights

 

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. 

 


 

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: Senior Organization Development Analyst at Crate and Barrel

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.