The 2019-2020 Facilitators haven’t been announced yet. However, they will be similar to our 2018-2019 facilitators.
We are pleased to have the following faculty and business leaders serving as our 2018-2019 facilitators.
- Dr. Kimberly Carlson
- Dr. Lisa Fournier
- Mr. Joel McPhee
- Dr. Megan Seibel
- Ms. Brandi Quesenberry
- Ms. Alicia Cohen
- Mr. Steve Matuszak
Dr. Kimberly Carlson – Management Department
For me, to be involved means to interact with ideas, work with them in various ways, and learn how they can be applied in the real world. When I see a student not only learning content from my courses but also analyzing it, deconstructing it, and putting it together in new ways that can be applied to situations outside of the classroom, I feel that I’ve helped that student to become a better person now and in the future.
From my work with students studying abroad, to consulting with organizations, to teaching in formal and informal settings, I infuse this learning philosophy in everything that I do. I look forward to helping you become involved in developing your leadership skills through the Pamplin Leadership Academy.
Learn more about my education and experience on the Management Department’s website.
Dr. Carlson is the coordinator of the Pamplin Leadership Academy and will be involved throughout the certificate program.
Dr. Lisa Fournier – Management Department
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
–John Quincy Adams
Mr. Joel McPhee – Bank of America
Dr. Megan Seibel – VALOR
Ms. Brandi Quesenberry – Department of Communication
Brandi Quesenberry is a faculty member in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech. Throughout her time at VT she has taught a variety of courses such as Public Speaking, Communication Skills, International Communication, and Professional Communication. She currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Programs, as well as the Director of Public Speaking and CommLab. Her roles include training new graduate students to teach at the collegiate level and training undergraduate students to serve as peer speech coaches. Quesenberry enjoys working with students from various majors to enhance their communication skills as they pursue their academic and professional goals.
Ms. Quesenberry will be with us in November to practice professional communication skills.
Ms. Alicia Cohen – VT’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity
Alicia Cohen is the director of diversity programs in the office for inclusion and diversity. In this role she provides leadership for diversity education and has facilitated workshops on: Communicating Respectfully; Disability and Diversity; Diversity, Sports and Culture; Facilitating Conversations; Neurodiversity; and Women in Higher Education.
Alicia began her career at Virginia Tech in 1989 as the coordinator of student organizations. After working 10 years in student activities she moved to multicultural affairs as assistant to the vice president. She served in multiple capacities in a number of university offices focusing on issues of diversity and inclusion.
She is a trained facilitator for NetSpeed Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, $tart$mart, Mentors in Violence Prevention, and Intergroup Dialogues.
She earned her B.S. in Science and Technology Studies from Lyman Briggs School at Michigan State University and her M.A. in College and University Administration with a Health Promotion Cognate from Michigan State University.
Ms. Cohen will be with us in February to discuss our social identities.
Mr. Steve Matuszak – Pamplin College of Business
Steve Matuszak is the former executive director of CCTC, a Chicago Corporate Training Company. He expanded CCTC’s reach internationally establishing teams in Los Angeles and Toronto servicing over 45 Fortune 500 Corporations, including GE, Ford, General Motors, McDonald’s, and Pepsico, along with hundreds of major, mid-sized and regional corporations, US Government and Military, and civic, university and non-profit clients. Steve has designed, delivered, and evaluated trainings, seminars, panels, and keynotes for numerous national and international business and academic conferences. He specializes in consulting, researching, problem-solving, and training for organizational issues in numerous functional areas including management, strategy, leadership, business development, human resources management (training, staffing, workforce metrics & analytics, performance and talent management, training & development), organizational behavior (emotional intelligence, strengths, crucial conversations, effective team, etc.), and communication and marketing (public relations, stakeholder and external relations, crisis management, branding, and more). He recently acquired advanced degrees from Virginia Tech to further his knowledge base, including M.A. in Organizational Communication, and M.S. Business Management – Human Resources Management focus. He presently teaches for the Management Department in Pamplin at Virginia Tech as well as for the Dean’s Office as Business Communication Skills Coordinator.
Mr. Matuszak will be with us in April to continue our work on professional communication skills.