Westin O'Hare - Rosemont, IL July 18, 2018, All Day

During Fielding’s Summer and Winter Sessions, graduates come back to session to share their expertise and knowledge with the Fielding community. Here are this year’s Alumni Track offerings::

Wednesday, July 18

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Path of the Blue Heron: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Growth and Healing through Friendship

Jacqueline Binkert, PhD (HOD 1975) and Ann L. Clancy, PhD (HOD 1976)
The alumni presenters entered Fielding towards the beginning of their 40-year friendship and professional collaboration. Over the years, they experienced multiple points of intersection where they spurred, challenged and supported one other to mutual healing. This long journey of friendship is explored through a phenomenological, hermeneutic lens that illuminates growth beyond a traditional psychological model.

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

All Mentoring, All the Time: Cultivating a Mentoring Mindset and Culture

Julie Benesh, PHD (HOD 2011)
Mentoring is an effective means of imparting deep and broad competencies and facilitating lifelong learning needed in tomorrow’s economy. This session is for anyone charged with building a corporate mentoring program, eager to deploy mentoring in a community/community of practice, or just wanting to mentor/ be mentored more and/or better.

Thursday, July 19

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Dangerous Intersections: In-between, In Crisis, In Overload

SLS Faculty Ruth Middleton House, Alumni Gregory S. Woo, PhD (MA-OM) and Julie A. Fotheringham, MA (ODL 2017)

This session explores the distinct and cumulative impact of three conditions likely to affect human behavior during organizational change: being in-between (liminal space); being in crisis (a watershed moment requiring quick decisions and action while processing strong emotions), and being in overload (the maximum edge of cognitive load).

Friday, July 20

ISI Fellows Workshop

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join this dynamic and experienced panel of alumni scholar-practitioners/entrepreneurs/challenge leaders who will share real-time work and “life after Fielding” experiences. If you are interested in the current research of alumni and want to know how to stay connected to your Fielding community after you graduate, this is the session for you. ISI Fellows are Fielding alumni whose research and professional projects are supported administratively to help them seek funding and wider recognition for their work.

1:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Alumni Panel: Creating the Professional Self

Marie Sonnet, PhD, (HOD 2010), Kerul Kassel, PhD (HOD 2009), Julie Smendzuik-O’Brien, PhD (HOD 2017), and Erika Jacobi, PhD Candidate (HOD)

Students welcome and encouraged to attend. This session will provide participants with insight into the professional paths of several prominent Fielding graduates, along with an interactive opportunity to explore options of interest to those just starting out, or those looking to pivot in their careers. The session will begin with a panel discussion where attendees will hear firsthand how alumni went about defining their professional goals, and the dynamics behind achieving them. Then, everyone will have an opportunity to engage in the roundtable of their choice dealing with topics such publishing, consulting, business development, coaching, and more. Don’t miss this chance to get the inside scoop on professional progress from people who’ve made their mark.

Questions? Click here to contact Hilary Molina.