Michele M.

Program Development & Management | Corporate Social Responsibility

Profile

Accomplished Program Developer with experience in higher education cultivating relationships and facilitating global partnerships to enhance educational opportunities. Provide diverse programs for students, faculty, and the business community to engage in workforce development, learning, and skill building.

Key Skills & Competencies

Global Project Management
Program Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Business Education
Community Engagement
Customer Service Focused

Professional Experience

Director, Global Business Programs Office 4 years
Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and GE Global Learning Center

Managed the staff and $550,000 budget for 80+ programs (U.S. and abroad) whose goal was to foster learning and understanding from a global perspective, serving: undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and the business community.
Increased involvement of UConn staff at conferences to highlight the Hartford Region.
Cultivated fruitful partnerships with UConn’s regional campuses, community college partners, other CIBER schools, companies and State and Federal government agencies.
Engaged key stakeholders by: developing the scope of CIBER beyond the School of Business, researching current business trends, and collaborating on educational opportunities for the community.
Hired, trained and onboarded professional and student staff


Corporate Social Responsibility/Sustainability Program:
Awarded federal grant and enhanced UConn’s notoriety by developing connections in Australia and created a sustainability CIBER program that ran for 6 years showcasing CSR activities. The program impacted 60+ faculty and 1,000s of students.
Program Enhancement:
Increased participation by CIBER Advisory Board through volunteerism for various events which also more closely engaged them with students.
Improved quality of presentations for an International Conference by streamlining schedule to increase participation and reduce staffing costs.
Enriched CIBER-sponsored events by representing the school and providing introductory remarks, moderating multiple programs, and facilitating audience conversations.
Filled need for instructors by volunteering to reach a UConn First Year Experience program enabling students to feel more connected to the school as well as other global components.
Led multiple successful international faculty trips to maintain high-quality programs that met the standard UConn CIBER has come to expect.
Marketing Programs:
Created marketing materials and reports on all activities for the Department of Education and the Office of Sponsored Programs, improving Congressional Representatives’ knowledge of all 17 CIBER schools.
Engaged new faculty and students from Community College for CIBER Programs by developing relationships at the local level and inviting faculty to participate.

Associate Director, Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) 9 years
Planned, designed and implemented global programs such as:
KPMG/JPMorgan Chase/UConn CIBER: series where business professionals and UConn students learned about key market trends to provide them with a competitive edge in consulting or interviewing.
Green Business Australia: Faculty Development program in International Business (FDIB): focuses on sustainability by integrating academic, business and cultural components to provide a view of current policies in Australia which helped U.S. faculty benchmark “best practices” globally to reshape curricula for accreditation purposes.
Fostered relationships with outside agencies on behalf of CIBER including business, non-profit and community groups.

Program Coordinator, Dean’s Office 2 years
Conducted comparative analysis of the UConn EMBA program versus peer/aspirational institutions to evaluate ways to make the program more competitive.
Created a database of School-wide international activities to expand the reach of the programming to students and faculty not able to travel to Storrs.
Researched the need for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the undergraduate curriculum to present it to the Dean and Associate Dean.

Administrative Assistant, 130 Union Street Associates, LLC, Law Office, Vernon, CT 1 year
Created an annual budget and maintained the business account. Assisted with real estate closings and personal injury matters. Performed general office duties.

Community Experience

World Affairs Council of Connecticut, Current Board Member
Global Business Council, MetroHartford Alliance, Current Member
UConn Business and Human Rights Initiative, Past Steering Committee Member Connecticut Human Rights Partnership, Past Steering Committee Member Academy of International Business, Past Member

Education

Master of Arts, International Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
(Thesis focus on Corporate Social Responsibility)
Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology and Urban Studies; Minor: Women’s Studies, University of CT, Storrs, CT

Other Experience/Awards/Publications

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