The Executive Fellows Mentoring Project connects executive fellows with students transitioning from college to a professional career. The focus of these sessions is to provide you with ideas for better job opportunities, practical advice for launching your career, and working your way up the ladder.This semester, we have four executive fellows available to mentor small groups to help students meet their career goals after graduation. The focus of these sessions is to provide you with ideas for better job opportunities; practical advice for launching your career and working your way up the ladder. ELC will continue to give each participant a Letter of Participation for their career portfolios, if students attend all 3 sessions.
Executive Fellows Mentoring Project
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM
4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
All students can participate regardless of major and classification, including alumni.Executive fellows are retired or transitioning senior-level executives who volunteer their time at the UMSL Executive Leadership Consortium.
Gary LeeGary Lee graduated from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1969 with a bachelor's in business administration. He currently lives in St. Louis but has lived in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Atlanta, with jobs ranging from sales and marketing for a large steel company to working for a family company and later for Newell Rubbermaid as a company president. Most recently he started two businesses: an Internet design company and an importer of building products selling to installers for new homes.
Lee has had numerous leadership roles in his church and served over 10 years on the board of Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls Club. He is currently an assistant basketball coach at Chaminade High School.
Lee’s father, Desmond Lee, is a well-known philanthropist who has given his time, talents, and money to help others in St. Louis. Lee has two children who have successful careers in North Carolina and San Francisco.
Robert MuldoonRobert is an international business consultant. His background includes financial management such as manufacturing plant controller, division controller, treasurer, vice president of finance and vice president of operations in companies ranging from Fortune 500 to small, family-owned.
As division controller, he was responsible for financial evaluation of manufacturing feasibility studies, undertaken at foreign locations, which resulted in establishing factories producing medical supplies in Petit Rechin, Belgium and Fukuori, Japan.
As vice president of operations, Muldoon consolidated several manufacturing subsidiaries that resulted in profitable reorganization of companies.
As a consultant, he was invited by the Prime Minister of Ireland to make presentations to academic and government officials that transferred the technology involved in an econometric model of world agriculture from universities in the U.S. to universities and Departments of Agriculture in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Muldoon received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from the University of Notre Dame and a MBA in Specialization-International Business from St. Louis University. He is currently working on his doctorate in Adult Education at the University Missouri-St. Louis.
Pattye Taylor-Phillips provides a unique approach to business management and problem solving. She blends her experiences in engineering and management to address time sensitive, business critical challenges that often lead to change. Her experiences at General Electric (GE) spanned the Manufacturing and Finance organizations including roles in Manufacturing Management, Six Sigma (as a Master Black Belt), and a leadership role in integration activities supporting GE’s purchase of Transamerica and Bombardier Finance.
While at McDonnell Douglas/Boeing she worked in technical and management roles to support the development of new technologies and business solutions for the missile and support services organizations. She led Quality Engineering teams to measure and reduce rework in manufacturing, and led Information technology projects to develop supplier management processes that reduced manufacturing costs and improved product quality.
At Enterprise Holdings, as a Lead Process Architect she worked with teams to design and implement technical and management processes for the Information Technology organization. Process designs included the strategic selection of projects (IT investments), program and project management practices, new employee development, and support services. After 30 years in the business world, she retired in 2014.
In retirement, Pattye Taylor-Phillips continues to serve a number of non-profit organizations. At Washington University, she mentors Engineering students, plans/supports events for the Washington University Alumni Women’s Engineering group, and serves on the Engineering School’s Eliot Society Committee. She also serves on the Board for Habitat for Humanity – St. Louis (since 2014) and has held several leadership roles at her church.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a Masters of Engineering Management and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from Washington University School of Engineering, St. Louis.
Michael J. Quinlan
Michael J. Quinlan is a respected executive and the founder and former president of Michael Quinlan, Inc., the largest distributor of the acclaimed “Crucial Conversations” process to global corporations. He founded the company in Chicago in 2003 and led it through periods of high growth to become a multi-million - dollar consulting firm with six employees. Quinlan developed a successful business plan by building a robust client base consisting of domestic and international Fortune 100 companies in the Midwest, offering leading edge organizational effectiveness programs to middle and senior-level managers. His client base included well known multi - national companies such as Abbott, Northern Trust, Harley-Davidson, Northwestern Mutual, Johnsonville Sausage and GE Healthcare. In addition to distributing “Crucial Conversations,” the company’s product line included “Crucial Accountability” and “Influencer” programs. Quinlan elected to retire in 2017, and the company was acquired by VitalSmarts, Inc. of Provo, Utah.
Quinlan’s early career experience included regional sales manager, Midwest for Blessing / White, Inc. (1984 to 1995), a global consulting firm dedicated to creating sustainable high performance organizations, where he led a team of account executives and landed major accounts. From 1976 to 1984 he served as regional sales manager for Organizational Dynamics, selling integrated consulting and training services in the Midwest. He began his career with the Illinois Department of Labor as an Employee Relations Manager from 1972 to 1976.
Respected for demonstrating insight and a commonsense approach to business, Quinlan combines management and organizational development experience to select “best practices” in development. He believes that every individual, regardless of background and education is capable of high performance in the workplace. His business philosophy recognizes individual potential and enables the “whole” person to show up safely at work, which allows organizations to excel and defines what leadership is all about.
Quinlan graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, followed by a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from Loyola University Chicago. He serves on the Planning Committee of the Door County Civility Project, and is the former board chair of the Support Center of Chicago. He currently lives in St. Louis, Missouri with his wife Kathryn and their two daughters. He is available for board memberships or executive consulting engagements.
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