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
1. Bayard Clark -- 236 ABH Faculty Conference RoomDate: TuesdaysApril 14/April 21/April 28Time: 2:00 to 3:15 PM
2.Gary Lee -- 236 ABH Faculty Conference RoomDate: TuesdaysFebruary 25/March 3/March 10Time: 2:00 to 3:15 PM
3. Michael Quinlan -- 236 ABH Faculty Conference RoomDate: Wednesdays April 1/ April 8/ April 15 Time: 4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
5. Pattye Taylor-PhillipsDate: Thursdays April 2/April 9/April 16Time: 2:00 PM to 3:15 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.
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.
Bayard Clark, Ph.D., joined the History Department at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2013 as Affiliated Faculty teaching courses in U.S. Business History, Capitalism in America, and Museum Economics. Also, he coordinates its internship program. Immediately prior he served for a year as CFO of the Missouri History Museum,
In May 2013, he earned a doctorate in American Studies at St. Louis University and previously a juris doctorate at the same school. Clark graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1967 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American history. There, he was a Morehead Scholar and recipient of a NROTC scholarship. After graduation, he then served four years as a lieutenant in the United States Navy before beginning a 38 year career in commercial banking in St. Louis.
Clark retired in 2010 after spending the last 34 years of his banking career with Commerce Bancshares, a regional banking company with $22 billion in assets. For the last thirteen years at Commerce, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer with added responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, strategic planning, real estate and asset/liability management. Clark was the point on more than 40 bank acquisitions, which helped create the bank's current five-state lower Midwest footprint. During his stint as CFO the bank was financially strong enough during the 2008-2009 financial crisis to decline government money under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP); in fact, Commerce was the largest bank in the country, by market capitalization, to make this decision.
Dr. Clark has served on numerous civic and community boards during his career. He is a past participant in Leadership St. Louis and was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal with its 2009 CFO of the Year award. Most recently, he served as a member of the Pierre Laclede Honors College Leadership Council at UMSL and a trustee of Webster University. He is married, has three children, six grandchildren and resides in Clayton. In his spare time, he is a dedicated trekker having ascended major mountains on five continents.
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