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Professional Growth and Service

How does Harper ensure all employees continue to grow and learn professionally?

Staff and faculty are the key to providing an engaging and enriching learning experience for our students. How do we as employees ensure professional growth, create compelling learning experiences and provide stellar service to our students? How do we continually support an environment that engages and empowers faculty and staff to become active agents in their own professional growth and career development, develop and maintain a culture of competency, skill and knowledge enhancement, and reinforce that we are a community of lifelong learners? This session will address these questions and provide insights from a panel of internal and external stakeholders.

Professional Growth and Service Dialogue Session was held on September 9, 2019.

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Mr. Katz works with management teams and emerging leaders to create and deliver custom designed training and communication programs that align specific tools and resources with organizational needs and training gaps.  Darrell is an Adjunct-Faculty member at Loyola University Chicago where he instructs courses on business communications and leadership development. In addition, Darrell sits on the Board of Directors for the College of Lake County Foundation and serves as an Advisory Council Member for the Harvard Business Review.



Ms. Ata currently serves as an Academic Advisor and has been with Harper since 2017. Deena has previously advised students at Moraine Valley College, Malcolm X College and DeVry University. As an Academic Advisor, Deena, has a caseload of students who she works with regularly as they navigate their academic journey at Harper. Her work provides her a front-row seat to the student experience and the obstacles and set-backs that may accompany it.

Mr. Antonides has been a counselor and faculty member in Student Development with Harper since 1998. In his role, he supports students with personal, educational and career counseling, provides workshops and classroom infusion on personal growth and development topics, and teaches student development courses, such as Understanding Diversity in the United States, Career Development, and Humanistic Psychology. David’s work often extends beyond the classroom.

Mr. Collins serves as a One-Stop Advocate in Harper’s “One-Stop” where he assists students in navigating financial aid, registration and payment processes.  Brian began his employment with Harper College as a Student-Aide in Admissions Outreach and has served in a variety of “student-service” capacities during the last 15 years before assuming his current role. His previous experience as a Harper student and his other service-roles position him well to understand the immediate needs of Harper students.

Mr. Desai currently serves as the Executive Director of the Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University. He was formerly the managing director for talent development at Accenture, where he was responsible or more than 300,000 employees. Mr. Desai studied engineering and began his career as a technology consultant. He became interested in “growing the people side of things” after completing a cross-disciplinary program that combined cognitive science with education and training at Northwestern.

Ms. Prowell has served as a Registration Assistant in the Registrar’s Office since 2014, where working on the front-lines with students, provides both an opportunity and a responsibility to demonstrate the core values of the institution to every student, faculty member, co-worker and visitor she encounters. Prior to coming to Harper, Jennifer worked in Corporate America for over twenty-years in a customer service capacity in various industries, where she says that respect, integrity, collaboration and excellence are not only values for an institution but are also good personal internal core values that individuals should exhibit when providing expert professional service to our constituents.



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