The Office of People Development provides professional development services, resources and consulting for the staff and faculty at the University of Denver. Included in these offerings are leadership & management classes, team building, workforce planning consultation, one-on-one coaching, conflict mediation and the facilitation of numerous assessments. Some of the campus-wide programs coordinated by the OPD are the Leadership Academy, the Colorado 14ers People Development Program, and the Professional Development Week.
Director, People Development
With the increasing need to engage and retain talent within the University, the People Development group of Human Resources has really taken a leap in our efforts to ensure that employees at the University have the opportunity to access professional development tools. As the Director of People Development, I oversee this initiative and focus. My background covers all facets of HR ranging from consulting to field work to training and presenting locally, nationally and internationally. Did you know? In my free time, I am a volunteer ski instructor for the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park.
Manager, People Development
I am the Manager of People Development. I received my undergraduate degree from Western State College and my graduate degree from Miami University of Ohio. In HR, my role is to manage the professional development opportunities for both faculty and staff. This includes organizational development (coaching, team building, conflict resolution, and team assessment). I also provide educational classes and opportunities for professional development. Prior to coming to the University of Denver, I owned and operated my own consulting firm – Greg Giesen & Associates. To date, the most rewarding aspect of my job is to be able to have an impact on the professional growth of the University employees that I work with. In my free time, I enjoy exercising and spending quality time with friends. Did you know, I once had a private one-on-one dinner with former President Carter.
Learning and Development Consultant
I am the Learning and Development Consultant for the University. I believe that Training and Development is one of the most important aspects of a successful organization. I received my undergraduate degree in communications from Western Michigan University and completed Training and Mediation graduate professional certifications from the University of Denver. I am the point of contact for new employees during onboarding and for units interested in training, training needs assessment, and StrengthsFinder. I enjoy being able to meet all of the new hires and welcoming them to DU! Prior to joining the University, I was a Corporate Trainer at DISH Network and also a stay-at-home mom. When I am not training, I enjoy spending time with my family as a mother of three energetic children. Did you know? I was a foster parent and adopted one of my daughters through that experience.
Performance and Career Development Consultant
BACKGROUNDI am the Performance and Career Development Consultant, providing internal career coaching, educational programs and classes for staff and faculty. I overseeing the performance management system with a focus on aligning performance and career development objectives. I have bachelor's degrees in Human Communication and Human and Family Development and a masters degree in Higher Education Administration with a focus in Diversity and Adult Learning and Conflict Resolution. I am a passionate lifelong learner, loyal to Higher Education as a first generation student and bleed crimson and gold! In my free time I enjoy building MagnaTile and Lego castles with my two incredible kids and playing in gorgeous Denver with my family. Did you know? My first job was as a nanny and I worked for 3 different professional athlete's families.