Two Human Resources employees selected for TIAA’s Emerging Leaders Network

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Susan Basso is proud to announce that Amanda Gallo, HR Shared Services, and Kari Allatt, Labor and Employee Relations, have been accepted into TIAA’s Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) program.  

The ELN provides leadership-development opportunities through training and interaction with peers in several areas of Human Resources from similar institutions, and covers a broad range of topics, including understanding the world of higher education and HR, deepening understanding of HR technical topics, and growing leadership skills.

“The goal of the ELN program is to help ready participants for future advancement within an institution by developing, strengthening and refining their leadership presence, emotional intelligence and communication,” Basso said. “We are excited for Amanda and Kari, and look forward to their continued contributions and further development as leaders and professionals.”

Gallo and Allatt were selected from a field of more than 100 applicants for the program, which is designed for those high-potential individuals who are “rising stars” within an organization, or who show great promise as a leader.

The ELN program is a two-year commitment consisting of four semi-annual sessions, and is focused on leadership development, HR strategic and technical skills, and the broader business of higher education. Gallo and Allatt will have multiple opportunities to form relationships, deepen their HR knowledge, and reflect upon and build their leadership skills.

The provider of Penn State’s supplemental retirement plan, TIAA, formerly TIAA—CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association—College Retirement Equities Fund), is the leading retirement provider for people who work in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. TIAA serves over five million active and retired employees participating at more than 16,000 institutions.

The ELN program is scheduled to begin in June 2017.

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