As a former Program Manager, Eleanor has a long history with Prima Civitas and now serves as a PCF Scholar. Her Program Management included both statewide and international projects. Eleanor lead the development of the Turkish Resource Center of North America (TRCNA), a 501C3 that connects North American and Turkish parties together for bi-lateral exchange and partnership. As part of the TRCNA, Eleanor organized and executed the Turkey-Michigan Forum: Trends in Research and Development. This conference was the first to effectively pair higher education with private industry to explore challenges and opportunities to dynamic collaboration.
Eleanor also successfully developed the Michigan Garment Industry Council (MGIC) in partnership with MEDC and industry experts. She currently serves as the Director of the Council and assist PCF by connecting their programming with areas of need in the MGIC and its members.
To learn more or to connect with Eleanor, she can be reached via email at email@example.com.
PCF Scholar. Higher Education Evangelist, LinkedIn
Building relationships and connecting people with opportunity are at John's core, and he relies heavily on online networks such as LinkedIn to facilitate each. John works with Higher Education to identify how social media can help their organizations aggregate audience, target market, communicate and develop funding sources. John Hill is the Higher Education Evangelist for LinkedIn. Hill speaks internationally to Higher Education professionals, students and alumni on how to utilize social media effectively. He's given 500 presentations to roughly 85,000 people over the last five years on social media's impact on the job search, networking and personal branding. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Hill was the director of alumni career services and internship development at Michigan State University. He also worked as an associate editor/online editor/market development manager/market researcher for media companies.
PCF Scholar. Owner, Hollister Solutions
Hollister is a PCF Scholar and is owner of Hollister Solutions, a communications company specializing in public relations, writing and editing, research and analysis and project management. Hollister has more than 35 years of broad-based public and private-sector experience in a variety of management, communications, public policy, and consulting areas. She has a proven ability to work with diverse groups and projects. Before forming her company, Hollister served as director of public relations at Lansing, Community College (2003-2009), manager of a 9,000-member senior health education program at Sparrow Health System (1998-2003), vice president for operations among other leadership roles at Public Sector Consultants (1986-1993), public policy analyst at the Michigan Insurance Bureau, and special assistant among other administrative roles in the Office of Governor William G. Milliken (1973-1982). Hollister received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. Her community involvement has focused on organizations and activities that improve the lives of children and expand economic opportunities. At the Prima Civitas Foundation Hollister provides strategic communications counsel and services as needed, most recently for the “My Big Idea” magazine.
PCF Scholar. Managing Director, Academy of International Business, MSU
Dr. Tunga Kiyak is the Managing Director of the Academy of International Business, a nonprofit professional association, and also serves as an Outreach Specialist at Michigan State University’s Center for International Business Education and Research. Prior to his work at MSU, he was the originator and curator of "International Business Resources on the WWW," the predecessor to globalEDGE.
A frequent speaker to academic and professional audiences at events organized by organizations such as the American Marketing Association and the Academy of International Business, Tunga’s research has been published in several scholarly journals. Currently, he teaches MBA students and undergraduates at MSU, having previously taught classes at the undergraduate, full-time, and MBA levels on topics including international business, international marketing, managerial marketing, business statistics, and entrepreneurship.
Tunga holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University, Turkey; an MBA in Marketing & Finance and a Ph.D. in Marketing & International Business from Michigan State University. He is a member of the Academy of International Business (AIB), the Academy of Management (AOM), and NASBITE International.
Dennis is a PCF Scholar and former Executive Director for the Foundation. Dennis brings more than 35 years experience in business and operations. As the former Executive Director, Dennis helped launch PCF in 2006. He is currently assisting PCF staff in program development.
Lisa Wiley Parker
PCF Scholar. Outplacement Specialist/Owner, Find a Fit, LLC; Job Search Strategy Blogger, RecruiterUncensored.com
With over a decade of experience in the recruiting and staffing industry, Lisa Wiley Parker is now focusing on providing direct support to displaced professionals attempting to navigate a job search in this challenging economy. For the past 2 years as a community volunteer, Lisa has facilitated numerous job seeker networking groups, met dozens of professionals for one-on-one strategy sessions, directed workshops on a variety of job search strategy topics, coordinated multiple events designed to bring job seekers and business leaders together and actively blogged on her website RecruiterUncensored.com. Her blog content is regularly featured on Michigan State University’s “Spartans Helping Spartans” and on Capital Area District Library’s website. In 2011 she was selected as Michigan Works Association’s Volunteer of the Year for her efforts in helping over 100 displaced workers find their way back to employment.
Lisa is a firm believer in the networking process and feels it is likely the most important element in a successful job search effort. In addition to helping job seekers to best utilize and develop networking contacts, she shares the knowledge she gained aiding corporations in recruiting efforts with job seekers so they have an edge in terms of their lead sourcing, resume and interview strategy.
An active member of the community, Lisa serves as the current Vice President of Capital Area Local First, is on the planning committee for Pink Slip Mid-Michigan and sits on the Greater Lansing Insurance and Financial Services Council. Lisa is also the founder and lead facilitator of the Lansing Go Getters, a group focused on bringing job seekers, job search resources and the business community together in meaningful ways.