Our Advisory Council

The Center for the Study of the Workplace is supported by an Advisory Council that guides our team in understanding the ever-evolving challenges of 21st century workplaces. Our Advisory Council consists of the following thought leaders, each providing multinational experiences and diverse perspectives to our team.

Dr. Patricia Arredondo

President, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus

Dr. Patricia Arredondo’s career has been in the higher education and business sectors. Prior to joining The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Chicago campus in February 2013 as president, she served within UW-Milwaukee as associate vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, interim dean for the School of Continuing Education and professor of Educational Psychology. She was also a professor and senior administrator for Arizona State University prior to joining UW-Milwaukee.

For 15 years, Patricia led Empowerment Workshops, an organizational consulting firm in Boston. Patricia’s scholarship in multicultural psychology, organizational development and Latina/Latino issues in mental health and the workplace is published broadly. She has been president of national associations of counseling and psychology and also serves on nonprofit boards including the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee. Patricia received her doctorate from Boston University, master’s from Boston College and an honorary degree from the University of San Diego. She is a licensed psychologist and bilingual in English-Spanish. Her personal interests include yoga, golf, international travel and mentoring students and young professionals.

Kim Beckett

Senior Manager, Global Talent Acquisition, Diversey, Inc.

Kim Beckett joined Diversey in 2002 and has served in positions of increasing responsibility in the company’s Global Human Resources organization. In her current position as senior manager, Global Talent Acquisition, she is responsible for the design of Diversey’s global Talent Acquisition and Assimilation program.

Kim, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Carthage College, has been an HR professional for more than 15 years and has earned several awards for excellence in her field. She also serves on the Carthage College Advisory Council and has given freely of her time in support of her church and the community, believing that each of us has a responsibility to give back.

Keith Burns

Managing Partner, Ernst & Young

Keith Burns has over 33 years of experience in serving public and private clients in the consumer products, industrial products, automotive and health sciences industries. He has assisted and advised clients in financial reporting matters, including annual reports and quarterly reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and proxy statements. Keith has also assisted companies in business acquisitions, business and tax issues related to foreign operations and corporate governance issues.

Keith joined Ernst & Young in Detroit and has also been in the Cincinnati, Grand Rapids and Milwaukee offices. He serves as managing partner for the Milwaukee office. In that capacity he provides organizational oversight to a professional group of just under 200 individuals with diverse backgrounds, technical competencies and client experiences.

Keith is active in the Milwaukee business and civic community, where he serves as Board member and/or officer for such organizations as Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Greater Milwaukee Committee, Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and Milwaukee County Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Melanie Cosgrove Holmes

Vice President, World of Work Solutions, Manpower

Melanie Holmes is vice president, World of Work Solutions at Manpower. She is dedicated to advancing Manpower’s position as the thought leader in the contemporary world of work. She shares Manpower’s extensive labor force knowledge while building strategic partnerships with government, universities and other leadership organizations. Melanie is also responsible for community investment at Manpower, which includes volunteerism, community relations and philanthropy.

Active in the Milwaukee community, Melanie serves as president of the board of Milwaukee Area Technical College. Other boards include Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Milwaukee Urban League, COA Youth and Family Centers and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Melanie has been undergoing chemotherapy for metastatic breast cancer since August, 2009.

You can learn more about Melanie and the changing world of work by reading her blog at manpowerblogs.com/holmes.

Bernardo Ferdman, Ph.D.

Professor, Organizational Psychology Programs, Alliant International University

Bernardo M. Ferdman, Ph.D., is professor in the Organizational Psychology programs at Alliant International University and an accomplished leadership and organization development consultant with over 27 years of experience working with diverse groups and organizations to increase individual and collective effectiveness. He consults, writes, speaks and teaches on diversity and inclusion, multicultural leadership, Latinos/Latinas in the workplace and bringing one’s whole self to work.

Bernardo, who holds a Ph.D. from Yale University and an A.B. from Princeton University, served as president of the Interamerican Society of Psychology and chair of the Gender and Diversity in Organizations division of the Academy of Management. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, charter fellow of the International Academy for Intercultural Research, member of the Diversity Collegium (a think tank of diversity practitioners) and a network associate with AmericaSpeaks. Bernardo also cochairs the San Diego Latino-Jewish Coalition, serves as trustee of the San Diego Repertory Theatre, and enjoys photography, travel and San Diego’s sun (preferably in the company of his family).

Rebekah Kowalski

VP and Principal Consultant for Strategic Workforce Consulting at Right Management, a ManpowerGroup Company

Rebekah Kowalski is the Vice President of ManpowerGroup’s Global Strategic Workforce Consulting Practice. As the Principal Consultant for the practice globally, Rebekah focuses on helping clients understand the risks to business and economic growth strategies posed by workforce supply and demand forces, and partners with them to develop practical options for ensuring they have the right talent in the right place, at the right time, and at the right cost. Rebekah specializes in consulting and advising on how the convergence of government, education, employers, and individuals drives local and global market competitiveness.  Prior to her current role, Rebekah spent nine years at the helm of Manpower’s US and Global Solutions units and led the teams responsible for working with ManpowerGroup’s most strategically significant clients. Rebekah led the project team responsible for the Be Bold 2 study in Wisconsin.  She is a member of the Advisory Council of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Center for the Study of the Workplace and a member of multiple research consortia.

Marcel Legrand

CEO, RealMatch

Marcel is a veteran of Internet recruiting with nearly two decades of experience in the industry. He experienced a successful 14-year career as an executive for Monster Worldwide where he developed a passion for growing innovative technology platforms and solving business problems on behalf of large and small clients worldwide. As one of the earliest members of Monster and one of five individuals on the road-show taking the firm public in 1996, his tenure spanned a wide range of responsibilities and geographies. In his last position at Monster, he served as sr. vice president of Strategy & Corporate Planning for Monster Worldwide; responsible for the overall strategic and directional influence of the business in addition to overseeing partnerships, acquisitions and expansion efforts.

Prior to joining RealMatch, he was a partner for three years in a private venture fund, Blackfin Capital, focused on services and technology businesses while he served as an advisor and board member to 12 job boards across the world. Marcel holds an MBA and also received a master’s degree in Economics & International Business from Columbia University. He is married, has three young boys and enjoys reading, soccer, competitive triathlons and eating dessert first.

Patricia Nazemetz

Chief Human Resources and Ethics Officer, Xerox Corporation

Patricia M. Nazemetz is chief human resources and ethics officer for Xerox Corporation. She is also a vice president of the corporation, appointed in January 1999; she joined the organization in 1979. Patricia is responsible for all aspects of human resources including resource planning, sourcing, talent management, leadership development, pay and rewards, diversity, work environment and industrial relations. Patricia also oversees all ethics and compliance initiatives for the corporation.

Before joining Xerox Corporation, Patricia worked as a benefits analyst at W.R. Grace & Company. She serves as a director on the boards of the National Business Group on Health and Catholic Health Services of Long Island. She is also a trustee of Fordham University. Patricia received both a BA in mathematics and a MA in philosophy from Fordham.

Jeffrey Poulter

Central Region, Talent Development Manager, UPS

Jeff Poulter is the Corporate Learning & Development talent development manager at UPS. He is responsible for UPS management development in all operations throughout 18 states in their central region, which includes six district business units and consists of approximately 13,196 UPS management employees.

Jeff began his career with UPS in 1977 as a part-time package handler in Burlington, Iowa. He moved into management in 1986 with responsibilities in the Mason City, Iowa, operation. Jeff was assigned to the Human Resources Department in 1989 where he held various positions in Iowa, Georgia and Nevada and then in Alabama.
In 2010, Jeff assumed his current position with UPS Learning & Development.

Community service is prominent for Jeff. He served on the United Way Board of Central Alabama, the Board of Directors for the Iowa Business Leaders Network, the Board of Directors for the Iowa Employers’ Council (serving two years as chairperson) and two years on the Iowa Governor’s Safety Council. In addition, Jeff was elected and served two years on the City Council and was subsequently elected to a four-year term as mayor of Lomax, Illinois.

Jeff received his bachelor’s degree in management from California Coast University. He has four children, Tyler, Tanner, Trudie and Andrew.

Will Ruch

CEO and Managing Partner, Versant

Will Ruch has been with Versant (formerly known as Hughes, Ruch & Murphy) for over 20 years. Will has helped to establish Versant as a pioneer in generational research, corporate recruiting, strategies for the retention of high performing employees and the integration of communication disciplines to help clients realize and exceed their goals.

Through initial work with Northwestern Mutual Insurance, Sears, and Kohls Department Stores, Will has become knowledge leader on Employer Branding and its impact on Growing Human Capital. A number of Fortune 500 clients have engaged Versant to help them understand the impact of Generational Marketing and Branding to help recruit and retain high performing employees.

Will has presented at over 100 seminars and conferences nationally, and has guest-lectured at numerous major colleges and universities throughout his career.

Currently, he is sharing his learning on the newest generation to join the workplace: Gen-Y. Will serves on a number of boards and volunteers for many community projects. In its March 2001 issue, the Harvard Management Update recognized Versant’s Web site as a valuable resource for business managers.