Executive staff assistant Tricia Yee is a strong advocate of jumping into professional development opportunities.
Her bachelor's degree in English/Journalism and a minor in marketing prepared her well for a host of diverse job duties – and ultimately, for a busy role as the Center's executive staff assistant.
"The journalism degree is used on a day-to-day basis for the editing and preparation of documents," she says. "We recently designed a new brochure for the MALER program and are continually working to develop ways to attract new students for both programs, so I have also put my marketing minor to good use."
During the last year alone, Yee attended a professional development conference, completed training in several different administrative areas, planned and coordinated an orientation program and an annual awards dinner, and created an information bulletin board. On top of that, she assisted with graduate and undergraduate program reviews and a revision of the handbook for the Master of Arts in Labor & Employment Relations.
|Tricia Yee is a three-year veteran of the Center for Organizational Leadership.|
"Both the Organizational Leadership and MALER programs are growing and new opportunities are presented every day," says Yee. "Along with the programs, my job and responsibilities are changing and growing. It is wonderful to be part of such a positive environment. The Center will continue to grow, and I look forward to the new challenges and responsibilities I will have in the future."
A former sales manager for the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, Yee started her job at UC on Valentine's Day 2004. She is thrilled, she adds, to have a job that makes the most of her A&S background.
"Both my mom and sister have worked at universities for years and always told me what a wonderful experience it has been for them. So when I decided it was time to leave my previous position, I was very interested in the University of Cincinnati," she says.
Yee finds her job "very rewarding," and a great way to expand her skill set and network of contacts. She enjoys planning events, too: Her favorite is the new student orientation for the MALER program.
"I love meeting all the new students because I work with them regularly while they are completing their degrees," she notes. "Since I have been in this position I have completed numerous training sessions that have helped me immensely, regardless if it was for a new system, professional development or learning more about a topic."
Her colleagues inspire and influence her.
"There are so many people I could mention! Dr. Harold McCullough, the academic director for the center, has been my biggest influence," she says. "We work closely on a day-to-day basis, and he is not only a pleasure to work with, but has taught me so much. Dr. Gallo, the department head, has also been a big influence and support system. Barb Huels in the A&S business office has always been there for my many questions regarding UGS and PCR processing and has always been very patient when I was learning all the new systems. She made settling into my new position a very positive experience and continues to help me learn."