Learning & Organizational Development Program Graduates Honored

Photo of staff receiving diplomas

Michael Davidson receives his honor from his instructor, William O’Neal (top), while mentors John Wilson, Phil Shaw, Jay Flanagan, and Mark Kawasaki (bottom) pose for a quick photo.

LITS is proud of its recent Learning & Organizational Development Program graduates. Honored in a ceremony on October 3, 2013, the graduates were treated to a host of guest speakers, including Michael Mandl (Executive Vice President for Business and Administration), Peter Barnes (Vice President for Human Resources), and Wanda Hayes (Senior Director, Learning and Organizational Development Program), followed by a reception.

Peter Barnes told the honorees: “You all represent the great talent that we have at Emory University. Over the past nine months, you had special opportunities to participate in programs that were designed to address your specific development goals. You participated with enthusiasm, passion, and a thirst for learning new concepts and tools to further enhance your skills.  You managed to juggle your busy work schedules in addition to attending the numerous sessions; I commend you on your efforts.  I also want to acknowledge your sponsors who supported you through this learning journey.”

The LITS honorees included:


  • Jay Flanagan (Infrastructure)
  • Mark Kawasaki (Integration)
  • Graydon Kirk (PMO)
  • Phil Shaw (PMO)
  • John Wilson (Enterprise Applications)


  • John Hawkins (Infrastructure – mentored by Mark Kawasaki)
  • Michael D. Smith (R-WIT – mentored by Jay Flanagan)

Kirk, Shaw and Wilson each mentored Emory employees outside of LITS.

Mike Davidson (Enterprise Applications) completed the Supervisor Development Program. The goals of this program are to:

  • Be a destination university by fostering lifelong learning among all constituents.
  • Be inquiry-driven by providing supervisors opportunities to explore their leadership capabilities.
  • Be distinctive for its ethical commitment by setting standards others follow.
  • Work for positive transformation by fostering openness and diversity of thought, experience and culture.

Here is a little video about the Supervisor Development Program:

If you are interested in participating in Learning & Organizational Development, visit the HR site at http://www.learningservices.emory.edu.

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