Feliciano School of Business faculty members in the department of Information Management and Business Analytics, Dr. Mahmoud ElHussini and Dr. George Elias discuss issues and problems being faced by business professionals. On this podcast, they interview Dr. Katie Desiderio and Dr. Michael Frino on their new book The Beekeeper: Pollinating Your Organization for Transformative growth.
Katie P. Desiderio MBA, Ph.D. counts her blessings starting with the people in her life, which guides her approach to work where her focus is on every organization's most important asset – you! Her personality and behavioral attributes emphasize collaboration and all things that keep human beings in focus, which fuels her intrapreneurial spirit.
As an athlete, she found flow in sports and later discovered flow at work to fuel her professional trajectory. After working for several years in corporate marketing, Katie chose a second career in higher education, where she celebrates the honor of being the first female chairperson of the Economics and Business Department at the sixth oldest institution in America and first to educate women.
As the mama of two extraordinary girls, she is committed to the development of rising leaders, namely in the spirit of leading from any seat. Along with her work as a tenured faculty member at Moravian University, Desiderio is Principal Partner in Learning of Proximal Development, LLC, an authorized DiSC partner, specializing in leadership development and the advancement of performance through learning.
Katie’s personal mission is grounded in her r2C model, where she has devoted her work to recognize what we give our time and energy to grows, to reflect on how we [choose to] interact with and see the world, and, at the heart of her approach, to connect with why this fuels transformative growth. This model is delicately nurtured in the interplay of our mindset and our [mindful] behaviors, so when she falls along the way, she chooses to fall up. This inspires her to lead with grace while tickling curiosity and encouraging discovery in working with and through others.
Upon completion of her doctorate in Organizational Learning and Leadership, Katie has been co-authoring scholar practitioner journal articles, conference proceedings, and now this book with her learning partner and friend. Join them on this journey to inspire how you will pollinate the world! Join us: https://leadershipfables.com/. Michael G. Frino MBA, Ph.D always was told he was creative and had a vivid imagination during his childhood. He parlayed this feedback by finding a passion for writing and storytelling. He published his first poem in 1993 entitled The Human Tree and is the author of Welcome to Waycool School (2010) and Waycool School Takes the Bus (2011) children’s book series. In addition to writing, Michael has over twenty years professional experience working for Fortune 500 companies in sales, leadership and organizational development across the payroll/human resources, pharmaceutical, and med-tech industries. Michael finds his flow state today from helping organizations transform their culture with a focus on the growth and development of human beings. His curiosity on how organizations optimize performance at work inspired him to obtain his Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Leadership in (2010) and embrace opportunities help individuals, groups and organizations reach their peak potential. His authoring of “The Beekeeper” is the culmination of decades of research and publishing in performance improvement journals to understand how organizations can provide transformational growth to their most important assets, people.