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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (50+) pres.

Exit Interview with Laurita Thomas

An OLLI "Special Event"

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Laurita Thomas, in conversation with OLLI member Marcy Waldinger, will share her stories and insights about the evolution of the workplace during her 45-year career in human resources. She will delve into some of the biggest challenges she faced in human resources as UM has grown and become more complex. She will reflect on the changes in the field of human resources, from one of enforcing rules to encouraging effective performance. Ms. Thomas will also share reflections on her own personal story.

Ms. Thomas retired this fall from her role as UM Associate Vice President for Human Resources. She was responsible for human resource policy for all UM campuses and a full range of comprehensive integrated human resource services, products, and operations. She was responsible for 350 staff, a budget of $38 million, and a benefit plan of $1 billion.

Her professional human resources career spans roles in the financial industry, higher education and healthcare. She is a graduate of the UM in political science and economics. Her graduate work is in guidance and counseling and business administration. She has published many articles.

Ms. Thomas has served as a leader in many professional and community organizations. She is the incoming President of the ARU Human Resource Institute and previously was a past Charter Member and Treasurer.

Marcy Waldinger is an OLLI member who retired in 2015 following a 35-year career at the University of Michigan Health System, of which 23 years were spent as Chief Administrative Officer of the UM Rogel Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the UM. Ms. Waldinger is a nationally recognized expert in cancer center administration.
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