PODCAST: Shelli’s story on serving at-risk youth in Idaho

July 6, 2015

For today’s podcast, I sat down with Shelli Roberson, Capella MS in Education Administration and Leadership student and one of our .C Scholarship winners. I’m very proud to have Shelli as part of the Capella community – she is doing very important work serving at-risk students in Idaho.

Shelli Pic

Shelli got her bachelor’s degree in both social work and education, but after working in social work for a while, decided she wanted to be an educator. She felt she could have even more impact on the lives of students if she was actually in the classroom working with them every day. Going through a rough upbringing herself, she knows how important it is to have strong role models and mentors while growing up and wanted to give back to at-risk youth in her home state of Idaho.

Please listen to my conversation with Shelli about her inspirational story, advice she has for balancing career and education with family and friends, and exactly how many animals she has on her ranch.

Transcript here.

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(PODCAST) Capella Alum, Jason Herbst, Shares His Experience in IT Security

July 1, 2015

In today’s podcast, I had the opportunity to speak with Capella BS in Information Assurance and Security alum Jason Herbst.

Capella alum, Jason Herbst

Capella alum, Jason Herbst

Jason is a veteran in the information technology industry. He has a lot of experience in general IT and cyber security, and is involved with the local Twin Cities chapter of ISC2 (the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium), a body that runs certifications such as CISSP. ISC2 also works with colleges to take a look at coursework, networks with companies that are potentially hiring in the field, and does outreach about IT security.

Jason and I spoke about where he thinks cybersecurity is headed and how security is evolving for new technologies, in particular things like medical devices. He also talks about how he got started in IT and his advice for learners who are just starting out in the industry. After speaking with him, it is clear that Jason loves what he does for a living and he has a passion for life-long learning. I hope you enjoy the podcast.


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2015 Capella All-Employee Meeting Recap

June 29, 2015

We had a very successful All-Employee meeting last week at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Around 1,500 employees attended the meeting in person or via the live stream, including faculty and staff from around the country and some of our colleagues from across the pond at RDI.

Jeff Selingo

Best-selling author and award-winning columnist, Jeff Selingo, gave the keynote.

Jeff received a couple Capella t-shirts.

Barbara Butts-Williams, Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, presented Jeff with some Capella gear. 

Jeff Selingo was the event’s keynote and he discussed the changing environment in higher education and the focus shift in universities from “traditional” students to working-adult students. He discussed recent innovations in higher ed and predicted that the next decade would be a time of profound change for how post-secondary education is structured and delivered. This helped to put into context the environment that Capella is operating in and highlighted the importance of our focus on innovations like FlexPath.

Capella President Scott Kinney and Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

Capella President Scott Kinney and Executive Dean of External Relations and Partnerships and Dean Emeritus, Barbara Butts Williams, Ph.D.

Senior VP and Chief HR Officer Pete Ramstad interviewed Capella employees.

Senior VP and Chief HR Officer Pete Ramstad interviewed Capella employees.

Capella’s innovation, our focus on education that provides career advancement and life-long skills, our company culture, and mission to learner success were highlighted. We heard from a panel of alumni about how Capella has helped them grow and improve in their careers. As Capella Ph.D. graduate Dr. Daniel Kester put it, “I could help my students by what I learned at Capella. Now, I have my dream job.” External partners such as Health Partners and Valspar discussed their relationships with Capella and how Capella has stepped up to the plate and provided them with personalized education solutions for their workforce. Finally, Capella Education Company CEO Kevin Gilligan summed up what’s next for Capella, “We will be that 21st century university that will create the most direct path to outcomes”.

CEO Kevin Gilligan closed the meeting.

CEO Kevin Gilligan closed the meeting.

Looking back on the meeting, I am particularly proud of our Capella community. Employees wore Capella gear and shared photos and comments on social media about why they were proud to work at Capella. (In fact, #CapellaProud was trending in Minneapolis on Thursday.) The enthusiasm and commitment to our learners was palpable. I am #CapellaProud to work with such a dedicated and engaged group of colleagues.

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Jeff Selingo to speak at Capella Education Company All-Employee Meeting

June 22, 2015

On Thursday, all Capella, RDI and Sophia employees will come together—in person and virtually—for our annual all-employee meeting. This year’s theme is Capella Proud: We’re Changing the Game.

Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo

I’m particularly excited about this year’s meeting; Jeff Selingo, best-selling author and award-winning columnist, will be our keynote speaker.

I’m sure most of you are familiar with Jeff’s work and impressive resume, but in case you’re not: Jeff helps parents and higher education leaders imagine the college and university of the future. He is the author of “College (Un)Bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students,” a New York Times bestselling education book in 2013, and “MOOC U: Who Is Getting the Most Out of Online Education and Why.”

Jeff is a professor of practice at Arizona State University, where he’s leading the design of the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. In addition, he’s a regular contributor to The Washington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and was the former top editor of The Chronicle, where he worked for 16 years in a variety of reporting and editing roles. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Slate.

Capella employees – be sure to show why you’re #CapellaProud throughout the week. Give a shout-out to a colleague, manager, learner, or just tell the world why you’re proud to work at Capella.

See you Thursday!

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(PODCAST): DNP learner Sarah on the future of nursing

June 12, 2015

I was lucky to have the opportunity to speak with current Capella DNP learner Sarah Hall-Shavoy for today’s podcast. Sarah is in the first quarter of her program, and was the (well-deserved) recipient of a full-ride scholarship to pursue her DNP! We’re excited to have her as part of the Capella community.

In today’s podcast, we talk about what drove Sarah to enter the nursing field, her interesting career and current position as Magnet Program Director at Emory St. Joseph’s, and what she thinks the future of the nursing holds. Sarah also gives advice on how to find balance between the demands of work, school, and family.

I really enjoyed speaking with Sarah. She is very thoughtful and has an inspiring story. Thanks for your time, Sarah, and I look forward to hearing how your DNP program progresses.

You can find our conversation here.


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