HU welcomes alumnus for lecture

Heidelberg University is to welcome its first alumnus speaker for the 3rd annual Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

Jerilyn Medrea is a 1977 graduate and human resources expert. Medrea is to arrive on campus April 10 to begin a series of formal and informal sessions with students and the campus community.

Medrea’s keynote address and dinner is to begin with a reception at 5:45 p.m. April 11 in Seiberling gym. The event is $30 per person. Medrea’s presentation is to follow at 6:30 p.m.

Medrea lives in Connecticut and is the global head of talent engagement for Liquidnet Holding in New York City. At Liquidnet, Medrea oversees global human resources, leadership development and organizational development. Since joining the firm in 2007, Medrea has developed a number of innovative and award-winning approaches to employee engagement. She also oversees Liquidnet for Good, the company’s corporate social engagement program.

“Jerilyn will represent Heidelberg in a big way as our first alumnus speaker,” Jim Troha, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations, said. “She will bring a different perspective on the human resources element. People are what make organizations flourish. She will bring an element of understanding of how professionals interact in the workplace that students are going to find interesting.”

In her 30 years in a corporate career, Medrea has held senior positions with Champion International, PepsiCo, PricewaterhouseCoopers, EMC/Smarts and BearingPoint. She has been recognized for her contributions, leadership and dedication to strategic human resources and work-life initiatives. A pioneer in corporate wellness, she is a two-time winner of the C. Everett Koop Award for creating state-of-the-art employee wellness programs.

Medrea has a master’s degree from Michigan State University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.

“Students will be getting real world experience on how you handle the people end of leadership, which you rarely get training. Students will be able to interact and hear from a professional who has done this for a living,” Troha said.

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