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The students in the Ph.D. program represent numerous industries and hold leadership positions in some of the nation's foremost organizations.

The students in the Ph.D. program consult with the faculty and practicing scholars to write and publish work throughout the program.

The students in the Ph.D. program are learning to apply the latest thinking in human capital management in their organizations.

Wendy Fencl

Global Director, Talent Development
Heidrick & Struggles

Wendy Fencl is a Director of Talent Development for Heidrick & Struggles, concentrating on learning and development for the Americas, and providing support for global talent management initiatives, such as performance management and Path to Partner. Prior to her role at H&S, Wendy founded The Hunter Consulting Group, specializing in creating human capital systems that maximize both corporate and individual potential. As President, Wendy provided consulting to clients in developing and implementing management processes which supported organizational transformation. Wendy has over twenty-five years of experience in the design of change initiatives, performance and reward systems, learning and development strategies, competency-based staffing and succession processes, sales effectiveness and team implementations. She is a certified behavioral assessor.

Wendy's clients have included Unilever, Capital One, Mellon Financial Services, Verizon, Capital BlueCross, FifthThird Bank, GROWMARK, Navistar, SC Johnson and Baxter. Other clients include both domestic and international organizations in a variety of industries.

Prior to The Hunter Consulting Group, Wendy served as a Managing Consultant with Towers Watson’s Change practice, specializing in creating alignment of business and people strategies. She served as Engagement Practice Leader for BlessingWhite, National Account Manager for DDI and Consulting Principal for Holden Corporation. She also has corporate experience as a V.P., Human Resources for BankOne, Bank of America and as Director of Staffing and Development for the Sherwin Williams Company. Wendy is a graduate of Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, with an MBA in Organizational Development and Finance. Her undergraduate degree in Premedical Studies and Psychology is from the University of Notre Dame.

Wendy has been a regular contributor to BlessingWhite’s monthly eNews, and has been featured in media as diverse as WWJ NewsRadio’s Daily Dash, Internal Communications Hub, and WorkSpan. She has presented in person and via webcast on the topics of change, leadership, and employee engagement for hr.com, SHRM, HRMAC, ASTD, and regional organizations. Wendy presented at the 2009 national SHRM conference, and was a member of HRMAC’s Summit 2010 Committee and 2011West Suburban Interest Group’s program panel. She has been a speaker at various regional and national conferences.

What I hope to gain from this program

After both benefiting from and contributing to organizations through my work in the talent management field, as either an internal consultant or external partner, I’m ready to be refreshed in my skill set and renewed in my passion. Too often lately I’ll have a feeling I’ve been down the same path before. I’ve said the same words to give the same counsel. While I’d never shortchange the quality of the deliverables I create or act without integrity, a professional sense of déjà vu occasionally hits me. This is a strong personal indicator that I need to be challenged more than attending a workshop or logging on to a free webinar. Learning is breathing to me, and as much as I might hate to admit it, my air has gotten a tad stale.

While I’ve always wanted to pursue and receive a doctorate, I have not had the time to devote to it before. Personally, this is now the “right” time for me to achieve this goal. The doctorate program in Human Capital Management at Bellevue University excites me because it brings to together all of the things I love to think about, work on and learn about, with both the challenge and convenience of the program.