Author Bios

Jodi Ecker Detjen

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Jodi has been a professor of management at Suffolk University since 1999. Jodi teaches management atthe MBA, Undergraduate and Corporate Education levels both online, in the classroom and internationally. Jodi writes about the skills required and organizational aspects related to living an integrated life. She also is a principal partner of a boutique consulting firm, the InTrinsic Group. Jodi works with organizations to deliver outcome-focused leadership development and process improvements to better match performance to strategy, and coaching to foster effective performance. Prior to teaching and independent consulting, Jodi was as an international management consultant based in London, England working with Global 1000 clients focused on large-scale organizational change. Jodi received her MA in International Development Policy focusing on organizational development from Duke University and her BSc from Virginia Tech in Management Science.


Michelle A. Waters
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Michelle is an experienced senior executive, consultant, integrated work/life/family facilitator and coach. While serving as SVP for her primary client, she spearheaded a B to B multi lingual dependent care service globally, managed Fortune 100 international accounts and led a cross-cultural expansion project across 4 continents. Formerly she designed and implemented an award winning Work Life Strategy for Australia’s largest university and was awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for General Excellence. She has held Senior Executive roles in Business Development, HR Policy, Diversity and general management.  She co-founded the Victorian Work/Life Association and has led several work-life and corporate childcare projects. Her research paper Family Friendly Polices: Useful or Symbolic is published in the Asia Pacific Journal of HR. Michelle has presented and moderated at conferences in North America, EMEA and Australia and during her earlier career established and managed child care centers. Michelle was awarded a B. Sp.Ed. and M. Mgt. from Monash University, Australia, CWS from the Institute of Social Welfare, Australia and in the U.S. completed the Harvard Law School, Executive Program on Negotiation.

Kelly Watson

Kelly Watson

Kelly is the owner and principal consultant of Career Partners, a strategic consulting firm.  She provides a variety of services, from market research, analysis and recommendations, to product launch plans, financial modeling, organizational development, and venture capital pitches.  She has implemented large-scale operations projects including e-commerce, Point-of-Sale systems, inventory control, Paperless Practice Medical software, and ERP systems.  She has filled the roles of “Acting COO”, “CFO”, and “Acting V.P. Marketing” for her clients, and is currently in charge of operations for Herbs of Mexico, a chain of Hispanic Health and Wellness Stores.  Prior to consulting, Kelly was VP Marketing for Telecom New Zealand USA where she launched two ventures: a long distance telephone company and an international call center for the company.  She has also taught a popular MBA Business Consulting class at Loyola Marymount University.  Kelly  holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and an MBA from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she was recognized with high honors as a member of both Beta Gamma Sigma and Alpha Sigma Nu.