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First Friday in March

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated our need to respond and adapt to unforeseen changes, including workplace transformations like a shift to hybrid work. How have these changes impacted you, and how does this affect how we move forward in this ever-changing professional space?  Ozzie Nelson, chairman and CEO of Nelson, and Karyn McCoy, AVP of Alumni, Career and Corporate Engagement at St. Thomas, discussed surviving and thriving in a hybrid world, sharing lessons on building culture, connection and careers.

March 4, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Virtual (Zoom)
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Ozzie Nelson

In 1987, immediately upon graduating from college with a degree in Business Administration, Ozzie entered his father’s 15-person interior design firm. Over the following years, he expanded the firm’s core design business with emerging technologies and consulting capabilities to create a compelling service delivery platform for large corporate clients. Under his direction, the firm expanded from a single discipline to its current 10 fully integrated service lines.

Ozzie became CEO of NELSON Worldwide in 2003. Since that time the firm has executed more than 40 merger/acquisitions, taking NELSON from the rank of #37 in the industry to “Top 10” with growth of more than 500 percent. In 2019 The Zweig Letter identified NELSON as the second “Fastest Growing AE Firm” based on percentage growth.

In 2019, Ozzie was named one of Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.

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Karyn McCoy

Karyn McCoy is the Associate Vice President of Alumni, Career and Corporate Engagement at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN.

Karyn came to St. Thomas from DePaul University where she served as Assistant Vice President of the DePaul Career Center. Prior to DePaul, she held positions in alumni engagement at the Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne (Australia), and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Karyn’s experience includes being an adjunct professor specializing in career-related courses.

Karyn’s passion lies in helping people and teams imagine what’s possible. She thrives on building cultures that create an environment where people feel valued, engaged and able to do their best work. To that end, she is also a Gallup-certified CliftonStrengths coach who helps people identify how to employ their strengths and build strong teams.

Karyn has a B.A. in Economics with minors in Business and Psychology from Washington University, St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina.