ESP Biography


Major: Human and Organizational Dvlpmt

College/Employer: Fielding Graduate University

Year of Graduation: 2016

Picture of Karla Van Havel

Brief Biographical Sketch:

My educational background includes a B.S. in Community Development/ Public Administration from Central Michigan University, a M.A. in Strategic Communications and Leadership from Seton Hall University, a M.A. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University, and I am a current Ph.D. student in Human and Organizational Development at Fielding Graduate University. I have been a speaker and teacher in some capacity for over 8 years. I worked in the media as a radio Talk Show Host and News Director, as a Host & Producer for several television productions, and as a freelance journalist. Eventually I left the media world for the corporate world. I started my own business and after a year I chose to join the Institute for Management Studies (IMS). As the former Managing Director of Communication at IMS, and now as the Vice President of Administration, my work encompasses strategic planning, multi-site operations, leading corporate employees, event coordination, in-house marketing & public relations, team building, organization development, public speaking, and human resources. I also voluntarily teach Drama at a local school for the "profoundly gifted" and I have taught art classes for children and adults of all ages. I run workshops on generational differences in communication, public speaking & presentation skills, creativity, creative marketing & PR, diversity of thought, and corporate communication.

Past Classes

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L1439: Leadership in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
Learn about different kinds of leadership along with how and why each kind is important to society. Find out how you can make a difference in your community and why leadership is important.

R1440: Japanese in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
Learn a bit of history about the Japanese language while learning about the three different alphabets. Learn to ask common questions and to reply to them in addition to some basic grammatical structure.

S1442: Technology in the Classroom in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
Learn ideas and applications that can help with projects and reports you are doing for school or work. Be part of a conversation about which technologies should be allowed in a classroom and how much is too much technology before it becomes a distraction. Discuss where technology is going next and brainstorm the next big hit.

L1444: presentation skills in Splash! Spring 2011 (Apr. 16 - 17, 2011)
Learn what makes a good presenter, how to communicate your ideas, and how to influence by knowing your audience.

L1204: Presentations with Style in Splash! Fall 2010 (Nov. 13 - 14, 2010)
Have a presentation to do for school and work? Perhaps you are preparing for the college interview and polishing up on your presentation style could give you the extra advantage you need? Planning a research project and have to sell it to a mixed audience? This workshop will give you the abilities to step up your presentation to a performance. Learn to overcome fears, pre-presentation jitters, and avoid common speaker traps so you can focus on the education aspect of your presentation.