Christine Lomer LaCola
Christine Lomer LaCola is executive director, Institute for Leadership & Professional Excellence and senior lecturer at Columbia College. Previously she served as assistant dean and director, Graduate Division, at the University of South Carolina's Darla Moore School of Business.She has also held positions as assistant dean of professional programs and services at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. Her accomplishments include obtaining the largest financial executive-level leadership development contract in the Smith School's history, establishing and managing Smith's Advisory and Collaborative Services unit (including the MBA Consulting Program and faculty consultative services arm), and leading all degree, nondegree, and executive education programming. Prior to entering higher education, Ms. LaCola spent over nine years at the IBM Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. At PwC Consulting, she managed the national sales operations team and focused on strategic business development initiatives, such as improving the firm's CRM tool usage and rebuilding the compensation/incentive programs for business development executives. Her IBM tenure focused on the management of federal contracts, client service improvements and sales support initiatives. In 2012, Ms. LaCola became a partner at Consultative Education Partners, LLC. At CEP LLC, she focuses on organizational development, enrollment management, international programming, and program and curricular design.