Amy Sommer
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Administration

A strategic Human Resources Consultant and Executive Coach, Amy is known for being an innovative problem-solver with a practical approach. Combined with an easy style, Amy builds trust in her engagements and moves quickly and thoughtfully to uncover key issues affecting the business.

In 2007, after a twenty-year career as a Human Resources Executive, Amy founded AMS Strategic Talent Consulting, bringing her clients her vast experience focusing on delivering talent solutions that drive business results. Recent engagements include:

• Providing executive coaching to senior business leaders
• Developing, designing and executing an enterprise-wide talent assessment and succession planning program
• Creating a communications plan for a company-wide change management effort
• Leading a senior management workshop to reconfigure the structure of the leadership team at a not-for-profit
• Building an 18-month strategic plan for an organization re-thinking the role of HR
• Conflict management workshop
• Team effectiveness training
• Leadership Through Others workshop
• Behaviorally-Based Interviewing Skills workshop

Prior to starting her own firm, Amy was a valued senior Human Resources Executive with leading Fortune 500 companies including: Time Inc., IBM, American Express and Grey Advertising. In her most recent corporate position, as Vice President of Human Resources for Time, Inc., she was responsible for a portfolio of thirteen businesses, including TIME, Sports Illustrated and Fortune, with revenues exceeding $1 billion. In this position, Amy worked with start-ups and mature brands, as well as their digital brand offshoots, to drive leadership and culture change, develop talent and evaluate and reward employees. Her broad industry and sector experience makes her uniquely qualified to work in partnership with senior leaders to enable them to meet organizational goals, address critical challenges and build exceptional talent in their organizations.

Amy earned her undergraduate degree magna cum laude from SUNY Albany in Social Work and Management, her Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a certificate in Executive Coaching from Baruch's Zicklin Graduate School of Business. She has appeared as a guest expert on Lisa Belkin's Life's Work radio show discussing organizational change and on NBC.com discussing how to deliver tough news to your boss. She was a contributor for an article in The New York Times regarding how to deal with people who have lost their jobs. Her article on How to Get Employees Reengaged? Five Steps to Move Your Organization Towards Reengagement was published in the January 2009 edition of Insights www.bridgepartnersllc.com/Newsletters/2009-January.pdf. Amy is also a mentor for up-and-coming women in the not for profit sector through the National Council on Research for Women.

Semester Course
Fall 2013 PADM-GP.2135.001 Developing Human Resources

Designed for public and non-profit managers rather than human resource professionals, this course gives a broad overview of HR dynamics and responsibilities. It will cover basic HR functions such as recruitment, career development, performance appraisal and rewards, providing feedback and job design. It will also explore current issues within HR management, which could include diversity and identity at work, the role of unions, or other topics. The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students? work experiences. While it will focus on values-based organizations, it will compare HR practices in the public, non-profit and for-profit sectors.


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Fall 2012 PADM-GP.2135.001 Developing Human Resources

Designed for public and non-profit managers rather than human resource professionals, this course gives a broad overview of HR dynamics and responsibilities. It will cover basic HR functions such as recruitment, career development, performance appraisal and rewards, providing feedback and job design. It will also explore current issues within HR management, which could include diversity and identity at work, the role of unions, or other topics. The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students? work experiences. While it will focus on values-based organizations, it will compare HR practices in the public, non-profit and for-profit sectors.


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Fall 2011 PADM-GP.2135.001 Developing Human Resources

Designed for public and non-profit managers rather than human resource professionals, this course gives a broad overview of HR dynamics and responsibilities. It will cover basic HR functions such as recruitment, career development, performance appraisal and rewards, providing feedback and job design. It will also explore current issues within HR management, which could include diversity and identity at work, the role of unions, or other topics. The course will include practical application through case discussions and reflection on students? work experiences. While it will focus on values-based organizations, it will compare HR practices in the public, non-profit and for-profit sectors.


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