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Oct. 4, 2012 Volume 34, No. 7

The Weekly Staff Meeting

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Photo by Rachel Coward

Loriana Tisher


Work place: Trulaske College of Business

Title: Director, Professional Development Program

Years at MU: 8

Hometown: Placentia, Calif.

Favorite food: Trout

Favorite movie: The Dead Poet’s Society

Favorite book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Favorite music:  Country, Christian rock, pop

Favorite sport: Football

Favorite vacation spot: Monterey, Calif. 

Undergraduate/graduate education: BS (applied math) from UCLA; SM (management) from MIT Sloan School of Management

• What are your current job duties?

Providing strategic leadership for the Professional Development Program in the Trulaske College of Business. We bridge the gap between industry and academia by providing opportunities for students to develop skills and professional competencies through internships, workshops and exposure to business development tools.

• What is your favorite part about working at Mizzou?

I love interacting with students and really enjoy teaching. And I get to serve with an amazing team. It is also stimulating to meet with alumni to hear how we can better prepare our students by improving our processes.  

• If you weren’t doing this for a living, what would your dream job be?

A journalist or writer. I find people fascinating and it would be great to create word pictures.

• How do you spend your time away from the university? 

Hanging out with friends; country and contra dancing; working out, hiking, biking, swimming, reading, cooking and cheering for Mizzou sports teams. 

• What is most rewarding about your job? 

Knowing you have made a difference in the life of another person. 

• What is most challenging about your job, and how do you meet those challenges? 

One word: Balance. Balancing short and long term roles. Balancing urgent versus important. Balancing work versus home. This requires planning, setting boundaries and discipline.  

• What others say about Tisher: 

“Loriana has brought a new level of professionalism to her position. She is very detailed and a pleasure to work with.”

— William H. Griffin, adjunct instructor in management in the College of Business