Sundt Talent Development Specialist. Charlotte Gurule.
Charlotte Gurule recently joined our team as a Talent Development Specialist. One of her first tasks when she came on board was developing and delivering a program for our employee-owners on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, our new resource planning system.
She has 25 years of experience in learning and development and has provided program management, operations management and solution architecture for global organizations across multiple disciplines and industries. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Phoenix and an MBA in Knowledge Management from Walden University.
What does a Talent Development Specialist do?
We participate in activities to support the company’s strategic planning efforts and conduct or support research and activities for specific training and development initiatives. We work with subject matter experts to design and update course content and related resources. We develop and maintain instructional materials, “How-To” documents and other training resources. We develop, publish and maintain online training courses using a variety of instructional development tools and technologies. We also conduct classroom and laboratory instruction.
What’s the most important thing to consider in choosing an employer?
Team environment is what matters most to me.
What’s your favorite restaurant in the Phoenix area?
Baja Joe’s in Mesa. The shrimp cocktail is the best.
What do you do away from work?
I love eating, cooking, running and going through life with my husband, Austin; son, Blane; dog, Jade; and our cat who acts like a dog, Shadow.
Most people registered in Lifetime Recovery’s programs are medically and financially underserved.
About every 20 minutes, someone in Texas is hurt or killed in a vehicle crash involving alcohol. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration data, Texas led the nation in 2016 with 1,438 drunk-driving deaths.
San Antonio tops the state in DWI traffic accidents and deaths. Bexar County’s Health Department estimates that of the 1.7 million people living in the county, more than 200,000 suffer from substance use disorders. Of those, only 10,000 seek treatment each year.
“Experience has shown that the sooner people with substance use disorders are connected to services, the shorter their substance use tends to be, the shorter-lived the negative consequences of those patterns, and the better their chances at long-term recovery tend to become,” said Lifetime Recovery Director of Development Denise Powers. “Inpatient or outpatient treatment remains a most effective method to combat these alarming trends.”
Most people registered in Lifetime Recovery’s programs are medically and financially underserved. Lifetime received a $4,000 grant from the Sundt Foundation last year to expand the work it does in Texas’ largest city and the surrounding area.
“This gift enabled us to provide someone 26.66 days of treatment programming and services for substance use disorders,” Denise said.
Lifetime has numerous success stories. “Mike” entered treatment for alcohol abuse and turned his life around.
“Lifetime saved my life,” he said. “I am now working a full-time job and have returned to San Antonio College to study for a degree in counseling. And best of all, I was able to participate in my daughter’s wedding. I love attending Lifetime Recovery’s family event. I am truly happy being clean and sober today.”
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.
When employee-owners begin their careers with us, their professional development doesn’t end; in fact, we look to accelerate our leaders at all levels through our internship, START and Leadership Excellence Accelerates Performance (LEAP) programs.
We have an intentional process to continue developing leaders, which starts as early as our internships. START is for our early career professionals who are preparing to lead teams, while management-level employee-owners who are preparing to step into senior-level roles participate in LEAP. All development programs focus on individual awareness and development but also have a large element of team collaboration, networking and peer accountability.
LEAP participants make their way up to the ropes course.
“Think of it like a farm system in baseball,” said Director of Administrative Workforce Development Trevor Gelder. “We begin with people in our intern program (rookie ball), who we then hire and work to develop through our START program (minor leagues). As these individuals and others progress into manager-level positions, we put them through an extensive LEAP program (major leagues) as their career progresses. It’s our concept of having leaders at all levels of the organization.”
Our START program begins with individual assessments, so participants gain a deep understanding of their strengths and development opportunities. Those in the program build their development through individual plans and business challenge projects, and create extended relationships with peers through powerful networking opportunities. There’s a robust four-day learning session along with ongoing webinars that focus on development and skill-building. Participants choose a real business challenge and see it through completion, using what they learned in the program.
“It was a really great opportunity to network with people from other areas of the company,” said Marketing Proposal Manager Dustin Hicks. “The cross-divisional collaboration resulted in some intriguing thought processes. I saw the group generating ideas by having other perspectives in the room.”
LEAP participants start by focusing on learning about each other and getting introduced to their Action Learning Projects, which focus on enterprise-wide initiatives.
“These projects are very important and have the potential to make a big difference for Sundt,” Trevor said.
LEAP sessions involve individual feedback, development planning, manager alignment and ongoing developmental coaching sessions. Five three-day development sessions over the 12-month program provide focus and sustainability as participants reinforce their skills. The class also participates in team-building activities, including a ropes course that challenges them and brings out leadership qualities.
“Our goal with START and LEAP is to accelerate and develop leaders so we are ready to move employees through the organization and into key leadership positions as we grow and diversify our work and opportunities,” Trevor said.
Senior Project Manager Jason Hughes is a LEAP participant who has been with us since 2008. He has almost 20 years of experience in the construction industry and is thankful the company allows employee-owners to determine their career paths.
“The experience has been meaningful on a personal level as well as a professional front, and is a reminder that the future is in the hands of all employee-owners and not simply high-level leadership,” Jason said.
For more information on careers with Sundt, please visit our website.
Our team added and pressure-welded rails at the Gilbert Road project earlier this year.
Things are picking up at our Gilbert Road Light Rail project in Mesa, Arizona. These next few months are important to ensuring everything is up and running by spring 2019.
Our team has completed most of its underground utility work. We have finished about half of the new curb gutter and sidewalk and started work on the overhead catenary system foundation. Our first concrete pour around the tracks is scheduled for April 9.
Construction started in October 2016. Most major construction activities will be complete by the end of the year. We have a strong track record for Valley Metro, completing half of the 26 miles of the light-rail system operating in Greater Phoenix.
“Light rail revitalizes areas,” Transportation Group Manager Jeff Williamson said. “It’s important to communities.”
The 1.9-mile extension in Mesa will extend light rail on Main Street from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. The $184 million transportation project consists of two stations and a park-and-ride on the west side of Gilbert Road. The project will provide the ability to draw more light-rail passengers from the East Valley and bring greater development opportunities to central Mesa.
A New Leaf is a 46-year-old nonprofit organization that provides services to people and families in crisis in Arizona.
With 33 programs across the Phoenix metro area, A New Leaf provides many necessary resources to underserved families in Arizona.
The 46-year-old nonprofit organization provides a broad spectrum of services to help people and families in crisis in Arizona. The La Mesita program in Mesa, which received a $3,500 grant from the Sundt Foundation last year, offers an emergency shelter and supportive housing for families with children. The program provides case management and skill development and has a computer lab, after-school center and Head Start program.
The Sundt Foundation’s grant helps A New Leaf’s La Mesita After School & Summer Program, which is attended by more than 70 kids.
“The program relies completely on funding from community corporations and foundations like the Sundt Foundation,” said Laura Bode, the Director of Community Engagement at the Mesa campus. “The impact of Sundt’s support goes far beyond the program’s day-to-day activities. The real impact is realized 20 years from now when the course of lives is changed and generational poverty is overcome.”
The after-school program helps lay a foundation for students of varying backgrounds, ages and experiences as they deal with some of life’s toughest challenges.
“There are a lot of outcomes that we measure for the La Mesita After School & Summer Program related to academic performance, behavioral challenges and life skills,” Laura said. “But perhaps the most powerful outcome is one that cannot be measured. It is the chance for kids to just be kids, free from the trauma and stress they have carried from experiencing homelessness, violence and instability.”
The next step for A New Leaf is to expand its after-school program, attract more volunteers and potentially build a new facility for its expanding programs. Last year, A New Leaf served 24,275 people.
This is part of a series of blogs about the positive impacts made by the Sundt Foundation.