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Seasoned UCOP staff lead OPSA Career Panel

OPSA Career Panel participants. From left to right, Juliann Martinez, Karen Arnold, Paul Schwartz and Shirley Bittlingmeier

UCOP is known for its long-time dedicated staff who have devoted their careers to serving the University of California. On July 1, four long-tenured UCOP staff will share how they’ve navigated their UC careers, balanced work and family life and used their experiences to help colleagues do the same. This presentation is co-presented by the OP Staff Assembly and UCOP Learning and Development. It is the first in a series that will focus on effectively navigating and growing in a career at UC.

Join us

What: OPSA Career Panel
When: July 1, 2-3 p.m. (PT)
How to participate: Register through the UC Learning Center

Featured panelists

Juliann Martinez, Employee Relations Specialist, Systemwide Human Resources
Juliann helps design and implement strategic initiatives to build an environment of employee engagement, empowerment and involvement at UC. She collaborates with local and systemwide staff organizations, committees and human resources professionals on matters involving engagement, fair treatment, and complaint resolution. Prior to UCOP, Juliann was the director of gift management at UC Berkeley. Juliann has been an active member of many staff affinity and identity groups, including the OP Staff Assembly and Latino Staff Association. In 2009, she was appointed by President Yudof to serve as staff advisor to the UC Regents. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley.

Karen Arnold, Senior Human Resources Business Partner, UCOP Human Resources
A certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Karen is passionate about working with leaders, managers and employees to support individual success, and help organizations nurture and develop staff. She currently supports several large UCOP divisions, including Academic Affairs, External Relations and Communications, and UC Health. Prior to joining UC, she was a human resources leader at Nordstrom for many years. Karen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from John F. Kennedy University. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading and listening to music. She is a proud Bay Area native who resides in her hometown of Oakland.

Paul Schwartz, Director, Internal Communications
In his 20-year career at UCOP, Paul has held a number of leadership roles within the UCOP internal and external communications teams. In 2009, he created the UCOP Internal Communications team and is the team’s director. Paul has deep personal ties to UC: He is a proud graduate of UC Santa Barbara, where his father taught for more than 40 years, and two of his three siblings are UC alumni. A long-time Californian, Paul enjoys tennis, blues, carpentry, film, food and travel.

Shirley BittlingmeierClient Services Officer, Information Technology Services (ITS)
Shirley manages strategic partnerships with business units, ensuring alignment with Information Technology Services. She directs end-user support, desktop engineering, telecommunications, and IT asset and software consultation functions. She also chairs the IT Operations Council, an information and feedback-sharing forum between the business and IT.  Prior to UC, she worked in the biotech and internet service industries.

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