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IMC USA Makes A Splash in Higher Education – and You can be Part of Our Success!

Posted By Loraine A. Huchler CMC FIMC, Monday, January 20, 2014

Last year, IMC USA introduced a certificate program for MBA students to educate them about the profession of management consulting. Today I’m interviewing Jon Seidel, National Chair of our Academic Affair Committee.

Loraine: Tell me a little bit about yourself: where you live, what your practice focus is, something interesting about yourself.

Jon: I live in Oakland, CA; I’m married and have two grown sons (one a software/hardware engineer and the other in law school). My practice is focused on software development and IT management. Something interesting(?)...I love to play games: cards, board games; practice taiji; love to watch soccer (I learned about the game by coaching my son!

Loraine: Tell me about how long you have belonged to IMC and what you have gained from being a member.

Jon: I first started attending IMC/NorCal meetings around 1990; attended my first Confab 1993 and became a CMC in 2002. I gained some really valuable, long-term connections. I have also been able to give back to the community, most notably by running the Oakland ABC for several years. And actually got some good business through these connections.

Loraine: You’ve recently been appointed as chair of Academic Affairs. This committee is responsible for building and sustaining relationships with Universities and to manage our curriculum for the Certificate in Management Consulting. Your committee is also responsible for connecting to MBA students and creating relationships between our chapters and consulting "clubs” at various Universities. You also have a University Task Force comprised of IMC members who create and sustain relationships with Universities to incorporate the Certificate into their MBA curriculum. Tell me about what your committee has accomplished during the last two years.

Jon: It’s only fair to point out that Manola Robison and several other IMC members started this initiative. Universities including Willamette University, and the University of Colorado Boulder are offering the Certificate in Management Consulting in their Executive Development programs and to MBA students. We are in negotiation with other universities, including several international institutions – our Institute has strong recognition in the international community. The certificate programs are based on IMC USA’s management consulting Competency Framework, with several course components taught by CMC’s. We have also created or connected student clubs to our professional chapters to help students learn more about the management consulting profession. All in all, the Academic Affairs program is helping to 1) Advance the management consulting profession and 2) Gain recognition for the IMC and the CMC mark. It’s a terrific program and I’m excited and honored to be part of this initiative.

Loraine: Tell me about your near term plans for your work within IMC USA.

Jon: In the short term, we’re looking to finalize agreements with some new universities and get those underway. We’ve just had another institution ask to work with us! With this increase in opportunities, we’re carefully evaluating our expansion plans to protect against a loss of "exclusivity” by our existing partners. It’s a good challenge to have. We also have a goodly number of universities "kicking the tires” and we need to work toward qualifying them and focus on the most promising candidates.

Loraine: I’ve heard that you are seeking new members of your committee. Tell me about the nature of the committee to serve and what kinds of skills are most needed.

Jon: We need a "point person;” someone with a solid, high-level connection at an educational institution would be of great help, especially if it could lead to another candidate institution. However, we also need people who are well-organized and can support the process – answering questions, creating and providing materials and information as needed, and following up to achieve closure on the outstanding efforts. At this point, there are numerous initiatives somewhere in the pipeline that need a critical assessment. We also need to maintain the currency of our teaching and marketing materials.

Loraine: Is there anything else that you’d like our audience to know?

Jon: In my opinion, this is the single most exciting initiative to come out of IMC USA and has immense potential for us and for the profession. We need to make this happen now and now is the time to get involved.

Loraine: Tell me how our readers can learn more about you and your committee.

Jon: I can be reached at or 510-530-6314. You can find basic information on the IMC USA website:, click "Prof. Learning” and then "Academic Programs” for a quick overview and information about the three currently-active programs.

If you’ve been thinking about serving on a national committee – now would be a great time to let us now. And remember that many of our board members served on national committees or in a leadership role in their own chapter. You can recommend yourself or another member for service by contacting the chair of our nominating committee, David Norman (

Remember, you don’t have to wait to be asked to serve – make your new year’s resolution to increase the value of your affiliation with IMC by serving.

Stay tuned to my blog to "meet” our other national committee chairs.


Tags:  Academic Affairs Committee  Jon Seidel  Nominating Committee  Nominations 

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Baldwin H. Tom CMC FIMC says...
Posted Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Congratulations Jon. Thank you Loraine. This was a breath of fresh air moving the CMC/IMC into the mainstream and to the public. I agree with Jon that this is a significant activity. I hope we get more members jumping in to help! Baldwin
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