Carol Ham first came to Lehigh University as a training and development consultant, and joined the university full-time in 2005. She has managed the Professional education programs and business consulting projects for the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, both under the auspices of the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh. Carol was named Director of International Internships at the program’s inception in 2011, and has seen the program grow exponentially to more than 300 student alumni in its first five years.
In addition to her experience in training and development, Carol brings with her more than 20 years of strong teaching and facilitation skills. Initially a business education teacher in the Pennsylvania public school system, after joining Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. in 1987 she quickly transitioned to adult learning in the corporate environment. While working for the management consulting firm, Carol facilitated leadership workshops for companies in various industry groups throughout the United States. This invaluable experience, bolstered by her ability to work in both the corporate and academic realms, made Carol a natural fit for recruiting domestic and international businesses as the business consulting projects manager, and again when she took over the professional education division, developing and delivering multiple programs annually for corporate and manufacturing partners in the Lehigh Valley, as well as for the Lehigh University staff and faculty. Developing professional relationships with people in businesses both domestically and internationally has been a key factor in Carol’s success in her various capacities at Lehigh University.
Carol has her M. Ed. in Comparative and International Education, with a concentration in counseling, from Lehigh University, and a B.S. in Business Education from Bloomsburg University. She has facilitated workshops in a variety of disciplines, including performance management, project management, leadership, and decision-making, and has performed various needs assessments and post-program evaluations. She is highly effective when it comes to coaching and counseling, and in her current role she especially enjoys being able to advise students when considering a country or experience they may never have previously imagined possible.
Alexis J. Leon is the Assistant Director for International Internships, an international program run through Lehigh University designed to provide students with an in-depth introduction to work environment norms, industry awareness, and an enhanced global perspective through a true cultural immersion. Previously, Alexis served as the Business Consulting Projects Manager for the Iacocca Institute at Lehigh University. She worked with both the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship and the Global Village for Future Leaders of Business and Industry, two summer residential business programs which serve high school students and young business professionals, respectively. She liaised with local, domestic and international companies to secure more than 25 total projects annually in support of the curriculum for both programs. In addition to managing seasonal staff associated with both programs, she facilitated more than 10 presentations annually, covering topics that range from international team dynamics, to television and media.
Alexis arrived at Lehigh University in 2007, and brought her marketing and customer-service expertise initially to the professional education division of the Iacocca Institute. She handled logistics involved with delivering 15 to 30 training events and serving more than 600 registrants each year. Prior to joining the university, Alexis had worked extensively in office management and executive administration for local Lehigh Valley companies and for the domestic offices of an international liquidation sales company.
Alexis has her M.A. in American Studies from Lehigh University, and received her B.A. in Communication Arts from Marywood University of Pennsylvania. Her master’s thesis was titled “The Good, The Geek, and the Ugly: A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Geek Women in Popular Media.” Her research allowed her to present at the PCA/ACA national conference in April of 2014, which in turn led to her publishing an article in the summer 2014 Media Report to Women titled “The Cinderella Scientist: A Critical Reading of The Big Bang Theory.”
Alexis spent her formative years living overseas, and is fortunate to have visited six of the seven world continents; she is missing only Antarctica. She considers herself a “citizen of the universe,” although she currently lives just over the mountain from Lehigh. She is very active in the local arts community, freelancing as a stage manager for multiple, local theater companies, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Touchstone Theatre in Bethlehem’s South Side.