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MCI Trustee Elaine Patterson to speak at MCI
Posted 03/02/2012 10:29AM

Elaine Patterson, MCI trustee and co-founder of the Patterson Lecture Series, will speak at Maine Central Institute on March 14 at 7:45 a.m. in Parks Gymnasium as part of the School’s Patterson Lecture Series. The talk will correspond with this year’s school theme of Leadership: service to and sacrifice for others.

Born and raised in Connecticut, Patterson earned her B.A. degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and studied in Rome, Italy. She subsequently received a master’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University and began her human resources career with Texas Instruments, Dallas, TX.

In 1980 she joined Union Oil Company of California (Unocal) as an EEO Coordinator and went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility in compensation, recruitment, and general HR for the Corporate and Oil & Gas Divisions. During her 25-year career at Unocal, she was named General Manager, International Human Resources, becoming the first woman to lead HR for all non-U.S. operations, and later became the General Manager, People Development, where she was responsible for companywide leadership development processes, performance management, succession planning and organization development. She currently serves as the Organization and Leadership Advisor for BreitBurn Energy Partners, L.P. in Los Angeles.

Patterson is a Certified Compensation Professional, has had several articles published in Workspan Magazine and has appeared in interviews with USA Today and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. In addition to the MCI Board of Trustees, Patterson is a member of the Board of Trustees at Trinity College, Hartford, CT and is a past Board member of the International Personnel Association.

Patterson and her husband Gregg (MCI Class of 1969) have been happily married and living in Los Angeles for more than 30 years.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (207) 487-5915.

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