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Shanita Weatherbe (MSOD ‘17-expected) and Tiffany R. Jackson (MSOD ‘17-expected)
Thursday, March 9, 2017

When Shanita Weatherbe (MSOD ‘17-expected) and Tiffany R. Jackson (MSOD ‘17-expected) aren’t working at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, they’re both completing their Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) degrees. They also happen to be cousins. Shanita and Tiffany recently met with the team at the Penn Nursing Staff Newsletter to talk about their leadership in the field and what brought them to the Organizational Dynamics program in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies—ambition and hard work clearly run in the family.

Learn more about their desire to excel, learn and share their knowledge with others:

Shanita Weatherbe

Administrative Coordinator to the Vice Dean of Administration and Finance, Penn Nursing 

How long have you been at Penn and what attracted you to Penn Nursing? 

Shanita: I’ve been at Penn for 20 years with 10 of those years at the School of Nursing and 10 at Penn Medicine. I believe innovation and creativity are an important part of your success. Penn is known for their innovation, and I was excited to have a share. In addition, the way Penn regards their employees and the generous benefits offered ensured that I would not look back. Personally, I knew that Penn Nursing was a right fit for me because of the intimate environment compared to the large structure of Penn Medicine. 

What keeps you here at Penn Nursing? 

Shanita: What keeps me here at Penn Nursing are the opportunities to further my education at one of the most prestigious schools on the East Coast and to develop my skills in a nurturing environment.

What type of personal development and skill-building activities did you seek? 

Shanita: The Penn Step-Up program along with career coaching led me to the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics program with a concentration in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching

How did your manager support you in these efforts? 

Shanita: My manager is supportive and encourages my passion for the field and gives me the confidence to utilize my learning in daily work processes. I’m also provided the flexibility needed to fulfill the program requirements. 

What are you goals for future growth and development? 

Shanita: I am on target to finish the Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics in May. I also plan to pursue a PhD in Strategic Leadership. 

Tiffany R. Jackson

Administrative Coordinator to the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, Penn Nursing 

How long have you been at Penn and what attracted you to Penn Nursing? 

Tiffany: I’ve been at Penn for three years. I previously worked in higher education before, opting for a new career and landing a job at the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News. Transitioning from the Inquirer after 15 years was difficult but timely. After careful review of my life, I decided to go back into higher education. Penn is rich in philanthropy while producing future leaders throughexcellent programming—either indirectly or directly, I wanted to be a part of that process. I wanted to be a part of something big. It's knowing that the work I’m doing here provides opportunities for someone else to grow and make an impact in the world. 

What keeps you here at Penn Nursing? 

Tiffany: Helping others keeps me here. The core of who I am is instilling value and encouraging others to develop that inner person inside that is dying to come out. I also mentor at the Penn Netter program. I value the time that I spend with the students at the nearby Mastery Charter School. The students get a well-prepared program with Penn staff from different communities who are willing to donate their time so that these students are exposed to a different lens. It brings me extreme joy to be a part of a community that brings value and knowledge to these future leaders. The programming for these students is phenomenal, and I thank Penn for the opportunity and its efforts.

What type of personal development and skill-building activities did you seek? 

Tiffany: I’ve taken a few different development courses, from Project Management to Penn’s Step up Program—and while each course develops various areas and allows for a more sustainable career track, I am also enjoying the self-care classes as well. I take advantage of the seminars that grow the mind, body and soul from healthy lifestyle training to mindfulness training. 

How did your manager support you in these efforts? 

Tiffany: My manager has always been supportive in this area. She encourages me to find my passion so that I am better equipped to perform my daily tasks. 

What are you goals for future growth and development? 

Tiffany: As I continue at Penn, I expect to obtain my Master of Science in Organizational Dynamics with a concentration in Organizational Consulting and Executive Coaching in May. This will allow me to continue my journey in helping others, but with a more formalized approach. 

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