Michelle Noe Speaks at COM Majors' Night

September 17, 2010

Noe featured speaker for Communication Majors' Night

By: Melissa McGuire

Bradley University's Communication Majors' Night is Monday, Sept. 20, at 8:00 p.m. in the Michel Student Center Ballroom.

COM Majors' Night is an opportunity to introduce freshmen and transfer students to the various organizations and activities associated with the Department of Communication.

 Michelle Noe '98 will be the keynote speaker at the event. Noe, who majored in communications at Bradley, is now a project manager for Enterprise Change Management at Caterpillar, Inc. She is leading a transformation to a more global strategic focus within Caterpillar.

During the event, Noe will discuss the Hedgehog Concept, a business strategy popularized by Jim Collins in his management book "Good to Great." In essence, the concept involves discovering one's passion and turning it into a career.

Alongside her professional success, Noe has established a name for herself at Bradley. She is the 2010 president of the National Alumni Associate Board of Directors for Bradley University, and she also launched the Michelle M. Noe Communication Leadership Award. This honor is presented to a student in the Department of Communication who illustrates leadership and commitment to community service.

"I believe it is important to give back to the community in which you live," said Noe. "You can help make change happen. I learned some of my most important leadership lessons in life during my volunteer experiences. I am able to apply them directly to my daily job."

The Department of Communication played a pivotal role in preparing Noe for her professional career.

"I owe a great deal of gratitude to Bradley University and the Department of Communication," said Noe. "They gave me a strong academic foundation. The work I did in argument and debate, rhetorical criticism, and senior seminar classes is still being used in my daily life. It was through my relationships that I gained the practical skills to land a job after graduation."

Noe urges students to understand and explore the world around them, regardless of their major. She believes networking is key during college 

Noe looks back at her time at Bradley and finds it hard to narrow down her favorite memory during her college years.

"I have too many to mention," said Noe. "It ranges from doing mud slides on the second floor of U-Hall, to representing Bradley at a national conference, to listening to alumni tell their stories while working at the Bradley Fund, and a lot more in between."