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Elida Lee Ed.D, Director of Organization Effectiveness
Elida Lee leads the organization effectiveness office which offers campus leaders high level consulting in organizational change management, planning, operational optimization and culture. The work of Organization Effectiveness spans across both the administrative and academic sides of the University. She brings together leaders to facilitate efforts that help the university operate with greater effectiveness and reduced risk.
Elida has been with the university since 2000. In her previous roles, Elida designed several staff leadership development programs for UT Athletics and the McCombs School of Business. She also designed and lead the staff leadership program for the administrative side of the university which spanned over 20 departments and is still developing future university leaders. Additionally, Elida has contributed to various campus committees such as Workday, UTlearn, Honor Texas, and University Communications.
Academically, Elida teaches an undergraduate Organizational Learning class, as a lecturer for the Human Dimensions of Organizations, in the College of Liberal Arts. She has also given presentations across the United States, and most recently presented on organizational agility to a virtual audience for the annual conference of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation. Her most recent co-published study explored academic capitalism and the entrepreneurial university.
Elida has a doctorate of education degree in the area of Higher Education Leadership and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, both from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Business from St. Edward’s University. Elida is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
Prior to working for UT Austin, Elida worked for Apple Computer and was a founding member of a startup called Rightsworld.com.
Erika Frahm, Principal Consultant
Erika Frahm is a Principal Consultant with Organization Effectiveness who joined the team in 2013. Erika started at UT Austin in 2003 and she previously held multiple roles on the academic side of the university, both in management and leadership capacities.
In 2014, she led the strategic planning, program design, and implementation of the campus-wide LinkedIn Learning program (previously Lynda.com). She successfully managed the program, which included designing customized offerings mapped to individual and organizational goals, until 2020. Erika also served on the core assessment, design, and implementation team for UTLearn in 2016. In 2019, Erika presented on how to leverage cascading 360-degree assessments to shift organizational culture at the national conference of the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation.
As a Principal Consultant, Erika’s work entails collaborating with academic and administrative leaders to assess organizational needs and opportunities for improvement. This work is most commonly focused on change management, strategic planning, organizational health, process improvement, and operational design. Erika works with organizations to develop solutions that increase organizational effectiveness and reduce risk. She partners with all levels of the organization throughout implementation to support the success of the work.
Erika has a B.A. from Knox College. She holds certifications in Lean Six Sigma, Change Management from Linkage, Inc., Leading Innovation from FutureThink, Curriculum Design from the Association for Talent Development, and Mediation from the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. Erika was a 2018 President’s Outstanding Staff Award recipient.
Julie Gillespie, Training Specialist III
Julie Gillespie serves as a part-time organizational consultant and leadership coach. Prior to her current role, Julie spent 28 years with The University of Texas Police Department serving much of that time in leadership roles, including 10 years as a Captain. Julie is a proud University of Texas graduate with a BS in Education and also attended the FBI National Academy during her law enforcement career.
Julie is a certified Essential Life Coach and holds many other teaching certifications. In addition, she is also an MBTI® Certified Practitioner knowledgeable in the administration and interpretation of the Step I and Step II assessments.
In her current role, Julie supports team members in coordinating various training programs, collecting consulting notes, managing documents, and analyzing data.