Critical Success Factors: The First 100 Days in a New Leadership Role- (a Leadership Ecosystem Webinar)

Matt Connors
Mat Connors an information technology and change leader recently joined Southern New Hampshire University in April of 2019 as the Identity and Access Management Service & Product Owner. Matt will provide vision, strategy, leadership, and management to transform and innovate the Identity-related technology and business practices at SNHU. This effort will drive, influence, and augment the boarder university-wide technology transformation strategy. Before joining SNHU, Matt worked at the University of New Hampshire holding multiple roles in the Information Technology including Messaging, Collaboration, Infrastructure, and most recently as the Identity and Access Management Program Manager leading a similar IT Transformation effort with panelist Stan Waddell. 

Matt holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification along with a Master of Science in Project Management from Granite State College. Matt completed his undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: International Business and Economics, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics.


Sean McDonald
Sean McDonald is Vice President responsible for continuous improvement at MOR Associates. He also serves as a facilitator, consultant, coach and leadership program lead.

Along with having responsibility for evolving and executing MOR’s strategic plans, Sean also takes the lead on a number of client engagements.  With a keen interest in the power of relationships, teams and building leadership networks, Sean has supported such clients as New York University, Michigan State University, US Federal Probation Department, Cantina Consulting and Pennsylvania State University as they set out to maximize the investments made in their leadership communities.

Prior to joining MOR Associates, his responsibilities have crossed numerous functions including customer service, sales, marketing, partner relations, product development and management. Sean has also facilitated strategic planning efforts for several organizations and has been the lead on a number of corporate innovation projects. He has also designed and delivered internal leadership programs that have served, and continue to serve, hundreds of professionals.

Sean earned his MBA from Babson College and has his undergraduate degree from Stonehill College. He is a long-time participant in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge and supporter of other great causes, including having served on multiple non-profit boards. Sean lives in Newton MA, with his wife and three young daughters.


Stan Waddell
Stan Waddell, a senior information technology leader, joined Carnegie Mellon in April of 2019 as associate vice president and chief information officer (CIO). In this role, Dr. Waddell will provide vision, leadership, and management to CMU's entire computing enterprise, including the development and implementation of a university-wide IT strategy. Waddell will serve on the Division of Operations Senior Leadership Team, as well as the University Leadership Council. 

Before joining CMU, Waddell worked at the University of New Hampshire as the Associate Vice President for Information Technology and CIO. Before joining UNH, he was assistant vice chancellor and chief technology officer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent nine years at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Waddell also served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation electronics technician for nine years.

Waddell has held both the Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credentials. Waddell also holds a graduate certificate in information assurance from Nova Southeastern University a designated National Center of Academic Excellence in information assurance. In addition, he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Old Dominion University, a Master of Science in Management and Administration Sciences from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Doctorate in Information Systems from Nova Southeastern University.