Professional Development Plan

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Professional Development Plan

Student: Wayne Fairweather wayne.fairweather@waldenu.edu
Student ID # A00147716
Program: Ph.D. in Applied Management
Specialization: Leadership or Organizational Change

Walden University
December 11, 2010
Professional Development Plan
Part 1: Professional Goals
Professional Introduction
I plan on obtaining my Ph.D. in Management with a specialization in leadership and organizational change in four years. My educational goals are as follows: to receive the advanced essential training in qualitative research methods to strengthen my researcher and give a theoretical base to my work, secondly I would like to gain insight in quantitative research in order to become a well balanced scholar-practitioner. A Ph.D. with years of work experience in my chosen field will enable me to start mentoring programs in health and business applications for leaders of tomorrow. Professional and Academic Background

I am currently the Regional Manager for The Fitness Group NY located in New York City, New York. My company provides an integrated assortment of programs, services and products including sales and service of strength and cardio equipment, training, group fitness classes, and personal training and health seminars. Our clientele base is ranges from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. The Fitness Group NY embodies a general principal of continuous education for the staff and the community as a whole to promote wellness solutions for every lifestyle. Part of The Fitness Group NY's mission statement on the web site reads, “Our mission is to provide educational, functional and inviting, friendly and entertaining experience of uncompromising quality that exceeds the health and fitness needs of our community” (The Fitness Group, 2010). I graduate from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. I received my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1996. In 2008 I received my MBA from University of Phoenix from the Columbia, Maryland campus. Goal Statements and Their Relation to Academic Research

The Ph.D. program at Walden University is increasing becoming a leader in providing innovative training in education theory and research. The wide variety of resource courses and residencies will invigorate me to enhance my research and proctoring skills and strengthen on my weak points. These factors will provide me with the sustenance to fuel my motivation to make a significant contribution to my field of research, education and student and peer evaluation. Reflection of Walden's Mission Statement

As a doctoral candidate of Walden University and Regional Manager with The Fitness Group NY, I have a unique opportunity to positively change the views on wellness to my clients, volunteer groups and an ever growing international clientele base. Walden University’s Mission is to provide “a diverse community of career professionals with the opportunity to transform themselves as scholar-practitioners so that they can effect positive social change” (Walden University, 2010). I am looking forward to modifying and improving my preparation and teaching skills which will allow me to reach out to regions of the country and the world to nurture and choose a healthy lifestyle in the surrounding area. I believe this will increase the understanding on how people live around the globe. Attainment of the Doctoral Degree Related to Goals

As a doctoral candidate of Walden University and Regional Manager with The Fitness Group NY, I have a unique opportunity to positively change the views on wellness to my clients, volunteer groups and an ever growing international clientele base. A doctoral degree will enable me to modify and improve my preparation and teaching skills which will allow me to reach out to regions of the country and the world to nurture and choose a healthy lifestyle. I believe this experience will help increase my understanding of different lifestyles of people around the...
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