Meet the MBA Faculty: Travis Berger
The best college instructors take what they’ve learned in life and use that experience to make a subject come alive for students. As president of Vide Consulting, a regional consulting firm that specializes in building capacity in leadership, organizations and people, Travis Berger obviously has endless experiences he can use in the executive leadership course he teaches in Alvernia’s MBA program. Did you know he also brings what he learned on the soccer field into the classroom?
Travis had a full athletic scholarship for soccer at Penn State University. On the soccer field he learned a valuable lesson that applies to leadership. As he explains, “no one cares what you did yesterday, so each day you have to put in the work to earn the respect of your peers.”
An injury in a preseason game of his senior year ended his hopes of playing soccer professionally. It also meant he had to rethink his career plan since the severity of his injury prohibited him from joining the U.S. Marines. He attended the Marines’ Officers Candidates School during the summer between his sophomore and junior year and had planned to become an officer in the legal branch of the Marines.
Instead, he focused his career on leadership and organizational development.
Currently an assistant professor, Travis joined Alvernia’s business department in 2006. He says the best part about teaching is connecting with students and helping them achieve their goals and dreams.
He also enjoys sharing his expertise with others. Last month he presented at the 63rd Annual Pennsylvania Sociological Society conference. The title of his presentation was, “Reclaiming Higher Education as a Public Good: A Matter of Leadership Focus.” Also, The Greater Pottstown SHRM invited Travis to be the keynote presenter at their event on February 20, 2014. He’s presentation is, “Employee Engagement: Why it Matters and How to Get There.”
Travis is also currently working on three action research projects involving organizational development and leadership.
His students might be interested to learn that Travis was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society for the liberal arts while he was an undergraduate.
“I have been an active contributing member since I graduated in 1997 because the liberal arts changed my life,” says Travis. “Students might also be interested by the fact that I was tapped into the Skull & Bones Senior Honor Society at PSU.”