In addition to strengthening the relationship between alumni and the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies, the Alumni Association promotes leadership in human resources and industrial relations by providing academic and professional learning experiences, facilitating access to the center's resources, and sharing professional opportunities.
The CHRLS Alumni Association works to build a community of alumni ambassadors by:
Patricia Wyffels, 92. Wyffels has worked with diverse industries including technology, biopharmaceutical, agricultural products and non-profit organizations. Wyffels previously served as Senior Director, Global Talent Acquisition at Hitachi GST before working as Global Manager, Human Resources for Chevron Oronite Company LLC.
Friday, April 11, 2014 - "Tools for Tomorrow: Evolving Your HR Skill Set"
As an Alumni Board, we also coordinate this annual conference to provide a venue for the exchange of ideas, a professional and academic learning experience and an on-going connection to the CHRLS. This is a premier event that attracts over 300 attendees each year, and offers professional development as well as the opportunity to network with alumni, faculty and peers in the HR and business community.
The CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors is committed to the ongoing professional growth of alumni, current students and other HR practitioners through professional development events. In 2012-2013, we offered a free workshop series on a variety of topics.
Workshop Three - "The Expatriate Experience"
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker Pamala Pappas Stanoch, President and Founder of The Athena Group International, presented a look at the four different cycles of the Expatriate: the Selection Process; Signs of Success; Training and Development of the Employee in their Role; and Re-Patriation. Pappas Stanoch founded The Athena Group International, a consortium of global talent designed to meet the needs of clients expanding their global operations, in 2003. The Athena Group provides coaching, strategy, global network design, and other resources to its international clients. She also founded Window on the World, Inc., to serve as a cross-cultural communications organization.The speaker completed a B.A. in French and in Foreign Language Education, a B.S. in International Relations, and a master's degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from the University of Minnesota and the Universite' Catholique de L'Ouest, Angers, France.
Workshop Two - "From Minneapolis to Mumbai: Key HR Learnings"
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker Rebekah Ferguson, Human Resources Director at General Mills, spoke about her two-year global assignment with General Mills in Mumbai, India. She provided an overview of GBS (Global Business Solutions) India, and highlighted various HR focus areas including recruiting, retention, learning and development, compensation and benefits, and culture. She also shared some of her expatriate experiences. Ferguson has been with General Mills for 15 years, in a variety of HR leadership roles, across multiple U.S. manufacturing locations, World Headquarters, and a global assignment in Mumbai, India. She is currently HR Director for the Finance organization. Ferguson attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree from the School of Labor and Employment Relations.
Workshop One - "International HR: A Global Perspective"
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Guest speaker Paula Cooney, Director of HR Strategic Programs for the H.B. Fuller Company, provided insight into her HR experiences from an international perspective, and discussed selection, job elimination, working across countries with vastly different employment laws, and her experience as an ex-patriate in the U.S. Cooney is Director of HR Strategic Programs for H.B. Fuller Company and is responsible for world-wide people growth including talent management, leadership development and employee engagement. Prior to joining H.B. Fuller Company she spent 13 years with Intel Corporation in a variety of human resource positions, including Director of the Intel Learning & Development, a global organization charged with enhancing Intel performance. She joined Intel Ireland in 1997 and completed two expatriate assignments in the US before moving permanently in 2004. Prior to joining Intel in 1997, Paula was an Employee Relations Executive with the Irish Business & Employers Confederation, an associate lecturer in the National College of Industrial Relations in Dublin, and started her career in the Houses of Parliament in Ireland. Paula holds a Diploma in Personnel Management from the National College of Industrial Relations in Dublin, Ireland, and a Masters in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, University College Dublin.
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The CHRLS Alumni Association Board is committed to the ongoing professional growth of alumni, current students and other HR practitioners through professional development events. In 2011-2012, we offered a free workshop series on a variety of topics.
Workshop Two - Total Employee Engagement: How Do We Get That?
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
We know our employees are not fully engaged, but may not have an action plan to turn this around. Organizations are becoming more adept at measuring employee engagement, but acting on the data and achieving an ongoing highly engaged workforce is still a challenge for many HR professionals.Through qualitative research and a live case study at a Fortune 500 company, our speaker developed a continuum which defines the stages of employee engagement. She shared this continuum along with the critical foundational elements that must be present at an organization to drive high engagement. She also discussed the levers found to have the greatest impact on achieving and maintaining the optimal level. Guest Speaker Kathy Carlson is the Director of Learning and Development at General Mills, Inc. (GMI). She has been in the learning and development area for nearly ten years and prior to that held roles within the quality organization of GMI for 13 years. Kathy earned her Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from the University of Minnesota. She also holds an M.S. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Chemistry and Business from the University of Wiscsonsin - LaCrosse.Her current affiliations include ASTD, ASTD Director's Forum, Conference Board on Employee Engagement, and Fredrickson Round Table. Her certifications include Hogan Assessment, e-learning, Instruction Design, Generations in the Work Force.
Workshop One - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Social Media (But Were Afraid to Ask)
Thursday, October 27, 2011
8:00 to 10:00 AM
Our three guest speakers provided insight on the influence of social media on core HR functions, from recruiting to workplace conduct to how team members from companies are representing themselves in the virtual space (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc.) of social media. We welcomed three experts in the field who shared their perspectives into what is currently happening, and what to anticipate with respect to social media. They are:
2014 Alumni Mentorship Program
The CHRLS Alumni Association is currently seeking participants for the 2014 Alumni Mentorship Program, which will run from February through December 2014. The Mentorship program provides alumni the opportunity to help shape future HR leaders while building their own coaching and leadership skills.
Mentors are required to have at least two years of HR work experience, and be willing to connect with their Mentee once a month from early February through early December 2014.
The Mentoring Program Kick-Off will be held on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Carlson School of Management. Out-of-town Mentors will be able to participate through video and/or conference call.
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2009 MA-HRIR graduate Monica Hamling is currently working at UnitedHealth Group as a Lead Human Capital Partner. She has made a trip out to the East Coast (Basking Ridge, NJ and Hartford, CT) to visit two of the company's facilities there. She seeks opportunities to mentor junior HR professionals and enjoys volunteering with a number of local schools to share insights in hopes that students considering future career options seek ways to do "their life's best work" wherever they take their careers.
Membership in the CHRLS Alumni Association is open to all HRIR graduates and undergraduate alumni; there is no application process or membership fee, and graduation is not required. To serve on the Board of Directors of the CHRLS Alumni Association, members must have completed all requirements of the MA-IR or MA-HRIR program and been granted their degree. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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