HR Tomorrow Conference - April 19, 2013
Our signature professional development event is right around the corner. "HR Tomorrow - Achieving Excellence through Innovative HR" is being presented on Friday, April 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Carlson School.
Through a series of dynamic and interactive sessions, the conference will equip HR professionals at all levels with the knowledge and resources to execute positive HR results through innovation.
Conference registration is now open and spots are expected to fill fast. (The conference sold out early the last two years!) The conference agenda offers two keynote presentations, three breakout sessions, and several networking opportunities throughout the day. Finally, we thank our sponsors for their generous support of the conference.
The conference has been approved for 6.5 (General) Recertification Credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). Questions about the conference may be directed to email@example.com.
Alumni Mentorship Program
One of the most effective outreach
programs that the CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors coordinates is the
Alumni Mentorship Program, which has been
successfully preparing students for future careers
in the human resources field for decades. The 2013
program kicked off in early February with more than
50 HRIR alumni being matched with first-year MA-HRIR
students who benefit both professionally and
personally through the year-long program.
In a first for the program, almost half of the alumni mentors are located outside of the Twin Cities, giving our students great practice at managing virtual relationships.
Past participants say the mentorship program had a significant influence on their career development (more).
Another way the CHRLS Alumni
Association demonstrates its commitment to
the ongoing professional growth of alumni,
students, and other HR practitioners is
through the Professional Development
The focus of the 2012-13 series is HR in a Global Economy and workshops have been presented to both in-person and virtual audiences. The first and second workshops are now available to be viewed online:
"International HR: A Global Perspective" was presented in October and featured Paula Cooney, director of HR Strategic Programs for H.B. Fuller Company, who provided insight into her HR experiences from an international perspective.
"Minneapolis to Mumbai: Key HR Learnings" was presented in February and featured Rebekah Ferguson, HR director at General Mills. Ferguson talked about her two-year global assignment with General Mills in Mumbai, India.
The third workshop will take place in May and also can be attended in person or virtually
Spotlight on Students
Studying Abroad Opens
Possibilities for Students
Studying abroad as a graduate student with many other responsibilities can be difficult but well worth it, according to MA-HRIR students who studied abroad this past academic year (more).
Students Hone Their HR Skills in Midwest Case Competition
Over winter break, four
students from the MA-HRIR program participated in
the Ohio State Case Competition where HR graduate
students from across the Midwest consulted with
PepsiCo about a real-life HR problem and were
asked to find a solution (more).
GSHRL, or Graduate Society of Human Resources
known as IPX) is the primary student organization
associated with the MA-HRIR program. It has three
central tenets: improving the professional,
academic, and social lives of its members. GSHRL
coordinates a speaker series featuring HR
professionals from Fortune 250
companies, a forum for helping students select
future professors, community services days, free
tickets to local sporting events, a cultural
rotational program to expose students to Twin
Cities art and museums, and an end-of-semester
boat cruise and picnic.
If you have any ideas about ways to connect GSHRL and your workplace (or other initiatives you may be involved with), contact Ted Bauer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 Questions with Kathy Megarry, 92 MA-IR
Regional Vice President - Labor Relations at Macy's Inc.
What attracted you to the field of human
I was actually attracted to the field of labor relations and conflict resolution. I didn't initially realize the HR focus of the program and the way those functions overlap in a corporate environment.
2. How has the field of HR changed since you began your career? Some of the changes I have seen are due to my own changes of roles and industries, but - in general - I think the field, at its best, has become less tactical and more strategic.
3. What has been the most rewarding
thing about a career in HR? And
the most challenging?
I find it rewarding to help people solve problems, whether a labor contract, an employee relations issue, or a business-specific problem. The most challenging is the "fire drill" type of activity that is always a part of any environment, but often especially in HR.
4. How has your MA-IR degree helped
you in your career?
I found my first job through my internship which I got while in school. My initial boss had specifically reached out to the school for a graduate student from the program. Going forward, the credential definitely set me apart and provided necessary credibility on my resume when changing from the public to private sector.
5. If you could describe your time
at the MA-IR program in one word, what would that
6. What advice do you have for
students who will soon be entering the field of
Be sure that this is a field you are interested in, both what it is today and what it might become. Initially you need to be able to "do something" for your employer, but - over time - it is your track record and your transferable skills that will see you through the changes in the field, the world of work, and your own life.
Newest Alumni Chapter? Sydney, Australia!
Professor John Budd met with alumni Daren Hill, '97 MA-IR and
Jeanine Engel, '12 MA-HRIR, while in Sydney,
Australia in October on a short-term faculty visit to Macquarie University.
Assistant Professor Colleen
Manchester was featured in the popular "Good
Question" segment on WCCO-TV's January 23 broadcast.
Her question: Is the 401(k) Program a Success or
Failure? View the 3:00 minute "answer" here.
We've all struggled at one point with feeling unproductive with our time, whether at work, school, home, or in the community. How do we minimize distractions in order to increase our productivity? Assistant Professor Sophie Leroy has been studying this issue and was interviewed on WCCO-TV in early January.
It's an (Alumni)
Are you related to another graduate of the Human Resources and Industrial Relations program? Did you meet your future spouse while attending the Carlson School? Maybe one of your parents came before you and recommended the program? Did you encourage your sibling or cousin to earn their MA degree in HRIR at Minnesota? If so, we want to hear from you! WeÂ’ would like to feature the many family connections our alumni have in an upcoming issue of Centerpoint.
Submit a Class Note
Let your classmates know what you've been up to since graduation. Submit a Class Note for publication in an upcoming issue of Centerpoint. Notes can be submitted to email@example.com.