Greetings from your CHRLS Alumni Association Board of Directors!

I have the privilege of serving as the CHRLS Alumni Association President for 2016-2017, and I'm looking forward to a great year! Until I joined the Alumni Board two years ago, I wasn't aware that there are more than 2,800 alumni of the HRIR program, and we're located throughout the U.S. and in at least 35 countries across the globe. We're truly an international group!

As a Board, our goals this year are to continue to strengthen the relationship between our alumni and the Carlson School, and to provide meaningful engagement opportunities for our alumni, the broader HR community, and current students through a series of initiatives. For example, our Mentoring and Professional Development committees are busy developing programming that will be offered both in-person and virtually, so you can participate no matter where you are. And, our HR Tomorrow Conference committee is hard at work with the planning of our 2017 event, which will be held on April 21.

In future issues of Centerpoint, you'll hear from our Alumni Board committee chairs, who will share more details about the exciting things they're working on. We welcome your suggestions, as well as your involvement. Please contact me at kristin_lee@cargill.com with your thoughts.

Kristin Lee, '06 MA-HRIR

Alumni News

San Francisco HRIR Alumni Event - November 3
You're invited to join fellow HRIR alumni from the Bay Area for the 2016 HRIR Alumni Social on Thursday, November 3 at 6:00 pm at District Restaurant. This event is hosted by the CHRLS; hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Register for this free event - see you there!  

Free Alumni Webinars Offered By University of Minnesota Alumni Association
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is offering a series of free career-related webinars this fall, including Making the Most of LinkedIn: Q&ATake Control of Your StressBuilding a Compelling Resume; and Ask a Career Coach: Q&A

Alumnus Featured on Carlson School Website
Chris Kujawa, '94, is featured in a video posted on the Carlson School website where he discusses the strength of the school's alumni network and how it helped ease his transition from London to New York City.

Stay Connected with the MA-HRIR Program
If you haven't yet connected with the program, please consider liking our Facebook page; connecting with our LinkedIn group; and following our Twitter feed and our Alumni in the News Blog.

Student News

New Student Orientation
The last week of August was an exciting one, as we welcomed 63 new full-time MA-HRIR students, 9 new Part-Time MA-HRIR students, and two new PhD students to the Carlson School.  Our incoming class of full-time students hails from 14 different countries, more than any class in recent memory. Take a peek at photos from New Student Orientation.

4th Annual International HR Case Competition
In a little less than two months we'll welcome more than 25 students from across the U.S. and around the world for the 4th Annual Carlson International HR Case Competition (CIHRCom). Teams of four students will compete against each other, and the clock, to develop and present the most compelling solution to a pressing business case being faced by the Lead Sponsor, Land O'Lakes. Learn more about the competition, and available sponsorships. 

Faculty News

Aaron Sojourner Named to President's Council of Economic Advisers
Carlson School of Management Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner has been appointed as a senior economist on President Barack Obama's Council of Economic Advisers (CEA). Sojourner's duties will include helping to prepare briefings for the president on labor market and education topics, and contributing to the annual Economic Report of the President. One regular task will be to help interpret the "jobs report" that is published each month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (more)

Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller Wins 2016 Herbie Award
Congratulations to Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller who has been awarded the 2016 Herbie Award. Since 1969, students in the MA-HRIR program have voted for, and presented, the "Herbie" Award to a faculty member displaying excellence in teaching. (more

LES News

"State of Minnesota Unions" Report Released at Minnesota State Fair
Just in time for Labor Day, the first "State of Minnesota Unions" report was released Sept. 2 at the AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion at the Minnesota State Fair. The report presents an overview of all sectors of unionized employment in the state and analyzes the effect unions have on wages and benefits. It was co-authored byMonica Bielski Boris of the University of Minnesota Labor Education Service along with researchers from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute, the University of Illinois and the Illinois Economic Policy Institute. (more)

Spotlight On...

Each issue of Centerpoint will highlight a member of our alumni community, one of our faculty members, and a current student. Learn more about Delphine Barringer-Mills, John Budd, and Chris Morrison.

Class Notes
  • Krista Bauer, '13, is senior HR business partner at Anthem, Inc.
  • Nikki (Haker) Broderick, '06, is manager, HR solutions at Salo LLC
  • Jim Clark, '99, is head of total rewards at Shutterfly
  • Ben Crockett, '06, is human resources manager at Rihm Kenworth
  • Bruce Henderson II, '08, is HR director at Honeywell International
  • Dustin Leszcynski, '11, is campus recruiting manager at TJX Companies, Inc.
  • Brandon Lukach, '04, is director of HR at the Linux Foundation
  • Hilary Marden-Resnik, '94, received a 2016 Women in Business award from The Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
  • Danielle (Scotti) Mattson, '11, is strategic HR business partner at Syngenta
  • Aaron Meyers, '13, is senior HR representative at PepsiCo
  • Alvin Schexnider, '08, is director of operations at Greater Good Studio
  • Emily Sheehan, '09, is principal employee relations specialist at Medtronic
  • Ato Taylor, '08, is HR director at Tenneco
  • Michelle Tu, '15, is HR leader at Comcast
  • Maggie Wilkie, '10, is HR manager at Precision Castparts
  • Jason Wright, '00, is senior talent acquisition consultant at Atkore International