For the third year in a row, Best Buy will sponsor the 2015 HR Tomorrow Conference, in hopes of empowering HR professionals to develop their knowledge and skills, and better their organizations.

"Every company's No. 1 resource is its people," says Charlie Montreuil, '06 MA-HRIR, vice president of enterprise rewards and corporate HR at Best Buy. "We hope that our sponsorship will help the HR profession to learn about leading research in strategy and organizational theory, and apply the best practices to its business needs."

Shari Ballard, Best Buy president of U.S. retail and chief human resources officer, will be the afternoon keynote speaker at HR Tomorrow.

"We are very privileged to have Shari Ballard as a keynote speaker representing all 150,000 employees who make up Best Buy," says Montreuil. "Shari leads with the heart and delivers results. Her unique position will give the audience a great perspective of the interconnectedness of the retail business and our people practices.

Because of Best Buy's sponsorship and Shari Ballard's featured role, a number of other Best Buy employees will be attending the conference. Montreuil believes that these young HR professionals, "who are in the midst of transforming their respective functions, [will be] able to collaborate and learn best practices from other leading organizations." 

As a Carlson School alumnus, Montreuil says, "it has always been my hope that the University of Minnesota will continue to gain national prominence for its work in developing the human resource profession."