Ingersoll Rand is a repeat sponsor of the HR Tomorrow Conference. Read on, as Senior Human Resources Generalist Celeste Pape, '10 MA-HRIR, discusses why the organization supports the conference and remains connected to the Carlson School.

What is Ingersoll Rand?

Ingersoll Rand advances the quality of life by creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our family of brands—including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane®—work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a global business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring results.

Why does Ingersoll Rand engage with the HR Tomorrow Conference?

Ingersoll Rand has sponsored the HR Tomorrow Conference for the past 5 years because of our strong ties with the University of Minnesota’s MA-HRIR Program and to stay current on what’s happening in the HR Field. Our sponsorship also raises awareness of our company and our strong performance. For example, did you know that Ingersoll Rand’s SVP of Human Resources, Marcia Avedon, was recognized as one of the top 15 most powerful women in HR by Human Resource Executive magazine? Or that Ingersoll Rand’s HR function was ranked 27th on the Workforce 100 (a list by Workforce magazine of the top-performing HR organizations)? Or additionally that Ingersoll Rand was No. 1 in Fortune’s 2015 Most Admired Companies in the Industrial Machinery category and in the top 10 overall list for Innovativeness?

Ingersoll Rand is focused on premier performance in many areas including innovation and sustainability. People may not know our company or think of us as a potential employer without meeting current employees and learning about our company through events such as the HR Tomorrow Conference.

What do you think your employees will gain from this conference?

There are numerous benefits to attending the conference. As a large employer with both our Thermo King (in Bloomington) and Trane (in White Bear Lake, St. Paul, and Bloomington) businesses having a strong presence, it is important that we are connected to the Twin Cities business community and its HR community. Attending the conference helps our employees make new connections to other HR professionals, share best practices, and stay current on what is happening in our field. Our employees attending the conference also raises awareness of our organization and our strong performance.

As an alumna of the MA-HRIR program, and previous Carlson School employee, why is HR Tomorrow significant to you?

I love coming back to the Carlson School; it feels like homecoming. It’s invaluable to connect with the faculty and staff and learn about how the school is changing and how I can promote or help the school and its strong programs. Attending the conference also fosters my connecting with former colleagues from the program and making new connections with other HR professionals. Lastly, it is important for my development to learn about different ways of thinking or new approaches to challenges in the HR and business fields.