Greetings from the Mentoring Committee

Greetings from the CHRLS Alumni Mentoring Committee!


As chair of the CHRLS Alumni Mentoring Committee, I'm excited to announce the return of the popular Alumni Mentorship Program, where current MA-HRIR students are matched, one-on-one, with an alumna or alumnus of the program. 

I hope you've had the great fortune of being mentored at some point in your life, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student, or during your work career. If so, you know how beneficial a good mentor can be - someone who offers career advice, encouragement, and guidance focused specifically on a developing professional. 

I also hope you will consider giving back to the Carlson School's HRIR program by serving as a mentor beginning in January. You'll have the opportunity to help shape future HR leaders while gaining fresh perspectives from your mentee, and further develop your coaching skills. As an alumni mentor you can supplement our students' learning through real-world exposure to your experiences in the HR field.

More information about the CHRLS Alumni Mentorship Program is outlined below, and linked here; please consider joining the HRIR alumni community as we support the next generation of HR leaders.


Roxana Martin, '09
CHRLS Mentoring Committee Chair


Alumni Mentoring Program Launching in January 
Calling all Mentors! Are you interested in an opportunity to shape future HR leaders while giving back to the Carlson School's MA-HRIR program? Would you like to gain fresh perspectives from current HRIR students? Then consider being an Alumni Mentor! The CHRLS Alumni Association Board is launching the HRIR Alumni Mentorship Program, and we need you. As an Alumni Mentor, you will be matched with a current MA-HRIR student who is hungry to learn from your experience.

We will ask that you commit to connect with your mentee for at least one hour every month to share your insights on HR and business beyond the world of academia, as well as discuss current HR trends and topics. Don't live in the Twin Cities? No problem. You and your mentor are welcome to connect by phone or video conferencing! To sign up, please complete the CHRLS Alumni Mentor Program application found at this link. Deadline to apply is December 15.

Japan Minnesota Association Honored by UM Alumni Association 
As President of the Japan Minnesota Association (JMA), '82 alumna Harumi Iwanami accepted JMA's award as "Program Extraordinaire - Network" from the University of Minnesota Alumni Association. Read the full story here

Interested in Sharing Your HR Expertise at HR Tomorrow?
The HR Tomorrow Conference planning committee is seeking breakout session speakers for the 2018 conference, being held on Friday, April 20 at the Carlson School of Management. The conference is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise with a broad audience of approximately 325 HR professionals. The application deadline is December 15. Read the full story here.  

Alumnus Michael Byungnam Lee Featured in Carlson School Alumni Magazine
This fall marked the fifth year of the Carlson International HR Case Competition (CIHRCom). Case competitions have traditionally been a showcase for students to demonstrate their talents in a rather rigorous setting-developing solutions to real-world problems in a narrow timeframe and presenting them to industry experts. CIHRCom owes much of its existence to one alum, Michael Byungnam Lee. Read the full story here.   


Congratulations to all who participated in the 5th Annual International HR Case Competition (CIHRCom)! The successful three-day event included teams of graduate students from around the world: Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Sun Yat-Sen University, China, NMIMS, India; Yonsei University, Korea, and the Carlson School and Penn State University, United States.  Read the full story here, and find out which teams took home trophies!


Faculty Members Receive Carlson School Awards
Congratulations to three faculty members from the Department of Work and Organizations who received Carlson School Faculty Awards this fall: Associate Professor Aaron Sojourner, Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller, and Professor Theresa Glomb. Read the full story here.

Driven. The Campaign for the Carlson School

In the MA-HRIR program, we are Driven to:

  • educate our students to become strategic human resources business partners and leaders in their organizations;
  • advance the knowledge and understanding of management, organizational behavior, human resources, economics, and industrial relations;
  • maintain our position as one of the top programs of its kind in the nation.

To do that, it is imperative that we increase our annual endowment and demand funds. Top students are fielding offers from an ever-increasing number of graduate schools, and in order to recruit, attract and retain them, we must be able to offer more substantial fellowships, teaching assistantships, and other financial assistance. We can't afford the luxury of maintaining our current level of student support; in order to remain competitive with our sister programs across the U.S. and around the world, we must secure significant investments in our fellowships and demand funds. 

As the Carlson School of Management approaches its 100th anniversary in 2018, and the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies celebrates its 75th year in 2020, we are poised to embrace and address the many challenges facing organizations in the future. Our MA-HRIR students will be well-positioned to meet those challenges, with your help.

In the weeks and months to come, you'll have the opportunity to learn more about Driven. The Campaign for the Carlson School. In the meantime, please visit the campaign website for more information.


Each issue of Centerpoint will highlight a member of our faculty, our alumni community, and a current student. Learn more about alumnus Andrew Block, second-year MA-HRIR student Yusuke Yamamoto, and Assistant Professor Le (Betty) Zhou.

  • Laura Blomberg, '06, is HR leader plant operations and environment, health and safety at Cargill
  • Joanna Mark, '11, is EEO/Affirmative Action program manager at Amazon