January 2017 Alumni Newsletter
Greetings from the HR Tomorrow Conference Committee!
My name is Tara Miller-Hochhalter, and I'm a proud member of the CHRLS Alumni Association's Board of Directors, currently serving the second year of my three-year term. I'm pleased to be co-leading our HR Tomorrow Conference Committee along with David Bryant.
The goal of our committee is to provide an enriching experience for our attendees. Whether you are a generalist or specialist, a student or experienced HR professional, we believe we have put together a conference that will appeal to everyone. This year, as we developed our theme, we focused on providing a wide variety of topics and speakers that are all tied to emerging trends and ways that the role of human resources is transforming. HR, like the employees we often serve, is becoming more diverse than ever. The roles and responsibilities for HR in one company may be vastly different in another company. We are hoping to inspire you to pause and reflect on both what HR looks like tomorrow as a profession, and in your role in your current organization. We have a tremendous opportunity as human resources professionals to be leaders in the overall profession to shape what our roles will look like in the future. We also have a unique role as HR professionals to bring forth our knowledge and expertise to influence how to successfully achieve the overall goals of the company.
Our committee also reviewed past feedback. As a result, we have extended the break times between breakout sessions to 20 minutes, and the lunch seating will be a bit more intentional with groupings to help foster networking opportunities. Come meet other HR professionals to learn what trends are emerging in their companies and how they are leading the transformation of what HR may truly look like, tomorrow.
On behalf of the HR Tomorrow Conference Committee, we would like to extend a specific invitation to all alumni/ae to come back to campus for this year's conference on Friday, April 21st. The attendees are always a great mix of experienced HR professionals and students, which provides a rich opportunity for networking and ongoing conversations well beyond the day of the conference. Information and registration will be shared beginning February 1st. We look forward to seeing you!
Tara Miller-Hochhalter, '10 MA-HRIR
HR Tomorrow: Trends and Transformations - Friday, April 21
HR is a constantly evolving function, and the rise of technological breakthroughs in the workplace has only accelerated the progression. But when everything is constantly changing, what does it mean to be cutting edge? Our 2017 professional development conference, HR Tomorrow: Trends and Transformations, will explore how some organizations are melding HR and business operations to push the boundaries of what is possible. This conference will cover a breadth of various HR functions and highlight recent trends, and has also been designed to provide time for you to connect with other HR colleagues. On April 21, come meet other HR professionals to learn what additional trends are emerging and how they are leading the transformation of what HR may truly look like, tomorrow. Registration will open on February 1.
Staying "LinkedIn" With New Alumni Board Initiative
An exciting new initiative has been launched by the CHRLS Alumni Board to provide professional development and engagement opportunities for HRIR alumni to participate in without even leaving their desks! Read the full story here.
Alumna Named Dean of Doermer Business School
Congratulations to Melissa Gruys, '00 PhD-HRIR, who was named Dean of the Richard T. Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne; she assumed her duties July 1. Read the full story here.
Free Alumni Webinars Offered This Spring
The University of Minnesota Alumni Association is offering a number of free webinars focused on career development and personal growth. Upcoming topics include, How to Create Networks Around You to Be Your Best, Professional Presence, Repacking on Purpose: Managing Life Transitions, and Job Search Tips from Recruiters. Visit the UMAA website for more details.
Save the date for 2017 Union Women & Femmes Retreat - April 19-21
The Labor Education Service will hold its fifth Minnesota Union Women & Femmes Retreat April 19-21 at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge in the Brainerd Lakes Area. Under the theme, Using Our Experiences & Identities to Build Power, the retreat is part of a series of programs sponsored by the Labor Education Service to foster greater participation by women and femmes in their workplaces, unions and communities. These educational events are developed with input from labor leaders and activists. For more information on the retreat, visit the LES website.
Each issue of Centerpoint will highlight a member of our alumni community, one of our faculty members, and a current student. Learn more about alumna Hilary Marden-Resnik, '94; first-year MA-HRIR student Joanna Hedstrom; and Associate Professor Colleen Manchester.
- Tyree (Zapata) Boze, '06, is with team relations at Quicken Loans
- Melissa Gruys, '00 PhD-HRIR, is Dean of the Doermer School of Business at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
- Leander LeSure, '95, is chief human resources officer at Getty Images
- James Malley, '06, is human resources director at Shire
- Brock Meyer, '15, was named "30 Under 30" by the SHRM organization
- Will Schultz, '02, is HR director at Whirlpool Corporation
- Will O'Brien, '11, is chief human resources officer at Angie's List