Pictured, from left: Faith Leicht, Carrie Johnson, Samantha South

HR Tomorrow Conference News

It’s hard to believe we are already well into 2015!   With that, we want to let you know about the upcoming HR Tomorrow Conference that will be taking place this year on Friday, April 17th.  
As members of the Alumni Board, we are personally very excited to be part of this outstanding professional development event presented by the University of Minnesota's Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies.  The conference highlights current trends, issues, challenges and opportunities in the field of human resources and labor relations, and features exceptional speakers, presentations on cutting-edge HR practices and leading faculty research, and outstanding networking opportunities.  
This year’s conference is themed “Achieving Results in a Complex World” and will be focused on the changing face of HR in an increasing complex environment ... something many of us can identify with as HR leaders within our own organizations.  At this year’s conference, speakers will focus on topics such as data and workforce analytics, the evolution of performance management, and navigating a business in uncertain environments. We hope you join us and more than 300 HR professionals for this fantastic day of professional development, distinguished speakers, and exceptional networking!
In addition to attending the HR Tomorrow Conference, we would encourage all alums to find a way to stay involved with the program. We've found that being co-chairs of this year's HR Tomorrow conference has been fun and professionally rewarding. Please consider joining the alumni board or finding another way to give back to the program! For more information on getting involved, please contact Anne Obst at obstx011@umn.edu.
Below are the details and link to the conference website and registration. We hope to see you there!

  - HR Tomorrow Conference Committe Chairs Carrie Johnson, Faith Leicht and Samantha South

HR Tomorrow Registration Now Open!
Registration is now open for the 36th Annual HR Tomorrow Conference being held on Friday, April 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Carlson School of Management. We’ve got a great slate of speakers lined up; visit the conference agenda for more details. Keynote speakers include:

  • Bertrand Dussert, VP, Human Capital Transformation and Thought Leadership; Oracle
  • Shari Ballard, Chief Human Resources Officer, Best Buy

Register by March 31 for the Early Bird rate.  Questions? Contact hrt@umn.edu.  Hope to see you there!

Alumni News

Paying It Forward
Did you know that some of the career coaches currently working in the Carlson School’s Graduate Business Career Center (GBCC) are graduates of the MA-HRIR program?  The GBCC each year hires contract coaches to supplement their regular, full-time counseling staff, in part because of increasing interest from alumni in receiving career services from their alma mater.

Volunteer Opportunity – Alumni “Office Hours”
Looking for an easy way to give back to the MA-HRIR program?  Consider volunteering for the all new “Alumni Office Hours” project!  All it takes is an interest in helping current MA-HRIR students, a one-time visit to campus, and one hour of your time. Alumni are invited to “set up shop” in the Herman Library and be available to meet students, answer their questions, and share any advice or best practices you might have. There are several slots available, and you can sign up here. Complimentary parking or Green Line Light Rail pass will be provided. Thank you!

Mentoring Across the MilesMentor
More than 25 alumni and current MA-HRIR students attended the second “Speed Mentoring” event of the year, a “Virtual Mentoring Meeting,” held on February 2 at the Carlson School.  Thanks to alumni Anna Huang, ’13 MA-HRIR; Celeste Heather, ‘92 MA-IR; Kathy Megarry, ‘92 MA-IR; Robert E. Smith, ’06 MA-HRIR and Shanequa Williams, ‘08, MA-HRIR, for discussing their backgrounds and career paths, functional areas of expertise, sharing their views on HR topics, and fielding questions from students. The third and final Mentoring event will be held in April 2015.

Student News

Graduate Volunteer Consultants: A Win-Win OpportunityGVC
Most first-year MA-HRIR students have enough on their plates, what with their classes, group projects, and internship searches; few would even consider working while completing their degree, let alone taking on a high-level consulting project.

Happy Hour Squared – Helping Others While Having Fun! 
Join the students of GSHRL (Graduate Society for Human Resources Leaders), on Thursday, April 16 for an innovative and free event that focuses on helping others while having fun. The Brave New Workshop has partnered with charitable beer company Finnegans, Inc., to feed the hungry and serve the community during this innovative monthly event held at the Brave New Workshop’s ETC in downtown Minneapolis.

You can show up anytime between 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., enjoy a free Finnegans beer, share a laugh, make some sandwiches, donate to the Finnegans Rolling Food Truck, and feel good for having made a difference, as the sandwiches will go to feed the hungry on the streets that night. And, if interested, you may purchase discounted tickets to that evening’s Brave New Workshop 7:30 p.m. performance (space permitting.) 

Want more information, or interested in signing up? Contact Mary Kate Gross at gross305@d.umn.edu. Invite your friends and family; wear your maroon and gold - and thanks for helping make a difference!

Faculty/Staff News

Faculty/Affiliated Faculty Mini-Conference
Assistant Professor Beth Campbell (at right in photo below) was one of several University faculty members who offered 20-minute presentations highlighting their current research during the Faculty/Affiliated Faculty Mini-Conference hosted by the Department of Work and Organizations (WOrg) in late January.

Fourteen members of the WOrg faculty welcomed 10 faculty from three different departments across the University: Psychology, Sociology, and Public Affairs. The mini-conference was a chance for some faculty to re-connect with those with shared interests who are spread across the University campus, and for newer faculty to connect for the first time. faculty

WOrg faculty and their affiliated faculty have a long tradition of collaborating across colleges on authoring books and articles; serving as advisers on PhD student committees; and mentoring junior faculty. “This min-conference really emphasized the connections we have with the rest of the University,” says Professor John Budd, WOrg department chair. “It’s been a long time since we’ve come together like this as a broad group,” he says, “and the success of the mini-conference left everyone hoping that we’d be able to repeat this sooner rather than later.”

Assistant Professor Alan Benson’s research has been featured in several recent publications: “Why couples move for a man’s job, but not a woman’s,” and “Why college isn’t always worth it,” both from the Washington Post; and “How College Has Become a Riskier Investment,” in a Wall Street Journal Think Tank article.

Professor Theresa Glomb’s research was the focus of a recent article in Entrepreneur magazine, “How to End Your Day on a Positive Note.” She was also quoted in “The Power of Mindfulness” in the BBC’s Capital.

A report co-authored by Assistant Professor Aaron Sojourner was recently posted on OhioWatchdog.org, “Kids do fine when charter school forms labor union, study shows.”

LES News

Labor Education Service staff member Randy Croce was a guest on the January 26 edition ofMinnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit show, discussing the making of the Minnesota State Capitol, and the documentary  “Who Built the Capitol?”

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Class Notes

Kylie Breiling, ’13 MA-HRIR, joined SC Johnson as HR specialist.
Michael Hammond, ’04 MA-HRIR, is currently a talent acquisition manager at Comcast.
Leander LeSure, ‘95 MA-IR, joined Western Union Business Solutions as vice president of global human resources.
Dennis Long, ’87 MA-IR, is president and founder of Simply Managing, and author of the forthcoming book, “Managing Genius,” due out in March 2015.
Sarah McDowell, ’03 MA-HRIR, joined Best Buy as an HR business partner.
Eric Miller, ’12 MA-HRIR, joined Crenlo as HR director.
Will O’Brien, ’11 MA-HRIR, joined Equifax as VP of HR, International.
Augusto Perez, ‘08 MA-HRIR, joined Andersen Windows as an HR generalist.
Emily Sheehan, ’09 MA-HRIR, joined Google as an HR business partner.
Yichen (Eason) Zong, ’13 MA-HRIR, joined Mercer as a senior analyst.

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Let your classmates know what you've been up to since graduation.  Submit a class note to chrls@umn.edu for publication in an upcoming issue of Centerpoint.