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Jodell Swenson

CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 1993
    Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Jodell Swenson, ’93, graduated from the full-time MA-IR program and is currently working as an HR director for Minnesota Housing for the State of Minnesota. She previously worked at GE Water, GE Healthcare, Case Corp, and Weyerhaeuser. Swenson looks back positively on her decision to attend the Carlson School for her graduate studies. “After completing informational interviews with HR professionals I determined obtaining a master’s degree in HR would accelerate my HR career,” she says. “The University offers one of the best HRIR programs in the nation, and reciprocity with Wisconsin made it more affordable than others. The program prepared me for my corporate career via a strong foundation in all areas of HR and support from the Career Center.” In order to give back to the program, Swenson decided to join the Alumni Board. “By earning my (at the time) MA-IR at the U, I built a solid foundation for my HR career,” she says. “I now want to give back to the U by providing my time and energy to support the program.” Her advice to current students is “to learn as much about your business as you can. Your HR recommendations and activities will be an integral part of the business, and speaking the language of the business and understanding the business cycles will increase your credibility.”