Mary Kate Bisek

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Mary Kate Bisek
CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 2016
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


Mary Kate (Gross) Bisek, ’16, currently works as an associate human resource manager at PepsiCo. She previously worked as an intern at Emerson Electric. Bisek chose to attend the full-time MA-HRIR program because of its locality and after meeting alumni who shared their own experiences. She says, “I was able to hear first-hand about their experience with the classes, professors and job opportunities in and after the program. This all helped me see myself in the program and what life looked like post-graduation.” Bisek explains, “Being able to apply a theory to a real work group or situation while in the program helped [prepare] me for a career in HR. Real world examples were brought to life in classes with company speakers and assignments.” She decided to join the Alumni Board to give back to the program. “While I was in school,” she says, “I benefited from connecting with alumni as well as attending the HR Tomorrow Conference. I hope to give the same support to those entering the program now and in the future that someone gave me.” Bisek shares this advice to current students: “Stay curious and network! Just because you have an offer doesn't mean you should stop learning about HR within another company or not get involved in the HR community. Take advantage of your time in school to explore.”