Rachel Yates

CHRLS Alumni Association Board Member


  • Master of Arts 2013
    Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Carlson School of Management


After returning to the University of Minnesota for a second bachelor’s degree, Rachel Yates, ’13, “discovered a whole field of psychology dedicated to the workplace, and in the process I found my passion,” she says. After attending an information session about the MA-HRIR program, she applied and was accepted into the part-time program. Currently an HR compliance consultant at Wells Fargo, Yates previously worked at U.S Bank. She’s been in her role for three years and recently passed the SHRM-SCP certification, and is also working on an HR regulatory compliance certificate. Her interest in joining the Alumni Board stems from wanting “the opportunity to bring news ideas and a different perspective to the Board because my background and experiences aren’t stereotypical,” she says. Her advice to current students? “Never give up on a dream. You just have to keep at it,” she says. “You may have to take a step back quite a few times and re-strategize how you are going to make it a reality, but where there is a will, there is a way.”