CHRLS Welcomes New Staff Members

Mindy and BethThe Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies recently welcomed two new staff members:

Mindy Bahr joins the Center as Executive Office and Administrative Specialist, and comes to the CHRLS with more than eight years of experience through her work at Enterprise and Audi.

Beth Bayley joins the Center as Administrative Associate and comes with more than four years of experience as Office Manager in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.

Welcome, Mindy and Beth!

LES Welcomes New Staff Members

Filiberto and MeronThe Labor Education Service welcomed two new staff members recently:

Meron Negussie, at right, joins LES as Program Specialist, following two years in the University of Minnesota’s department of Biomedical Engineering, where she worked as a Purchasing Coordinator.

Filiberto Nolasco Gomez joins LES as the new Editor of Workday Minnesota, after extensive work with UNITE Here Local 11, UAW 2865 and SEIU 284, and starting his own media company.

Welcome, Meron and Filiberto!

Events Bring Alumni Together

A series of recent alumni networking events have provided opportunities for HRIR alums to connect with each other, get updates on the program, and enjoy great food and networking. If you would be interested in attending and/or hosting an alumni event in your area, please contact


New York Alumni Event- November 2017 with Jen H

New York City – November 2017

This gathering, co-hosted by the CHRLS and the Graduate Business Career Center,
brought together HRIR alums Rob Klee, Chris Kujawa,  Leander LeSure,
Ryan Merritt, and Yogita Naik.


Seattle Alumni Event Photo

Seattle – December 2017

This Carlson School-wide event saw large attendance across all programs, and
included HRIR alums Jinny Aguilar, Erika Berndt, Robert Chai,
Jennifer Frisch, Meghann McKee Albertson, and Cindy Zhang.


Phoenix ALumni Event

Phoenix – January 2018

Alums who attended this third annual event included Tyree Boze, Kristin McCubbin,
Sarah Merkle, Sheila Nazari, and Tracy Nwakanma.


Republic Alumni Event

Twin Cities – January 2018

Following their first Alumni Board meeting of the new year, Board members hosted a networking event for members of the GSHRL Leadership Board. Alums in attendance included Nick Christenson, Kristyn Aasen, Tara Miller-Hochhalter, Dino Sassan, Larry Morgan, Kara Sime, Ian Charpentier, Brandon Lukach, Corey Bonnema, and Eva Treuer.

Carlson School Recognized for Research Productivity

The Carlson School is tied for third place among all U.S. business schools in terms of management research productivity, according to the newly released Texas A&M/University of Georgia (TAMUGA) 2017 rankings. In addition, the Carlson School is ranked as the fifth most productive school over the last five years.
The TAMUGA Rankings track productivity in the eight top-tier journals in management, including the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management ReviewAdministrative Science Quarterly, the Journal of Applied PsychologyOrganizational Behavior and Human Decision ProcessesOrganization SciencePersonnel Psychology, and the Strategic Management Journal.

The full ranking list can be found on the TAMUGA website.


Spotlight On…

An occasional series highlighting a member of our faculty, our alumni community, and a current student.

wanbe001Faculty Member Connie Wanberg

Can you tell us about any research you’re working on that you’re excited about?
I am working with some other U of M colleagues including Professor John Kammeyer-Mueller on research on introversion/extroversion and work.  In one project, we summarize 167 meta-analyses examining the relationship between introversion/extroversion and 142 different work outcomes across four career stages (education, applicant, job, and career/lifespan). Following popular discussion in the media, we aim to assess:  Is extroversion truly an advantage in the workplace? In what ways and to what extent (i.e., for which outcomes and how strong are the relationships?) We critique existing research and suggest future research needs.

What are you teaching this academic year?
A Ph.D. seminar and two undergraduate courses, intro to HR and the capstone class.

Do you have any advice for current students?
Ask a lot of questions. Learn to ask questions to understand things at a deeper level.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Family, cycling, Netflix,and being with friends.

What are you currently reading?
I’ve been reading so much for work that it’s been about a month since I’ve read a book for pleasure. Too much work for the eyes all day!

Is there any little-known fact about you that people might be surprised about?
I rode 2,217 miles on my bike in the last 90 days.

unnamedAlumnus Leo Cardoso, ’12

Where are you working currently?
I am currently working at Land O’Lakes, Inc.
What’s your favorite part about working in the HR field?
My favorite part about working in the HR field revolves around being a strategic business partner to the groups that I support. By making meaningful connections and engaging in important conversations with our leaders (individual contributors and managers), I am able to help shape the “what” and the “how” of our work. It’s fun to work around passionate people, that define success as not only the objectives you meet, but also how you go about meeting them. A culture like that is built on talent, and HR is in a critical position to engage in discussions that enable it.
What was your favorite part of the MA-HRIR program? Did you think the program prepared you well for the ‘real world’?
My favorite part of the MA-HRIR program were the people I got to meet – peers, alumni, staff, and professors. The MA-HRIR program allows you to connect with people, ideas, and companies that you might not otherwise.  More than the content you learn from textbooks, the “real world” value from the program comes from these connections and from the lessons you learn on how to critically think about talent, and the role that the HR field plays in the workplace and beyond.
What’s a hobby or something fun you like to do when you’re not working?
Since leaving the program, I got married and we had a little girl. So when I am not working, I love spending time with my family and watching my daughter grow! I’ve also stepped up my running (no pun intended). This summer I will be running my 4th marathon!
Do you have any advice for current students?

Enjoy the program and take advantage of being around so many great people! Sometimes things can feel a little overwhelming – think recruiting season – but it’s an awesome time, full of opportunities, so make the most of it! Also, take it from a former stats T.A., pay attention to stats class and never say you are in HR because you hate math!

Angela GaoStudent Angela Gao

Where did you go for your undergraduate degree, and what was your major?
I graduated from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. The major was Human Resources Management, and I had a Finance minor.

Do you have any work experience?
No, I do not have any full-time working experiences. I did have two internships in recruitment.

What’s been your favorite part of the program so far?
My favorite part about the program is that there seems no boundaries of nations. Most of my classmates, whether international or domestic, get along very well and support each other when needed. In GSHRL parties we talked and had fun together; we will invite our fellow classmates if we hold a party ourselves. Sometimes I forget I am studying abroad and feel like most of the classmates really open their arms to diversity and differences.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Mostly I would watch a movie or read a book or listen to classical music. I participated in one of the Campus Choirs in my first year. I go swimming 2 or 3 times a weeks. Also I love nature and if I get the chance (which means someone can drive me haha), I will go to parks. Minnesota is such a beautiful place to live and study.