The Year in Review: 12 Months of Engagement!

ExxonMobil LunchJuly 2017
Professor John Budd and External Relations Coordinator Anne Obst traveled to Houston to visit with alumni in the area. Nine alums/interns joined Budd and Obst at a tapas restaurant, then the next day 12 alumni working at ExxonMobil hosted a lunch for Budd and Obst.




August 2017
At New Student Orientation, alumni Justin Ahlstrom, Nick Christenson, Carrie Guthrie, Emily Mack-Olson, Dino Sassan, Eva Treuer, and Mandy Zhao stopped by to introduce themselves to our new first-year students and share a bit about their careers since leaving the HRIR program.


September 2017
As students got back into the swing of classes, the Graduate Business Career Center, or GBCC, worked hard to put on information sessions, resume review sessions, and mock-interviews. By taking advantage of these resources, students were preparing themselves for on-campus recruiting that would begin later in the fall.



October 2017
At the first HRIR Alumni Mentoring event of the academic year, Laura Elletson, ’91; Camri Jacobson, ’00; Larry Morgan, ’87; Dino Sassan, ’95; Ying Wang, ’09 MBA; Roxana Martin, ’09, and Na Sun, ’07 discussed their careers in HR since leaving the MA-HRIR program, and answered students’ questions.


November 2017
The 5th Annual International HR Case Competition (CIHRCom), included graduate students from around the world: Queensland University of Technology, Australia; Sun Yat-Sen University, China, NMIMS, India; Yonsei University, Korea, and the Carlson School and Penn State University, United States. The successful three-day event included a case provided by Lead Sponsor Land O’Lakes, and came to a close with our very own Carlson School of Management team taking first place!



December 2017
Carlson School alums gathered in mid-December at the Seattle Alumni Social. Specifically MA-HRIR alumni included alums Jinny Aguilar, Erika Berndt, Robert Chai, Jen Frisch, Meghann McKee Albertson, and Cindy Zhang at the evening event, and Francine Barley earlier in the day, as well.



January 2018
Alumni and students alike, enjoyed networking and great food at the January Alumni Board/GSHRL Board Social, which we hope to make an annual event!




FebruaryFebruary 2018
Mari Miyamoto (1st year), Shelby Snell (1st year), Wei Xi (2nd year), and Iris Lu (1st year), competed against seven other teams at the Ohio State Case Competition. The teams worked hard to solve a pressing issue facing lead sponsor Eaton. Our ammade us proud when they took first place!





March 2018
During Admitted Student Day, we welcomed the class of 2020! These students, who would start in the fall of 2018, got to listen to alums Nikki Broderick, Nick Christenson, Shannon Doherty, Mary Jo Flan, Jason Grosz, Kristin Lee, Liz Pagel, Crystal Sequeira, Amanda Warner and Lindsay Wenzel talk about their experience in the program, and any advice they had to share.




April 2018
April marks one of our most anticipated events of the year, HR Tomorrow. The theme of this year’s day-long event was “HR Tomorrow 2018: The Evolution of Our Workforce.” We couldn’t have made it happen without our generous sponsors, and amazing group of speakers.



May 2018
As the academic year came to an end, second year students celebrated their success at commencement. 84 students graduated in total, and 61 students walked at commencement. This was the largest group of MA-HRIR students to ever walk at commencement! Congratulations to you all.


June 2018
Warm wishes for a rewarding and relaxing summer!

Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders (GSHRL) Keeps Students Engaged Year-Round

IMG_2242.jpegThe Graduate Society of Human Resources Leaders (GSHRL), has been around since 1956. The organization is made up of graduate students in the HRIR program here at the Carlson School, with a mission to establish and maintain relationships with the Center for Human Resources and Labor Studies (CHRLS), alumni and the Twin Cities community through networking, programming and social events throughout the school year. Between the Classes of 2018 and 2019, GSHRL has a total of 75 members.

Haleigh DeRose, a first year MA-HRIR student, was elected president of GSHRL in the fall of 2017 and officially began her position last December. We asked Haleigh some questions to find out more about what kinds of events GSHRL hosts, and what makes it a great society.

IMG_2796.jpegWhat kind of events did GSHRL host this year?
We have three kinds of activities: 1) Academic Support 2) Professional Development and 3) Social Activities.

This spring semester we celebrated the Lunar New Year, went ice skating, hosted LeadersLive! events with Land O’Lakes and Boeing, played laser tag, celebrated the end of the semester with a Boat Cruise down the Mississippi River, and on May 5th we attended a Minnesota United Soccer Game.

In the fall we will be hosting a Welcome Back BBQ for the second years to meet the incoming students, International Holiday Potluck, we will spend a day at the Minnesota State Fair, we will offer a peer mentorship program that pairs a first and second year student up to guide them throughout their first year in the program – as well as monthly happy hours, volunteer events, and more.

IMG_3363Was there one big event that GSHRL is especially proud of this year?
Every single event that we plan takes a lot of time, but the Boat Cruise is by far our biggest event. We had 70 members and friends attend and we cruised down the Mississippi for three hours and enjoyed dinner and amazing views.

Can you talk more about the community service that GSHRL members do?
This Spring semester we have offered our members a minimum of one volunteer event each month. GSHRL has been involved with Twin Cities RISE!, Second Harvest Heartland, and Junior Achievement. In total, we have volunteered 184 hours total since February.


What else should we know?
GSHRL is always looking to get involved with the Twin Cities community – whether it be volunteering or professional development, so I would encourage alumni to reach out if they have any opportunities or ideas.

To get connected with GSHRL, visit their website  or like them on Facebook!

Student Jess Zamora-Weiss Recognized for Work with Ramsey, MN

0Recently one of our students, Jess Zamora-Weiss, was featured in an article about her work with the city of Ramsey, MN. Zamora-Weiss, who graduated this May from our program, worked under Stacy Doepner-Hove, director of the Master’s Program in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, on the Resilient Communities Project, or the RCP.

The RCP’s mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of M faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects.

Zamora-Weiss’s worked specifically on revamping the employee development strategy and “career ladder” program for Ramsey’s public works employees. This work would recognize employees for making efforts to further their education and take advantage of skill-building opportunities.

Zamora-Weiss studied nearby cities such as Coon Rapids, Champlin, and Anoka, and how they handled employee development and career advancement for their employees. She also worked with real current employees of the city of Ramsey to ensure what she was doing would make a real difference.

The project has already received positive feedback, and Professor Doepner-Hove will continue to work with the Resilient Communities Project.

Stacy Doepner-Hove Receives Outstanding Faculty Award from Resilient Communities Project

Stacy Award2

Photo © Steve Schneider

Congratulations to Stacy Doepner-Hove, ’09, director of the MA-HRIR program at the Carlson School of Management, for receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award from the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (RCP). Pictured with Doepner-Hove is Dan Herrera, RCP program associate.

The mission of the Resilient Communities Project is to connect communities in Minnesota with University of Minnesota faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects.

The 2017-2018 Partner was the City of Ramsey, and one of this year’s 20 projects was titled, “Sustaining Our Team (Employee Development Plan),” taught by Doepner-Hove. The project goal was to “assist with the creation of an employee development plan that includes training, professional development, career advancement, and volunteer opportunities.”

Read more about one student’s experience with the project, and visit the RCP website to learn more about the overall program.



Finding Inspiration and Best Practices at HR Tomorrow 2018

“Several of the speakers were so impactful that I wouldn’t miss an opportunity to be inspired like that again,” said one of the attendees at the 2018 HR Tomorrow Conference on April 20. “I enjoyed the opportunity to connect with the Twin Cities HR community,” said another.


Morning Keynote Speaker Sesil Pir

It’s been a little over a week since HR Tomorrow 2018, and looking back, we’re grateful for everyone who made it the success that it was. With 315 attendees, 19 speakers and ten generous sponsors, the signature professional development event presented by the CHRLS and its Alumni Association was a hit! Whether you weren’t able to attend this year, or just want to reflect on the day, here’s a recap:

Our speakers came from an array of professional backgrounds, ranging from small business consulting and law firms, to large organizations like Facebook, Polaris, General Mills, Wells Fargo, Target, the University of Minnesota, Land O’Lakes and U.S. Bank. Within the HR field, they came from different backgrounds, so each speaker brought their own experiences and lessons to their presentations that made each unique. To see copies of speakers’ presentations, click here for the agenda.

This year’s sponsors included brand new sponsors Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., and UnitedHealth Group, and returning sponsors Chevron, General Mills, Wells Fargo, Best Buy, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. The networking portions of the day were sponsored by Land O’Lakes (Breakfast); Polaris (Lunch); and Ecolab (Reception.)

We  always appreciate receiving feedback from HR Tomorrow attendees, and this year’s feedback has been very positive overall; we’re pleased our attendees enjoyed themselves. “I appreciate hearing about best practices in HR from leading companies,” one attendee wrote in their evaluation, “meeting others in my field, and stepping outside the day to day of my role.”


HR Tomorrow 2018 marked the first year we offered both SHRM and HRCI recertification credits, which provided a great opportunity for our attendees to keep current with their professional certifications.  This was the second year we used the Guidebook mobile app,  a tool that attendees could download and have the schedule, maps, FAQ’s and more in the palm of their hands. This year we had six times the number of Guidebook downloads than we had last year. A great use of technology!

Thank you all for making HR Tomorrow 2018 such a success. We’re already looking forward to seeing you next year and celebrating HR Tomorrow’s 40th anniversary on April 12, 2019!

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Congratulations to Lawrence Fellowship Recipients Beth Campbell and Betty Zhou

Two faculty members from the Department of Work and Organizations (WOrg) have been selected to receive the 2018 Mary and Jim Lawrence Fellowship. The fellowship was established last year by a generous gift from the Lawrences to recognize the contribution of junior and recently promoted faculty in enhancing the intellectual environment at the Carlson School. Jim Lawrence, the chairman of Great North Star, is the vice-chair of the Carlson School Board of Overseers. Four other Carlson School faculty members also received this fellowship.


Beth Campbell

Beth Campbell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Work and Organizations. She joined the Carlson School in 2014. Prior to academia, she worked as a human capital consultant for Deloitte. Her research examines team development and interpersonal interactions within teams. Her main projects focus on high performers—more specifically, the consequences they create for themselves and how they affect their peers and teams. She earned her PhD in management from the University of Maryland and her BA in psychology from the University of Michigan.



Betty Zhou

Betty Zhou is an assistant professor in the Department of Work and Organizations. She joined the Carlson School in 2014 after receiving her PhD from the Management University of Florida. She has been developing a research program focusing on three areas: leadership, work groups and teams, and self-regulation processes. Her studies focus on how individuals and higher-level organizational units influence each other as well as how behaviors change over time within the individual.