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Alumna Delphine Barringer-Mills

Delphine Barringer-Mills, ’08 MA-HRIR, works as a senior talent acquisition advisor for Mercy Corps in Belgium. Here she shares what living abroad is like.

What was appealing to you about working internationally?
I really love the multicultural dimension. Especially working in recruitment, it’s not only the assessing a candidate in an interview but the element of connection between someone of another culture, which I love.

In my new job I am working on building Mercy Corps’ employment brand in Europe. In this role I will need to think through what elements of the organization are most interesting to a European audience, and what the nuances are in connecting and bringing our brand here while remaining genuine to who we are as an organization.

Do you speak any foreign languages?
I speak French, Italian, Spanish, and some limited Arabic (enough to connect with people and make them laugh).

How has your career unfolded throughout the years?
I worked as an international recruitment manager with Land O’Lakes before moving into my current role. At Land O’Lakes’ international development division, my role was recruiting, but also designing the teams and team structures for our proposal efforts. In the world of USAID (US Agency for International Development), organizations like ours would respond to “requests for proposals” and essentially compete for funding with other comparable organizations.

Since leaving Land O’Lakes I have gone back for a degree in executive management at the business school here (Solvay School of Economics and Business).

What benefits and challenges have you faced?
I am half Belgian and spent a lot of time here growing up. I did struggle in trying to recreate my Minnesotan life here. Each culture is different and you need to adapt. With work the struggle is, I keep finding remote roles and I would love to work in an office.

How often do you return to the United States?
With work still over in the United States, I come back often, about two to three times per year.

Professounnamed-1r John Budd

Professor John Budd joined the Carlson School in 1991. Here he answers a few questions about his teaching and research.

Can you tell us about research that you’re excited about?
While my book “Employment with a Human Face: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice” is now 12 years old, it’s still exciting to me because of the number of compliments I continue to receive. Faculty from around the world have indicated that it’s useful in their teaching (the latest from the Philippines, just this month), and many PhD students have commented on how useful it’s been for them to organize their thoughts for their dissertations (the latest from Italy, just this month). Currently, one project I’m working on uses data from workers in 27 European countries to analyze the extent to which workplace-level employee participation practices enable individuals to be more engaged in the political arena, by creating a sense of empowerment and by sharpening deliberative skills. I think this is exciting because the connections between what happens in the workplace and what happens in civil society are often overlooked. So what HR leaders do can be even more important than we think.

What will you be teaching this academic year?
I am teaching “Using Metrics and Data in HRIR” and two sections of “Personnel Economics.” It’s fun teaching data and metrics in the first year core again. That was the first course I taught in the program many years ago, but it’s been a few years since the last time so I’m playing catch-up a little.

Do you have any advice for current students?
One piece of advice for students is to talk to your professors. We are here to help. And it’s fun getting to know you.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to do a little of this, a little of that. Recently this has included traveling (I had a conference Milan and I went a little early to explore Lake Como), dealing with a kitchen remodel, and watching sports (especially football and soccer, plus looking forward to the start of hockey season). And once the remodel is done, I’ll enjoy cooking again, too.

What are you currently reading?
Since I was traveling to northern Italy, I just finished two Commissario Trotti mysteries.I also just finished reviewing a book-length manuscript for Stanford University Press called “Models of Labor Markets.” Now I need to read a forthcoming book called “A Fight for the Soul of Public Education: The Story of the Chicago Teachers Strike” so that I can write a brief endorsement that will appear on the back cover. I’ve also been meaning to read “Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace” but other things keep coming up.

Is there any little-known fact about you that people might be surprised about?
I’ve driven a train and a 213-foot Coast Guard ship.



chris-morrisonFirst Year Student Chris Morrison

Chris Morrison joined the full-time MA-HRIR program this fall, and shares a little about his pathway to the program.

Why did you choose to attend the Carlson School’s MA-HRIR program?
Two reasons. The first is the reputation of the program and the Carlson graduates. The program has been around for a long time, and is well known for producing the most qualified professionals in the field. The second reason was the warm welcome I received from the HRIR program. From getting a phone call about my acceptance, to current students and staff reaching out to help me with the transition to Minneapolis, I knew the program was the right fit for me.

Where did you go for your undergraduate degree, and what was your major?
I graduated from Idaho State University in 2011, with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business Management.

Do you have any work experience?
My work experience between my undergrad and Carlson was with the United States Marine Corps. I served four years with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, stationed in Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. I went on two deployments to the Asia-Pacific region, and now I am looking to apply that leadership experience to a career in Human Resources.

What’s been your favorite part of the program so far?
The diversity of the COHORT is absolutely incredible. I’ve been fortunate to travel and work with people from all over the world, but I have never had the opportunity to work so closely with so many different cultures and professional backgrounds in one small group. For example, I am working on a project in Business Principles with group members from China, Ukraine, Russia, and the Maldives. The diversity of the class is an amazing experience so far.

What do you like to do in your free time?
My wife and I are avid stand up paddle boarders so we’ve been exploring the lakes around Minneapolis. However, the surf tends to be a little smaller here than in Hawaii so we’ve been exploring the bike trails around Minneapolis as well.



Congratulations Graduates!

As the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance filled the air on May 16, close to 700 students filed into Mariucci Arena as current Carlson School of Management graduate students and marched out as alumni! Seventy of those students earned a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations, and two earned a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Work and Organizations.

Dean Sri Zaheer inspired the emerging leaders to embrace business as a means to shape a brighter world.

“At its core, business is truly about creating new ideas for the future. It’s about enabling consumers, employees, and people to improve their own quality of life and contribute to improving that of others,” she says. “Part of why I’m so optimistic for the future is that I’ve seen you all embracing these principles while at the Carlson School.”

Keynote speaker Barbara Mowry, ’75 MBA, CEO of GoreCreek Advisors, shared advice and encouragement from her decades’ experience as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, and corporate board member. “This will likely be the last time you graduate from a formal degree program,” she says. “You are now transitioning from a formal education process to a self-directed course of continuous learning – and now the real education begins.”

As our newly-minted alumni leave campus to begin new careers, pursue additional schooling, enjoy travel and family time, or embark on any number of other great adventures, we wish them all the best in whatever the future holds.  (We’ve posted a selection of photos from this momentous occasion here.)

Congratulations, graduates! Best of luck, and please stay in touch!

Catching Up with Igor Stanceric

Igor StancericIgor Stanceric graduated from the MA-HRIR program in 2014 and joined General Mills as an associate HR manager.  Stanceric is originally from Croatia but has spent time working in Sweden, attended Macalester College in St. Paul, and then the Carlson School of Management in Minneapolis, and is now based out of Buffalo, New York. We checked in with Stanceric to see how his career has been unfolding since graduation.

What kind of work are you doing currently?

  • Stanceric: As an associate HR manager I am currently in a business-partner role doing HR generalist work. From supporting our production and salaried employees as they work through their benefits questions, to FMLA, payroll, yearly processes such as respectful workplace policy training, working through performance management steps such as end of year performance appraisals, IDP process, team building and team development, coaching employees, etc.

How are you applying what you learned from your studies in the MA-HRIR program to your new position?

  • Stanceric: I am essentially putting into practice all of the theoretical concepts talked about in various classes. These range from strategic recruiting and succession planning to tactical assessments, administration, and interpretation. Another great example would be the motivational theories we learned about in one of the classes and applying that knowledge while coaching employees or working on their development. Managerial Communications class was yet another class I use on a day-to day-basis, whether while leading meetings, presenting trainings, or coaching employees.

Has there been anything surprising about the field or the work you’re doing?

  • Stanceric: One thing comes to mind immediately: the level and amount of people-influencing I do every day. Most everything I work on involves working with others, which translates into having to influence people to accomplish what you need to.

What is the most impactful thing you took away from the program that will help you in your career?

  • Stanceric: Never stop learning. Seeing theory put into practice is where personal development and growth come from. There is so much to learn, no matter the specific field or industry a person is in. The other piece of the puzzle here is making sure you share the learnings with others. Being competitive and wanting to succeed are great qualities–something that all MA-HRIR students have — but much like the collaboration that happened with classmates while interviewing for the same jobs, we need to continue to collaborate and share our learnings across companies and industries.