Human Resources advisory board meeting delights members with expanded program.

Steve McCarty, one of the panelists

When members of the Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MSHRM) Advisory Board requested a meeting that was more than just a meeting, they got exactly what they were looking for on June 13, 2006, at the Biltmore Hotel. Before their business session, they had the opportunity to hear from two human resource experts on the subject of recruiting and to enjoy a luncheon with many of their colleagues.

“We opened the event to our corporate partners and friends in the human resources (HR) community and to organizations such as the Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management (GMSHRM), the professional group to which most of our board members belong,” said Natalia Sol, director of corporate relations in the College of Business Administration. “It ended up being our best-attended HR board meeting ever.”

Joy Dettorre, MSHRM student, the second panelist

Sixty people—well beyond the hoped-for thirty to forty, and even beyond the fifty who RSVPed—formed an appreciative audience for Joy Dettorre, diversity program manager, IBM Talent, and a current student in the college’s MSHRM program, and for Steve McCarty, vice president, human resources, Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Barry Shiflett, director, Career Management Services, facilitated the discussion.

Two members of the Executive MBA (EMBA) Advisory Board—Martin Fischetti, vice president, human resources, Telefónica; and Luis Tapanes, manager, Beckman-Coulter—attended and enjoyed the format so much that the EMBA Advisory Board plans to use a similar one for its next meeting.

As is customary, board members provided input on a subject of import for the Chapman School’s staff. At this meeting, they concentrated on a mentoring program targeted specifically for students in the MSHRM program.

Career Management Services Director Barry Shiflett, left, and Joy DeTorre, MSHRM student.

Board meeting participants also zeroed in on other ways of engaging with students, such as volunteering as classroom guest-speakers.

“One of the many benefits of having an advisory board is that they bring real-world HR issues to our students through class visits and lectures,” said Ana Maria Corredera, program manager of the MSHRM.

“We were delighted with the way the event went,” Sol said. “We gained wonderful exposure for our MSHRM program—and for one of our current students—among distinguished members of the local human resources community. We also were able to reciprocate for all the time and input our advisory board members give us by providing them useful information in the form of our expert panel and by giving them an opportunity to network with their peers.”

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