In the second semester of each year of the program, Strategic Human Resource Management students complete an applied project with an industry partner as part of the Strategic HRM Capstone course.
The applied project provides students with a chance to engage with business partners, thereby helping them to solve real world problems. These projects may cover a range of Strategic HRM issues, including talent management and retention, staffing, compensation and benefits, inclusion and workforce diversity, and employee relations. Through the applied projects, students gain experience in providing “deliverables” to organizations, and tying these deliverables to organizational goals and business needs. As the coordinator of the Capstone course, Professor Hunter works with local companies to develop the applied projects and welcomes input from students to develop their own project ideas.
Leaders from the world of HR help to create the connection between classroom and practice by sharing their unique experiences and knowledge of HR with faculty and students.
Recent guest speaker visits have included:
- Dick Antoine, Senior Vice President and Global Human Resources Officer (retired), Procter & Gamble
- Bill Brennan, Vice President of Human Resources, Frito-Lay North America
- Liz Calhoun, President, Signuum Consulting
- Gary Conte, Vice President of Human Resources, Kraft Foods International
- Londa Dewey, President, QTI Group
- Bruce Ellig, Vice President of Employee Resources (retired), Pfizer, Inc.
- Mark Joslyn, Vice President, Human Resources, Trek Bicycle Corporation
- Jeffrey Ottum, Vice President of Human Resources (retired), Schreiber Foods
The Wisconsin MBA Program also invites leaders from industry to address the entire program through the M. Keith Weikel Executive Leadership Speakers Series.