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Human Resources Management Networking Trip

Monday, March 4 2019 12:00am

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The Human Resource Management (HRM) Certificate is a fairly new addition to the certificates the Walter Center offers. This certificate provides students with the skills and knowledge to determine resource management strategies, build top talent, and improve organizations.

In February, the HRM students went to Cincinnati and Columbus for a two-day networking trip, where they learned about opportunities and advancements in the HR field, and how to best prepare for a career in HR. Their first visit was with Great American Insurance in Cincinnati, where senior HR business partner Ashlee Wert discussed the breakdown of the organization’s HR structure. The students then had a panel discussion with four employees about the benefits of working in human resources. This was followed by lunch at LaRosa’s with Steve Browne, the restaurant’s vice president of HR. Over lunch, Browne shared about working in the HR field and the similarities and differences among different industries.  

Hr Trip

The next day, the students traveled to Columbus. They first visited Scott’s Miracle Gro, where they interacted with multiple company executives. Then, at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, they met with senior HR consultant Kelly Pifer and engaged in a panel discussion with other women in the department. The final engagement of the trip was dinner with Ohio Health executive Victoria Matlack, who discussed her specific position and upcoming advancements in the HR field, specifically in the healthcare industry. 

The students met with several other OHIO alumni on the trip:

  • Ian Klaus: Global Business Process Intern
  • Julian Stapleton: G Suite Administrator
  • Andrew Cousino: Finance Manager
  • Allison Travis: Integrated Marketing Analyst
  • David Erdman: Director, Strategy
  • Laura Davis: Manager, HR Service Center
  • Chris Collins: Finance Manager
  • Jessie Space: Senior Financial Analyst

“I was grateful to have the opportunity to meet with HR professionals from prestigious companies in Cincinnati and Columbus. The future of HR is bright and big changes are coming, so I enjoyed hearing about what these companies are doing to prepare.”  –Taylor Thompson, OU Senior


Human Resources is an essential aspect of any organization. The Walter Center is proud to offer students a chance to understand human resource management and apply concepts taught in the courses to real life situations. We look forward helping more students grow in their knowledge of this crucial field.

Learn more about the Human Resources Management Certificate.