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alahmed-mohammed.jpgThe Executive Human Resource Development program was one of the most demanding and rewarding experiences of my professional life. The one-year program is very fast-paced, but the daily inclusion of the content into my work and personal life made the learning experience a truly holistic one. I appreciated how much practical wisdom and corporate experience the professors brought to the program. Because we were embedding our learning into our work on a daily basis, I had the opportunity to test things while still learning. Seeing positive results from that approach over and over while having the opportunity to get feedback and coaching from my professors in real time has embedded the knowledge in a way that a purely academic program would not.
- Dovie Crouse, Vice President of Corporate Services at Arion, Cohort 2 - Class of 2014

deniseThe HRD program is one of a kind. Throughout the program I saw myself transform and grow into a strategic leader that elevated my career far beyond my expectations.  The program provided me with the foundation, tools and confidence to think bigger and make strategic decisions that ultimately led me to become a relevant leader within my organization. In addition, the strong team connect and support that I received from my professors and fellow Cohortians was amazing. I can now say with confidence, that I am truly a HRD Professional- thank you ExHRD Program!!

- Denise Backus, Manager, HR Business Partner at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, Cohort 5 - Class of 2017

franklinThe Executive Master's HRD program was a defining moment in my career. Prior to completing the program, my engagement at work was more reactive and tactical. However, since completing the Executive Master's HRD I have been exposed to a cadre of professors that have contributed to an awakening in me. This awakening has allowed me to have a better perspective regarding the balance of tactical and strategic conversations. In some sense, the timing with the downturn in the oil market provided a great opportunity for changes to be made, but at the same time, I can say that using the ideas and practical applications generated from my participation in the Executive Master's HRD made the conversations around changing our organization a lot better. Additionally, I have been able to expand my network of professionals that are able to enrich my professional life and give me resources previously unknown or available. The Executive Master's HRD is an experience that was well worth the time and money.

- Franklin Brown, Global Training and Competency Manager at Oceaneering, Cohort 4 - Class of 2016


Although I had a great deal of OD consulting experience before entering UH Sugar Land’s Executive HRD program, this program significantly expanded my knowledge base and strengthened my resume, such that I was able to explore many new opportunities until I found the perfect job. More than that, my professional network has grown significantly, including UH professors, industry guest speakers, and members from several HRD cohorts. For me, the HRD program was a major career-changing, life experience on both a personal and professional level.

- Jeff Cameron, Learning and Performance Consultant at Lockheed Martin, Cohort 3 - Class of 2015


As a working professional, I was seeking a program that would allow me to continue my career as I pursued my degree.  The Executive Master’s in HRD program allowed me to do just that.  The program complemented my busy work schedule and allowed me to apply my learnings on the job.  The fast-paced program refined the way I look at leadership, organization development, and instructional design.  It expanded my view on adult learning, consulting, and networking.  An added layer, not marketed in the program, are relationships you gain within your cohort and the professors.  Everyone brings a diversity of thought to the table, which the program structure encourages.  The program was a wonderful experience and I would recommend it to anyone looking to expand their view of Human Resource.

- James Godina, Process Architect, HR Innovation at Chevron Corporation, Cohort 5 - Class of 2017

Nydia Gonzalez

I was a non-traditional age graduate student and the Executive Human Resource Development program provided an opportunity to study the most recent literature on organization change, development, leadership and performance improvement. The program is globally focused and included an international assignment, which complemented my background of senior diversity leadership positions with global responsibilities.

-  Nydia Gonzalez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer at JPS Health Network, Cohort 1 - Class of 2013

Colby Ivanhoe

I chose the Executive Human Resource Development program because of the flexibility and convenience it offered. My learning style is best suited for “in class” discussion, but as a leader, a husband and a father, I needed a program that allowed me to balance all those things while still getting a high quality education. I felt this program was built just for me. The program also increased my consulting skills and strengthened the ones I already had. By doing that, it has helped me better satisfy clients and be seen as a strategic HR partner and leadership expert.

-  Kolby Ivanhoe, MS Human Resources Director at Wood - Class of 2014


There are not enough words to describe how impactful the Executive Human Resource Development program, at the University of Houston, has been on my life. It was a transformative experience for me personally and professionally. Professionally, the program provided direct access to the latest research and resources, incredible experts in the field, who facilitated learning in a manner that modeled what it means to build capacity in others and within an organization.  I gained the knowledge, critical thinking skills and the confidence to establish myself as a strategic business partner in my organization.  The ExHRD program created a safe, supportive, and nurturing setting that allowed me to discover who I was at the core. As a result, I am able to drive change, and assist in the agility and responsiveness of my organization.  On the personal front, the program provided an amazing cohort experience.  I gained the dearest friends which I will have for life!

- Anh Lee, Performance Improvement Manager at KARL STORZ Endoscopy – OR1, Cohort 3 - Class of 2015


University of Houston’s Executive HRD program provided me the exposure and knowledge to take my career to the next level. As a sales professional who spends upwards of 70% of my time traveling, UH’s HRD program provided me the flexibility to attain my masters while still working and traveling full time. The core project that I worked on throughout the program pushed and rewarded me in ways I did not know was possible. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to differentiate themselves and has passion towards affecting change in your organization, regardless of your career field concentration.

- Ashleigh Noud, Business Development Specialist at Chevron Corporation, Cohort 4 - Class of 2016

Lisa Olmeda

As Human Resources Professionals, HR should be prepared for trends in order to be effective, efficient and successful in all areas. The program will stretch and challenge you on all levels; however, in the end you will have a multitude of tools, techniques, resources, references, connections, associations, and relationships. The program allows for immediate application. The courses are outlined to provide a foundation and layers are built upon each other. You will definitely leave the program a different person – well developed, equipped and prepared for the future. The University of Houston staff is professional, dedicated and committed to the program. The wealth of information and expertise provided are invaluable.

- Lisa Olmeda, Human Resource Manager at Aguirre & Fields LP, Cohort 2 - Class of 2014

Vinay Sanapala

The Executive MS in HRD at the University of Houston met all my needs and much more. Having numerous years of HR, OD and OCM leadership experience, I was looking for a program that was tailored to the officer level of an organization, where the focus was on the operational, strategic and transformational elements of change. Having a busy schedule, the program offered the flexibility to actively participate and learn remotely or asynchronously through the various technologies employed. The distinguished staff inspired and educated our cohort to go further than the current texts and memorable case studies. Even while going through the program, I was able to use the tools taught to impact my organization and the stakeholders involved. This lead to two promotions while in the program and an opportunity at a top-tier consultancy firm soon after completing the program.

- Vinay Sanapala, Organizational Change Manager Contractor & Coach at North Highland, Cohort 1 - Class of 2013