Graduate Program in Human Resources Develops Global Leaders

From left, back row: Manuel Rodriguez, Tina Perkins, Anthony Broussard, Joni Huerta, Yuji Matsushima, Manuel Rodriguez Jr, Ruben Bagadion. From left, front row: Lydia Robinson, Denise Ortega, Ed Monsivais, Abigail Trujillo, and Tracy Allen.

Students who pursue studies in the University of Houston Executive Human Resource Development (HRD) program are looking for a competitive career advantage.  These students typically have seven to 20 years of experience and represent various industries, including health care, aerospace, manufacturing, energy, education, retail, civil service, and non-profit.

“I selected the HRD master’s because I wanted to strengthen my communications, leadership, content development, presentation and coaching skills,” said Ed Monsivais, a veteran liaison at a local community college.

The sixth cohort, which is housed at UH Sugar Land, is presently invested in an intensive year-long program, which will include a week-long residency in Prague, Czech Republic.  An alum of the program described the week-long residency this way, “In addition to the cultural awareness pieces, I appreciated the political background we received before the trip as well.  This trip is a great addition to the program. The opportunity to consider any of the elements we've studied throughout the program from a different lens really opens up our thinking and assumptions, especially for those of us who work in global organizations...but also for those who don't.  Thanks for making this trip a significant part of the program, and for supporting and preparing for it appropriately.”

“Students embark on a problem-based, experiential journey where they examine the business context of their work, and use learning and change theories, tools and techniques to enhance their leadership, strategy and consulting skills,” said Consuelo Waight, professor and director of the program.  “The faculty, who work as a team, coach students to transfer their knowledge and skills to their work and to evaluate the success of their applications.” 

 “My professional success is largely due to having great mentors and coaches throughout my military career and with (my previous employer),” said Manuel Rodriguez, also a member of the HRD cohort. “In my current position with the Federal Aviation Administration, I am in a position where I serve as a mentor to mid-level managers.  Learning new ways and concepts to be a better mentor will assist me greatly in providing better mentorship to my organization.” 

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