Spartan Patricia Turner shares her journey within the HR field.
Patricia Turner joined Microsoft in March in 2016, and is currently a Sr. Human Resources Manager in Redmond, Washington. In her current role, she is responsible for strategic HR generalist leadership for various teams in the Cloud & Enterprise Engineering group.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Patricia was the Sr. HR Business Partner at Kellogg’s HQ in Battle Creek, Michigan. While at Kellogg’s Patricia helped drive the HR agenda for the Snacks – Supply Chain group as well as functioning as a national Co-Chair for the Kellogg African American Resource Group (KAARG). Prior to joining Kellogg’s, Patricia was the Human Resources Manager with GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, based in Wilmington, North Carolina. She provided generalist HR leadership for the Nuclear Plant Projects (NPP), Engineering & Technology, Sales & Marketing organizations globally. While in this role, Patricia also held a leadership role in the Wilmington chapter of the GE African American Forum (AAF).
Patricia has spent the majority of her career in HR leadership roles in the automotive industry. She worked for five years at Eaton Corporation as a Human Resources Manager at both Division Headquarters and Engineering Technical Centers, and supported a number of functional organizations. Patricia began her HR career with Visteon Corporation (formerly of Ford Motor Company) on their 4-year rotational Human Resources Leadership Development Program.
Patricia earned both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Michigan State University in Human Resources and Labor Relations & Human Resources (MLRHR) respectively. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) and has earned her Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification.
Patricia is a native of Lansing, Michigan. She has two adult children, Fred and Dominique, who both reside in Michigan.
Spartan David Wishinsky shares how his background in politics has influenced his decision to work towards an MBA from the University of Colorado.
David says he has always been fascinated by what makes people make decisions. That is one thing that led him into electoral politics where he worked as a fundraiser raising about $10M in support of making people decide to support his candidates by successfully “selling their ideas.”Seeing that the private sector was effecting change more rapidly and in exciting ways, he decided to go to the University of Colorado in Boulder to pursue an MBA. Here, his fascination with decision making hasn’t abated and he is focusing his studies on marketing, essentially making consumers choose your product instead of another. On campaigns, he was always tasked with unmovable election dates and financial reporting deadlines. He was also always facing highly constrained resources leading him to become an efficiency expert and an aggressive initiator in new, faster and cheaper strategies. He hopes to bring this back to the business world, by motivating consumers to choose the products or services he works to support, creating efficiencies to reduce bureaucratic delays and also save money.
Having had many mentors throughout his academic and professional life, David highlights how important those were to his current success, and how students-particularly undergraduates-should take advantage of their status as students to reach out to any professional(s) within fields they are interested in because most are excited about the opportunity and are willing to sit down and discuss their career.
In his spare time – which is becoming a limited commodity, he says- he enjoys spending time with his wife and their two cats, watching Michigan State football and hiking. He has never lost a game of Monopoly, earned the first press pass ever for a blogger from the Oakland A’s, enjoys a good hefenweizen and if available would pursue a Ph.D. in bullpen usage studies.
Spartan Jessica Pantano shares how her broad-ranging experiences and curious nature led her to the position she currently holds as a Program Manager for Landis + Gyr load control solutions.
Graduating from Michigan State University in 1996 with a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science, Jessica had no idea she would end up working for an electric company. However, she says the hands-on experience in the field was what led her to where she is today. Mark Rose, Jessica’s mentor from her time working at the Executive level for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative was not afraid to let young professionals, such as herself, develop management skills through trial and error. Jessica also mentions how her time as a team member and editor of the Texas Co-op Power magazine at IBM allowed her to gain a better understanding about what the role of a Project Manager consists of as well as educated her on the details of the electric field. All of which serves as important in her current role.
A typical day for Jessica involves working within her 7 customer related projects for different utility companies implementing auto control solutions in places from Mississippi to Iowa as well as her 5 internal projects. Thus, her day consists of administrative work, standing meetings, and responding to customer questions or problems. This does not leave her much, if any, downtime, which is an aspect of her work that she enjoys, and encourages everyone to take a look at the electric industry as there is much opportunity for placement and growth.
Her parting suggestions to our listeners were to be curious, to never stop learning, and to partake in any experience that comes your way, regardless of whether or not opportunities presented to you necessarily fall in line with your career aspirations. She says you never know what seemingly random experiences have in store. Perhaps, in taking her advice, you too will develop a new passion or find yourself in a position you never had expected you would end up.
Spartan Katie Paulen,a former Alumni Career Services Assistant for the Alumni Association, shares her experiences as a Human Resources Generalist at Wolverine Worldwide located in Big Rapids, Michigan.
Katie originally entered Michigan State as a Political Theory major in James Madison and planned to attend Law School. After her first year, she decided Law School was not for her and decided to switch her major to Business Management, graduating with a BA in 2008. Katie continued her journey as a Spartan to graduate with a Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations in 2010. Her undergraduate experience working for the Alumni Career Services and her internship at Shell Oil Company while completing her graduate degree are two experiences Katie found to be most beneficial to her future career, and encourages her fellow Spartans-especially young professionals- to seek these types of opportunities while at Michigan State.
Upon leaving Michigan State, she began her first entry-level HR role at Federal Mogul Powertrain, a leading supplier for the 3 top automotive companies and situated in Greenville, Michigan. Here, she was able to develop her labor relations skills and eventually worked her way up to become the HR Manager.
3 years later she was offered a similar HR position at Wolverine Worldwide, but here she is working to advance popular brands of footwear instead of the manufacturing of enginer components. Katie’s favorite part of her job is never having one day exactly like the next. She could be dealing with labor disputes one day, and recruiting, training, and writing a new policy the next. She also says her work in the manufacturing facility also contributes to her unique work week.
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