Spartan Calvin McDaniel shares his experience working in the HR field.
Calvin graduated from Michigan State University’s Master of Human Resource Management and Labor Relations program in 2013. He currently works as an HR Manager for Wayne Water Systems in Harrison, Ohio. Wayne assembles water removal systems, including basement, well, and utility pumps. He also provides HR support for a sister Berkshire Hathaway company, Powerex, that assembles medical and industrial air compressor systems. Prior to his current role, Calvin worked as an Alumni Career Advisor at Michigan State as well as an HR Manager for General Mills.
As a student, he spent two summers interning in different states- one in Wisconsin and the other in Minneapolis. He says these experiences contributed to both his professional success and helped shaped who he is today. Additionally, Calvin spent 2 weeks in South Africa studying HR and Labor Relations and the socioeconomic aspects of culture in the workplace. He spent the first week in Cape Town engaging with the local culture and the following week studying at the Nelson Mandela University. He says this experience enabled him to see a wide variety of labor relations and HR practices in another country and provided him a global perspective of the workplace. Most importantly, Calvin was able to take what he learned from his time in South Africa and put it into practice in his current role.
Calvin says he knew the HR field was for him when he first took a Diversity & Inclusion course through the Broad Business College, and later as he developed a passion for talent management because it enables him to help people maximize their skills and abilities. For those who share his passions and/or who are looking into HR, Calvin offers a couple pieces of advice. First, he says to be aware of the administrative duties required while working in the field, such as record keeping. Secondly, he emphasizes the importance of having integrity and strong value systems to guide everything you do.
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 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.