Preparing for a successful career after the Crosby MBA program requires going beyond the classroom. Experience and networking are crucial to becoming a strong professional, especially by conducting site visits to various companies and organizations. Our Human Resources Career Interest Team recently traveled to Kansas City, MO to visit Saint Luke’s Health System’s corporate office to expand our network and learn more about healthcare human resources.
Heather Gage, the Director of Human Resources and Talent Acquisition for the health system, greeted us once we arrived. We then met with three other human resources professionals who shared their passion for human resources, as well as working for a non-profit faith-based health system. We had the pleasure of hearing Dawn Murphy, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, give an amazing presentation on “Solving the Mystery of HR.” Dawn helped break down the different segments and roles within human resources. This shed light on how crucial a strong human resources department is and the variety of talent needed to compose a strong team.
Meda Bower, System Director of Organizational Development, broke it down even further by presenting on what organizational and talent development looks like in a company that has over 10,000 employees. Valuing employees and helping them grow as leaders and individuals was a consistent theme of Meda’s presentation and really differentiated Saint Luke’s as a health system that truly cares about each employee on a personal level.
Tammy Leslie, System Director of Total Rewards, concluded the meeting. She described the more analytical side of human resources by giving real world examples when working with retirement, benefits, and compensation. She also highlighted aspects of human resources that many people don’t even consider, including staying up to speed with laws and what competing companies are offering their employees.
We asked questions throughout each presentation and were challenged to think about how companies need strong human resources professionals. As Dawn paraphrased in her presentation, “human resources is the consciousness of the organization.” This theme rang true throughout the whole site visit at Saint Luke’s Health System, as the passion and thoughtfulness of all four of these strong female professionals was inspiring.
Tess Hart is currently a first-year Crosby MBA student emphasizing in management. Tess graduated from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism in May 2016. Tess currently serves as the Human Resources Career Interest Team President, is an APHR study group leader, and works as a Graduate Assistant for both the Trulaske College of Business Study Abroad Office and International Trade Center.