The Heller College of Business held its inaugural Alumni Week from March 19th through 23rd. Dean Asghar Sabbaghi welcomed alumni to both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses to teach and share their expertise with undergraduate students. Whether the class was Federal Taxation, Principles of Finance or Human Resource Management, students and faculty alike felt the week was a complete success.
A special thank you goes to Rick Sharpen for serving as Guest Speaker during our Alumni Week at Heller College of Business. Rick spoke about his career and its development to our graduate students involved in the Human Resource Management Program during the Employee Selection and Staffing course (HRM 434-10) taught by Dr. Marie-Elene Roberge.
Rick received a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from Roosevelt University in 2006. Since 2012, he has been working for Cushman & Wakefield and leads HR for the U.S. East and Canada. As an advisor and business partner, Rick supports the East Region President, Canadian CEO and local leadership, overseeing talent management, employee relations, compensation, recruitment and strategic planning. In addition to the regional markets within Cushman & Wakefield, Rick's client groups have included strategic consulting, research, marketing, industrial brokerage and occupier services.
Rick's presentation was invigorating, and our students were eager to learn from his work experiences, his career development, and expertise in Human Resource Management. After a brief overview of his career experiences and accomplishments, the students asked Rick some questions. The students were interested in knowing about the management of diversity and inclusion in organizations, as well as about the strategic alliances of the HR division with the business strategy. They also asked questions related to the relevance of our program in preparing them for the workplace and were asking questions as to what to do to propel themselves for the challenging tasks in front of them once they graduate.
Rick did an amazing job to answer students' questions with rigor and precision. Regarding the question related to diversity and inclusion, Rick said that it remains a priority for organizations and especially for the management team to make continuous impro0vement to embrace and make different people working together. As for the question regarding strategic HR and business strategy, Rick spoke about the necessity for the top executive team to align HR strategy with the business strategy to reach out for the organizational goals. Rick also talked about how getting a graduate education was a key factor for students' future success. He recommended to the students to own their career and strive for new prospects and challenges. He also said to stay hopeful for new endeavors and career goals by looking up for continuous learning opportunities. The students were very satisfied with his presentation and his answers to their question. Thank you again, Rick, for your wonderful presentation!
We closed the session by taking a group picture of Rick with all the students involved in the class and their professor.
Ralph Haug, Ph,D.; SPHR, Associate Professor of Management, also reflected on his appreciation for our alumni. Rob Chomko, VP, North American Sales, Bitdefender, visited the Undergraduate International Business class on Monday, March 19th, at the Schaumburg campus. He stated: "Great job presenting to our International Business class last night! They really enjoyed your comments and suggestions. The Starbucks' gift cards for the good questions was greatly appreciated by the students. Quite a few took your business cards, so you may have some follow-ups for mentoring and/or job advice. I hope4 that you will enjoy the book about Roosevelt University memories.
By: Marie-Elene Roberge, Adjunct Faculty in Human Resource Management, Employee Selection and Staffing course (HRM 434-10)