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Mandy R. Woulfe, a volunteer leader for the SHRM Hawaii state chapter, is the winner of the 2014 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship. The $10,000 award, given annually to a human resources professional who demonstrates exemplary leadership, was announced Nov. 21, 2014, at the Volunteer Leaders’ Summit in Washington, D.C.
Nearly 900 HR professionals from across the country gathered for the three-day, invitation-only event—formerly known as the SHRM Leadership Conference—that helps prepare individuals for their roles as volunteer leaders in their SHRM chapters and state councils.
Woulfe works in corporate human resources at Classic Resorts in Lahaina, Hawaii, and has more than 10 years of HR experience. She has a bachelor’s degree in HR management from Regis University in Denver. She is pursuing a master’s degree in HR management with a concentration in integrating functional and strategic human resource management through Walden University in Minneapolis.
“For me, HR is more than a job; it’s a calling,” Woulfe wrote in her fellowship application. “It is an opportunity to impact people’s lives and the companies they work for by improving their work environment, advancement opportunities and finances.”
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the SHRM Foundation, and former SHRM affiliate the HR Certification Institute established the fellowship in 2009 to help develop the next generation of HR leaders. It is named in honor of Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, who served as SHRM’s president and CEO from March 2002 until her retirement in July 2008.
Eligible applicants must be HR professionals pursuing a first-time graduate degree, and be SHRM members or hold a professional certification from the HR Certification Institute. Each fellowship is renewable for one additional year, for a total of two years of graduate study and up to $20,000.
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