Kristy Brockman Receives First $10,000 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

Jun 30, 2009

Kristy Brockman Receives First $10,000 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship

Stipend aids next generation of HR leaders pursuing master’s degree focused on HR

NEW ORLEANS – The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the world’s largest HR organization, today presented the $10,000 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship to Kristy Brockman during its 61st Annual Conference and Exposition in New Orleans.

Brockman, currently based in Bonduel, Wisconsin, is the first recipient of the fellowship. The Fellowship stipend is renewable and provides up to $20,000 for two years $10,000 each year of graduate study in HR.

The graduate-level award honors the historic contributions of former SHRM President and CEO, Susan R. Meisinger, SPHR, in advancing the profession, and will focus on developing the next generation of HR leaders.

“In the future, HR will be more influential in business decisions than ever before,” said Brockman. “As the laws change, we must have the business acumen and the legal understanding to best support our customers. In HR, we wear many hats and I enjoy that challenge of that diversity of responsibilities.”

The inaugural award exemplifies Meisinger’s passion for the profession and her strong belief that meaningful HR-specific coursework at the graduate level plays a vital role in an HR professional’s success throughout his or her career.

“It is with great pride that we acknowledge the dedication and achievements of the extraordinary future HR leaders,” said Deb Cohen, SHRM’s chief knowledge officer. “This new HR fellowship will be given to the best and the brightest in our profession, and to those business-focused individuals who want to continue to contribute to HR.”

Brockman is a well-rounded HR professional experienced in directing strategic improvements in labor relations, employee relations and safety across diverse industries.

Brockman’s work history includes more than 10 years in the human resource field. She started as an HR administrator in 1997 with Alwin Manufacturing Company Inc. and currently is the HR manager and safety manager at KI, an international furniture manufacturer in Bonduel, Wisconsin.

Brockman’s labor relations experience includes work with six unions (Steelworkers, PACE, MNA, Teamsters, WPPA and AFSCME), and 10 years of experience in grievance management, investigations, and arbitrations.

A member of SHRM, Brockman holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification. Other professional affiliations include the Shawano Chamber of Commerce, Bonduel Business Association, and the Wisconsin Society of Healthcare Human Resources Administration.

Brockman received a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Phoenix. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in human resources and labor relations from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

The Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship is announced annually during the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition.

To be eligible, an HR professional must either be a member of SHRM or hold a professional certification (i.e., PHR, SPHR or GPHR) from the HR Certification Institute. Additionally, the candidate must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Earned a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall in his or her undergraduate major based on a four-point grading scale;
  • Have at least 10 years of work experience, with a minimum of five years in HR; and
  • Have been accepted into a qualified graduate program within or outside of the United States.

The Fellowship is endowed by SHRM, the HR Certification Institute, and the SHRM Foundation. For more information, please visit:


About the Society for Human Resource Management

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the U.S. and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM at


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