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Dupuis Honored with HR Meisinger Fellowship

The Holt School at Rollins College is pleased to announce that Ivette Mendez Dupuis, SPHR, GPHR, is the recipient of the 2013 Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship, an annual award given to a human resource professional who demonstrates extraordinary leadership.

The honor — a $10,000 fellowship for graduate studies given by the Society for Human Resource Management, the HR Certification Institute and the SHRM Foundation — was presented recently at SHRM’s annual Leadership Conference in suburban Washington, D.C.

Dupuis, of Orlando, is enrolled in the Master of Human Resources program at the Holt School at Rollins College. Her concentration is international human resource management and management consulting. Dupuis earned her BA from the Holt School in 2008 majoring in organizational behavior and minoring in business administration.

“A key business leader and partner, but also an employee advocate — that’s how Ivette Dupuis describes her future role in HR,” said Henry G. Jackson, president and CEO of SHRM. “Her past contributions as an HR professional are worthy of recognition, and we look forward to her contributions that are yet to come as Ivette earns her master’s degree in HR.”

Dupuis is the former director of administration at Thermo Fisher Scientific in Annapolis, Md., where she led the HR and finance teams. She wants to further her education in the theory and practice of HR, particularly in international business and global diversity.  Dupuis lived in Berlin from July 2011 to September 2012, where her studies focused on German culture and labor practices. “The contemporary business world is exciting and constantly evolving as today’s workplaces are without borders and global connectivity has become the norm,” she wrote in her fellowship application.

The fellowship, established in 2009 to help develop the next generation of HR leaders, is named in honor of Sue Meisinger, SPHR, who served as SHRM’s president and CEO from March 2002 until her retirement in July 2008. It provides up to $10,000 annually for no more than two years of graduate study in HR. To be eligible, an HR professional must be pursuing a first-time graduate degree and either be a member of SHRM or hold a professional certification from the HR Certification Institute.  SPHR has over 225,000 members worldwide.

Dupuis said that, “I am very humbled to receive this award. It shows that SHRM stands behind its HR career professionals and it validates the work that I have been doing in the HR field and will be doing in the future.  I want everyone to know that Rollins College and the Holt School specifically provides an amazing learning environment for adult learners with its top notch faculty, seminar size classes, and high quality course and degree offerings.  The HR field is constantly changing and the Holt School provides HR professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the many daily challenges they face.”

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