HR faculty member honored through named award

by Russell Yost MBA'05,

The Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award recognizes professionals furthering the development of global HR practices.

At the Inaugural Annual Global Human Resources (HR) Conference held at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington, March 23, 2016, the HR Roundtable and Global HR Consortium announced the creation of the annual Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award.  The award honors the lifelong dedication of Lisbeth Claus, professor of management and global HR at Willamette's Atkinson Graduate School of Management, to the development of the global HR profession.

In announcing the award, Carol Olsby, managing director of Carol Olsby & Associates, Inc., founder and chair of the HR Roundtable and co-founder and chair of the Global Human Resources Consortium, explained, “The award is created in gratitude for the many contributions that Lisbeth has made to the HR profession, the countless people she has invested in and her trail-blazing attitude to investigate and champion progressive and thought-provoking HR and management topics.”

This award will be bestowed annually to honor an HR Roundtable and/or a Global HR Consortium member who models one of more of Lisbeth’s key behaviors that are focused on elevating the HR profession and building community. Each year, the winner of the Lisbeth Claus Trail Blazer Award will be announced at the Annual Global HR Consortium and HR Roundtable Global HR Conference.

Claus has taught global HR and management at Willamette since 2003 in the Early Career and Career Change MBA program, as well as the evening MBA for Professionals program. She has also delivered numerous short courses, training sessions and executive seminars at Willamette and around the world.

The HR Roundtable (HRRT) is the greater Seattle area high-technology human resources society with over 150 member companies. The organization is dedicated to providing educational and community-building opportunities for HR professionals employed by high-technology companies. The Global HR Consortium (GHRC) is a global human resources society with nearly 100 member companies and is dedicated to HR professionals who are either currently working on global HR issues or expect to be in the future.