University of Southern California

Marshall Professor Recognized with HR Award
Theresa Welbourne becomes First Woman and Entrepreneur to Win the Honor
December 8, 2012 • by News at Marshall

Theresa Welbourne, adjunct professor in management and organization and at the Center for Effective Organizations, was recently awarded the Distinguished Human Resources Executive Award from the Academy of Management.

Welbourne was the first woman and first entrepreneur to be recognized with the award, which singles out executives who have distinguished themselves throughout their careers in the field of HR management. Recipients of the award have to be respected in the broader community of HR professionals by advancing the field through effective leadership, contributing to HR research and acting as an individual who has both contributed and supported HR education, training and continuous learning.

"I'm honored. I think it's an amazing endorsement for people to realize that even in academics, we can have nontraditional careers, " said Welbourne.

Welbourne started her academic career at Cornell University, moved on to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and then took time off from full-time academics to start her HR technology firm, eePulse in 1997. She has taught management and organization at Marshall since 2008.

"Now I am in a position where I am bringing my business experience back to academics," said Welbourne. "It is the mix of academics, business and crossing over that allowed me to win the award."

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