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The students in the Ph.D. program represent numerous industries and hold leadership positions in some of the nation's foremost organizations.

The students in the Ph.D. program consult with the faculty and practicing scholars to write and publish work throughout the program.

The students in the Ph.D. program are learning to apply the latest thinking in human capital management in their organizations.

Heather Whiteman

Strategic Workforce Planning Leader
General Electric Company

My professional career began in the areas of Equal Employment, Affirmative Action & Selection Testing and later evolved to Human Resources Research and workforce planning. After a stint in consulting I worked for Pacific Gas & Electric, a large utility in California, and am currently with the General Electric Company as a Strategic Workforce Planning Leader. My academic background consists of bachelors in Psychology and a bachelors in Communications from the University of California, Davis and a Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from California State University, Sacramento.

What I hope to gain from this program:

I consider this program an extension of my current area of focus. I believe in the efficiency and power of an integrated human capital strategy: One that is based on strategic workforce planning – a process for assessing business direction and determining workforce needs/gaps to meet future business imperatives – and integrates the various functional areas of HR to ensure successful closure of gaps and proactive addressment of needs (recruiting, learning & development, engagement, performance, succession planning). I am excited to apply the learnings of this program and from my peers to my work.