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USC Marshall professor wins human resources award

Theresa Welbourne

Theresa Welbourne, adjunct professor in management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, has received 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 human resources (HR) management.

Recipients of the award are 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 contributed and supported HR education, training and continuous learning.

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

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

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

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