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International leadership conference honors business professor

March 12, 2015
Dr. Kath Bates, assistant professor at Brandman University, San DIego

Dr. Kath Bates, assistant professor

Dr. Kath Bates, assistant professor in the School of Business and Professional Studies at the San Diego campus of Brandman University, received the Women Leadership Achievement Award in February while attending a pair of conferences In Mumbai, India.

Bates and Nina Woodard, an adjunct professor in Extended Education in Irvine, were the final keynote speakers at the World HRD (human resources development) Congress. Bates also participated in a panel discussion on the future of leadership at the World Women Leadership Congress that preceded the larger World HRD Congress.

She received her leadership award on the final day of the Women’s Congress in recognition of the teaching she does at Brandman in the field of leadership. She’s been teaching at Brandman/Chapman University College since 1989, beginning as an adjunct and becoming a full-time faculty member five years ago.

Both congresses focused on the future of human resources. Bates said the main take-home lesson was that workforce planning at a global level is more important in day-to-day human resources management than most HR managers might think.

“If HR people aren’t more globally mindful, even if it’s not an international company, they will not be able to take on and make the most efficient and effective decisions for their companies,” she said.

In their keynote address to the World HRD Congress, Bates and Woodard discussed their research on workplace excellence competencies, a topic Bates knows both as a researcher and through her work overseeing changes to the master’s in human resources program at Brandman.

“Our curriculum team is working to meet today’s and tomorrow’s new standards for professionals,” she said.

The World HRD Congress draws senior human resources professionals from 178 countries. It is preceded by the World Women Leadership Congress, designed to specifically identify and honor women for the things they have done to advance leadership particularly for women. Bates was one of three speakers from the U.S. at the conference.

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