Executive-in-Residence: Rick J. Harris

Published: March 27, 2019

By: Timothy MacKenzie

SOMERS - President of consultative services company RJ Harris & Associates and UW-parkside Alumni Rick J. Harris is returning to campus as part of the Executive-in-Residence Program. The UW-Parkside College of Business, Economics, and Computing sponsors Executive-in-Residence each semester giving students, faculty, and the community the opportunity to learn from business leaders and gain an appreciation of how executives make decisions, motivate, and manage. Harris will appear at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. in the Student Center Cinema on Tuesday, April 9.

Harris is a seasoned Human Resource Executive who specializes in improving individual and organization performance. He has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources and Manufacturing Operations fields in Fortune 500 companies. Known and respected throughout North America, Rick is a sought after speaker and subject matter expert in Diversity, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Compliance. He is considered an innovative thought leader in the Human Resources field.

Rick Harris received his BS degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He’s also a member of the Parkside Beta Gamma Sigma chapter fraternity. Rick resides in Gurnee, IL with his wife Lorraine and their daughter Danielle, he remains very involved in local community affairs. For his contributions to his community, Mr. Harris was named "Most Influential African American" of Lake County in 2008, and inducted into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 2009.

Inquiries about the event can be directed to Laura McClure, Assistant Dean to the College of Business, Economics, and Computer at 262-595-2243 or via email at mcclure@uwp.edu.

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