On Thursday, the UT Society of Human Resource Management will host Justin Angsuwat, a Google human resource business partner. Angsuwat will present on his career history in human resources and how it led him to a career at Google.
The event, free and open to everyone, will begin at 11 a.m. in the Cox Auditorium of the Alumni Memorial Building.
Angsuwat, a native Australian, lived in both Sweden and New York City before he moved to San Francisco to work at Google. While in New York City, he worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services firm where he led human capital consulting teams for Fortune 100 clients. In Australia, he was the HR chief of staff for a company on the Fortune 500 list.
Angsuwat holds a bachelor's degree in computer science, a master's in human resource management, and has received a handful of awards and honors for his work in HR as well, including the title of Australian Human Resources Rising Star of the Year by the Australian Human Resources Institute. He has also served as the chair of the Society of Human Resources Management Young Professionals Board.
Courtney Bowditch, a human resource management major and chapter president of SHRM, said she thinks Angsuwat's experience will make his presentation one worth attending.
"Justin has a very unique background in HR," Bowditch said. "All students would do well to hear his experiences and setbacks in his career and in moving across the world to pursue his career."
Last summer, some student's in SHRM traveled to the organization's national conference in Chicago. Debbie L. Mackey, SHRM's faculty advisor and director of the Human Resource Management master's program, traveled with the students and said it was on this trip the group was introduced to Angsuwat.
"We met him in Chicago at National SHRM and networked with him throughout the year to bring him to Knoxville," Mackey said.
Both Bowditch and Mackey expressed excitement to hear what Angsuwat will have to say when he arrives.
"It will be a rare and unique experience having Justin here to share what he does in one of the top companies in the world," Bowditch stated. "He has a worldly view of HR and will share his advice about the profession."