Get to Know Kelly Bower

What is your greatest personal or professional accomplishment?

Getting accepted into the Fox School of Business graduate program at Temple University and pursuing my Masters in Human Resource Management.

What is your current job or role?

As a Laboratory Manager, I currently manage, recruit and coordinate internship programs at Temple University. I am the lead hiring manger for the competitive Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, funded by the National Science Foundation. I train undergraduate research interns in recruiting and running participants for experimental research studies. Recently, I have coordinated various guest speakers and workshops, including a successful big data workshop that created an online resource of spatial thinking data.

Who are your clients?

My clients are undergraduate research interns at Temple University. I really enjoy what I do and it shows through the work that I provide on a daily basis.

In your current job, what gives you the greatest sense of reward and accomplishment?

The most rewarding part of my job is when I can give guidance, letters of recommendation, or any helpful advice to undergraduate students regarding post-graduation plans. I have seen some of my interns go on to do great things and I consider that an accomplishment.

With your level of experience, what words of wisdom could you offer to someone who is working hard to make their career grow?

Get the most you can of each professional experience. Go to events, read things you wouldn’t normally read and have conversations with people you normally wouldn’t have conversations with. Coming out of a non-business degree, it was not only important for me to learn all that I can about HR in the classroom, but I needed to learn all that I could about business as well. If you’re doing things that make you feel uncomfortable…then you’re doing it right. The only way you can grow and be successful is if you push yourself and your comfort zone. Also, never stop learning.

What have you found most valuable about being a member of PSHRM?

I have valued the networking opportunities the most but also getting experience in a new territory on the marketing and communications committee.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy running and I love participating in all the half marathons and 10 milers that Philly has to offer.

If given an opportunity to do something really extraordinary or adventurous, what would it be and why?

Travel the world. I studied abroad during my time as an undergrad and have done some other traveling but there is still so much more I want to see.

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