Monica ChanEMHRM '18

Executive Master of Human Resource Management

Forest Hills, Queens (NY)

Monica Chan

Monica's EMHRM Experience

Where are you from?

I am currently in Forest Hills, Queens (NY), however, my family is from Thailand. Having lived there for 9 years, I often think about the differences & similarities in our culture and how it impacts the workplace.

How or why did you decide to come to Cornell for the EMHRM program?

In researching the appropriate graduate degree to expand my HR knowledge, I wanted a mix of business, strategy, HR and leadership. Beyond the robust curriculum itself, I work with several HR leaders who studied HR at Cornell. Seeing how they lead within the organization, partner with their business units and apply their knowledge, I knew I was coming to the right place to challenge myself and broaden my skillset. Additionally, the flexibility and international cohort were attractive elements, but working with people who are also products of the program helped bolster my decision.             

What are some highlights of the program?

Our resident sessions in Ithaca allow us to meet our classmates, professors and collaborate with our cohort. These interactions help us develop relationships that make the online format feel personable. We all bring different experiences and developed in our HR careers through varied routes, some internationally, so our discussions are rich, insightful and never seize to ignite new ideas, awareness, perspective and sensitivity. All of which make us individually better HR professionals. 

Describe your experience of working online.

The online format is effective, and the flexibility is what makes pursuing my masters possible with work while being able to maintain a sense of balance in my personal life. The content is well curated (very applicable), and the lecture videos are in short, digestible clips that are bite-sized and easy fit into portions of the day. Most importantly, whether you have 30 minutes or 3 hours, you can make progress and that is effective for me in carving out time each morning for lectures, discussion and projects. It puts you in full control of how you allocate your time for coursework.

What is some advice for someone who is looking to do the EMHRM program?

It’s manageable! If you’re looking for a challenge that’s applicable in real time and looking for a cohort that’s knowledgeable, diverse in thought and background who can push you while you push them, this is a program to consider. 

Where do you work?

I work at an entertainment company based in NYC as Manager of Talent & Pipeline Programs for Operations & Technology. 

How has the program helped you in your current role?

I’ve spent most of my 10 working years in HR on the Talent Acquisition, Campus & Program Management side so this was a great way to broaden my HR knowledge in other areas including Talent Management, Labor Relations, Strategy and Employee Relations.  In the immediate term, courses have been directly applicable in my day to day management of the operations & technology rotational program I oversee. From how to motivate people, managing conflict, thinking strategically and getting things done, I’ve been able to take something from every single course and apply it immediately in my work. It’s a positive feedback loop in this program. You apply your work experiences into your coursework and group discussions and you take the lectures, discussions and insight from your cohort and apply it back at work. Momentum builds as does confidence as an HR professional and leader.