Alumni Profile: Laurelyn Hewitt, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, MBA

As vice president of human resources at a Clark construction company, alumna Laurelyn Hewitt learned the importance of time management and prioritization while working towards her MBA at Walsh. In addition to balancing a full-time career in the commercial roofing industry with her studies, Hewitt also managed an equestrian boarding and training facility at the time. That adds up to two full-time jobs on top of her schooling. When asked how she accomplished so much, Hewitt explains, “When I decided to go back to school, I looked for a program that would give me transferrable skills and a well-rounded approach to business. Flexibility, convenient classes, and reasonable tuition were also factors. I chose Walsh because it met all my criteria and because of its excellent reputation.” She said having a peer group of working adults in her classes was also key. They were also busy with work and family and shared a similar mindset in their approach to pursuing their education.

Building a Solid Business Foundation

Hewitt believes choosing to enroll in the Walsh MBA program helped contribute to her success. “I’ve had a pretty exciting career path,” she said. “I earned my undergraduate degree in architecture and construction management and was working in field operations when the economy changed. I shifted to manufacturing at that time and Walsh allowed me to reinvent. I was able to develop a lot of cross-functional skills in finance, marketing, leadership, human resources, and sales. I’ve always thought it was important as an HR professional to have a solid foundation in business.” A course Hewitt took on change management with Ken Gadd is one that stands out for her. “It led to a lot of ‘a-ha moments’ for me,” she said. “I love and embrace change, and that class helped me learn how to relate to those who do not like change in the same way.” Hewitt stays in contact with a close-knit group of students along with her favorite Walsh faculty. She says, “Dr. Lee Meadows is one of the best presenters I’ve ever seen. I still work with him on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts and appreciate his presence in the larger HR community. I developed many contacts at Walsh who were important to my career, and there were some really great networking opportunities.”

Hewitt is now back home in the construction industry. Whether she’s assembling a diverse cross-functional team at work, or boating, skiing, or riding horses in her free time, Hewitt isn’t satisfied with half measures. She relies on her understanding of compliance, risk mitigation, and effective communication in her role as vice president of human resources. Hewitt is most proud of her company’s trust culture and core values of competence, reliability, sincerity, and care. “That caring piece is unique for a construction company. Watching our Clark team members demonstrate care for each other and care for our clients, vendors, and contractors makes my role very rewarding. We’re building the best place to work and we’re off to a great start.” In fact, her company was named a 2020 Cool Place to Work by Crain’s Detroit.

What's Next

 When asked about her future, Hewitt says she plans to return to school for her Ph.D. and as a bucket list item “would like to be launched off naval carrier in a fighter jet.” She jokes “Any leads toward realizing that goal are appreciated!” With her expertise, passion, and enduring commitment to excellence, we have no doubt she’ll accomplish all that and more.

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