Tyra Stowe, Passionate HR Professional and Advocate for Others: November aMaizeing Alumni

Tyra Stowe, a dedicated Talent Acquisition Specialist at the Genesee Intermediate School District, has a dynamic career journey marked by her commitment to helping others. A first-generation college graduate, she earned her BBA at UM-Flint, solidifying her foundation for a successful career in Human Resources. Her love for people and advocacy led her through various roles, including a stint in recruitment and talent management, before finding her true calling in HR. Tyra’s advice to aspiring HR professionals emphasizes the importance of hands-on experience and the ability to remain composed in high-pressure situations. Outside of work, she’s an enthusiastic Detroit Lions fan, relishing her first year as a season ticket holder.

Q: Where are you currently working and your title? How long have you been in this position or at this organization? 
A: I currently work at the Genesee Intermediate School District as the Talent Acquistion Specialist. I started with the GISD in November of 2020 as a Human Resources Assistant II, and shortly after moved in my Talent Acquisition Specialist role.

Q: What is your job like day to day?
A: Working in Human Resources is unpredictable, I don’t usually know what I’m going to get day to day! My primary role is welcoming our new staff and conducting orientation on their first day of employment with us, and making sure their paperwork is processed. Day to day I could be getting visited my employees, emailed, or called with any issues or needs they may have – I am there to support and advocate for them in the best way I can. I also attend public events, job fairs, etc. and represent the GISD and the openings we may have within the district, or the service we provide, so if you see me come say hi!
In addition to those responsibilities, I also work with colleges for Student Fieldwork Placements, Internships, and Observations, along with all other HR responsibilities (benefits, interviewing, hiring, professional development, etc.)

Q: Why did you choose to attend UM-Flint for your degree(s)?
A: I chose UM-Flint because I had played around with the idea of going away to a 4-year university, but I had already started my career path in business, and UM-Flint had allowed me to go to school and work full-time. I didn’t want to lose the progress I had already made, so I stayed local and continued to work as well.

Q: Share your best college memory
A: My best college memory was honestly graduating. Of course, I have met amazing people during my journey at UM-Flint, but I am a first-generation college graduate, so completing my Bachelor’s degree was such a huge accomplishment and the best feeling!

Q: What is the most important thing you learned while you were at UM-Flint? 
A: I learned a lot while attending UM-Flint, but I think the best thing I learned while in the BBA program was how interactive business has to be. I went into the avenue of Human Resources, and my classes taught me a lot. How to manage people, how to work with people, how to negotiate, how to advocate for others, and so much more. These are all skills that are so important just in everyday life, not just business, and I truly apply them in everything I do. The most important thing to remember is treat others the way you’d want to be treated.

Q: How did your education at UM-Flint prepare you for what you are doing today?
A: Like I had mentioned, I worked full time while attending UM-Flint, so it was really cool to attend class and then apply what I learned in class into my day to day at work. I feel like it gave me the hands-on experience that is missing from just taking classes. If I didn’t stay local and attend UM-Flint, I truly don’t think I would be as successful in my career as I am now.

Q: Who influenced you most during your time at UM-Flint and why?
A: This is a tough question; I don’t think anyone specifically did. If anything, probably just myself. I was learning and growing both educationally, but also professionally, which leaked into my personal life too – I was learning to live authentically and used classes I took to help guide me into what I wanted to do in my career. I’m thankful to say I do love my job, and I love the people I get to work with and for.

Q: What is one of your favorite events you attended or classroom experiences at UM-Flint? Why?
A: By far my favorite class was with Mark Simon – he is funny, and he brings so much fun and real-life experience into the classroom. He is extremely interactive and wants you to have fun while you’re learning. I took a class of his my last semester of my degree and I wish I had taken more of his courses!

Q: Describe your career path.
A: When I first started at UM-Flint I was working as a Membership Coordinator at a local gym in Flint. I ended up landing a job with a Recruitment company working as their Talent Acquisition Specialist, finding internal employees to recruit for them. After a short stint there, I started as a Talent Manager for Talent Agency where I managed employees all over the US working as brand ambassadors for my clients. After 5 years there, I worked as a Recruiter for nurse placements for about a year. I knew that’s what I didn’t enjoy, and I eventually accepted the positions as the HR Assistant II at GISD. I was then promoted to the Talent Acquisition Specialist, and I have been with GISD for 3 years this month!

Q: Why did you choose to go into the career path you are currently in?
A: I realized I am very emotionally driven, and I love people. I love meeting new people, and I love helping people, and HR allows me to do both. My favorite thing about HR is advocating for people that maybe don’t have the resources to do it themselves. When I am presented with a problem, I will strategically plan some way to fix it.

Q: What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
A: Get hands-on experience! HR can be stressful sometimes, and it’s very fast-paced, with multiple interruptions throughout the course of your work. You might see the happiest employees or the most frustrated employees, but you need to keep your cool, and do what you can to help. Hands-on experience will help you understand what avenues of HR you might like most, and it will give you the exposure you need to work with all different kinds of employee-related needs.

Q: Fun Facts! (Examples: sports fan, long-term goals, favorite vacation, future travel plans/ideas, or come up with your own!)
A: This is my first year as a Detroit Lions season ticket holder and as you can tell, it’s been awesome… Gooooooo LIONS!