Capella University’s Dr. Robert Rodriguez Speaks at Society for Human Resource Management Conference

June 29, 2006

MINNEAPOLIS, June 29, 2006 — Dr. Robert Rodriguez of Capella University, an accredited online university, spoke Tuesday June 27 at the Society for Human Resource Management’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Rodriguez, faculty chair of general management and human resources in the School of Business and Technology at Capella, spoke on involving employees in leadership development. He discussed multiple learning methods that are essential to leadership programs, including 360-degree assessments, mentoring programs, action learning projects, and using executives as teachers. More than 300 people attended Dr. Rodriguez’s presentation.

“By turning to existing employees to help develop the next generation of leaders, organizations are taking advantage of the collective knowledge and expertise within their walls, and provides a cost effective way to help in the growth of future leaders,” Rodriguez said. “Such activities have a tremendous return on investment.”

The conference, the world’s largest human resources conference and exposition, was held at the Washington Convention Center and featured an opening session with General Colin Powell.

About Capella University
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited* online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, and psychology, and bachelor’s degree programs in business and information technology. Within those areas, Capella offers 77 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 16 certificate specializations. The online university currently serves more than 15,700 learners from all 50 states and 63 countries. It is a national leader in online education, committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company, headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1-888-CAPELLA (227-3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, located at 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504, (312) 263-0456,

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