Notable Alumni: Kristin Fritz

Vice president, human resources business and technology, Rockwell Automation

  • Category: Notable Alumni
  • Number of years working in your current industry: 30
  • Undergrad degree/university: BS Business Management, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Graduate degree/university: MBA, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

University of Wisconsin – Parkside (bachelor’s -1987, master’s – 1990)

Since 2002, Kristin Fritz has been a leader at Rockwell Automation, where she now leads HR for the Intelligent Devices Business segment, Integrated Supply Chain and headquarters functions. 

Rockwell executives have cited Fritz’s work as industry leading, enabling the company to improve the diversity of their workforce, hire and retain critical advanced manufacturing technologists, and initiate new programs, according to Linnea Booher, director of donor and alumni engagement at University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Drawing on her service experience in the Army, Fritz spearheaded the Academy of Advanced Manufacturing, a Rockwell Automation initiative in partnership with ManpowerGroup to provide job training and placement for up to 1,000 veterans annually. 

From this veteran training program, more than 80% of graduates have been placed in career-advancing roles.

Fritz earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration (1987, 1990) at Parkside. She continues to support the education of future HR professionals as an adjunct instructor in UW-Parkside’s business program and serves on the UW-Parkside College of Business, Economics, and Computing advisory board.

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