UW-Milwaukee: Dispute resolution consultant and recent grad awarded Melvin Lurie prizes

MILWAUKEE – Margo Meverden, a senior operations specialist with Milwaukee’s Direct Supply, Inc., was recently awarded the annual Melvin Lurie Memorial Prize and Moira J. Kelly, president of Kelly Consulting, was awarded the Melvin Lurie Labor-Management Cooperation Prize by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).

Both were given in a ceremony on Sept. 26.

The Melvin Lurie Memorial Prize is given to an outstanding student or recent graduate of the university’s Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) program. It honors the late Melvin Lurie, a former professor and founder of the MHRLR program.

Meverden, a 2011 graduate of the MHRLR program, was chosen for her outstanding scholarship and commitment to the pursuit of knowledge in the area of human resources and labor relations.

The Lurie Labor-Management Cooperation Prize honors individuals and/or organizations for outstanding service in promoting, creating or researching labor-management cooperation. It commemorates Professor Lurie’s efforts to foster cooperative labor-management relations in Wisconsin, an effort that culminated in his organization of the first Wisconsin State Conference on Labor-Management Cooperation in 1987.

Kelly, known as the “Dispute Doctor,” runs her own firm that concentrates on consulting and training in dispute resolution, labor relations and organization effectiveness. She was a gubernatorial appointee to a five-year term on Wisconsin’s first Labor Management Council. She has mediated and helped resolve hundreds of disputes in both unionized and non-unionized settings.

The MHRLR program is taught and administered jointly by UWM’s College of Letters and Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business. It is the only graduate program of its kind offered at a Wisconsin public university.

The awards are made possible by the UWM Foundation, the Lurie family and the MHRLR program.


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