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Bilal Ali, 30
Head of HR, Sharif Group
Manama, Bahrain
At the age of 27, Ali become head of HR at the Sharif Group. In the past three years, he has continually proven his leadership skills while also maintaining a humble attitude and vouching for employee rights.
Bilal Ali
Alycia Angle, 31
Senior Talent Management Consultant, Ochsner Health System
New Orleans
Angle served as a student assistant for the Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement Workshop and played a major role as a volunteer coordinator. Angle oversaw the progress of the workshop and conference as she devoted 14-16 hours a day to ensure their success.
Alycia Angle
Ebru Arslan, 35
HR Business Partner,
Continental Europe, Kronos
In her short time at Kronos, Arslan has played a major role in transforming the perception of HR across the Continental European region, showing that HR is more than just payroll. She’s gained a new reputation of leadership for the role, and now she’s not only valued as a core HR professional but also as a key business manager.
Ebru Arslan
Temitope Azeez, 35
People Director, Jumia Global
Ikeja, Nigeria
With 13 years of HR management experience, Azeez has gone the extra mile and introduced long-desired initiatives that were never executed at her organization, such as a mentoring program and the Jumia Management Development Program.
Temitope Azeez
Patricia Bagsby, 35
Vice President, Organizational Consulting, Psychological Associates
St. Louis
Bagsby’s Psychological Associates colleague Jill Pioter described her as “a skilled learning designer and workshop facilitator who is instrumental in the revamp of our L&D arm.” Bagsby’s enthusiasm and curiosity has benefited the entire organization down to the bottom line.
Patricia Bagsby
Samina Banu, 35
Specialist HR Senior Manager — TCS Research & Innovation, TCS
Mumbai, India
Banu has been “instrumental” in finding the right talent to fulfill the staffing demands of TCS’ R&I unit, according to EVP and Chief Technology Officer K. Ananth Krishnan. She’s also done a lot to build a TCS R&I brand among students and the professional community, which has helped raise awareness of this niche unit and attract talent.
Samina Banu
Valentina Baratta, 35
Senior Manager, Human Resources, Kronos
The sole HR professional for all Kronos employees in Canada, Baratta has held a crucial role in managing several distinct and different strategies across Canada and connecting these to the larger Kronos vision. She is a truly collaborative HR professional.
Valentina Baratta
Rebecca Bettencourt, 37
Corporate Workforce Planning and Training Senior Program Manager,
E. & J. Gallo Winery
Modesto, California
Bettencourt cares about her community. She has been instrumental in launching new workplace pipeline programs that benefit low-income communities in California, and she’s created four company-sponsored apprenticeship programs.
Rebecca Bettencourt
Jennifer Beyer, 36
Global Employer Brand Manager, MicroStrategy
Tysons Corner, Virginia
Within one year at MicroStrategy, Beyer not only proved herself as a determined employee but also an effective leader, taking on the challenge of building the organization’s employer brand for the first time. “Jen accepted this challenge without blinking an eye,” said Employer Brand Strategist Emily Fritz.
Jennifer Beyer
Courtney Bigony, 29
Director of People Science, 15Five
San Francisco
After joining the company in 2017, Bigony has been responsible for breaking down leading psychological research into actionable items. She is reinventing the way people think about the workplace and the role of HR while uncovering the science of people’s potential.
Courtney Bigony
Andrea Black, 30
Senior Consultant, Organization and Talent Management, Airlines Reporting Corp.
Arlington, Virginia
In 2018, Black played a central role in a wide-scale transformation adapting new systems and incorporating a shift to the cloud. “I see in Andrea not just exceptional potential for the future but also amazing performance in the present,” said CHRO Eric Barger.
Andrea Black
Sean Cain, 34
VP of Career Development,
21st Century Fox
Los Angeles
Cain’s passion for helping others thrive in their careers has put him at the forefront of promoting professional development and internal advancement of employees. Cain’s “MentorMatch” program connects employees across the enterprise with professional development needs around the globe.
Sean Cain
Vincent Cavelot, 38
Director, Talent Management, TechnipFMC
Leader of TechnipFMC’s groundbreaking new Emerging Talent program, Cavelot has been innovative and experimental with new technologies like virtual reality to instill leadership and management skills in the program’s 84 participants.
Vincent Cavelot
Samik Chakraborty, 35
Senior Manager HR, TCS
Kolkata, India
Change management can produce lots of tension and stress. When 50 new employees were insourced to TCS, Chakraborty dealt with this change in a balanced, transparent and humane way, listening to the new TCS employees’ feedback and easing their anxieties.
Samik Chakraborty
Rebecca Chung, 30
Program Manager, Online Campus, Columbia University School of Social Work
Los Angeles
Managing her organization’s live support specialist team is a big challenge since they are spread across the United States. Communication is key for Chung, and she reaches out to the staff through a weekly communiqué and a formal mentoring program she created and piloted.
Rebecca Chung
Stefanie Coleman, 36
Director, PwC People & Organization, PwC
New York
Coleman’s passion for coaching and developing teams has been instrumental in areas of practice where clients are focused such as performance management, diversity and inclusion, and digital workforce transformation. “Stefanie’s passion for inclusion was clear from the start,” said Bhushan Sethi, joint global leader people and organization.
Stefanie Coleman
Megha Das, 27
HR Specialist — Talent Analytics and Branding; TCS
Mumbai, India
The youngest person on her current corporate team, Das has proven her dedication, passion and “go-getter” attitude by looking past her job description and carving out her own role at TCS.
Megha Das
Rachel Druckenmiller, 34
Director of Wellbeing, Alera Group
Druckenmiller encourages companies to evolve their definition of well-being. In 2015, the Wellness Council of America selected Druckenmiller as the No. 1 health promotion professional in the country. “The bottom line is that she is passionate about helping others live their best life,” said EVP Jessica Tiller.
Rachel Druckenmiller
Martell Dyles, 34
Workforce Development Manager, Triunity Engineering & Management Inc.
Dyles began his career in 2011 with Denver’s Regional Transportation District. That same year he led the charge to create a workforce development program called Workforce Initiative Now. “Mr. Dyles has been a trailblazer and innovator within the transit industry,” said CEO Marvin Thomas.
Martell Dyles
Kerri Gaouette, 28
Manager, HR Programs and Operations, Blueprint Medicines
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Gaouette took ownership of several L&D programs to engage employees. She helped evolve a peer-mentoring program that boasts an 80 percent participation rate. Her approach to new-hire integration has lead to a redesigned onboarding program that includes a two-day orientation that she designed and facilitates.
Kerri Gaouette
Sara Hopkins, 33
Vice President, Custom Design and Consulting, Paradigm Learning Inc.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Hopkins’ creativity, resourcefulness and “contagious enthusiasm” led to the development of a business acumen program tailored for health care organizations, among other new programs. “Sara’s leadership skills are exceptional,” said nominator Rosalee Fortune. “She leads by example and is a natural leader.”
Sara Hopkins
Jonathan Hulbert, 28
Director, Leadership Organizational Development, SUNY Buffalo State College
Buffalo, New York
Besides being a high-profile brand ambassador for university partnerships, Hulbert has revised the Professional Development Center programs, its leadership certificate programs as well as coaching to support the school’s management of organizational change.
Jonathan Hulbert
Nikki Larchar, 32
Co-Founder of simplyHR LLC and of Define the Line
Fort Collins, Colorado
Larchar, the co-founder of HR consulting firm simplyHR took a look at how ineffective sexual harassment training often is and did something about it through a graphic novel called “Define the Line.” She is a “smart, creative, resourceful HR professional,” said simplyHR co-founder Tina Todd.
Nikki Larchar
Roger Lee, 33
CEO and Co-Founder, Human Interest
San Francisco
Lee’s company is breaking down complex barriers surrounding retirement benefits with a solution that helps HR pros navigate a 401(k) plan. His company allows HR teams and their employees to have a tech-enabled solution to guide and support them through their 401(k) benefit and provide financial solutions.
Roger Lee
Rachel Light, 39
Director of Global Employee Experience, Cornerstone OnDemand
Santa Monica, California
Through Light’s guidance, onboarding has become a three-day immersive onboarding experience replicated across all offices. By diving into new challenges and evolving her skill set, Light also empowers colleagues to do the same.
Rachel Light
Diana Lopez, 39
HR Manager, Pegasus Building Services
San Diego
Lopez helped implement recruiting and hiring and onboarding programs that sliced employee turnover by 50 percent, which in turn helped earn several large accounts. An employee development program she implemented also had a profound impact on the company culture.
Diana Lopez
Kelly Lum, 35
Complex Director of Talent and Development, Highgate
Lum’s “relentless thirst for knowledge” led to the development of innovative training programs for a diverse and ever-shifting workforce. “[Lum] is not wed to time-worn approaches, but rather is constantly in search of a better mouse trap,” said nominator Pat Buhler, professor at Goldey Beacom College.
Kelly Lum
Carly Lund, 37
Director, Global Head of Organizational Leadership, YSC Consulting
In 2017, Lund was promoted to director of the company’s innovation team. “She went straight to our customers and client teams, developed a deep understanding of the challenges, solved immediate problems, and then started planning for change,” said CEO Robert Sharrock.
Carly Lund
Angelo Markantonakis, 39
Associate Vice President of Academic Programs, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Concord, North Carolina
Markantonakis’ vast experience in admissions, as a dean and now as an associate VP, has allowed him to bring new perspectives to those around him and challenge the status quo. His change management strategies push his team and the institution forward.
Angelo Markantonakis
Italo Medelius, 25
National Director of Recruiting, BlueCrew
New York
Medelius created an internship program focused on hiring youths who are members of underrepresented groups to begin their professional development. He is also an active, visible member of High Line’s first Equity and Inclusion Council.
Italo Medelius
Kassy Morris, 31
Manager of Construction Education Programs, Procore Technologies
Carpinteria, California
Morris’ company is in the midst of hypergrowth mode and instead of hoping to find “unicorns” for employees, she is building them. Among her colleagues Morris is a coach, mentor and cheerleader rolled into one. She does all this while still leading several groups supporting women in the construction industry.
Kassy Morris
Pritika Padhi, 31
Team Leader — Talent Management, L&T Financial Services
Mumbai, India
Padhi has done vital work in the talent management and succession planning areas to create a sustainable leadership pipeline for what is one of India’s largest private sector organizations. In the next two years, one of her major initiatives is to build a culture of inclusion and attract more diverse talent.
Pritika Padhi
Dharshana Ramachandran, 31
Lead-HR Management, Analytics & Technology, TCS
Mumbai, India
With her storytelling capabilities and technical data analytics skills, Ramachandran is an emerging leader in workforce analytics. She’s also been recognized as one of’s 30 Women Changemakers in India.
Dharshana Ramachandran
Rachel Richards, 38
Talent Acquisition Manager, George P. Johnson Experience Marketing
Torrance, California
Richards made a smooth transition from marketing to recruiting, which is more than merely finding candidates. She has developed an entire external network from scratch while building internal relationships, and is responsible for all recruiting operations and management of the West Coast.
Rachel Richards
Maria Roots Morland, 38
Talent Acquisition Manager, TechnipFMC
Kongsberg, Norway
Roots Morland created her organization’s first ever employee value proposition program, which helped reinforce company culture and retain the best talent following a merger.
Maria Roots Morland
Nathan Shapiro, 37
Senior Manager, Digital HCM Platform Strategy, Paychex
Webster, New York
Shapiro’s vision has helped Paychex take its platform to new heights, particularly in the areas of mobile, self-service and ethical delivery of artificial intelligence. An effective leader, his eye for high-potential individuals also has enriched the IT organization and led the push for the way people view HR technology.
Nathan Shapiro
Aaron White, 39
Workforce Reporting Analyst II, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Memphis, Tennessee
Seldom does a nomination arrive with kudos from more than one executive. White’s work received endorsements from no less than six company leaders. He works across multiple organizational functions and has overhauled its HR dashboard that helped streamline numerous HR operations.
Aaron White
Dave Wilson, 37
Senior Director, IT Infrastructure and Architecture, Paychex
Webster, New York
Wilson was one of the leaders overseeing the company’s transition as a payroll service organization to a tech-enabled HR company. “Dave is a master motivator, building a culture where employees are encouraged to take chances and ownership,” said colleague Tracy Volkmann in the nomination.
Dave Wilson
Loreli Wilson, 36
Director of Inclusion and Impact, Veterans United Home Loans
Columbia, Missouri
Building a visionary D&I program that isn’t just “check the box,” the United Initiative program has an impact that extends beyond company walls. Wilson also seeks to provide diversity education in a relatable format to an employee’s work and home environments.
Loreli Wilson
Colin Yamaoka, 36
LLESA Program Coordinator, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Livermore, California
With a passion for data analytics, Yamaoka has produced a series of recruitment tools, co-written and co-produced a video to entice potential candidates, and was the lead engineer for a D&I game focused on the behaviors of inclusivity at LLNL.
Colin Yamaoka