Workplace Culture

2015 Workforce Game Changers Winners

By Staff Report

Jul. 27, 2015

Simara Campbell Twohill and Adam Robinson are two of the Game Changers from the class of 2015.
Read about them and the 23 other members of the exclusive group below.

This marks the fifth year of WorkforceGame Changers, an award program designed to recognize those in workforce management who are pushing the field forward with innovative people-management practices. Even though we’ve given out these awards five times, there’s still no set mold into which all the Game Changers fit.

Our winners have tackled issues such as talent acquisition, employee development, and benefits design and management in a variety of creative ways over the past five years.

The thread that ties them all together is that their efforts engage employees and help their respective companies succeed.

Workforce’s editorial staff selected 25 winners this year based on the applicants’ ability to drive measurable results within their organizations.

Much like last year’s winners, this group of workforce management practitioners and strategists in human resources-related fields — all under 40 years old — didn’t focus their efforts on a single industry trend.

Some addressed employee skills gaps while others concocted ways to integrate new technology platforms into their practices to make them more efficient and user-friendly. Still others worked to help their companies grow on a global scale.

In each instance, the Game Changer took a risk and worked to incite change in a field that is often bogged down by protocol and leaders content with the way things have always been done.

For the willingness to embrace the spirit of innovation, we recognize 2015’s group of well-deserving Game Changers.

Congratulations to all the winners.



Julio Acevedo

Human resources director,
Lake Wales (Florida) Charter Schools

Jon Bischke

CEO and  Founder,

Stephanie Bloom

Acting director, workforce transformation initiatives Mission Support Directorate,
Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security

Don Charlton

Founder and CEO,

Dylan Choong

Director of human resources, Asia-Pacific,
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Asia Pacific

Teresa Clarke

Vice president, human capital &
employment counsel,
Achievement First


Colleen Karpinsky Cone

Vice president, talent & culture,

Adam Fernandes

Eagle Hill Consulting

Lauren Herring

Impact Group


Adam Hopewell

Director, talent management,
Savola Iran

Ben Jackson

Executive director, health &
welfare benefit operations,
AT&T Inc.

Miranda Leurquin

Vice president, human resources & recruiting,
The Mosaic Co.


Lori Lorenzo

Deputy director,
Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Stacy Lowman

Vice president, training and communications,
World Travel Holdings

Dzmitry Nikitsin

Chief technology officer,

Horvitz Levy Attornies

Sara Piccollo

Vice president, global head of inclusion & diversity,

Kelly Ploehn

Department analyst,
Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Johanna Pystynen

Vice president, people operations,
Vincit Oy

Adam Robinson

Chief ‘hireologist,’

Wendy Smith

Head of new employee experiences,
NCR Corp.

Sirmara Campbell Twohill

Chief human resources officer,
LaSalle Network

Quentin Tyler

Assistant dean for diversity,
University of Kentucky

Justina Sanchez-Uzzell

Senior vice president and chief people officer,
Providence Service Corp.

Bradford Wilkins

Vice president, talent management,
Adcap Network Systems Inc.

Ivory Woodhouse

Career development specialist,
Washington University School of Medicine


Ivory Woodhouse

career development specialist

Washington University-St. Louis School of Medicine

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