HR Administration

Meet the Game Changers 2014

By Max Mihelich

Aug. 3, 2014

Human resources is considered a cautious sector by practitioners and outsiders alike. But there are those people in the industry dedicated to pushing it forward with innovative people-management practices. Here at Workforce, we call those innovators Game Changers.

Workforce’s editorial staff selected the 30 winners of the fourth-annual awards program based on professional accomplishments and other achievements. They are a diverse group representing some of the best HR practitioners and strategists under 40 years old.

This year’s class hails from arguably the most diverse and unique set of trades and backgrounds in the four years of Game Changers. Each year the Workforce editorial team has identified a trend that characterizes the group of award winners. Last year’s group seemed to be full of practitioners focused on employee development.

This year, however, there is no clear trend to identify, no definitive stamp. Instead, like the practice itself, our winners cut a broad swath across HR. This international group of HR talent is making its mark in benefits, rewards and recognition, employee communications and a variety of HR practices. They come from a variety of industries such as technology, auto manufacturing, social services, academia and the federal government.

That these individuals are able to effect change in a field often criticized as being adverse to risk-taking truly makes them Game Changers.

Congratulations to each winner.


Doreen Allison Eric Barger Luca Bonmassar Elijah Bradshaw Andi Campbell
Nathan Christensen Andrea Dropkin Taro Fukuyama Tanvi Gautam Keith Henderson
Michael Housman April Kassen Keagan Kerr Sarah Lecuna Kristin Lewis
Todd Maycunich Lisa Mitchell-Kastner Nate Randall Claudia Riccomagno Talia Shaull
Max Simkoff Jamie Trabbic Tushar Trivedi Brent Wagner Danielle Weinblatt


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Max Mihelich is a writer in the Chicago area.

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