Submit your Rising Star today

Do you work with a promising HR professional who has a demonstrated record of excellence? Or, perhaps, that person is you? If so, you’re invited to submit a nomination for HR’s Rising Stars.

Human Resource Executive®is seeking candidates for its annual competition, which closes March 8. Click here to nominate yourself or a colleague.

Now in its 16th year, the awards recognize up to five HR professionals across a range of industries who are near the top of their organizations’ HR functions and show a promising future as an HR leader. In particular, candidates must either head a major HR discipline or be the second-highest-ranked HR executive at the organization. They should have between four and 10 years of experience in HR or a related field and have been employed at their current organization for at least one year.


Candidates who nominate themselves must also include a letter of recommendation from a supervisor. Nominators can also be the organization’s senior-most HR executive, another senior leader within the company or a representative of a supplier organization (for the latter, the nominator must also submit a signed letter of recommendation from the employer). Nominators will be asked to detail three of the candidate’s accomplishments that had a lasting impact on the company’s HR function.

A panel of judges assembled by HRE will evaluate all nominees, weighing how well they have demonstrated personal initiative, leadership, courage and a results-oriented drive.

Last year’s winners included up-and-coming HR talent from MERGE advertising agency, Noven Pharmaceuticals and SEI Investments. Click here to read their stories of success.

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