Tharseō / thar-seh’-ō/

To be courageous, confident, and bold.

Boldly Changing the Workplace & World

There is no more important work to be done than creating better workplaces, which in turn, create a better world. Tharseo recognizes leaders who have not only the vision, ideas, business acumen and courage to transform how the workplace works, but who are on the forefront of creating and strengthening the vital connection between employees and company purpose.

Tharseo recognizes those who refuse to wait for workplaces to evolve. These are the radical change makers who are causing stunning progress to happen now. Their innovative ideas, bold vision and courageous leadership result in workplaces that improve the lives of working people, strengthen their ties to company mission, create better communities, and as a result—a better world.

  • It has never been more critical to create workplaces where every individual has an exceptional experience. Culture—more than finance or technology—is now the key differentiator in business success. This award celebrates leaders who demonstrate the courage to pursue monumental, not incremental, changes that empower employers and employees to thrive together.

    Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP
    President & CEO

  • The SHRM Foundation mobilizes the power of HR to lead positive social change impacting work, workers and the workplace. Joining us in the quest are the distinguished Tharseo recipients. As selected by the world renown Jury, each award winner has created a tangible impact on the global workforce through innovation and implementation.”

    Wendi Safstrom
    Executive Director, SHRM Foundation

  • The Tharseo Awards recognize today’s pioneering business leaders whose strategies consistently put people first. They understand that the way employees experience the workplace is worthy of measurement and quality improvement, just like their products and services. These leaders are winning the future of work.

    Ram Charan
    Inaugural Chair, Jury

Tharseo Awards

All big, bold, important change begins, grows and is realized by those with the ideas, courage and vision to lead the way, inspire others into action and cause a meaningful impact. Each award winner is a visionary, an innovator and change agent. They each demonstrate innovative and impactful leadership creating better workplaces and thus a better world.


Ram Charan Human Resources Innovation Award

Ram Charan HR Innovator of the Year



CEO of
the Year

Tharseo CEO of the Year

This award recognizes chief executives who are forging strong links between people and business results with an unwavering relationship with HR. Through their behavior, business practices and willingness to drive groundbreaking initiatives, they have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to expanding the capabilities and potential of employees. They have a firm conviction that current and future business performance ultimately depends on the strength of their organization’s most valuable competitive asset—its people.


Policy Transformer
of the Year

Policy Transformer of the Year


Inaugural Year Award Winners


Gloria Chen

Ram Charan HUman Resources Innovation Award

Chief People Officer & Executive Vice President, Employee Experience, Adobe


Ajay Banga

CEO of the Year

Ajay Banga Executive Chairman (former Chief Executive Officer), Mastercard


The Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-VA-03)

Policy Transformer of the Year

U.S. Representative for Virginia's 3rd Congressional District


Great leaders have always had an eye for great talent. Their ideas, courage and vision to lead the way, inspire others into action and cause a meaningful impact. Our jury is composed to visionaries, innovators and change agents in their own realm. They each demonstrate innovative and impactful leadership creating better workplaces and thus a better world.

Ambassador Bonnie McElveen-Hunter

Founder and CEO

National Chairman of the Board
American Red Cross

David C. Novak

Founder and CEO
David Novack Leadership,

Co-Founder Retired Chairman and CEO
Yum! Brands

Ilene Gordon

International Paper

Lockheed Martin

Retired Chairman, President and CEO
Ingredion Incorporated

Lt. Gen. (Ret) Thomas Bostick, PH.D., NAE

Board Member
CSX (NASDAQ:CSX), HireVue, American Corporate Partners(ACP) and Streamside Systems

Maggie Wilderotter

Board Chair

Board Member
Costco Wholesale Corporation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Lift

Private Board Member

Senior Advisor
Blackstone Group, Okta, Atairos Private Equity and TSSP

Peter Cappelli

Director of Human Resources
The Wharton School

Professor of Management
The Wharton School

Research Associate
National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge

National Academy of Human Resources

Vineet Nayar

Founder Chairman
Sampark Foundation

Former Vice Chairman and CEO
HCL Technologies

Senior Advisor
ChrysCapital, McKinsey Leadership Institute

OCTOBER 4, 2021 Event

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