HR Administration

2017 Game Changer: Jonathan DeGraff

“Jonathan continues to have a significant impact on our company and our industry, and his innovations in workforce management make him a true game changer,” says Nicholas Campagna of DeGraff, his HR partner at IBM.

Jonathan DeGraff is a model for transformation in the HR function, wrote Nicholas Campagna, regional HR manager at IBM, in his award nomination. DeGraff’s accomplishments at IBM have been large and varied, including leading a successful employee engagement program, adopting social technologies to advance business, leading an executive shadow program and recruiting at Cornell University. A particularly notable HR intern…

2017 Game Changer: Christopher Willis

Energy, geotechnical construction, waterway development—Christopher Willis builds it all.

Christopher Willis is in the business of building things. His construction company, SDI Gas, serves such complex industries as energy, geotechnical construction, waterway development and civil engineering on a global scale. Christopher Willis, director of human resources and marketing, SDI Gas LLC, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania Arguably his most profound construction project started in 2009 when, along with his supervisor, he began…

2017 Game Changer: David Ziebler

Organizing development, leadership programs and working on company culture is normal for Superman David Ziebler.

As a certified organizational development specialist, David Ziebler works to enhance the onboarding and assimilation of team members at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. Ziebler has been credited with kick-starting and implementing an organizational development curriculum available to staff and faculty across the entire university. David Ziebler, HR associate, organizational development specialist, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield,…

2017 Game Changer: Amy Klose

This Game Changer's main priority is making sure she is doing all she can to create a work environment that employees don’t dread coming to.

Amy Klose, director of HR and compliance, Undisclosed, Plantation, Florida After first starting at the city of Miami in 2012 as the equal opportunity and diversity programs administrator, Amy Klose immediately began bringing forth new ideas by way of diversity, training and customer service. She was promoted to director of human resources in 2014 when her innovation in employee development…

2017 Game Changer: Sony Mehta

Sony Mehta brings innovative HR practices to her workplace with an array of planning and leadership skills.

In less than two years at TRL Krosaki Refractories Ltd., Sony Mehta has been named a people and organization development practitioner and has implemented different transformational projects to manage transactional HR activities. Before joining TRL Krosaki, Mehta set off HR initiatives as a strategic HR partner and executed best practices to align the objectives of the organization. Within a year,…

Workforce Game Changers 2017: A Day in the Life

Workforce introduces its class of 2017 Game Changers and explores a day in their lives as busy human resources professionals.

This year’s collection of Workforce Game Changers is a varied bunch. We’re shining the spotlight on people in small companies and big corporations, in local governments and media companies, in recruiting-centric roles and benefits-focused roles, and more. Which made it all the more interesting to hear about “a day in the life” of a Workforce Game Changer. What they complete…

2017 Game Changer: Jessica Watts

"I like that I get to help real people solve real problems with best-in-class solutions," said Watts, vice president of sales at Chicago-based Jellyvision.

Jessica Watts is all about growth — personally as well as professionally. And her company, Jellyvision, is the beneficiary of her attitudes about growing and nurturing her team. Jessica Watts, vice president of sales at Jellyvision Inc., Chicago In 2015, Watts joined Jellyvision, an interactive software company whose platform, Alex, helps employees at companies make decisions about their benefits and…

2017 Game Changers: Katie Traviglia

Katie Traviglia knows how to generously share the HR leader spotlight as the industry continues to change.

Katie Traviglia, director of human resources at New American Funding in Tustin, California There’s a reason why some leaders earn accolades and some don’t. Very often those leaders, those award-winning organizational members, stand out in some way. It could be that leader has a trait that brings about something special by way of results in their department, their company or…

2017 Game Changer: Anquilla Henderson

HR flows at Fulton County Government with the bold and progressive attitude of Anquilla Henderson.

Anquilla Henderson, HR consultant III, Fulton County Government, Georgia In her short time in Fulton County (Ga.) Government’s department of human resources management, Anquilla Henderson has developed a reputation as a bold and progressive HR professional. While with Fulton County Superior Court, Henderson, 35, facilitated training for managers and supervisors on attendance tracking and reporting, as well as other HR…

2017 Game Changer: Agnes Cholewa

“It’s difficult to be in HR without caring for people,” said Agnes Cholewa, associate director of strategic capital at D.C. Department of HR.

Agnes Cholewa, Associate Director of strategic capital at District of Columbia Department of Human Resources Agnes Cholewa’s love of data began at an early age. “Math was my comfort as a child because English is my third language,” said Cholewa. As associate director of strategic capital at D.C. Department of Human Resources, Cholewa, 34, helps others see the significance of…