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Announcing the 2nd Annual Great Place to Work For All Leadership Awards

February 27, 2019 (San Francisco) – The 2nd Annual Great Place to Work® For All Leadership Awards – Igniting Innovation by All Gala took place last night at the Four Seasons San Francisco to honor leaders from companies on the Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, 100 Best Workplaces for Women, 150 Best Small and Medium Businesses, 100 Best Workplaces for Diversity, and the 25 World’s Best Workplaces Lists. These leaders were nominated by their companies for their work in creating a new program or product developed with wide-spread participation across the organization that delivered a significant business impact.

Great Place to Work recently published ground-breaking research demonstrating that companies with high-trust workplace cultures see even faster rates of success by inviting every employee into the innovation process. By focusing on “Innovation By All,” these organizations are able to operate with greater agility, beat sales targets, and outperform the competition. The awards dinner kicked off the 16th Annual Great Place to Work For All Summit, held February 26-28, in San Francisco.

Recognizing the award winners, Great Place to Work CEO, Michael C. Bush said, “We are honored to celebrate your shining examples of Innovation By All—the individuals and teams who have successfully created new products or built more inclusive cultures, and who have led their organizations to more fully maximize the human potential within their workforce.”

The Great Place to Work For All Leadership Award celebrates leaders who have made major contributions in creating a great workplace experience across their organizations.

The Great Place to Work For All Leadership Awards are sponsored by Accenture, Cisco, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, O.C. Tanner, SAP SuccessFactors and World Wide Technology.

Great Place to Work also honored a select group of leaders who received special distinction as the Top 10 Innovators of the Year. Listed alphabetically by company, they include:

  • Timothy Innes, Software Engineer, AT&T
  • Gabrielle Thompson, SVP, HR Acquisitions and Total Rewards, Cisco
  • Derek Bang, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Crowe LLP
  • Hasan Rafiq, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, West Region, EY
  • John Bernier, Area Human Resources Director, Hilton
  • Lisa Pratt, Vice President, Customer Engagement Marketing, Kronos Incorporated
  • Katie McLean, Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, Methodist University Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Experience Officer, Pluralsight
  • Sean D'Arcy, Director of Trading Innovation, The Trade Desk
  • Greg Pryor, Senior Vice President, People & Performance Evangelist, Workday

Here are the Great Place to Work For All Leadership Winners honored for their “Innovation By All” contributions to their businesses and are listed below in alphabetical order by company. You can read their inspirational stories here.

  • Team comprising of Angela Lane, Vice President, Global Talent; Jessie Albrecht, Associate Director, Talent Development; Tim Gerrits, Senior Director, Talent Development; Melanie Gonzales, Manager, Talent Development; Michael Poll, Director, Talent Management; Savanna Loski, Senor Specialist, Talent Development, and Jon Stansbury, Talent Director of Marketing, AbbVie Inc.
  • Sumreen Ahmad, Associate Director, Human Performance, Accenture
  • Katie Juran, Senior Director, Diversity & Inclusion, Adobe
  • Team comprising of Celeste Rechner, Tim Pontious, and Jerry Bagley, Alliance Data
  • Team comprising of Elizabeth Allen, Marketing Analyst; Carley Buck, Market Insights Analyst; Tessa Dahlstrom, Consumer Marketing Manager; Angelica Bonacci, Director Insights; Amy Billmayer, Digital Experience Developer; Andrew Banas, Digital Experience Channel Manager; Tamara Stevens, IT Business Analyst; Katie Crawford, Senior Project Leade; Rick Dupre, Art Director; Molly Augustin, Copywriter, and Lisa Mosbek, Production Buyer, Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
  • John Yoder, Vice President, Engineering, AppFolio, Inc.
  • Sonja Gittens-Ottley, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Asana
  • Timothy Innes, Processional-Software Engineer, AT&T
  • Team comprising of Jefferson Isibor, Supervisor, Pharmacy; Yanira Castelan, Supervisor, Pharmacy Technicians; Heather Gucwa, Manager, Quality & Patient Safety, and Lauren Lynn, Nurse Practitioner, Atlantic Health Systems
  • Joanna Zabriskie, President, BH Management
  • Team comprising of Suzanne Krause, Director of Enterprise Solutions; Courtney Luongo, Account Director, and Tracey Bingham, Academic Solutions Consultant, Bright Horizons
  • Melissa Lavin-Hickey, Director of Marketing, Burns & McDonnell
  • Stephanie Mardell, Vice President of People, Button
  • David White, Distinguished Engineer, Cadence
  • Gabrielle Thompson, SVP, HR Acquisitions and Total Rewards, Cisco
  • Bob Maller, President and Chief Culture Officer, Collaborative Solutions LLC
  • Sonya Erickson, Partner, Cooley LLP
  • Derek Bang, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Crowe LLP
  • Kathleen Waid, Principal, Educe Group
  • April Anthony, CEO, Encompass Health- Home Health and Hospice
  • Hasan Rafiq, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, West Region, EY
  • Anne McCauley, Chief Operating Officer, First American
  • Tomer London, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Gusto
  • John Bernier, Area Human Resources Director, Hilton
  • Joe Shearer, Research Analyst, Hyland
  • Harold Brewer, Chairman, Intuitive Research and Technology Corporation
  • Nixon Xavier, VP-Innovation, Katalyst Technologies Inc.
  • Lauren Bucherie, Director of Music+Brand Activations, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
  • Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4
  • Mike Nolan, Vice Chair, Innovation & Enterprise Solutions, KPMG LLP
  • Lisa Pratt, Vice President, Customer Engagement Marketing, Kronos Incorporated
  • Jennifer Hsieh, VP, Customer Experience (CX) Innovation, Marriott International
  • Joseph Carberry, Executive Officer, Medical Solutions Supplier
  • Katie McLean, Outpatient Pharmacy Manager, Methodist University Hospital, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
  • Nate Walkingshaw, Chief Experience Officer, Pluralsight
  • Timothy Wenhold, Chief Operations Officer, Power Home Remodeling
  • Team comprising of Jennifer Perkins, Senor Director, Program Management and Simon Storm, Senior Director, Enterprise Applications, Promontory Interfinancial Network
  • Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer, Salesforce
  • Josh Silverman, Director of Product Management, Salsify
  • Krisiti Sanders, Global VP of Well-Being at Work, SAP SuccessFactors
  • Les Hiscoe, Chief Executive Officer, Shawmut
  • Courtney Branson, Director Culture+People, Square Root
  • Becky Cantieri, Chief People Officer, SurveyMonkey
  • Julia Shen, SVP, Credit Acquisitions & Early Lifecycle Strategy, Synchrony
  • Kimberly Rath, Chairman and Co-Founder, Talent Plus, Inc.  
  • Team comprising of Jason Mealins, VP Platform Engineering; Peter Lincroft, Chief Research and Development Officer; Lisa Lippincott, Programmer; Greg Smith, Director of Product Management; and Doug Hegge, Director of Technical Account Management, Tanium
  • Megan Bloomer, Vice President, Sustainability, The Cheesecake Factory
  • Sean D’Arcy, Director of Trading Innovation, The Trade Desk
  • Chris Patullo, Software Engineering Senior Manager, Ultimate Software
  • Adam Myhill, Creative Director, Made with Unity, Unity Technologies
  • Greg Pryor, Senior Vice President, People & Performance Evangelist, Workday
  • Tim Loughman, Vice President of Sales Operation, World Wide Technology
  • Heather Brunner, Chairwoman & CEO, WP Engine
  • Team comprising of Chris Mielke, Senior Software Engineer and Matt Kaye, Director of Product, Zillow Group 

About the Great Place to Work For All Summit 

The Great Place to Work For All Summit assembles executive leaders from Best Workplaces, including Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, Great Place to Work-Certified organizations, and companies embarking on their workplace journey. Its mission is to share best practices for creating and championing high-trust cultures that are better for business, better for people, and better for the world.  

About Great Place to Work

Great Place to Work is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies produce better business results by focusing on workplace culture. Powered by more than 25 years of research, Emprising®, its SaaS-enabled survey and analytics platform, gives companies access to the assessments, data, and reporting needed to build a high-trust, high-performance culture.

Read our new book: “A Great Place to Work for All: Better for Business, Better for People, Better for the World.” Learn more on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


Christopher Tkaczyk