SHRM’s Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. Named Professional Society CEO of the Year

March 8, 2021
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ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 8, 2021 — Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, SHRM President and CEO, was named Professional Society CEO of the Year by CEO Update for his work towards fostering workplace innovation, securing a seat at the policy table for the HR professionals, creating more equitable workplaces, and elevating the HR profession.

This year's Association Leadership Awards recognized Taylor, Jr.'s accomplishments including the Together Forward @Work initiative, a call to action for racial equity in the workplace, providing HR professionals with resources that enabled their organizations to effectively navigate the pandemic, and advancing federal policies that benefit the world of work, workers and the workplace.

Being in the people business, Taylor, Jr. is a sought-after expert and voice of all things work, known for charting the way forward through both crisis and uncertainty. He connects ideas to the HR profession and is sparking conversations about the future of work.

Under Taylor, Jr.'s leadership, SHRM has increased appreciation for the role that continues to experience transformative change and spurred innovative thinking. The members of SHRM are better equipped and prepared to face the most daunting challenges facing organizations. 

"If 2020 has taught us anything, it's the importance of leading with empathy and fostering workplace cultures where people can bring their most authentic selves to the office. When we have empathetic people managers, HR and workplaces, we have an opportunity to make an impact that will be felt in homes and communities—and around the world," said Taylor, Jr. "In a time of challenge and change, I'm honored to accept this award and will continuously strive to help build a better world of work that works for all."

CEO Update, a leading publication for executives and association news, launched the Association Leadership Awards in 2014 to honor individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills throughout their career.

Media: Contact Mallory Flynn at Mallory.Flynn@shrm.org and 703-535-6082 or Julie Hirschhorn at Julie.Hirschhorn@shrm.org and 703-842-5152

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