Theresa Agovino

Senior Specialist, B2C Content

Theresa Agovino is an award-winning senior writer for SHRM, primarily writing and editing long feature articles for HR Quarterly, All Things Work and She covers a wide range of HR-related topics, including diversity, performance reviews, pay transparency, substance abuse and mental health.

Before joining SHRM, she had extensive experience in business journalism, having worked for notable publications such as Crain's New York Business and the Associated Press.

Theresa Agovino


Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Communications, B.A.

Honors & Awards: 

Software and Information Industry Association
Neal Award, 2023, for “The Big Reveal

Society of Professional Journalists, Washington D.C. Chapter
2023, Awards for “The Big Reveal” and “Asian-Americans Seek More Respect, Authority in the Workplace.” 

American Society of Business Publication Editors
2024, National Bronze Award, for “U.S. Companies Step Up to Hire Afghan and Ukrainian Refugees

2024, National Bronze Award, for “The Performance Review Problem

2023, National Gold Award, for "Out of Sight, Out of Mind?"

2023, National Bronze Award, for “The Big Reveal

2023, Regional Bronze Award, for “Companies Grapple with How to Address the Supreme Court's Ruling on Abortion

Trade Association Business Publications International
2022, Silver Award, for “Out of the Shadows”

National Association of Black Journalists
2021, Salute to Excellence Award, for “New Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Honest Conversations

Noteworthy Articles:

The Push for Pay Transparency
This article discusses the growing demand for pay transparency among employees to address wage disparities, particularly for women and people of color. Highlighting examples like viral tweets and legislative actions, it explains how transparency can help reduce pay gaps but also faces resistance from companies fearing legal repercussions. The push for transparency is fueled by movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, emphasizing the need for fair compensation and equity in the workplace.

Navigating Religious Inclusion at Work
This article addresses the complexities of religious inclusion in the workplace, especially heightened by current events like the Israel-Hamas conflict. It covers the legal landscape shaped by recent Supreme Court rulings favoring religious accommodations and the challenges employers face in balancing religious expression with workplace harmony. Examples include employee resource groups and chaplain services fostering religious inclusion. It emphasizes the importance of empathy and clear communication in managing religious diversity.