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About the Fall 2021 HR Magazine Cover

For the first time, we produced four different covers for a single issue.

As businesses reboot and recover from the greatest global crisis this generation has ever seen, the human resources function has never been more important. Across the U.S. and around the world, HR practitioners have been rising to the occasion and guiding their organizations toward a new future with innovative ideas and the strength of will and spirit to implement and see them through. And amid a critical talent shortage, improving the employee experience, addressing mental health issues and assisting with reskilling where needed have become crucial. HR professionals have responded with distinction.

​In the Fall 2021 issue of HR Magazine, we feature four different HR professionals on separate covers because—like many in the industry—they each have inspiring stories to share about how they’re helping their companies rebound from the pandemic. Here are our four cover subjects:

Naveen Bhateja
Chief people officer and executive vice president 
Medidata Solutions
New York City
3,000 employees
Tamla Oates-Forney
Senior vice president and chief people officer
Waste Management
36,000 employees

Kathleen M. Sullivan, SHRM-SCP
Chief human resources officer, Clark Hill
1,200 employees

Ardine Williams 
Vice president, workforce development, HQ2 
Arlington, Va.
950,000 employees 

Cover Stories

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The Pandemic Has Expanded the Role of HR

The coronavirus pandemic not only expanded HR’s corporate influence, but also led to a renewed focus on employees.

By Tam Harbert


The Reskilling Imperative

HR professionals are taking the lead in helping their companies build a future workforce.

By Rita Zeidner


​An organization run by AI is not a futuristic concept. Such technology is already a part of many workplaces and will continue to shape the labor market and HR. Here's how employers and employees can successfully manage generative AI and other AI-powered systems.