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Innovating for the Future

The 2019 HR’s Rising Stars are ensuring their organizations’ HR functions are poised for success.
By: | June 10, 2019 • 2 min read

This year, we received an impressive pool of nominations for our annual HR’s Rising Stars competition, but several candidates particularly stood out for their proven track records of bringing innovative ideas to fruition—and the exciting potential that each contributes to the future of their organizations.

This year’s winners span a number of industries and all offer unique skill sets and focuses—from technology to training, and diversity to development—but all share a passion for people management that has helped their organizations stay ahead of the curve when it comes to talent. The 2019 HR’s Rising Stars are: Krista Deguffroy, director of inclusion and compliance at SEI Investments; Karlian Brown Hildevart, director of talent operations and analytics at Frontier Communications; David Mancari, manager of human resources business partners at Montefiore St. Luke’s Cornwall; Janna Messman, senior manager and HR business partner at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics; and Krista Simonsen, director of HR at National 4-H Council.

HRE names up to five Rising Stars each year to recognize individuals near the top of their organizations’ HR function who have demonstrated leadership, and the ability to successfully launch significant HR initiatives and tackle major HR-related challenges.

Judges for the competition include Charlie Tharp, executive vice president of the HR Policy Association and senior advisor of research and practice for its Center on Executive Compensation; Gregory Hessel, senior client partner with the human resources practice and managing director of global client development at Korn Ferry’s Dallas offices; and Jen Colletta, managing editor of HRE.

Read these stories about the 2019 HR’s Rising Stars:

Expanding the Circle at SEI

Krista Deguffroy is helping the financial-services company create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.

Charting the Next Frontier

From the Navy to the HR department at a telecommunications company, Karlian Brown Hildevart seeks solutions.

A Healthy Dose of Drive

Through a wide range of new initiatives, MSLC’s David Mancari has played a major role in taking engagement to the next level.

Aiming High

Janna Messman’s vision and leadership have helped keep the global firm’s HR operations on course.

Culture Refresh

Krista Simonsen has made building trust in HR a core component of her work at National 4-H Council.

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