David Rodriguez’ HR Executive of the Year acceptance speech

David Rodriguez, Marriott’s global chief HR officer, was named 2019 HR Executive of the Year and recently accepted his award during a ceremony at Boston University.

Honored for his leadership through a swift merger with Starwood Hotels among other accomplishments, Rodriguez oversees more than 700,000 employees, keeping them united around a culture of opportunity, community and purpose.

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Below, watch his acceptance speech, followed by his thoughts on the state of the HR industry going forward, and then by acceptance speeches from the HR Honor Roll winners.

Acceptance speech


What’s ahead for human resources 


HR Honor Roll winners

Zoe Harte of Upwork

Angela Lalor of Danaher

Ruth Stricklen Pullins of Truman Medical Centers