HRO Today Association Honors 80+ Companies in 2021 Awards Program

Philadelphia, PA – October 29, 2021 – The HRO Today Association has selected more than 80 companies as finalists in its 2021 awards program. Open to members and nonmembers of the Association, submissions were received in three regions: APAC, EMEA, and North America.

“The quality of nominations this year is by far the best we have ever seen,” said Renée Preston, Global Executive Director of the HRO Today Association. “As the HR industry’s standard-setting organization, we were impressed and excited to see the innovative value nominees are bringing to customers and employees. These companies are truly first adopters who are delivering game-changing results to the industry.”

The awards for the North America and EMEA regions will be presented on November 17 in conjunction with the HRO Today Association Conference, a virtual micro-event that will explore how to best configure HR to achieve the new Operational Excellence that’s required to meet the next wave of change. The winners will be announced between three educational sessions which will be presented by industry experts Dr. Peter Cappelli, Director of the Wharton Center for HR; Jeff Lackey, VP of Talent Acquisition for CVS Health; and a group of CHROs from CalPortland, The Wallace Foundation, and the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

Quality was king this year, as the number of nominations on par with year over year growth we have seen historically. HRO Today sees this as a sign that Human Resource professionals know that in order to stand out in the HR industry today, a company, service or product must go beyond basic ROI. It must be truly unique in its ability to demonstrate innovative value, first adopters and even risk takers, with ideas and concepts that deliver game changing results that are not simply “new” but, inventive with innovative services, technologies and results.

Madison Performance Group is pleased to be this year’s Recognition Sponsor and will assist in presenting the awards.

Winners in the APAC region will be announced at a special virtual ceremony on December 16 at 8:00PM ET. This meeting will be open to members and nonmembers.

The 2021 HRO Today Association Award Finalists for Company/Team awards are (in alphabetical order):

Applus+ • Achievers • Baptist Children’s Homes of NC, Inc. • BetterUp • BGRS • Capgemini • Capital One • Cheniere Energy • Cielo • City of Memphis • Contemporary Staffing Solutions • Ease • FCA • Harri • Helping Hands Family • HIMSS • HiringSolved • HiringThing • Humantelligence, Inc. • Kinaxis • KnowBe4 • Kudos® • Laas • Lifebanc • McDonald’s • N-able • OLIVER / Inside Ideas • PandoLogic • Paylocity • Plus Relocation Services • Powell Software • Proliant • Puzzle Break • Rangam • SolarWinds • Sonesta Hotels • Staff Management | SMX and SIMOS Solutions • Talview • Tapcheck • TCP Software • The Roundtable • The Talent Games • Topia • TSP • Tufts Medical Center • UKG (Ultimate Kronos Group) • Upwork • Village of Schaumburg • WarnerMedia • Wedge • Zealand Pharma

Companies will be honored in the following categories: Best in Class: Candidate Experience; Business Partnership Excellence; Diversity and Inclusion Excellence; HR Team of the Year; Innovation in HR Technology; Recruitment Team of the Year; and HR Excellence in Thought Leadership .

The HRO Today Association will also honor finalists and announce winners in two individual award categories, Leadership and HR Excellence in Thought Leadership.

For more information about Association membership and/or the HRO Today Association Conference, please visit

About the HRO Today Association

The HRO Today Association is the standard-setting organization for the human resources industry and the premier networking and content community for advancing the HR profession. By engaging in professional development opportunities and connecting with peers, members improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of their HR operations and service delivery. The Association is managed by HRO Today/SharedXpertise Media, whose magazines, web portals, research, e-newsletters, events, and social networks reach over 180,000 senior-level HR decision-makers with rich, game-changing content.


Wendy Metzgar


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