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What makes HR influential?

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After a brief hiatus, HR Most Influential returned in 2021 with a bang. Hosted at St. Paul’s Cathedral, this year’s list brought together over 80 of the most prominent voices in HR and became the most diverse and inclusive list in the event’s history.

Taking a deep-dive into what it means to be influential, HR magazine has published it’s reader’s guide to HRMI.

The guide, available exclusively online, pools together our Most Influential Thinkers’ and Practitioners’ visions for the future of the profession, and their views on what it takes to lead the way.

Valerie Hughes-D’Aeth, an HRMI Hall of Fame inductee and chair of the Board of Trustees at the CIPD, also offers her perspective on the skills HR needs to prepare for a new world of work.

Speaking about this year's event, HR magazine editor Jo Gallacher said: "HRMI has always championed those within the HR industry who have not only excelled at their day job, but also helped to raise the profile of the industry and those working within it.

"For 2021 we decided to cast the net wider and ask a greater range of individuals from across the public, private and third sectors to nominate their top HR practitioners and thinkers. By doing this, we have created the most diverse and inclusive list in the event’s history."

HRMI criteria, developed in partnership with our research partner Hult Ashridge Executive Education, includes how professionals respond to societal events, share best practice and use their power to influence campaigns which improve the workplace – all of which were extra impressive feats given the unique challenges of the pandemic. 

Gallacher added: "Everyone on this year’s list had a different way to deal with the pandemic. But they all have something in common: the impetus to help others and turn adversity into a positive."

Sign up here to get your free copy of the HRMI 2021 Reader's guide, produced in partnership with HireRight.

For more exclusive content on this year's event, including our HRMI 2021 highlights reel, check out the dedicated HR Most Influential page on our site here.