HRMI 2021: Debra Corey, Founder, DebCo HR

Corey is a three-time author, world-class speaker and HR consultant, paying it forward by inspiring and helping others around the world to bring out their inner rebel and drive strategic and meaningful people and business change.

She’s had a varied career, working for over 20 years at global companies such as Gap Inc., Merlin Entertainments and Reward Gateway, where she developed and delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement. She continues on this mission as chief Pay it Forward officer at DebCo HR.

Her books include Bringing Your Values Out to Play, Build it: The Rebel Playbook for Employee Engagement, and Effective HR Communication: A Framework for Communicating HR Programs with Impact. Her fourth book, Appreciate it: The Playbook for Employee Recognition, is due to be released in March 2023.

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Debra Corey was ranked 52nd on the list of HR Most Influential Thinkers in 2021.