’s first Rising Stars list in 2016 was met with such a positive response from the industry that a follow-up was inevitable – and this year, the response has been just as enthusiastic. HRDC received nearly 100 nominees across a wide range of industries, from financial services to media. The 24 young professionals on this year’s list have each worked on impressive projects and can demonstrate both quantitative and qualitative results from initiatives they have played a key role in creating and driving. From negotiating industrial awards to downsizing workforces and ensuring business sustainability after natural disasters, the men and women profiled on the following pages have already added to the standing of HR as a profession, despite having less than 10 years of experience in the field.
There’s plenty of research out there that suggests younger workers have no desire to take on management or leadership roles – but those on this list buck that trend with ambition, knowledge and skills that position them as future leaders. It’s up to today’s HR leaders to recognize their talent and provide suitable roadmaps for their future careers.