Company: Rita Trehan LLC, London, United Kingdom:
Nomination Category: Human Resources Professional of the Year
Individual Essay: Text Redacted for Publication
For more than thirty years, Rita Trehan has been transforming the function of HR from a maligned company department to the cornerstone of any successful business. But since 2016 she has truly stepped out of the office and into the spotlight.
In January 2016 she launched CEO Outlook, a two-series on-demand radio show that revolves around women in business and business book authorship. The two themes were manifestations of two causes close to Rita. As a successful woman in business, Rita sees it as her responsibility to encourage and help other women to succeed; as a published author and global speaker, she knows how difficult it can be to make yourself heard and wants to elevate the public profile of fellow writers.
Her first book, Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources, was published in August 2016 and is sold around the world, providing HR professionals with a unique set of capabilities to attain – and crucially, keep – a seat at the corporate decision-making table. Rita signed copies of her book at the HR Summit and Expo in Dubai in November of the same year, and later, in May 2017, at the HR Summit and Expo in Singapore. At both events she was a headline speaker, and shared her experiences of working at the highest level of HR and her vision for the future. She also appeared at the HR Vision Conference in Berlin in September 2016, and spoke about the gender pay gap at the GTR Women in Trade Finance event in November 2016.
In late 2016, Rita founded the HR Original Thinkers awards, which is entirely self-funded and managed. Rita has long believed that the HR profession must be elevated, and that this responsibility rests on the shoulders of the industry’s emerging talent. She hopes that in looking to identify and celebrate disruptive thinkers of tomorrow, she will set a new standard for human resources. To make sure that her personal enthusiasm and belief in this project resonates around the world, Rita has spent the last year establishing a judging panel comprising members of highly respected companies with a global presence, such as Aviva, InterContinental Hotels Group and Metro Bank. The awards are open to anyone from any country under the age of 35, and the eventual winners will be announced at the inaugural awards ceremony in 2018.
Rita herself has been honoured with several awards since the beginning of 2016. She was the winner of the Gold Stevie Award for Human Capital Management Solutions and Business Acumen & HR Strategy Solution Provider of the Year. She was also awarded the Silver Stevie Award for Maverick of the Year and the Bronze Stevie Award for Startup of the Year and Best New Product or Service of the Year. She was the winner at the ACQ5 Global Awards Programme 2016 of International Business Transformation Advisory Firm of the Year and International Gamechanger of the Year. This demonstrates her expertise and commitment across a wide range of business areas, and her belief in the power and importance of HR as a profession.
• Launched CEO Outlook in January 2016, realising a long-term goal for Rita, who always wanted to help other women in business and fellow business authors
• Published ‘Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources’, Rita’s manifesto and the result of lessons learned over decades in HR
• Created the HR Original Thinkers awards to recognise the next generation of HR talent
• Built relationships with HR professionals worldwide to establish a high-quality judging panel for the HR Original Thinkers awards
• Appeared on BBC Business Live and BBC World Service, demonstrating Rita’s knowledge of her profession
• Published features and comment in the Telegraph, the FT, the International Business Times, HRZone and HR Director
• Spoke at major conferences across the globe, including in Singapore, Berlin, Dubai and London
• Received a Gold Stevie Award for Human Capital Management Solutions and Business Acumen & HR Strategy Solution Provider of the Year
Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources – Testimonials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iKlvE-8ASk&t=3s
How to avoid corporate scandals - BBC Business Live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoWzxzPA-Lo&t=1s
HR Summit and Expo 2016 - An Overview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3FWc9wpmGc&t=4s
Why did I create the HR Original Thinkers awards?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwWsKAue_Gw
Why did I write Unleashing Capacity: The Hidden Human Resources?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Eh_zuvpW7I
Rethinking Talent Development - HR Summit and Expo Asia 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-XlwFCKydk&t=133s
It's All About Culture - HR Summit and Expo Asia 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfMbq3hVg8k&t=9s