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2018 CHRO OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS
FINALIST:
Christine Esckilsen
Managing Director and Chief Human Capital Offi cer
Piper Jaffray
In 2015, Christine Esckilsen had one goal in mind: to help Piper Jaffray land a spot on Fortune's
coveted " 100 Best Companies to Work For " list by 2018. In order to accomplish this, Esckilsen
collected feedback about culture, compensation, benefi ts, communication, and development over
the course of two years to shape future HR programs and campaigns. In particular, she consolidated
health plan options and made giving and volunteer opportunities more accessible to employees. Her
employee-fi rst attitude has created a more open and collaborative environment where employees
are free to initiate ideas and receive resources and support.
FINALIST:
Julie Fletcher
Chief Talent Offi cer
AMN Healthcare
As the Chief Talent Offi cer of an organization that has doubled its revenue in the past six years and
acquired nine other companies in the past four, Julie Fletcher faced a major challenge. Throughout
each acquisition, Fletcher played a vital role in assessing talent and integrating new employees into
AMN Healthcare's culture. In particular, her professional development programs, " Job Rotation
Experience " and " Career Coaching, " allowed employees to leverage their strengths and discover
possible career paths at AMN. The introduction of a monthly newsletter, online question and answer
forum, and regularly scheduled meetings with all levels of staff also allowed her to communicate her
initiatives and address employee concerns.
FINALIST:
Nikki T. Harland
Senior Vice President of Human Resources
Paradies Lagardère
Nikki Harland's work at Paradies Lagardère is marked by her contagious passion to grow the business,
lead and coach others, and support their professional development. In addition to managing her
organization's shift in operations in Atlanta, Ga., after acquisition, she has taken the lead in mentoring
high potentials in and out of her organization's leadership pipeline. Paradies Lagardère has been voted
the best airport retail company for 23 consecutive years, and Harland's passion to drive strategies on
team engagement and talent management are a large part of what fuels the company's success. She also
believes in the positive footprint the company leaves in its communities and has worked hard to increase
the visibility of her organization's philanthropy efforts, leading campaigns with Make-A-Wish Georgia,
Make-A-Wish Canada, and Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. With her family and community's support, she
has also established an annual scholarship program for education majors at Spelman College.
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