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2019 CHRO OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS
FINALIST
Anna Spriggs
Chief of HR and Administration
Truth Initiative
Under Anna Spriggs' leadership, Truth Initiative has adopted an innovative, award-winning approach
to employee health and wellness that is aligned with its greater mission. In a challenging time
of rising healthcare costs, Spriggs is a champion for expanding employee benefi ts, developing a
program that includes 100 percent paid medical, dental, and vision coverage as well as generous
401k contributions, transportation benefi ts, a substantial leave program, and numerous wellness
perks. She also spearheaded various professional development initiatives, including tuition assistance,
workplace training, and two annual paid professional development opportunities per staff member.
Spriggs has consistently advocated on behalf of employees, creating a culture that prioritizes its
people's health and well-being. She is also an adjunct professor at Trinity University.
FINALIST
Darryl Varnado
Executive Vice President and Chief People Offi cer
Children's National Health System
Darryl Varnado led the formation of a workforce management plan that completely reengineered
management structures and the position control process across the enterprise, saving the
organization nearly $70 million in labor expense over three years and increasing the organizational
productivity index from 95 percent to 105 percent. By shrewdly evaluating labor productivity,
the workforce management team, chaired by Varnado, eliminated select vacant managementlevel
positions; adjusted job titles, levels, and incentives, affecting 35 percent of the management
positions; and removed 23 percent of positions from the management incentive plan. The new
structure was communicated in a comprehensive " Job Level Management Guide, " and a " Workforce
Management Committee " was created to ensure everything runs smoothly and the organization
remains appropriately staffed.
FINALIST
Jacqueline M. Welch
Senior Vice President, Chief HR Offi cer, and Chief Diversity Offi cer
Freddie Mac
During her time at Freddie Mac, Jacqueline Welch has made herself highly visible throughout the
organization by hosting monthly speaking engagements and regular meet-and-greets with her
employees. By making herself available for feedback and creating an environment where all levels
of employees feel comfortable sharing their perspectives, she has empowered the workforce and
improved engagement. This two-way communication extends to the company's D&I strategy.
Under Welch's leadership, the organization hosted its fi rst-ever inclusion summit where employees,
suppliers, and community partners were encouraged to develop solutions to further improve the
company's diversity efforts.
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