Speaker - China Gorman

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China Gorman is Chief Executive Officer of Great Place to Work®. With 30 years’ experience in strategic business leadership roles within HR professional services organizations, China has firmly established herself as a sought-after speaker, writer and thought leader within the human resources domain. Her blog, Data Point Tuesday (, has quickly become one of the most-read HR blogs.

Prior to joining Great Place to Work, China became well-known for her tenure as Chief Operating Officer and interim CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Most recently she served as CEO for CMG Group and has also held the posts of President of DBM North America, and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, the global consulting division of Adecco, which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership.

In support of her lifelong commitment to lead and support organizations that make a difference in the world and in the lives of individuals, she has served on the board and is the Past Board Chair for the Chicago-based Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and on the board and executive committee of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG). Additionally, she services on the Strategic Advisory Councils of RiseSmart, Pinstripe, and CVCertify.

China has traveled extensively – throughout North America and globally – speaking to business, professional, corporate and academic groups on topics related to the strategic value of HR, culture and engagement, career management and implementing effective people management strategies.

A native Midwesterner, China earned a bachelor’s degree from Principia College in Elsah, IL and has completed significant post-graduate work in Organizational Development. When she is not at work, you’ll likely find China spending time with her husband of thirty years, a former NFL Coach.

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