Notable Leaders in Human Resources 2021

As the pandemic and social unrest swept through Minnesota in 2020, it was human resources executives who were tasked with quickly determining how to keep employees operating. They enacted remote work policies, increased safety measures, and extended benefits; they monitored employees’ physical and mental well-being, responded to endless questions and concerns, buckled down on diversity and inclusion practices, and more. Without them, the companies they support wouldn’t have been able to move forward. Our 2021 Notable Leaders in Human Resources rose to unprecedented challenges and deserve big thanks—especially this year.

Methodology: The individuals featured did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from nomination materials. This list is not comprehensive. It includes only people who were nominated and accepted after editorial review. To qualify for this list, individuals must be serving in a senior-level human resources role in Minnesota, have at least five years of experience in their current industry, and have shown the ability to create significant, positive, and measurable results in their field.

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Marcy Syman

Marcy Syman

Human resources director, Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities
Marcy Syman oversees strategic direction for the St. Paul-based Met Council’s HR policies, programs, and practices. She supports council staff through values of inclusion, collaboration, trust, customer focus, and efficiency.
Charles Thompson

Charles Thompson

Talent development director, vice president, Old National Bank
Charles Thompson joined Old National upon its 2019 acquisition of Chaska-based KleinBank, where he had worked for more than 13 years in training, talent strategy, and administration. He has played