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Alexander Alonso, PhD SHRM-SCP

Chief Knowledge Officer


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United States


Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP is the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM's) Chief Knowledge Officer. He leads research, insights, and innovation functions, as well as the SHRM Foundation. His total portfolio includes a $30 million revenue stream based upon practical thought leadership, which is designed to make better workplaces for a more inclusive world. In fact, Dr. Alonso was recognized as an inaugural member of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Racial Equity in the Workplace, a coalition created to foster equitable and inclusive cultures. His research has been featured in numerous outlets, including USA Today, NBC News, BBC, CNN, and more. He has served as a member of several speakers bureaus, with more than 400 speaking engagements over the last decade. HR Magazine calls him “one of the most effective communicators of data in recent memory.'' Dr. Alonso's works have been recognized for their contribution to real-world human capital issues. He has received the SIOP’s 2007 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for developing the federal standard for learning and development of healthcare providers; a 2009 Presidential Citation for Innovative Practice by the American Psychological Association for designing performance management systems; and the 2013 SIOP Distinguished Early Career Contributions for Practice Award for extensive applied research on the link between human resource management and organizational sustainability. Throughout his career, he has published works in peer-reviewed journals, authored several chapters on community-based change initiatives in workforce readiness, and authored books like The Price of Pettiness, Talking Taboo: Making the Most of Polarizing Topics (in press), and Defining HR Success: A Guide to the SHRM Competency Model in Practice. Alex also serves as a columnist for TIP and HR Magazine, analyzing major trends in the workforce. He has served on several professional society boards, including president of the Personnel Testing Council of Metropolitan Washington Area. He is a Fellow of SIOP, Division 14 of the American Psychological Association.

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Chief Knowledge Officer at SHRM


PhD, Organizational Psychology