The HR Executive of the Year and Honor Roll awards are presented each year to the individuals in the HR profession who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary vision, strategy, direction and leadership in their organizations. A prestigious panel of judges, including previous award winners, thought leaders and HRE‘s editor, select the winners from a field of worthy candidates.
Buckingham, the Radnor, Pa.-based insurance and investment management provider’s executive vice president, and chief human resources, brand and enterprise communications officer, was honored for her leadership which has helped Lincoln advance its diversity and inclusion efforts, improve talent management and succession-planning processes, and develop a fully revamped career framework.
Lincoln Financial Group President and CEO Dennis Glass called Buckingham a “sophisticated ball of energy,” and said that when Buckingham first found out she had won the award, the first thing she did was thank her HR team.
“That’s just the kind of person she is,” he said. “She’s never going to take credit for something that was a group effort.”
In her speech accepting the award, Buckingham shared three principles that have guided her career: the power of networking and mentoring, thanking people who have helped you and simply being present at all times.
“Whether it’s a crisis situation or a calm situation, people really need to know that you’re being fully present. That means that sometimes I may miss things at [my son’s] school or work, but you have to make those choices. You always know where you need to be,” she said.
Also honored at the awards dinner were Honor Roll inductees Vivian Maza, chief people officer at Ultimate Software, David A. Thaeler, executive vice president and CHRO at Haskell and Karen May, executive vice president and CHRO at Mondelez International.
HRE presented the first HR Executive of the Year award in 1989. Since that time, 28 other HR professionals have been honored with this top award and 94 Honor Roll recipients have been recognized, including this year’s winners.
For a full list of previous HR Executive of the Year award winners, click here.