China Gorman Joins RiseSmart Strategic Advisory Council

Former COO of SHRM and president of Lee Hecht Harrison and DBM says RiseSmart has “cracked the code” in outplacement solutions.

SAN JOSE, Calif. (July 27, 2011) – RiseSmart, a leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions, today announced that China Gorman, former chief operating officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), has been appointed to the company’s strategic advisory council.

“China is one of the foremost thought leaders in the field of human resources today; she is also an accomplished executive with significant experience in career transition services,” said Sanjay Sathe, founder and CEO of RiseSmart. “We look forward to her strategic contributions as we continue to increase our share of the $3 billion outplacement market.”

Gorman has held strategic leadership roles in human capital management for more than 25 years.   Prior to joining SHRM in 2007, Gorman had tenures as president at two of the largest career transition consultancies – DBM North America and Lee Hecht Harrison, where she also served as chief operating officer.

“I am excited to join RiseSmart’s strategic advisory council, because I truly believe this company is transforming corporate outplacement to the benefit of transitioning workers and their employers,” Gorman said. “RiseSmart has cracked the code by creating a results-oriented, virtual outplacement solution that makes traditional approaches seem lumbering and inefficient by comparison.”

Gorman travels extensively throughout the world speaking to business, professional, corporate and academic groups.  She serves as chair of the board of trustees of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and is on the board of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG).

A native Midwesterner, Gorman earned a bachelor’s degree from Principia College and has completed significant post-graduate work in organizational development at National Louis University.

About RiseSmart

RiseSmart is a leading provider of next-generation outplacement solutions. The company leverages a cloud-based technology platform, proven methodologies, and one-on-one support to help employers with their workforce strategy, and displaced employees with their career strategy. RiseSmart drives significant ROI to organizations by offering affordable pricing while reducing unemployment insurance taxes and severance costs. RiseSmart has received a wide range of awards and recognition from organizations including Red Herring, TiE, the Stevie Awards, SiliconIndia, the San Francisco Business Times and the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. For more information, visit


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  1. Elizabeth Johnson

    It looks like RiseSmart have come up with the formula for outplacement that helps both employees and employers. As an HR Professional and Career Management Consultant, I will be watching RiseSmart with great interest as it continues to grow and evolve.

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