“Leading the growth of revenue and profitability, improving business competitiveness via a strong workplace culture and driving increased global brand influence and impact are the hallmarks of my leadership in the Human Capital Management sector.”

I started my career at the publisher of The Christian Science Monitor and then spent 20+ years in the HR consulting world specializing in the career transition, executive coaching, and leadership development arena as a business leader at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Many know me for my tenure as the CEO of the Great Place to Work Institute, the global consultancy dedicated to improving society by helping companies create better workplaces. Prior to Great Place to Work, I was the Chief Operating Officer and Interim CEO for SHRM (The Society for Human Resource Management), the world’s largest professional association for human resource professionals with over 275,000 members in more than 140 countries.

I’ve lived all over the U.S. (a shout out to my wonderful husband with whom I’ve made more than 12 geographical moves in the last 25 years) and have traveled the world in support of my customers and stakeholders — most of whom were HR professionals and their organizations.  In 2014 alone I was in 21 countries throughout Asia, South America, Europe and North America.

I’ve been successfully leading and growing businesses since 1985 that ranged in size from $500,000 annual sales with 4 employees (including me) to nearly $300 million in annual sales with close to 2,000 employees. Growing revenue and profitability, improving business competitiveness via a strong workplace culture and driving increased brand influence and impact are the hallmarks of my leadership.

I serve on a number of boards in the HR and education spaces. Current affiliations include chairing Globoforce‘s WorkHuman Advisory Board, Jobs for America’s Graduates, RiseSmart, Inc., and the Workforce Institute at Kronos.

Currently I’m available for short- and mid-term length projects and for speaking engagements.  I typically speak to business and HR audiences on topics including the business case for the creation of more human workplace cultures, the CEO perspective on talent, and the future for HR. I enjoy small, interactive presentation formats as well as very large keynote speech assignments.  Click on the next page for more information or contact me at info@chinagorman.com.


68 responses to “About

  1. Gil Swick

    Hi China
    Who says genetic characteristics are not passed along?….haha! Our youngest son , Steve, is now pursuing a career as an HR team member at Northeastern University and pursuing his MBA as well. We are very proud of this guy.

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  3. Hello China,
    I am emailing on behalf of the JobAlign marketing team. We are currently expanding our future press release contact list, and want to add your blog to this list. Is there an email that would be good to discuss this through?

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    Hello, China! I need your help! I wonder if you could tell me on which year you were born. I quoted a sentence from your article and I was asked to provide this information.

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  14. Hi, China–

    I thought for sure I had your email, but I can’t locate it. My boss, David Bernstein, will be presenting at IQPC’s Big Data Analytics HR Forum on Sept. 16-18 in Chicago. He would like to offer you one of a limited number of passes to attend the forum, which counts Dr. John Sullivan and Big Data luminary Thomas Davenport among its speakers. More information is available at http://www.bigdatahrforum.com/.

    Please let me know as soon as possible if you’d like a pass. Because slots are limited, we’ll make this offer available to others if you can’t attend.


  15. Hi China,
    I have a startup building an innovative HR technology product, and would love to get your feedback. Anyway, we can connect over email?

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  18. Hi China, I’m a fan of your blog and I was wondering if I could post some of your articles on my company’s Facebook page? I would just say that it’s a great read and display the link to your articles to our followers. Our company is based in Sri Lanka and we have been in recruitment for over 30 years so I thought it would be a good idea to share your knowledge with the our candidates and clients. I have included the link to our website if you want to take a look before you decide however our page is currently under construction but you can still access it.

    Thank you for your time.

  19. Hello China, Just read your blog about BlessingWhite employee engagement report. I was wondering if we could connect through an email exchange.

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  23. Hello China, we’d love to hear your thoughts on our innovative performance review & compensation management system. Can we schedule a time to chat?

  24. Lila H.

    Would there be any way to speak with you through email?

  25. David Twitchell

    Great to see you in Atlanta. Ever thought of coming to Vermont to speak at our State Conference. Let’s chat sometime.


  26. China,

    Great to see your site and blog. Good luck with your new endeavors. I’m now back to work. Check my new site http://www.ocanddconsulting.com. Would love to hear from you.

    All the best. Let me know if I can help in any way.

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  28. Richard Holt

    Greetings China, congratulations on both your blog and your move to RiseSmart. As another LHH alum, it’s good to see you keep innovating the field.

    Richard Holt Ed.D.

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  31. alvin Lee

    Sorry I have not been a good friend, just heard about your latest career move, please get in touch when you are hanging out at an airport, Alvin

  32. A. Bekins

    Hi China, just a hello from a fellow Prin-o also in HR. Congratulations, your career is awesome! I saw the writeup about you in the latest alumni magazine. I’m in HR/Benefits at a college in Seattle. Since I only knew your maiden name, it took me awhile to connect the dots between China Gorman at SHRM and the China I knew in college!

    Ann Bekins C’75

    • Hi Ann! Thanks for visiting my blog. The conversation that was written up in The Purpose was really fun. Phenomenal women leaders! An honor to have been included. I’m looking forward to connecting with my SHRM friends this weekend at the annual conference here in Vegas. Might I see you as well?

  33. Hi, China: Please contact me regarding SHRM 2011 and Dice’s presence there.

    Thanks much.
    Chris Miller
    Director of Marketing

  34. It’s great to reconnect with you China. Those blogs are worth reading .. keep sharing those ideas … enjoy the new adventures 🙂 I will let you know when I will be in the DC area and we can catch up in person.
    Twitter: @junteet

  35. China,

    I’m a fan of your blog, and as a fan, I was wondering if you ever accept guest bloggers. I’m attaching a few guest posts I’ve done recently. Additionally, I should have a post featured on Renegade HR in the next two weeks. I’d be honored to contribute if you see a fit between my style and your needs.

    Best, Daniel




  36. China,
    OK…I must have been in a cave for the past couple of months. I did not know about your transition until I searched for your email address only to discover your new adventure. I’m glad we had an opportunity to meet while I was at Lee Hecht Harrison. Congratulations on the blog. I’m so glad you are continuing to make a contribution to the work of human capital development. Best regards and warm regards…John

  37. Natalie Anniston


    I wanted to get in touch with you in regards to possibly writing a guest blog post on chinagorman.com. I have a few pretty solid ideas on how to work in a nice post on your site that I believe will be very valuable to your readers.

    I too help run and maintain a web site called MedicalBillingandCoding.org. This web site is a reliable source for medical billing and coding training programs, careers and future job outlooks and I have been working very hard to gain more exposure for it. With your help, I think that I could accomplish that.

    I would love it if you gave me the opportunity to tell you more about some of my ideas for collaborating on a blog post that would benefit both your readers and mine. It would be great to send my readers over to your site to read the post I write. That would definitely give them a new perspective on things, and give them the chance to find something new and obviously much better then what I have to offer. It is clear that you are on a much higher level with the success of your site then I am. You have done an amazing job, and it would indeed be an honor to write on Chinagorman.com.

    If you have some time, shoot me back an email so we can discuss more of the finer details.

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Natalie Anniston

  38. Hi China,

    I just started a blog on topics of interest to HR professionals and those thinking of pursing a career in HR. I was wondering if you would be willing to add me to your blogroll? I am trying to get connected in the online HR community and get some visibility. My blog can be found at: http://www.onlinehumanresources.net/hr-blog/.

    Best Regards,

    Aaron Heyntsen

  39. Hi China: Love your blog, I was just giving you rave reviews – a senior HR exec asked if I knew you, and I told him you were the one that hired me at LHH, which I will always remember! Best wishes to you! – Gail

    • Hi Gail: always great to hear from you and thanks for the kudos. We did great work together at LHH, didn’t we? That HR exec you were talking to….does he know I’m looking for a job? 🙂

  40. China- Congratulations for the launch of your blog! I look forward to reading your posts!


  41. Grace Dobson

    Great blog! Congratulations on your new adventures & challenges. I am following you on Twitter @Fre1992. Keep up the good work.

  42. Congratulations on your new path – and new role. Hope to get to LV by the end of the year and would love to touch base.

  43. John Jorgensen

    China, great start to your blogging career. Always have enjoyed your perspective and energy, keep up the good work. Hope to see you soon.

  44. Found you here by way of Mike VanDervort – I love the header and logo =)

    • Hi Karla. That Mike. He’s such a great guy. And thanks for commenting on the header and logo. My ultra talented sister did those for me. She’s amazing! And thanks for stopping by…

  45. Shennee

    Congratulations China~
    It was great meeting you, and I look forward to following your blog!

  46. Jill Hummel

    Congratulations China! Looking forward to your blog posts.

  47. Susan Treadway

    Look forward to following your new blog China!

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