Anna Tavis

Clinical associate professor and academic director of the Human Capital Management Department at NYU School of Professional Studies, senior fellow with the Conference Board, and the academic in residence with Executive Networks.


Thinkers50 Radar Class of 2020.


Anna’s Harvard Business Review articles HR Goes Agile and The Performance Management Revolution were reprinted in HBR’s Definitive Management Ideas of the Year (2016 and 2018). 


Anna speaks English, Russian, German, and Spanish. 


The reinvention of HR for the agile age. 

In Humans at Work, Tavis and co-author Stela Lupushor advocate for the adoption of human-centric practices as a critical and necessary part of adapting work and workplaces to the future of work. They outline four factors driving the dramatic changes in the workplace: digitization of work, distributed workplaces, organizational redesign, and changing workforce. 


Previously on the faculty at Williams College, Fairfield University and Columbia University. She was the head of Motorola’s EMEA OD function based in London, Nokia’s global head of talent management based in Helsinki, chief learning officer with United Technologies Corp and global head of talent and organizational development with AIG Investments based. Has a PhD in comparative literature from Princeton University and Executive MBA in international business from the University of South Carolina.


Humans at Work: The Art and Practice of Creating the Hybrid Workplace (with Stela Lupushor, Kogan Page, 2022); Co-authoring a book The Future of HR, forthcoming in 2020. Her Harvard Business Review articles include “HR Goes Agile” (2018) and “The Performance Management Revolution” (2016). Two volumes of edited essays Point/Counterpoint: The New Perspectives on People and Strategy (SHRM 2013 and 2017).


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“The future of HR is in safe hands.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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