Switch and Shift’s Top 75 List of Human Business Champions

At Switch and Shift, we are passionate about “the human side of business”. And we’re not alone.

As we’ve grown, we’ve recognized that we are not the only ones with this deliberate focus on bringing the human aspect of work back into the workplace. The message is becoming accepted in bigger circles: for businesses to thrive in what we call the “Social Age” we must inspire and care for those who work with us.

All around us are thought leaders who know that being “human first” must be a core characteristic. That focusing on building a positive, enabling work environment makes us far more productive. That engaging with employees and customers – as fellow humans worthy of respect – pays huge dividends. And that leading from a motivating, empathetic position is good for both our people and our profits.

It is those thought leaders we honor now.

Today, Switch and Shift is proud to feature our first annual list of the Top 75 Human Business Champions – those Rebel Heretics who know how we were taught to lead in the Industrial Age is not the only way, and not the best way. These Social Age leaders have shown they are not afraid to speak up and say:

“I choose to be different. I choose the human side of business.”

As we compiled this list, it became clear that our focus wasn’t on those with the biggest personal brands or the most Twitter followers. Instead, we focused on character, a unique voice, and a collaborative mindset. We found ourselves selecting those willing to lead by example and to serve as mentors over those perhaps more adept at self-promotion and the ability to sell product. Ultimately, we’re very proud to say many on this list have become friends and partners – we love working with them, and learning from them, every day.

In alphabetical order and with abundant respect, here is Switch and Shift’s list of Top 75 Human Business Champions!


Who would you add to this list? Who did we miss? Who is making such a real difference with their approach to the human side of business that we should start watching now? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Irene Becker

    Honoured and humbled to be part of this exceptional list. Thank you Ted, Shawn, Mark, Beth and the Switch and Shift Team for your exceptional work and contribution.

    The imperative to develop a better workplace that drives results at the speed of change by optimizing our human potential is something I know that we are all dedicated to achieving.

  • Thanks Shawn, Ted, Beth, & Mark. I’m honored to be included among such wonderful folks.

  • Hoda Maalouf

    I’ve included Alli Polin to the list as I believe she deserves to be among these wonderful leaders. Thank you!

  • Chantal Bechervaise

    I would add Alli Polin, Kate Nasser and Jon Mertz.

  • Big thanks to S&W for the great work making the community and body of thinking come to life! Well done.

  • Pamela Slim

    I am truly honored and delighted to be included on this list. My greatest passion has always been for the human side of business. Thanks for the acknowledgement!

  • Dr. Janice Presser

    Hugs to all! It’s by making the workplace a better place to work that we can make the world a better place to live!

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  • Margy

    Thank you to Ted, Shawn, Mark, and Beth for initiating and developing such a wonderful forum where we can learn, engage, and explore new ideas that focus on the human side of business. I, too, am delighted and honored to be on the list.

  • Thanks for adding me to this great list. Much appreciated.

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  • Thanks for including me in this list, I am honored and look forward to learning from all on this list and to contributing to the conversation on human-centered business!

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  • Patrick Arnold

    I’d add John Stepper to the list for his contributions on Working Out Loud and his efforts around transforming a large global institution with a social media platform helping to embrace a collaborative culture.

  • Matt Monge

    I’d be honored to be considered for inclusion on this list in the future! I’m such a fan of everyone on this list!

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