We are corporate and entrepreneurial veterans, investors and institutions and government agencies and students. Everyone is welcome to become a Human Workplace member and collaborate in the re-invention of work. If you’d like to contact any of our team members, you can reach us here.
Liz Ryan, CEO and Founder
Liz Ryan is the CEO and Founder of Human Workplace and the voice of the new-millennium workplace. Liz is a former Fortune 500 HR SVP and the world’s most widely-read and well-respected workplace visionary and thought leader.
As a vc-backed startup co-founder, mid-market leader and Fortune 500 senior executive, Liz Ryan has lived and now teaches the leading-edge, practical and people-centric Human Workplace approach to workplace challenges from recruiting new grads to corporate governance.
Liz Ryan’s columns on leadership, job search, personal branding, recruiting, HR practices and life in the new-millennium workplace reach millions of readers every month via LinkedIn and Forbes.com.
Liz is the leader of the global, multi-million-member Human Workplace online community and a sought-after international keynote speaker. Liz is one of the top LinkedIn Influencers and
Liz graduated from Loyola University of Chicago (BA Marketing) and Northwestern University (MS, Communication Studies). Liz is an operatic soprano. She and her husband Michael live in Boulder, Colorado with their five kids, two dogs (Mojo and Magic) and two cats (Coco and Truffle).
Michael Wilcox, Director of Operations
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Michael is our Operations guy. He is a writer and a Buddhist. Working blue collar jobs to pay for school, Michael attended Columbia College and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University.
Michael loaded trucks as a Teamster and was a customer service rep for a greeting-card company, a stockboy, a meter reader, an assistant manager at a used book store, an elementary school teacher, a writer, a salesman, and a distributor for medicated baked goods. He did volunteer work at the American Indian Center in Chicago and the Addiction Recovery Center in Boulder, Colorado.
When he is not hanging out with his kids, Michael follows baseball with his kids and loves reading. Some of his favorite writers are Nelson Algren, Charles Bukowski, John Fante, Mark Twain and the Beat generation writers.
After a lifelong interest in Eastern religions, he became a Buddhist in 2010. He is beginning to understand that when there is nothing to say, the best thing to do is to keep noble silence.
For Michael, the aim of the Human Workplace is to allow people to be the same person in the parking lot, the office, the factory, or at home watching a movie with the family. In his job, Michael makes sure our clients get what they need and are always heard.