Dr. Amy S. Dufrane, SPHR, CAE

Chief Executive Officer, HRCI

Dr. Amy Dufrane’s vision has created an innovative learning organization to meet new career, business and workforce demands.

Before joining HRCI®, Dufrane has spent many years as an innovator of human capital strategies for progressive organizations and in higher education teaching the leaders of tomorrow. She also serves on the Wall Street Journal CEO Council, is a member of the Economic Club, CEO Roundtable and on the Board for the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind.

Dufrane holds a doctorate from The George Washington University, an MBA and MA from Marymount University and a BS from Hood College. She is certified by HRCI as a Senior Professional in Human Resources® (SPHR®).  She also has a Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives, The Center for Association Leadership.

Her awards and honors include: DCA Live Leadership Award; smartCEO Award for Healthy Workplaces; International Development Accelerator (IDATeam) and Associacion Mexicana en Direccion de Recuros Humanos A.C. Award; American Society for Quality Middle East Africa Quality Fundamentals in the Digital Age Award; The Executive Council of The Adjutant General’s Corps Regimental Association Order of Horatio Gates Honorary Medal and recognition for dedication and service to the HR industry by the Human Resource Leadership Awards of Greater Washington.

HRCI, with a suite of eight credentials, continues to provide the most trusted and recognized HR certifications worldwide. Under her leadership, HRCI has continued to expand its offerings to include self-paced learning and professional development opportunities.

In 2018, the organization introduced HRCI upSkill e-learning and assessment modules. Designed for professionals at all levels to help improve their supervisory skills, become leading custodians of human capital initiatives that reduce risk, engage employees and drive company goals. She is the co-founder of the podcast Inevitable: The Future of Work and the facilitator, author and motivator behind The Rise of HR: The Future of Work with 73 HR thought leaders, including Dave Ulrich, Libby Sartain and Bill Schiemann. 

As a global business leader, Dufrane is committed to advancing organizations by identifying opportunities to develop human capital that is responsive to the demands of the competitive economy.  She is a strategic thinker who identifies future workforce needs and requirements. Dufrane creates processes and solutions that empower individuals to enhance their professional credibility and the organizations they serve. 

As Chief Executive Officer at HRCI, Dufrane recognizes constantly shifting technologies, laws and workplace environments require diverse knowledge, skills and experience. Collectively, these factors have disrupted businesses and created opportunities for HR to develop strategies that encompass broader learning as a critical ingredient to drive successful businesses.  

Over 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies have HRCI-certified professionals among their leadership ranks. Dufrane’s thought leadership in the future of work encourages individuals to stand at the cutting edge, discover new skills and become fiercely agile.