John W. Sigmon

John W. Sigmon

Chief Human Resources Officer at AARP, Breathing Life into the Employee Experience


About Me

As a strategic business leader I breathe life into the employee experience. I foster innovative business and human capital improvements across every sector of the economy.

My passion is leveraging potential and contributing to each employees’ successes as they add value to the enterprise. I enable individuals, teams, and organizations to achieve their potential through innovative human capital practices, technology, thought leadership, and a relentless focus on excellence.

I am a visionary strategist with nearly 20 years of human resources and business innovation successes across for profit, not for profit, and public sector organizations.

I began my tenure at AARP as a HR business Partner, was later promoted to the VP for HR Consulting Services, and currently am the Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to my career at AARP, I served as the Director for HR Strategy at both the Library of Congress and the Government Accountability Office, and as the Chief Human Capital Officer at the Federal Election Commission.

I am a frequent contributor and speaker at on a variety of topics including, “The Modern HR Environment”, “Employer Branding and HR”, and “Workforce Engagement,”  “Navigating C-Suite Relationships,” and “DisruptHR,”  and “Leveraging Your Social Media Strategy”

I provide limited and focused coaching services. I am a member of the International Coaching Federation and am trained through the Coaches Training Institute.

I have a B.A. from Western Illinois University and a Masters in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina. I am certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional. I live in New York with my wife Danielle.

As a business leader it is my responsibility to breathe life into the employee experience and forge an alliance between our employees and strategy


I was invited by the Corporate Executive Board to participate in their video series for Chief Human Resources Officers. Here is a brief segment from the interview.

In today’s business environment constant change and evolution is the new normal. New technologies are reshaping work, individuals are rethinking what it means to be an employee, and a game-changing generation of millennial workers continues to challenge the status quo. Rather than resist the transforming world of work, individuals are looking for ways to future proof their career and their relevance. This is the opportunity available to us as leaders. To provide the framework necessary for individuals and organizations to flourish by mutually contributing to each other’s success.

The future of work is now; how are you going to make it work for you?


Speeches & Events

Get informed about forthcoming speeches and other events

Forthcoming Events


11feb - 13feb 118:30 amfeb 13Join me at Work Rebooted

Past Events


25jan5:30 pm- 9:00 pmDisrupt HR NYC

Interviews about me

John Sigmon Asks The Right Questions

john_sigmonInterview with Casual Films about the Disrupt HR Conference


How The Role Of The Employee Is Changing And What It Means For Your Organization

Interview on The Future of Work Podcast



Read my posts about leadership and innovative HR practices

A Coaching Advocate in HR

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A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of  chatting with Chris on his live show at WS Radio in San Diego about my coaching journey. Thank you Chris and the team at WS Radio and my friends at the ICF Chapter in NYC!

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What do you Tolerate?

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Make a list of what you’re putting up with and see what’s cluttering your mind, draining your energy and slowing you down! Here is a simple worksheet I use (emphasis on simple!), let me know if I can send you a copy and feel free to use it or pass it on!

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Fluid Talent

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Employees increasingly face careers spanning 60-70 years. At the same time average tenure is shrinking to about 4.5 years while the half-life of a learned skill is 5 years and falling rapidly (Bersin, 2016). These are among the primary drivers of what is, and will continue to be, a dramatic shift…

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The Job Search Landscape- A Practical Approach

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The job search landscape has changed and continues to evolve at an exponential pace. Societal forces impacting employment include: •       Exponential technological change •       A fundamental shift in organizational structures including increased use of networks, both virtual and real time •       A truly connected world •       A global market place for talent •       Human/Machine collaboration I secured…

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