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The St. Louis Business Journal Recognizes Perficient with 2024 Innovation in HR Award

Honoring Perficient’s Efforts to Enable Colleague Career Growth  

We’re thrilled to share that the St. Louis Business Journal recently recognized Perficient with an Innovation in HR Award for our Growth for Everyone program. Kathy Leijon, director, Talent Development, accepted the award on behalf of Perficient and our Talent Development team during an awards banquet on Thursday, May 16.  Announced annually, the HR Awards honor individuals and organizations for the incredible work they do to make a difference in the field of human resources.  

Each recipient made positive contributions to improve workforce efficiency, enhance recruitment strategy, and further the colleague experience. As mentioned by the St. Louis Business Journal, the 2024 elected winners include a Lifetime Achievement winner, Innovation in HR winner, and eight HR honorees. 

The Innovation in HR Award pays tribute to Perficient and our highly skilled Talent Development team’s effort to provide colleagues enhanced resources through Growth for Everyone

“Building a culture and employee experience that values every voice is a primary focal point for Perficient,” said Kathy. “It’s an incredible honor to be recognized with the 2024 Innovation in HR Award, and I’m proud of what we have accomplished since launching Growth for Everyone. Our success would not be possible without the leadership of our executive sponsor, Santhosh Nair, and my team; Hannah Kim, Wendy LaBenne, and Chelsey Hundley.” 

Taking The Professional Development of Our Colleagues to the Next Level 

An integral facet of Perficient’s People Promise is Growth for Everyone, a system of professional development resources, training programs, and tools aimed at guiding every colleague on their own transformational career journey.

Through our Talent Development team’s strategic planning and vision, Perficient has expanded existing programming to include a new, holistic approach that empowers all people – no matter their experience level – to excel in their roles.

In the last year, Perficient created three curated learning pathways for colleagues to continue honing their skillset:

  • Consultant Curriculum: specifically created for Technical and Business Consultants and consists of self-paced programming designed to help build important skills for professional growth. 
  • Learning to Lead: a professional development program designed for individual contributors interested in exploring career growth in people leadership.  
  • Leading with Impact: Perficient’s flagship program for new/newer global people leaders, which includes curriculum focused on building leadership capabilities and fostering relationships with direct reports.  

Our colleagues also have access to Leadership Corner, which offers helpful advice through informational videos and articles that can be applied to everyday routines – in 15 minutes or less! 

To further advance our colleagues’ professional capabilities, Perficient has developed both formal and self-guided resources. These include Career Paths, a tool with materials outlining the steps for career progression, a Career Development Toolkit and Leadership Toolkit, and Perficient Academy, a one-stop shop for career growth with on-demand training materials.  

“We recognize that Perficient can provide the tools to help those colleagues understand the possibilities, and our leaders need to be equipped to confidently have candid, effective career conversations with their team members,” said Kathy. “To me, that’s what Growth for Everyone is all about: helping our colleagues to confidently navigate their own careers.” 

Learn More: Championing the Personal Achievements and Success of Our Colleagues  

Celebrating Our People-First Culture  

Perficient has made a commitment to challenge, champion, and celebrate its people – and that is more than just a promise. We have the brightest colleagues who give their time and talent each day to drive our global business forward. With Growth for Everyone, we’re empowering everyone at Perficient to grow their careers by learning new topics and advancing their knowledge. 

Here are some key highlights from 2023: 

  • 91 colleagues completed the Learning to Lead program 
  • 177 global leaders graduated from the Leading with Impact program 
  • 330 business and technical consultants are actively enrolled in the Consultant Curriculum program.  
  • 90% of Perficient colleagues said in our annual Employee Engagement Survey that they have the tools they need for success at Perficient. 

Through our Talent Development team’s commitment to creating a collaborative and people-first employee experience, Perficient colleagues now have access to a volume of leadership and career development resources that place them on the path to success!  

We’re proud to continue making a difference for our colleagues, and our efforts to enhance Perficient’s Growth for Everyone offerings could not be possible without the thought leadership of our Talent Development team.

Congratulations to the 2024 HR Awards recipients! 


Perficient continually looks for ways to champion and challenge our workforce, encourage personal and professional growth, and celebrate the unique culture created by the ambitious, brilliant, people-oriented team we have cultivated. These are their stories. 

Learn more about what it’s like to work at Perficient on our Careers page. Connect with us on LinkedIn here. 

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Madison Ripson

Madison Ripson is an Associate Marketing Coordinator supporting the Communications team at Perficient. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in journalism. Madison is based in our St. Louis office, focusing on corporate communications and employer branding.

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