Elissa Tucker

Principal Research Lead, Human Capital Management

Building on more than 15 years of experience in human resources research, writing, and advising, Elissa Tucker develops and executes APQC’s human capital management (HCM) research agenda. She has completed numerous research studies and reports on such topics as leadership, talent optimization, human resources trends, recruiting and hiring, training and development, performance management, and talent management.

She is a regular contributor for APQC’s blog on topics for human capital management and organizes monthly webinars on HCM topics for APQC members and subscribers. Some of her more popular research reports include Reviving Leadership Capabilities, The Leadership Deficit, and Technical Talent Management. She often partners with other APQC research leads to develop joint projects on topics such as promoting dynamic leadership in the supply chain, how to narrow the leadership gap in finance, or how knowledge management supports successful leaders.

Elissa has written for and been featured in numerous HR industry publications, including Human Resource Executive, MWorld, Recruiter.com, Recruiting Trends, Society for Human Resource Management, Strategic HR Review, Talent Management, Training, Workforce Management, and Workspan. Her research has also been featured in Fortune.com, AFP Exchange, CIO Baseline, CIO Update, Corporate Finance Review, Spend Matters, and Time Business. She is a regular speaker on HR industry webinars and conferences, including the Association for Talent Development, HR.com, Human Capital Institute, and Talent Management Alliance.

Prior to joining APQC in 2010, she worked as a senior research consultant at HR consultancy Hewitt Associates, now AonHewitt, where she led many large-scale quantitative and qualitative research studies and authored numerous research reports, white papers, and presentations. Elissa also co-edited and contributed to the 2006 book: Workforce Wake-Up Call: Your Workforce Is Changing, Are You?

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in social and cultural anthropology from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin.