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HR Manager Recognized by Crain's Chicago Business

Feb. 12, 2020, Highland Park, Illinois – City of Highland Park Human Resources Manager Emily Taub was selected as a 2020 Notable Leader in Human Resources by Crain’s Chicago Business.

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, “With record low unemployment and a tightening labor supply, human resources departments are at the center of the action and gaining a louder voice in the C-suite. HR departments are tasked with recruiting talent during a buoyant economy and keeping the workforce happy. The 58 HR specialists featured in Crain’s list of Notable Leaders in HR are finding innovative solutions to this challenge.”

 “I am honored to be recognized as a Notable Leader in Human Resources. The exceptional team at the City of Highland Park works to attract and retain dynamic and talented employees to carry out the City’s mission and goals. I feel truly grateful and proud to be a part of the City’s supportive environment in which our organizational achievement is a product of the synergistic blend of progressive strategy and the skills of our exceptional employees,” said Taub.

Taub manages the Human Resources Division of the City Manager's Office for the City of Highland Park. Her accomplishments with the City include serving as the lead negotiator on collective bargaining agreements with four bargaining units, leading the City through modifications to its compensation structure, implementing a system for evaluating positions based on public and private sector data and metrics, and implementation of an online learning system for employee professional development. Taub also worked with the City’s recruiting teams to identify and implement strategies to increase diversity in the City’s recruiting initiatives as well as increase training and support for City employees on diversity and inclusion within the workplace and the community. In addition Taub has managed a transition of benefits management resulting in $30,000 in annual savings. Ms. Taub also serves as the Treasurer of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association.

 “Ms. Taub represents the City with distinct professionalism and is fair, smart, and hard-working. She has effectuated cost saving policies and programs and has helped to attract highly skilled employees,” said Ghida Neukirch, Highland Park City Manager. “The recognition is well deserved, and we are proud to have her represent the City of Highland Park.”

Crain’s Chicago Business honorees did not pay to be included. Their profiles were drawn from the nomination materials submitted. To qualify for the list, nominees must be based in the Chicago area and have shown the ability or power to effect change by navigating new ways of recruiting talent; opening new ways to support employees and/or retain talent; improving efficiency; enhancing company culture; and/or promoting diversity and inclusion.

The full list of Crain’s 2020 Notable Leaders in HR can be found on the Crain’s Chicago Business website at