carlos j riosI’d like to take this moment to introduce you to someone I’ve enjoyed working with since the early days of my blogging journey: Carlos Rios.

We’ve shared the stage and had many insightful conversations over the years, and I can safely say that he has made a significant impact in Human Resources.

Carlos, who identifies with the pronouns he/they, is a formidable HR leader, people strategist, and talent whisperer. His journey spans over fifteen years and is filled with enriching experiences and strategic roles, from recruiting and HR generalist positions to tackling diversity and inclusion, learning, and development portfolios. His repertoire extends to both small and large organizations across the media, technology, and entertainment industries, and it’s fair to say that he successfully delivers transformative strategies on human capital initiatives.

The firstborn of Puerto Rican parents, Carlos is bilingual. Additionally, he has a keen understanding of Latin American HR matters, which, coupled with his MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, provides him with a unique perspective on workplace dynamics.

Carlos has shown prowess in devising and developing people strategies for over 500 US-based employees in his latest endeavor as the Human Resources Director at Nordstrom. This includes supporting a CMO transition, a new Digital Marketplace initiative, and building a robust talent management and succession plan. His work at Nordstrom also involves leading change management and organizational redesign efforts, catering to the evolving operational models of the company.

Before Nordstrom, Carlos was a part of R/GA, where he served on the Global HR Leadership team and contributed significantly to their Global HR strategy. His innovative HR technology solutions and the launch of the New Hire Orientation experience to foster inclusion and productivity are worth noting.

Carlos has also shared his expertise with Universal Music Group, DIRECTV Latin America, Verizon, Gibsons Restaurant Group, and Heidrick & Struggles. In each of these roles, he has demonstrated his commitment to promoting positive employee relations, supporting career development, and shaping organizational design.

With a track record for designing and facilitating workshops to drive Employee Engagement, Development, Compliance, and Inclusion, Carlos has continuously demonstrated his unique approach to HR. His emphasis on the importance of people strategy and HR’s role in business outcomes is something that all professionals can learn from.

If Carlos inspires you, I invite you to connect and grow with them. Visit their website at and learn from their experiences and insights. You might find the inspiration you need to transform your HR journey.