Libby Sartain

Independent Director and Advisor, Libby Sartain LLC, Former CHRO, Professional Board Member

With 40 years of experience in HR, Sartain is an author and speaker, using her HR leadership and management experience at a variety of companies.



Based out of: Texas


Libby Sartain is an independent director and advisor, working with companies on human resource issues or in advisory capacity. With 40 years of experience in human resources, she is also an author and frequent speaker, using her HR leadership and management experience at companies in technology, transportation and manufacturing. She led human resources at Yahoo! and Southwest Airlines during transformative periods. Both companies were among Fortune magazine’s “Best Places to Work” during her tenure. Sartain now serves on the board of directors of ManpowerGroup and is the First Vice Chair of the Board of AARP. She is the former board chair of the Society for Human Resource Management and currently is Chairman of the SHRM Foundation Board.  She formerly served on the board of Peet’s Coffee and Tea and Shutterfly inc.


  • Employer Branding

  • Cracking the Culture Code

  • Re-imagine HR: How to accelerate HR and Organizations to thrive in the future social and work ecosystem

  • Ageism: The Last Acceptable Prejudice, and What to Do About It

  • Brand For Talent

  • Brand from the Inside

  • HR with a Purpose

  • Essential Ingredients of a Great HR Career


"Business competes for talent today in a free global marketplace in which traditional definitions of job and employee are increasingly outmoded. As a direct result, HR leaders must also change traditional ways of working in order to maintain their central role in the organization of the future."