Chris Ernst

Chief Learning Officer at Workday

Chris Ernst is Chief Learning Officer at Workday. He’s responsible for leading Workday’s talent strategy, including performance and talent enablement, leadership effectiveness, organization development, and employee experience, and using Workday’s technology to optimize these internal programs.

Before joining Workday, Chris served as the global head of people and organization potential at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Chris also served as vice president of leadership and organization effectiveness at Juniper Networks and held leadership roles at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Chris holds a doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology from North Carolina State University, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University. He’s also authored three books, including “Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems,” “Driving Innovation,” and “Transforming Organizations.”