Jesse Lahey, SPHR



Jesse Lahey may be only above-average as an amateur triathlete, but he’s a top-notch communication expert with a passion for making a difference through smart and caring business practices.

Jesse has worked in leadership and workforce communications for over 20 years, including serving as HR communication leader at a Fortune 500 manufacturer with nearly 20,000 employees worldwide. His previous roles also include partner at Findley and communication specialist at Willis Towers Watson. In 2004, he launched Aspendale Communications, a team of consultants and creatives.

As a co-founder of Workforce Communication, Jesse provides leadership; shares principles and best practices for our team and clients; and provides strategic and creative advice for achieving client goals.

Creative and curious, Jesse is known for his ability to quickly understand a business problem and provide a practical solution based on the latest research, tried-and-true practices, as well as his business and technology acumen. His experience includes all areas of workforce communication in a wide range of industries, including banking, health care, manufacturing, mining, retail, and software.

In addition to consulting, Jesse is a public speaker and author appreciated for his humorous stories, groundbreaking insights, and practical takeaways. He hosts the podcast Engaging Leader, downloaded millions of times by leaders around the world since 2012. He is the author of 8 Communication Tools for Leaders: Become a Better Leader in Every Area of Life, co-author of Gamification: Engaging Your Workforce, and editor of Making Character First: Building a Culture of Character in Any Organization.

Jesse graduated with highest honors from Xavier University, where he studied English and business. Jesse has been certified since 2001 as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).