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Meet Santiago Jaramillo

Santiago Jaramillo is the CEO and co-founder of Emplify, and a nationally-recognized expert on employee engagement. He’s also the co-author of Agile Engagement, the Amazon bestselling book that provides employers with a framework for measuring employee engagement to achieve measurable business results.

Santiago leads a team of employee engagement experts, on a mission to help executives and HR leaders unlock the full potential of their people. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Kate, and their two cats, Pippa and Peach.

Connect with Santiago on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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Awards & Recognitions

Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs List

Co-Author of Agile Engagement, Top 10 Amazon Bestseller, Amazon’s #1 “Hottest New Release” (Nov. 2016)

Invited to the White House for entrepreneurial contributions to the “Champions of Change” program

Indianapolis Business Journal “Forty Under 40” List

Indiana Latino Businessman of the Year (2013)

“Rising Star” IndyStar Award Winner

Young President’s Organization, Indiana Member

Forbes HR Council Member

CEO & Founder of Bluebridge

"Engagement and culture matter to us because our people matter to us. But we had no idea just how much value this effort could have for our company — and now our customers. We fully believe that tomorrow’s market winners will be those who realize their people are their top competitive differentiator."
Santiago Jaramillo, CEO and Co-founder, Emplify

Authored Works and Podcasts

Equipping HR with CEO-Level Language


Santiago dives into how companies are more than just vehicles for creating revenue – they should be a place for transformational growth where people can unlock their true potential.

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Employee Engagement is no Longer “an HR thing”


How can we help our employees find purpose and meaning in their work, and engage them as people? Santiago Jaramillo walks us through how you can define meaning – driven from the top-down – at your organization.

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The Workforce Wants More


Dive into employee engagement – how it’s evolved [especially in the past couple of years] and how this evolution has impacted the relationship between human resources leaders and the C-Suite.

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Why Should a CEO Care?


Explore some of the biggest issues we face in today’s workplace with Emplify CEO and Co-founder Santiago Jaramillo. First, how do you understand what your people actually need? And second, why should the CEO care?

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Agile Engagement

Agile Engagement reveals a simple, proven employee engagement methodology that can work for people-leaders at any company, regardless of size or industry.

Rather than relying on subjective gut instincts to guide engagement strategy, readers learn how to quickly leverage a data-driven method of targeted and continuous improvement, to build a more engaged, more productive workforce.

Drawing on real-world examples from winning company cultures across America, authors Santiago Jaramillo and Todd Richardson show how to replace instinct with data-driven insight, to create more meaningful connections across an organization and it’s people.

Agile Engagement has brilliantly merged working strategies from various industries and transformed them into a definitive one-page “Engagement Canvas” and simple scoring model. Together, these tools capture the heart of evaluating and improving employee engagement in an uncomplicated, easy-to-use process.

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“This was the first piece I have read that made the topic of employee engagement both something I understood and something that seemed attainable with the right strategy. The practical advice on how to approach engagement and craft a workable strategy was most useful.”
Amazon Reviewer of Agile Engagement

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