Eric Severson is a 25-year retail veteran known for building leading edge, evidence-based systems to manage talent and drive organizational performance. Eric's innovations over 15 years at Gap Inc. include the Fortune 500's first performance management system based on mindset psychology and neuroplasticity; the largest implementation of the Results Only Work Environment in the world; the first publication of gender pay statistics by a Fortune 500 corporation; and being the first major apparel retailer to raise its minimum wage in the U.S. to $10.00.
Coverage of the leading edge talent practices Eric and his team implemented at Gap have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and in the books Pull: The Power of Magnetic Leadership, The True Happiness Recipe: How to Stop Your Job From Killing You and Create Work-Life Harmony Everyday, Why Work Sucks and What to Do About It, and Why Managing Sucks and What to Do About It. Eric is also Director on the Board of the Felton Institute, San Francisco’s oldest and largest nonsectarian non-profit. In his 12 years at Felton, Eric helped lead a robust people strategy that includes an annual CEO evaluation process, employee engagement survey, leadership competencies, a talent review and succession planning process, 360 degree evaluations, and management training. In 2008, Eric won the Gap Inc. Founder’s Award for his work with Felton’s breakthrough early psychosis prevention and recovery program, PREP. Based on Eric's track record of innovation in talent management, in 2014 he was appointed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to a 2-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (NACIE). Eric, holds a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University and an M.A. in English from Arizona State University.