John’s Crazy Socks Co-Founders, John and Mark X. Cronin, Join SHRM Speakers Bureau

SHRM (the Society for Human Resource Management) has announced that John and Mark X. Cronin, the father and son co-founders of John’s Crazy Socks, will join the roster of top-tier professional voices as part of the SHRM Speakers Bureau in 2022.  

John and Mark speaking

The Cronins have inspired audiences across the United States and Canada by spreading happiness and sharing the benefits of hiring people with differing abilities. They share their own experience sin creating a unified workplace where all employees benefit from diversity and inclusion. 

More than just engaging speakers, they are entrepreneurs, philanthropists, humanitarians, and leaders. They are champions of the mission: to spread happiness and impact audiences through their inspiring story of entrepreneurship, along with deeper stories of resilience in the face of adversity. John, who also has Down syndrome, found his affinity for crazy socks paired with his love of making people smile made their mission clear: they want to spread happiness. 

More than half their employees have a differing ability and every day they show what people with differing abilities can do. They are fierce advocates for people of differing abilities and have testified twice before the U.S. Congress and spoken at the United Nations. 

They are winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year and the Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Humanitarian of the Year Award. They have wowed audiences including Microsoft, EY, Bank of America, SHRM and Campbell Snacks as well as universities across the U.S. and Canada. They have given two TEDx talks and have been featured on national and local broadcasts by ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and Fox News.

John and Mark speaking

The SHRM Speakers Bureau offers a wide variety of speakers with thought leadership and expertise on the most pressing workplace issues of today and the future, and acts as a premier partner to SHRM chapters nationwide.  

“In today’s ever-changing world of work, the work force is at its best when it is not only diverse in thought but also offers opportunities to those with differing abilities," said Kathy Harris, Director, SHRM Speakers Bureau. “We must continue fighting for diverse, inclusive workplaces, because the future of the American workforce depends on sustainable employment opportunities for all.”

“We are excited for this opportunity to speak with human resource professionals,” said Mark X. Cronin. “Every day, we want to show what is possible, to show how organizations can spread happiness, to show what people with differing abilities can do. And we know it is the human resource leaders who can bring this message to their organizations.” 

John Cronin added, “I love the opportunity to meet so many people to show what’s possible, to show that Down syndrome never holds me back.” 

The SHRM Speakers Bureau offers speakers with a unique insight on today’s important workplace issues, from leadership to diversity and inclusion to inspire organizations and employees to thrive together. To learn more, please visit


About SHRM 

SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM.  

About John’s Crazy Socks 

John’s Crazy Socks was inspired by John Lee Cronin, a young man with Down syndrome, and his love of colorful and fun socks—what he calls his “crazy socks.” He and his father, Mark X. Cronin, started the company as a social enterprise with a mission of Spreading Happiness™. They do this by offering socks people can love that allows an expression of one’s true self and by giving back, by creating jobs for people with differing abilities and by Spreading Happiness™. 

For more information about John’s Crazy Socks, visit our webpage, Facebook page, Instagram account or YouTube channel. You can also contact us at 631-760-5625 or via email at