The 100 Most Influential People In HR

- 2021 EDITION -

To become a top human resources expert, most people had to spend a lifetime building their careers and learning from mistakes. Now, it’s possible to distill the wisdom from a combined hundreds of years of experience.

How?

Because of the hard work of many generous HR experts. They are sharing wisdom that will allow you to fast track your HR knowledge, in mere hours, not weeks or years like the prospective experts of the past had to do.

These 100 experts are the most influential people in the HR space. They are all helping build, design, and promote HR strategies to new heights.

Lolly Daskal

Lolly Daskal

Lolly Daskal is President and Founder of Lead from Within, a leadership consultancy serving high-performing clients and Fortune 500 companies with executive coaching, “heart based” leadership training, and organizational/cultural development. She wrote the bestsellers “The Leadership Gap” and “Thoughts Spoken from the Heart” and thousands of articles for outlets including Inc., Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company.

William Tincup

William Tincup

William Tincup is President and Editor-at-Large at RecruitingDaily and CEO of his consultancy Tincup & Co. He a writer, consultant, investor, and speaker interested in the intersection of technology and human resources. He is on the board of companies including Hire Wells, Rolebot, TechScreen, Work4, and co-host of SmartRecruiters DriveThruHRShow, the #1 HR podcast. He has spoken at 350+ events.

Gordon Tredgold

Gordon Tredgold

Gordon Tredgold is CEO and Managing Consultant of the organizational consultancy Leadership Principles and a Forbes Coach. Ranked a top coach by Inc. and CEOWorld, he contributes to Entrepreneur, Forbes, and other outlets. He wrote “FAST – 4 Principles Everyone Needs to Achieve Success and Drive Results” and has worked at Barclays, DHL, and other major corporations.

Meghan Biro

Meghan Biro

Meghan M. Biro is Founder and CEO of TalentCulture World of Work Community, an HR consultancy partnered with small start-ups to multinationals like Google, Microsoft, IBM, Accenture, and Citrix. She also hosts the #WorkTrends Podcast, contributes to Forbes and other outlets, and has been named a top HR expert and influencer by StatSocial, Forbes, Huffington Post, and HR Examiner.

Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann

Laurie Ruettimann is a writer and speaker who helps organizations prioritize their employees and avoid a toxic environment. She consults on HR transformation, corporate training, and influencer marketing. She also hosts Punk Rock HR Podcast and has spoken at hundreds of international events. Prior to this, she worked at Monsanto, Pfizer, and Alberto-Culver (Unilever). She wrote “Betting on You.”

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni

Patrick Lencioni is Founder and President of The Table Group, consultants in the organizational health philosophy that he developed. Prior to this, he worked at Oracle, Bain & Company, and Sybase. Forbes called him “one of the new gurus you should know.” He is a New York Times bestselling author of 11 books, including “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin is a talent and HR thought leader. He is Founder and Dean of Josh Bersin Academy, an HR professional development agency, and Principal and Founder of the corporate and talent research and advisory firm Bersin & Associates (acquired by Deloitte). He writes on his blog, for Forbes, and as a LinkedIn influencer.

Susan Joyce

Susan Joyce

Susan P. Joyce is Publisher, Editor, and Writer of Job-Hunt.org, one of Forbes’s Top 100 “Websites for Your Career” and in the web’s top 50,000 sites. She is also a LinkedIn expert on SEO. Prior to this, she was at Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) (in top 50 of Fortune500), MIT, Harvard, and the US Marines.

Kevin W. Grossman

Kevin W. Grossman

Kevin W. Grossman is President and Board Member of Talent Board HR, a not-for-profit research organization promoting “quality candidate experience.” Prior to this, he was Co-founder and Co-host at TalentCulture – World of Work and worked at companies including PeopleFluent, Job Escrow, and Brave New Talent. He wrote “Tech Job Hunt Handbook” and publishes a blog.

Jennifer Mcclure

Jennifer Mcclure

Jennifer McClure is Founder and CEO at Unbridled Talent, a coaching and strategy firm consulting on talent, leadership, and communication. She is also CEO at DisruptHR. A recognized trainer, speaker, and executive coach, she has 25+ years of experience in HR and has spoken at 200+ industry events. She writes a weekly career newsletter called Prepare for Impact.

Greg Savage

Greg Savage

Greg Savage is a leading recruitment advisor and the founder of successful recruitment firms including Recruitment Solutions (listed on Australian Stock Exchange), Firebrand Talent Search, and People2People. Prior to this, he was International CEO at Aquent. In the Recruitment International Hall of Fame, he brings insights from his 40-year career to his consulting, speaking, and writing.

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham

Marcus Buckingham is founder at The Marcus Buckingham Company and Head of Research, People, and Performance at ADP Research Institute. He is the “world’s most prominent researcher on strengths and leadership at work” and author of two bestselling books on personal strengths and business. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and in many top media outlets.

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan

Liz Ryan is Founder and CEO of Human Workplace, “a global movement to humanize work.” The most widely read career expert, she is author of three books including "Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve” and wrote for Bloomberg, Yahoo!, Monster, and the Denver Post. She hosts The Truth about Work Podcast.

Steve Boese

Steve Boese

Steve Boese is President and Co-founder of H3 HR Advisors, a full-service human capital consulting firm and producers of the HR Happy Hour Podcast. He is also Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for the major HR and marketing networking event HRevolutionize and Technology Editor/Writer for Human Resource Executive Magazine. Prior to this, he was at Oracle and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Trish Mcfarlane

Trish Mcfarlane

Trish McFarlane is CEO, Principal Consultant, and Analyst at H3 HR Advisors, Co-host of the most-listened-to industry podcast the HR Happy Hour (Creator of their daily vlog WORK BREAK!), and Co-founder and CEO of HRevolutionize. Prior to this, she was in HR roles at companies including PwC and Infor. She is also a public speaker.

Steve Browne

Steve Browne

Steve Browne is author of the bestselling “HR on Purpose: Developing Deliberate People Passion” and “HR Rising!! From Ownership to Leadership.” An expert on strategic HR, he is Vice President of HR at LaRosa's Pizzeria and writes about business and HR for his blog. Prior to this, he was Director of HR at CDS Associates.

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn

Kris Dunn is Chief Human Resources Officer and Partner at Kinetix recruiting agency and Founder of two major HR blogs and communities (The HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent) and three podcasts. He wrote “The 9 Faces of HR” and headlines events to speak on HR, recruiting, and leadership. Prior to this, he held HR roles at Fortune 500 companies.

Stacy Zapar

Stacy Zapar

Stacy Zapar is Founder and Principal of The Talent Agency, a recruiting agency partnering with major companies including Amazon, Netflix, Walmart, Zappos, Virgin, TripAdvisor, and Booking.com. She is recognized as a top HR expert and influencer by Human Resource Executive Magazine, LinkedIn, and others, speaks at major events, and has appeared in outlets including Entrepreneur, Fortune, and Harvard Business Review.

Mark Stelzner

Mark Stelzner

Mark Stelzner is Founder and Managing Principal at IA, an HR transformation and strategy firm. His C-level advice has brought $3.5 billion in value to clients. He is also an Official Member of the invitation-only Forbes Human Resources Council and Co-founder and Board Secretary of The Advisor Collective. His work has appeared in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN.

Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is Partner at The RBL Group and the Rensis Likert Professor at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Called the “father of modern HR” by HR Magazine, he has written chapters for 30+ books and published 200+ articles. He has led workshops at half the Fortune 200 and spoken at events in 90+ countries.

Sharlyn Lauby

Sharlyn Lauby

Sharlyn Lauby is President of ITM Group, a consultancy helping companies attract and retain talent. She writes The HR Bartender, named a top-five blog for HR Professionals by Human Resource Management. She also wrote “Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success” and “The Recruiter’s Handbook: How to Source, Select, and Engage the Best Talent.”

J.T. O'Donnell

J.T. O'Donnell

J.T. O'Donnell is Founder and CEO at Work it Daily, a SaaS recruiting platform serving 3,000+ premium subscribers and appearing in outlets including The New York Times, CNN, LinkedIn, and Glassdoor. A columnist at Hearst, Fast Company, and Inc., she has 18+ years of experience at companies including Aquent and Randstad.

Robin Schooling

Robin Schooling

Robin Schooling is Host of DriveThruHRShow, the #1 HR internet show, and Managing Partner in HR and People Strategy at Peridus Group, helping “HR teams prepare for the future of work.” She is also Chief Operating Officer at FloorPass, a healthcare credentialing solutions provider. Prior to this, she held HR roles at numerous organizations.

Jeanne Meister

Jeanne Meister

Jeanne Meister is a Managing Partner at Future Workplace, an HR advisory and research consultancy that helps companies re-invent their workplace for the future. She is also Founder of Future Workplace Network, uniting 50 of the Fortune 500 to develop “next practices for the future of work.” She has received international awards and wrote “The Future Workplace Experience.”

Jay Kuhns

Jay Kuhns

Jay Kuhns is Vice President for Business Development at IRI Consultants and he has been writing his leadership blog, NoExcusesHR, for a decade. Prior to this, he was in senior HR roles at healthcare organizations including Kinetix, All Children’s Hospital, and HCA. He has helped them use new social media and human resource information systems and “create pro-employee cultures.”

Dr. Travis Bradberry

Dr. Travis Bradberry

Dr. Travis Bradberry is Co-founder and President of TalentSmart, a top provider of emotional intelligence tests and consulting, serving 75% of the Fortune 500. With a Dual Ph.D. in clinical and industrial-organizational psychology, he is co-author of the #1 bestselling “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” and “The Seagull Manager.” He speaks at events including Fortune Magazine Growth Summit and Excellence in Government.

Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is Head of Digital Strategy and Innovation at Randstad and a thought leader in sourcing, social recruiting strategies, and new technologies for organizations hiring 70,000+ per year. He created the first and only “Talent Sourcing Capability Maturity Model.” He has spoken at numerous international events such as LinkedIn Talent Connect and SourceCon and for Deloitte, PwC, and others.

Jim Stroud

Jim Stroud

Jim Stroud is Vice President of Marketing at Proactive Talent, “the most recognized and respected name in talent attraction and hiring.” He produces media about HR, technology, and business for his award-winning blog, and during his career as a content producer he has sold five online properties. He has written five books on HR and emceed SourceCon for three years.

Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne Lucas

Suzanne Lucas is a writer, public speaker, and the creator of the blog Evil HR Lady (300,000-500,000 visitors per month). Her work demystifying HR practices appears in CBS MoneyWatch, Inc.com, Comstock Magazine, The Balance, and Business.com. Prior to this, she was in HR at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer) and Wegmans Food Markets.

Charlie Judy

Charlie Judy

Charlie Judy is Chief People and Culture Officer (CHRO) at Intelligent Medical Objects. He is Founder of the cloud-based workplace cultural management platform at WorkXO, which was acquired by QuestionPro, where he became President of Workforce. His career included HR roles at companies including Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, Navigant Consulting, and Deloitte.

Matt Charney

Matt Charney

Matt Charney is a Recruitment Solutions and Strategy Leader at QuantumWork, “a best in class talent matching platform.” He is also Partner and Executive Editor at Recruiting Daily, part of the RecruitingBlogs network of sites. Prior to this, he was Chief Content Officer at Allegis Global Solutions and in HR roles at companies including Disney and Warner Bros.

Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy Dalton

Dorothy Dalton is an international talent management strategist, executive search expert, and career transition coach. She is also CEO of 3Plus International, a consultancy serving organizations in gender balance and diverse recruiting. A top HR influencer, she has helped tens of thousands of people find jobs through interviews, placements, and coaching. She speaks at numerous events and writes a blog.

Ryan Kahn

Ryan Kahn

Ryan Kahn was Career Coach for the MTV docu-series HIRED! and author of “HIRED! The Guide for the Recent Grad.” Founder of The Hired Group, his advice has helped hundreds of thousands of people find jobs, and he was named LinkedIn's Top Executive Coach. He is an international speaker, and he has appeared in 300+ major media outlets.

David Green

David Green

David Green is Executive Director and Member of the Board at Insight222, whose People Analytics Program helps clients, including Fortune 100 companies, improve their employee experience. He is also Founder and CEO of Zandel, a data-driven HR and future of work consultancy. He speaks at numerous international events and he writes for LinkedIn and Insight222’s HR education site myHRfuture.com.

David D'souza

David D'souza

David D'Souza is Membership Director at CIPD, a major professional development organization for HR and People Development, with 150,000+ members. Prior to this, he was a consultant and worked in HR for organizations including Metro Bank UK and Marks and Spencer. He often speaks on the future of work, automation, AI, and behavioral science’s links to HR.

Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan

Sarah Brennan is Founder and CEO of Aspect 43, an HRTech research group and strategic services firm offering HR services, custom solutions, and investment support to startups, major corporations, and VCs. Prior to this, she spent two decades in HRTech, RecTech, and WorkTech as Founder and Principal at Accelir Insights and Principal in Thought Leadership and Advisory at Cornerstone OnDemand.

Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht

Aliza Licht is Founder and President of brand and digital strategy consultancy Leave Your Mark. Author of the bestseller “Leave Your Mark,” she is a career coach and podcast host. Business Insider called her one of 2020’s 23 Most Innovative Career Coaches, and she pioneered the use of social media personalities in fashion through her award-winning DKNY PR Girl.

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman

Liz Wiseman is CEO of the leadership development consultancy the Wiseman Group, serving clients including Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Tesla, Salesforce, Twitter, Disney, and Nike. 2019’s Top Leadership Thinker and a researcher on collective intelligence and leadership, she wrote three bestsellers, including “Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.” Her work appears in Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and others.

Bill Kutik

Bill Kutik

Bill Kutik is Host and Managing Editor of Firing Line with Bill Kutik, a five-year series of high-quality video interviews with HR professionals, vendors, and analysts. Co-founder of the HR Tech Conference, he built it into the largest conference in the world. A human capital management expert, he writes Human Resources Executive, the longest-running column about HR tech.

Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine

Amanda Augustine is an independent Career Consultant as well as a Career Expert and Spokesperson at Talent Inc., “the global leader in technology-enabled career services.” Prior to this, she was Career Management Expert and Spokesperson at Ladders. She spoke at events including Amazon Career Day and appeared in outlets including The Today Show, TIME, and U.S. News and World Report.

Jenny Devaughn

Jenny Devaughn

Jenny DeVaughn is Vice President of Transformation Communications at ADP where she helps leaders engage their associates and has implemented creative recruitment strategies using social media and employment branding. Prior to this, she was Senior Director of Center of Expertise, Employment Branding, Mobile, and Social Media at Randstad Sourceright and held HR roles at Talent Connections and Cambridge Professional Group.

Jon Ingham

Jon Ingham

Jon Ingham is Human Resource Strategy and Organization Effectiveness Consultant at Strategic Dynamics Consultancy Services, with clients including HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Boots, Conde Nast, Coca Cola Indonesia, and numerous government agencies in the UK and abroad. He is a speaker, author of “The Social Organization,” and offers online courses at Strategic HR Academy.

Perry Timms

Perry Timms

Perry Timms is Founder and Chief Energy Officer of People & Transformational HR, with clients including UK government organizations, Airbus, Toyota, Kuwait Energy, Save The Children, British Council, NHS, Marks and Spencer, Boots, and Sainsburys. He was in the top 10 of HR’s Most Influential Thinkers for 2017-2019 and he wrote “Transformational HR” and “The Energized Workplace.”

Sam Caucci

Sam Caucci

Sam Caucci is Founder and CEO at 1Huddle (backed by 500 Startups), a gamified workforce training platform with 3 million questions and clients including U.S. Air Force, ESPN, Audible (Amazon), Novartis, San Francisco 49ers, New York Mets, Madison Square Garden, and the City of Newark. He has been featured in outlets including CNN, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal.

Ester Martinez

Ester Martinez

Ester Martinez is CEO and Editor-in-Chief at People Matters, Asia’s largest platform for talent professionals (with 300,000+ users) and organizers of Asia’s largest HR technology conference, People Matters TechHR. Prior to this, she was in HR at companies including Tata Consultancy Services, Hewlett-Packard, and Manpower. She was a top LinkedIn voice in 2016 and 2018.

Soumyasanto Sen

Soumyasanto Sen

Soumyasanto Sen is Founder and Digital/Future of Work Strategist at People Conscience, an advisory offering sustainable strategies and technologies for people-centric transformations to leaders, start-ups, and large organizations. Author of Digital HR Strategy and a public speaker, he is a top influencer in HRTech, digital HR, and people analytics. He is also HR IT Program Manager for Fresenius Medical Care.

Bryan Chaney

Bryan Chaney

Bryan Chaney is Director of Global Employer Brand and Talent Attraction at Indeed.com and Co-founder at Talent Brand Alliance, a community and event for talent marketing and employer branding professionals. He is also a podcast host and public speaker. Prior to this, he was in HR roles at companies including IBM, Twilio, CareerConnects, and Aon.

Lisa Rosendahl

Lisa Rosendahl

Lisa Rosendahl is Deputy Human Resources Officer at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, with 30+ years of public and private sector experience. Her blog was named a Top 25 Employer Blog by HR Examiner, Fistful of Talent, Spark Hire, and Unbridled Talent, and she is Co-founder and Founding Editor of Women of HR. She is also a public speaker.

Lou Adler

Lou Adler

Lou Adler is Founder and CEO of The Adler Group, an HR firm using the “Performance-Based Hiring” system, with clients including Airbnb, GE, Lincoln Financial Group, BlueCross BlueShield, Panera Bread, and LinkedIn. He wrote “Hire with Your Head” and the award-winning audio program “Talent Rules! Using Performance-based Hiring to Build Great Teams.”

Susan S. Lamotte

Susan S. Lamotte

Susan S. LaMotte is Founder and CEO of the employer brand experience firm exaqueo, helping clients including CVS, T-Mobile, Princeton, and Universal tell their employees’ stories to attract and retain the best talent. Author of two books, she has worked in talent, culture, and employer branding for 20+ years and writes for the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Inc., and more.

Katrina Collier

Katrina Collier

Katrina Collier is The Searchologist, consulting recruiting agencies and HR professionals on how “to treat people better!” She created the Robot-Proof Recruiter Mastermind and Certification to help recruiters operate more effectively and humanely and wrote “The Robot-Proof Recruiter.” She also co-hosts #SocialRecruiting Show and is a public speaker. Prior to this, she founded DisruptHR London and Cambridge conferences.

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis is CEO and Keynote Speaker at the performance, innovation, and leadership consultancy Ryan Estis and Associates. His clients include numerous corporations such as AT&T, Mastercard, Disney, NBA, Adobe, HP, Red Hat, IBM, Mitsubishi, and JPMorgan Chase. Meetings & Conventions Magazine called him one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” thanks to his energy and actionable advice.

Adewale Yusuf

Adewale Yusuf

Adewale Yusuf is Chief Executive Officer at TalentQL, “the home of Africa's top talent,” and Founder and CEO of one of Africa’s top technology media platforms, Techpoint.africa. A major figure in Nigeria’s tech ecosystem and a startup mentor, he is also Chief Host of West Africa's largest technology conference, Techpoint Inspired, and its largest startup conference, Techpoint Build.

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer

Jeffrey Pfeffer is Stanford Graduate School of Business’s Professor of Organizational Behavior. He wrote or co-wrote 15 books on business and management, including “Leadership B.S.,” and “Dying for a Paycheck: How Modern Management Harms Employee Health and Company Performance.” HR Magazine called him one of the Most Influential HR International Thinkers, and he is a noted columnist and speaker.

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is Founder and CEO at The Pontefract Group, a consultancy helping organizations become more collaborative, effective, and purpose driven. He wrote the bestsellers “Lead. Care. Win. How to Become a Leader Who Matters,” “Open to Think,” and others, and has spoken at four TED events. Prior to this, he was in senior roles at TELUS and SAP.

Crystal Miller Lay

Crystal Miller Lay

Crystal Miller Lay is Founding Employer Brand Strategist and CEO at Branded Strategies. She serves 70+ companies with talent marketing, employment branding, and recruitment, with 80%+ of clients returning. She co-hosts DriveThruHR Podcast and writes for outlets including Forbes, Brazen Careerist, and HR Capitalist, and she speaks at international events. Prior to this, she was at M3 Talent Consulting.

Will Staney

Will Staney

Will Staney is Founder and CEO of Proactive Talent, an employer branding and recruiting agency, and Co-founder of the professional community Talent Brand Alliance. Prior to this, he was Head of Global Talent Acquisition at Twilio and Glassdoor and held HR leadership roles at VMware, SuccessFactors, and SAP. He often speaks on recruiting, employer branding, and new media marketing.

Biron Clark

Biron Clark

Biron Clark is Founder of Career Sidekick. Prior to this, he was an executive recruiter in the tech and pharmaceutical industries, helping hundreds of people find jobs at companies ranging in size from venture-funded startups to the Fortune 500. He is a LinkedIn Top Voice who aims to “give away better info for free than what other people charge for.”

Patty Mccord

Patty Mccord

Patty McCord is Executive Coach and Principal at Patty McCord Consulting, helping CEOs create their company culture and define leadership. She wrote “Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility.” Prior to this, she was Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and has been a consultant or advisor for Simply Hired, Big Commerce, Warby Parker, HubSpot, and others.

Jenny Foss

Jenny Foss

Jenny Foss is Founder, CEO, and Job Search/Career Consultant at JobJenny.com, an advisory helping professionals through career transitions and one of Forbes’s “Top 75 Websites for Your Career.” She has worked with senior leadership at corporations including Google, Intel, Nike, and PepsiCo, and her work appears in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, MSN, and other outlets.

Rob Briner

Rob Briner

Rob Briner is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary University of London and Scientific Director of the non-profit Center for Evidence-Based Management. HR Magazine called him a “most influential UK HR Thinker.” He often speaks on psychological perspectives on evidence-based management and HR, employee well-being and engagement, the psychological contract, and diversity and inclusion, and he consults organizations.

Jenny Dearborn

Jenny Dearborn

Jenny Dearborn is Chief People Officer at Klaviyo and has been named among the 50 Most Powerful Women in Tech five years in a row. She also founded Actionable Analytics Group, a human capital management and EdTech advisory firm. She wrote the bestselling “Data Driven” and “The Data Driven Leader” and appears in Forbes, Fast Company, and others.

Hung Lee

Hung Lee

Hung Lee is Curator at Recruiting Brainfood, an HR and recruitment newsletter about tech tools, blockchain, AI, culture, future of work, branding, analytics, assessment, and other industry news. With 15 years of experience in recruiting and HR, he is also Co-founder and CEO at Workshape.io, a software engineer talent matching platform. Prior to this, he was a tech recruitment consultant.

Parker Conrad

Parker Conrad

Parker Conrad is CEO at Rippling, a full-service, automated HR and IT solution integrated with payroll, benefits, GSuite, Salesforce, Slack, GitHub, and other systems. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of Zenefits, an HR, payroll, and benefits solution for small to medium sized businesses, and Co-founder of SigFig, a banking and wealth management solution for consumers.

Job van der Voort

Job van der Voort

Job van der Voort is Co-founder and CEO at Remote, a “global platform for distributed teams.” Remote is backed by General Catalyst, Sequoia, and other major venture funds. He also hosts Remote Work Podcast. Prior to this, he was VP of Product at Gitlab, the world’s largest fully remote company, as it grew from 4 to 450+ employees.

Beverly Kaye

Beverly Kaye

Beverly Kaye is Founder of Career Systems International (now Talent Dimensions) and Bev Kaye & Co. She is an author and speaker who helps organizations engage, develop, and retain valuable employees. She received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Talent Development and wrote bestselling books including “Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”

Jessica Merrell

Jessica Merrell

Jessica Merrell is Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Workology, an HR platform and community with 500,000 monthly users. She is also CEO and Co-founder of the Austin co-working space Duo Works. Forbes called her a Top 50 Influencer and The Economist included her in their HR C-Suite series. She is also a prolific public speaker.

Dave Fano

Dave Fano

Dave Fano is CEO at TealHQ, a career management platform. He focuses on using data to drive business performance and deliver value, helping job seekers find positions at companies including Facebook, Asana, Atlassian, and MasterClass. Prior to this, he was Chief Growth Officer at WeWork, Partner and Managing Director/CEO at CASE Design Inc., Adjunct Professor at Columbia, and CEO of WHObyYOU.

Stephanie Lampkin

Stephanie Lampkin

Stephanie Lampkin is Founder and CEO of Blendoor, a SaaS providing diversity analytics and hiring solutions to empower companies in environmental impact, social responsibility, and governance (part of Stanford StartX Accelerator). Prior to this, she was Founder and CEO at Hoowenware, a white-label travel management and collaboration platform, and she worked at TripAdvisor, Microsoft, Deloitte, and Lockheed Martin.

Pat Wadors

Pat Wadors

Pat Wadors was Chief Talent Officer at ServiceNow, a digital workflow solutions provider serving 80% of the Fortune 500 and one of Fortune’s 2020 World’s Admired Companies. She is now Chief People Officer at Procore. Prior to this, she was Senior Vice President of Global Talent Organization at LinkedIn and in HR roles at Twitter, Yahoo!, Merck, Viacom, and others.

Mac Prichard

Mac Prichard

Mac Prichard is Host of the Find Your Dream Job Podcast and Founder and Publisher of the influential Portland-area job board Mac's List, providing a blog, events, and advice. He is also President of Prichard Communications, a public relations firm serving purpose-driven nonprofit organizations such as Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, and Reclaiming Futures.

Prem Kumar

Prem Kumar

Prem Kumar is Co-founder and CEO at Humanly, a software solution to screen, schedule, and engage HR candidates at scale (backed by Y Combinator and Microsoft). He is also an Official Member of the Forbes Business Council and a mentor at Techstars. Prior to this, he was Product Manager for HR, Dynamics 365, and Office 365 at Microsoft.

Jonathan Downey

Jonathan Downey

Jonathan Downey is Founder and CEO at Candidate Labs, a technology and data-focused recruiter for sales and marketing, backed by SignalFire, BoxGroup, Fuel Capital, and many others. He also signed the Founders Pledge, a commitment to social good. USA Today named him a Small-Business Innovator of the Year and MIT Tech Review called him one of 35 Innovators Under 35.

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson

Rachel Carlson is Co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, the top tuition as a benefit company, helping partners use tuition assistance for recruitment/retention. They also use education to prepare the workforce for future layoffs and mass automation, funded by the US Department of Education, Bessemer Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, and others. She appeared on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.

Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar

Jonathan Ferrar is CEO of Insight222, helping Fortune 500 companies and others improve their HR programs with analytics and training on “future-oriented” HR topics. He is on the Board of CIPD and co-wrote “The Power of People: Learn How Successful Organizations Use Workforce Analytics to Improve Performance.” Prior to this, he was President of Smarter Workforce at IBM.

Brie Weiler Reynolds

Brie Weiler Reynolds

Brie Weiler Reynolds is Career Development Manager at FlexJobs, creating their new digital career coaching program. She is also an independent career coach and resume writer. For LinkedIn Learning, she wrote the online courses “Building a Flexible Career” and “Recovering from a Layoff.” Prior to this, she was in alumni career services at Emmanuel College.

Carla Moore

Carla Moore

Carla Moore is author of the bestselling “Crash! Leading Through the Wreckage.” Following her career at HBO (where she finished as VP of Sales Strategy), she became a speaker and coach helping businesses leverage the individual passions and purposes of their employees. She appears in Forbes, Cosmopolitan, the Chicago Tribune, and other outlets and speaks at leadership and career events.

Jonathan Siddharth

Jonathan Siddharth

Jonathan Siddharth is Founder and CEO of Turing.com, an online solution for hiring pre-vetted, senior developers for remote teams, serving 150,000+ developers in 130+ countries. Turing is backed by Founders Fund and investors from Google, Facebook, and others. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and CEO of the AI company Rover (Acquired by Revcontent).

Marie Zimenoff

Marie Zimenoff

Marie Zimenoff is CEO of Career Thought Leaders Consortium and Resume Writing Academy, providers of resources, events, networking opportunities, and professional development for career professionals, coaches, and writers. She is also a career coach and consultant at A Strategic Advantage and host of Career Confidants Radio on VoiceAmerica Business Channel.

Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira

Pedro Oliveira is Co-founder of the European candidate marketplace Landing.jobs and the career resource and networking site Future.works, serving companies including Booking.com, Deloitte, Bosch, TripAdvisor, and Volkswagen. Focused on HRTech, he aims to “build products that allow individuals to fully own their careers.” He is also a Co-organizer of CTOs Portugal, a community for Portugal’s technology leaders.

Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon

Adam Gordon is CEO at Candidate.ID, which automates marketing to create a recruitment pipeline for “in-demand talent.” Candidate.ID won competitions in recruiting technology at Unleash in Amsterdam and Hiring Success in San Francisco. He is part of Recruiting Brainfood, on the Board of Advisors at TAtech, a #RL100 Partner of The Recruitment Events Co., and he writes for Recruiting Daily.

Desmond Lim

Desmond Lim

Desmond Lim is Co-founder and CEO at Workstream, a SMS recruiting tool that helps business quickly hire the hourly, “deskless” workers who make up 80% of the workforce. Workstream serves clients ranging from small local businesses to McDonald’s, 7-11, Subway, Marriott, and Uber. He also writes for Entrepreneur. Prior to this, he was a venture investor at Dorm Room Fund.

Frida Polli

Frida Polli

Frida Polli is Co-founder and CEO of pymetrics, an AI firm removing bias and matching people to jobs. Serving clients including Unilever and Accenture, pymetrics received the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneer award. She was named one of Inc.’s Top 100 Female Founders. Prior to this, she was a neuroscientist at MIT and Harvard.

Amy Spurling

Amy Spurling

Amy Spurling is Co-founder and CEO at Compt, helping companies manage scalable employment perks in areas including remote work, health, professional development, meal plans, student loads, and more. Compt allows clients like Nextdoor and Webflow to use perks as a “competitive edge” in hiring and recruitment. Prior to this, she was in senior roles at venture-backed startups like Jana.

Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan

Robin Ryan has been a career counselor and resume writer for nearly 30 years. Called “America’s Top Career Expert” by the L.A. Times, she wrote #1 bestselling books including “60 Seconds & You're Hired!” and “Winning Resume,” as well as a column for Forbes. She has appeared in numerous major newspapers and on shows including Oprah, Dr. Phil, and CNN.

Garrett Lord

Garrett Lord

Garrett Lord is Co-founder and CEO of Handshake, the number one website and career networking resource for college students, helping democratize the job search process. They serve 17+ million students and recruit for positions at 425,000+ companies, including the entire Fortune 500. He appeared in Forbes’s 30 Under 30 and worked at Palantir.

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston is The Briefcase Coach, a career coach for high-performing professionals. She serves clients at all levels, including recent graduates and C-level executives, and has helped people get jobs at companies like AT&T, United Healthcare, Alphabet (Google), JPMorgan Chase, and Nike. Prior to this, she was a recruiter. Her writing appears in Inc., Forbes, Business Insider, and more.

Tammy Sun

Tammy Sun

Tammy Sun is Co-founder and CEO of Carrot Fertility, a fertility benefits service helping employers attract and retain employees with benefits like fertility planning, IVF, preservation, adoption, and more. Their clients include Clif Bar, Stitch Fix, MasterClass, and Foursquare. Prior to this, she worked at Evernote, the Federal Communications Commission, the Clinton Foundation, and the White House.

James Uffindell

James Uffindell

James Uffindell is Founder and CEO of Bright Network, connecting 400,000+ users with internships and opportunities. They serve 250+ companies including Google, PwC, Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, Bloomberg, Aldi, Dyson, and Marks and Spencer. Prior to this, he founded organizations that help students access education, including Oxbridge Applications and Pure Potential.

Al Adamsen

Al Adamsen

Al Adamsen is Founder and CEO of People Analytics and Future of Work (PAFOW) Community and Conference Series and Talent Strategy Institute. These organizations bring together professionals in people analytics, talent, and HR with other business areas. Prior to this, he was Co-founder and Executive Director at the analytics firm Insight222. He has served clients including Disney, Boeing, and Uber.

Gautam Tambay

Gautam Tambay

Gautam Tambay is Co-founder and CEO at Springboard, a startup providing education and mentorship in tech’s most in-demand skills. They offer a job guarantee and their graduates have received offers from Google, Facebook, IBM, Dell, Microsoft, Lyft, Couchsurfing, and other top companies. Prior to this, he was Director of Business and Corporate Development at InMobi.

Tony Jamous

Tony Jamous

Tony Jamous is CEO at Oyster, a software platform for convenient international hiring, payroll, and benefits. They help clients including Impala, Primer, and Tru.id hire and support their global distributed teams. Prior to this, he was CEO at mExpand, an asset management solution, and President at Nexmo.

Katie Kent

Katie Kent

Katie Kent is Co-founder at Placement, a talent agency, career coach, and job placement service using “modern technology and human support” to help 300+ clients land jobs at companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, Tesla, and Airbnb. Prior to this, she was Co-founder at Zipfian Academy (acquired by Galvanize), the USA’s first data science bootcamp.

Risha Grant

Risha Grant

Risha Grant is a respected expert on bias, diversity, and inclusion, and author of “That’s BS! How Bias Synapse Disrupts Inclusive Cultures.” One of 2019’s Top 100 HR Influencers, she presented to numerous companies including Discover Card, Samsung, Wells Fargo, and the U.S. Air Force. She also received the 2018 Inclusive Leadership Award and was 2017 Entrepreneur of the Year.

Hanno Renner

Hanno Renner

Hanno Renner is Co-founder and CEO at Personio, a solution for recruiting and HR management serving companies with between 10-1,000 employees, with offices in Munich, Dublin, Madrid, and London. Prior to this, he was Co-founder of Feedbackme, an online platform to help users improve their skills in presentation delivery and public speaking.

Joseph McElmeel

Joseph McElmeel

Joseph McElmee is Founder and CEO at SymbaSync, a cloud-based suite of products that removes bias and helps medium and large companies source internal human resources and engage employees in projects, improving employee satisfaction and retention. There, he is also Product Manager for TeamCreator. He has 15+ years of experience in fields including recruitment technology, marketplaces, digital sharing, and microtransactions.

Allison Robinson

Allison Robinson

Allison Robinson is Co-founder and CEO of The Mom Project, connecting 300,000+ professional women with 2,000+ companies that support them as mothers, including Facebook, Accenture, Nike, Pinterest, and Delta. They have been featured in Forbes, CNBC, CBS News, and other outlets. Prior to this, she was in North American Baby Care Market Strategy and Planning at Proctor & Gamble.

Connie Clarke

Connie Clarke

Connie Clark is Senior Director of Human Resources at Worksoft, the only platform providing connective automation for complex enterprise packaged apps including SAP, Salesforce, Oracle, and Workday. She was also on the HR Advisory Board for the employee benefits platform Bennie. Prior to this, she was in HR roles at Gattaca, C1S Group, and AppSpace.

Stephen O'Donnell

Stephen O'Donnell

Stephen O’Donnell is Founder of the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs) and of AlljobsUK.com, the first portal connecting all of the UK’s job recruitment resources. He also created UK Jobs (the UK’s most popular iPhone app for job searching), organizes international recruitment-related speaking events for RECex, and works as an employment consultant.

Louise Triance

Louise Triance

Louise Triance is Managing Director of UK Recruiter, a comprehensive network of resources and a consultancy for recruiters. She founded the UK Recruitment Blog of the Year Awards, judged The Global Recruiter Awards, and was Deputy Chair of The National Online Recruitment Awards. She is also Online Event Specialist at Going Live Events, having run 500+ Crowdcast events.

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