2019 Top 100 HRTech Influencers

In launching the first edition of the Top 100 HR Tech Influencers, the HRE and HR Technology Conference team felt it was important to consider the many ways in which people and organizations can be, and are, influenced. For sure, there are plenty of ways to define “influence” in a market as large, dynamic and full of innovation as HR technology.

Executives and product leaders at the largest HR-technology providers exert tremendous influence on the market: Their strategic decisions in how they direct their research and development efforts, along with the new products and capabilities they create, can impact thousands of employers and, potentially, millions of employees.

Chief HR officers and other HR leaders, especially those at larger organizations, can also impact the market. These HR leaders can drive the product direction of providers, as well as set an example for the broader HR and business communities by virtue of the decisions they make around the use and deployment of HR technology.  Read the Full Article.


Tech PR expert, business strategist and speaker.

Jeanne Achille
Founder and CEO
The Devon Group
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Thought leader, speaker, and advisor on talent strategy, people analytics, workforce planning, business transformation and organizational culture.

Al Adamsen
CEO & Executive Director
PAFOW / Insight222

Thought leader, highlighting trends and strategic initiatives in businesses’ transition to the cloud.

Gretchen Alarcon
Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy
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Recruitment futurist and industry leading digital, social and mobile strategist, speaker, author, blogger and podcaster.

Matt Alder
Talent Acquisition and Innovation Consultant
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Speaker, thought leader and visionary on HCM trends, hot topics and global strategies.

Cecile Alper-Leroux
Vice President of Human Capital Management Innovation
Ultimate Software
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Speaker, author, analyst, thought leader and consultant in the area of HR, the future of work and the impact technology have on the future.

Jason Averbook
Co-founder and CEO
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Business leader dedicated to leading the mission to elevate performance through immersive experience.

Derek Belch
Founder and CEO
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Author, speaker and influential voice in the employee-benefits industry.

Jen Benz
Senior Vice President, Communications Leader
Segal Benz
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Startup guru, speaker/presenter at HR and technology conferences.

Doug Berg
Chief Zapper

Analyst, author, educator and thought leader focusing on the global talent market and the challenges and trends impacting business workforces around the world.

Josh Bersin
Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Executive with specialties including product strategy and development, management consulting, financial analysis, and technology architecture.

Deepak Bharadwaj
Vice President and General Manager, HR Business Unit

Author, speaker and advisor.

Laszlo Bock
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Technology editor and writer, speaker and podcaster.

Steve Boese
Co-founder and HR Tech Conference Co-chair
H3 HR Advisors Inc.
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Health and wellness expert, and writer.

Lorna Borenstein
Founder and CEO
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Author, consultant, professor and research director.

John Boudreau
Professor of Management and Organization
Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California
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HR technology industry analyst, advisor and advocate focused on improving the impact of technology on people, business and the future of work.

Sarah Brennan
Founder, Principal
Accelir Insights

Business leader, author and speaker.

Linda Brenner
Managing Director and Founder
Talent Growth Advisors
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HRTech startup founder of an enterprise employee coaching platform; former SVP of HR.

Ben Brooks
Founder and CEO
Pilot Inc.
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Author, global researcher, expert on talent and thought leader.

Marcus Buckingham
Head of Research, People and Performance
ADP Research Institute

Global advisor to CEOs and corporate boards, and bestselling author.

Ram Charan
Business advisor, author and speaker

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Speaker, researcher and writer.

Jackye Clayton
Director of Success
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Life-long student of recruiting and hiring, speaker, author and thought leader.

Gerry Crispin
Principal and Co-founder
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Keynote speaker, writer, blogger.

David D’Souza
Director of Membership
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HR and talent-trends analyst, research-based insights and reports, international speaker and author.

Mervyn Dinnen
Freelance Content Creator and Social Engagement Consultant
Two Heads Consulting

Recruiting for Recruiting Search (R4R), talent-acquisition consulting, recruiter training.

Stacy Donovan Zapar
Tenfold | The Talent Agency

VP of HR, blogger and writer.

Kris Dunn
Chief Human Resources Officer

Author, speaker, one of the Top 100 Influencers in HR.

Marc Effron
The Talent Strategy Group

HR analyst specializing in talent acquisition, learning and workforce technologies, author and podcaster.

Ben Eubanks
Principal Analyst
Lighthouse Research & Advisory
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Consultant, speaker, author and business advisor in HR strategy, workforce analytics, and the future of work.

Jonathan Ferrar
Co-founder and CEO

Expert in recruiting and talent management.

Chris Forman
Founder and CEO
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Researcher and thought leader on talent management, leadership, D&I, people analytics, and HR technology, speaker and writer.

Stacia Garr
Co-founder and Principal Analyst
RedThread Research
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Senior executive with a leading voice on the topic of reinventing the profession of HR.

Diane Gherson
Chief Human Resource Officer
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Talent-acquisition thought leader, AI prognosticator and blockchain advisor.

Peter Gold

Author, speaker, consultant, podcaster, one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers.

Adam Grant
Professor of Psychology
The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania

Speaker, advisor and executive consultant on people analytics, data-driven HR and the future of work.

David Green
Managing Director, The People Analytics Program
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Professor, researcher and author.

Boris Groysberg
Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
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Manager of a team of product managers and contributor to Institute for the Future’s “Future of Learning and Work” published study.

Elvis Ha
Director of Product Management
Cornerstone OnDemand
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Speaker and thought leader in the employee-engagement field.

Laura Hamill
Chief People Officer and Chief Science Officer of the Limeade Institute
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Research vice president whose areas of coverage span the HCM application market.

Ron Hanscome
Vice President, Analyst
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Researcher and consultant.

Stacey Harris
Vice President of Research and Analytics
Sierra-Cedar Inc.
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Focused on all things HR, recruiting and talent-management technology.

Lance Haun
Practice Director
Starr Conspiracy
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Researcher, consultant and advisor on talent strategy, technology, and leadership.

Chris Havrilla
Vice President of HR Technology and Solution Provider Research
Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Thought leader on digital transformation, engagement marketing, talent management and authentic leadership.

Emily He
Senior Vice President of Human Capital Management, Cloud Business Group
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Consultant, trainer, speaker and contributor to recruiting-industry publications.

Carmen Hudson
Principal Consultant
Recruiting Toolbox

Consultant, trainer, speaker and author focusing on people and organization development.

Jon Ingham
Consultant and author

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Global thought leader and author on the future of work, automation and human capital.

Ravin Jesuthasan
Managing Director
Willis Towers Watson
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Writer and speaker.

Katherine Jones
Independent Analyst

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Recruitment-marketing strategist and consultant, and speaker.

Katrina Kibben
CEO and Co-founder
Three Ears Media
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Technology strategist and thought leader.

Michael Krupa
Senior Director of Digitization and Business Intelligence
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Researcher on health, wellbeing and employee engagement, and oversees the Virgin Pulse Science Advisory Board and the organization’s analytics team.

Rajiv Kumar
Chief Medical Officer and President
Virgin Pulse
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Leading independent expert on HR technology, one of top four influencers and leading impresario, writer and speaker.

Bill Kutik
Host and Managing Editor
Firing Line with Bill Kutik®
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Leader of research on talent acquisition and engagement, focusing on technologies and services, speaker and writer.

Kyle Lagunas
Research Manager

Principal analyst, market analyst, HR and tech advisor, and speaker.

George LaRocque
Principal Analyst and Founder, HRWins
LaRocque Inc.

Analyst focusing on the talent-management market, author and speaker.

Madeline Laurano
Co-founder and Chief Research Officer
Aptitude Research Partners

Keynote speaker, author, advisor, and leadership-training, employee-engagement and workplace-culture expert.

Jason Lauritsen
Keynote speaker, author and consultant

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Business strategist, analyst, and researcher.

Leighanne Levensaler
Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and Managing Director and Co-Head, Workday Ventures

Researcher, HCM product strategist, practitioner, industry analyst and thought leader.

Melanie Lougee
Vice President, Analyst

Speaker, marketer and strategist.

David Ludlow
Group Vice President, Product Management
SAP SuccessFactors
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HR technology analyst, consultant, speaker, writer, blogger and podcaster.

Trish McFarlane
CEO and Principal Analyst
H3 HR Advisors Inc.
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Executive leading the largest HR technology events across the globe and publisher.

Rebecca McKenna
Vice President of Global Events and HRE‘s Publisher
LRP Media Group

Keynote speaker, author, workplace visionary and activist.

Jeanne Meister
Founding Partner
Future Workplace
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Business leader involved in formulating and executing human capital strategy, HR function strategy and talent management.

Pat Milligan
Senior Partner and Global Leader of When Women Thrive and Multinational Client Group

HCM strategist and people analytics expert, and consultant.

Michael Moon
Director of People Insights
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Expert in HR, management and leadership, and blogger.

Sarah Morgan
Senior Director of Human Resources
SafeStreets USA

Principal analyst on covering Next Generation Apps and the future of work.

Holger Mueller
Vice President and Principal Analyst
Constellation Research Inc.
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Recruiting technology industry thought leader, practitioner, consultant and speaker.

Elaine Orler
Founder and CEO
Talent Function

Transformational technology leader and entrepreneur.

David Ossip
Chairman and CEO

Co-founder, editor, and contributing writer for Women of HR.

Jenny Payne
Manager of Talent Management and Engagement
Tops Markets
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Neuroscientist, entrepreneur and technophile.

Frida Polli
CEO and Co-founder

Consultant, social media influencer, podcast host, small business HR expert and blogger.

Joey Price
Jumpstart: HR

Thought leader, speaker and writer on the topics of HR technology, product development, and the cloud.

Adam Rogers
Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Product Development
Ultimate Software

Global HR influencer, recruiting executive, author, world’s foremost expert on workplace hugging.

Tim Sackett
HRU Technical Resources
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Senior executive responsible for leading Accenture’s talent and organization practice, writer and speaker.

Eva Sage-Gavin
Senior Managing Director, Accenture Strategy Talent and Organization
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Speaker, blogger, writer and podcaster.

Robin Schooling
Head of People
Strio Consulting

Business technology leader.

Jonathan Sears
Principal, People Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP
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Entrepreneur, management consultant, global sales and analytics leader, and blogger.

Dan Shapero
Vice President of Global Solutions
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Executive leading a team in re-imagining leadership and talent practices to create the most truly human work environment in the digital age.

Ellyn Shook
Chief Leadership and Human Resources Officer
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Software executive who leads teams to deliver enterprise products aligned with business objectives.

Al Smith
Chief Technology Officer
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Consulting executive, advisor, author and keynote speaker.

Brian Sommer
Founder and President
TechVentive Inc.
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Researcher, consultant, writer, speaker, trainer and coach.

Andy Spence
HR Transformation Director
Glass Bead Consulting
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Research analyst focusing on HR technology and solution providers.

Erin Spencer
Senior Research Analyst
Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP
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HR technology leader, writer and speaker.

Dan Staley
Global HR Technology Leader, Oracle HCM Cloud
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Expert in talent sourcing and recruiting, author and speaker.

Shally Steckerl
Founder and President
The Sourcing Institute
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Expert in HR transformation, sought-after voice in the industry.

Mark Stelzner
Founder and Managing Principal
Inflexion Advisors LLC
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Expert in the people experience and talent-management technology, and thought leader.

Lisa Sterling
Chief People and Culture Officer
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Expert in HR technology product development, talent acquisition/management strategic planning, talent assessment development and validation, and consultant.

Jill Strange
Vice President of HCM Science Applications

Trainer, speaker, consultant, thought leader, author, blogger and podcaster.

Jim Stroud
Vice President, Product Evangelist, North America

Analyst, researcher, advisor, speaker, author and podcaster.

John Sumser
Founder, Principal Author and Editor-in-Chief
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Expert in HR, speaker and author.

Mara Swan
Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Talent
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Senior executive in recruiting and technology, and blogger.

Jerome Ternynck
Founder and CEO
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Author, speaker, consultant and coach.

Perry Timms
Founder and Chief Energy Officer
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Speaker, author, professor, influencer, consultant, and thought partner on HR, leadership and organization.

Dave Ulrich
Co-founder and University of Michigan Professor
The RBL Group

Speaker and consultant.

Erica Volini
U.S. Human Capital Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP
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Senior executive in HR management, leadership, recruiting, shared services and global onboarding.

Pat Wadors
Chief Talent Officer
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Writer, analyst, speaker, facilitator, evangelist, consultant and digital business expert.

Phil Wainewright

Principal analyst, author, blogger, keynote speaker, research analyst and futurist.

Ray Wang
Principal Analyst and Founder
Constellation Research Inc.
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Senior executive focused on building and launching software-based services in the cloud.

Don Weinstein
Corporate Vice President, Global Product and Technology
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Researcher, author and speaker.

Rebecca Wettemann
Vice President of Research
Nucleus Research
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Executive in HR and organizational development, and speaker.

Laurie Zaucha
Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development
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Blogger and speaker.

Shaunda Zilich
Global Talent Brand Manager
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