2020 Top 100 HR Tech Influencers

Now more than ever, leaders are needed. Whether it’s CHROs creating innovative benefits packages for struggling workers, product developers pioneering solutions to target the new challenges facing our workforces or industry analysts providing needed guidance and insights to guide this new world of work, strong leadership will be essential to workforces across the world not only as they recover from the global pandemic, but eventually begin thriving again.

The work that lies ahead will need the unique human touch that only HR can provide—and that approach can be magnified by the deployment of smart HR-technology solutions. Expert HR strategies paired with forward-thinking tech tools can see our workforces through the challenges coming down the pike. To recognize the leaders whose work will be critical to this new age of HR, Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference & Exposition® are honoring their second annual list of 100 Top HR Tech Influencers.
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Tech PR expert, business strategist and speaker

Jeanne Achille
Founder and CEO; Chair
The Devon Group; Women in HR Tech Summit, U.S. and Singapore

Thought leader, speaker, and advisor on talent strategy, people analytics, workforce planning, business transformation and organizational culture

Al Adamsen
CEO & Executive Director
PAFOW / Insight222

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Chairman and CEO of newly merged Kronos Incorporated and Ultimate Software

Aron Ain
Kronos + Ultimate Software

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

Gretchen Alarcon
Group Vice President, Human Capital Management Strategy

Recruitment futurist and industry leading digital, social and mobile strategist, speaker, author, blogger and podcaster

Matt Alder
Producer; Talent acquisition and HR tech innovation speaker and consultant
The Recruiting Future Podcast; MetaShift

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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Leader in talent acquisition solutions

Sarah-Beth Anders
Director of Product Marketing

Leader with HR roots in the Coast Guard

Roxanne Armbruster
Assistant dean and Chief Human Resources Officer
Harvard Law School

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

Speaker, change agent, startup advisor and senior leader with passion for applying tech to solve business problems

Meg Bear
SVP of Products, Engineering and Operations
SAP SuccessFactors

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Expert in payroll leadership, strategy and HCM development

Steven Beauchamp

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Business leader dedicated to leading the mission to elevate performance through immersive experience

Derek Belch
Founder and CEO

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
Analyst and founder
Josh Bersin Academy

Technology editor and writer, speaker and podcaster

Steve Boese
Co-founder; Co-chair
H3 HR Advisors Inc.; HR Technology Conference & Exposition

Author, consultant, professor and research director

John Boudreau
Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization, Senior Research Scientist
Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California

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

HR tech startup founder of an enterprise employee coaching platform; former SVP of HR

Ben Brooks
Founder and CEO
Pilot Inc.

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Speaker, author and industry thought leader

Mimi Brooks
Logical Design Solutions

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Author, global researcher, expert on talent and thought leader

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

HCM technology leader and former analyst

Yvette Cameron
EVP Ecosystem
Velocity Career Labs

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Talent acquisition leader who is passionate about innovation, transformation and tech

Kelly Cartwright
Director, Talent Acquisition Tech Strategy
Amazon Web Services Recruiting

Editor and writer

Elizabeth Clarke
Executive Editor
Human Resource Executive

Speaker, HCM expert, innovator and leader

Jason Corsello
Founder and CEO
Acadian Ventures

HR and talent-trends analyst, research-based insights and reports, international speaker and author

Mervyn Dinnen
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

Tech executive, innovator and leader

Debasis Dutta
VP&GM Product Mgt
Sumtotal Systems

Consultant, speaker, author and business adviser in HR strategy, workforce analytics and the future of work

Jonathan Ferrar
Co-founder and CEO

Career pathing expert with expertise in boosting engagement, diversity and retention

Anne Fulton
Fuel 50

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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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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 Partner and Executive Director

Professor, researcher and author

Boris Groysberg
Professor of Business Administration
Harvard Business School

Research vice president whose areas of coverage span the HCM application market

Ron Hanscome
Vice President, Analyst

Speaker, senior leader, talent and culture expert

Graham Hardiman
SVP Global Talent Solutions

Researcher and consultant

Stacey Harris
Vice President of Research and Analytics
Sierra-Cedar Inc.

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Senior leader in talent strategy and HR

Zoe Harte
SVP of HR and Talent Innovation

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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
Deloitte Consulting

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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Senior HR leader with change management expertise

Loren Heeringa
Land O’Lakes

Executive VP focused on transforming culture

Kathleen Hogan
Chief People Officer

Consultant passionate about helping customers maximize enterprise app investments

Jim Holincheck
VP of Advisory Services

Innovative senior HR leader

Tim Huval

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

Jon Ingham
Consultant and author
The Social Organization

Entrepreneur, innovator, investor

Ilonka Jankovich
Fund manager
Randstad Innovation Fund

Leader in HCM, digital transformation, future of work

Neil Jensen
VP Product Strategy

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

Ravin Jesuthasan
Managing Director
Willis Towers Watson

Writer and speaker

Katherine Jones
Independent Analyst

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Expert in tech, AI

David Karandish
Founder and CEO

Entrepreneur, leader in AI, machine learning

Gaurav Kataria
VP of Product

HR leader with expertise in diversity

Kelly Kauffman
Milwaukee Bucks

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Speaker, blogger, HR leader

Jennifer Kraszewski
Vice President of Human Resources

Analyst, writer, strategic leader

Brian Kropp
Chief of Research and Group Vice President

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Technology strategist and thought leader

Michael Krupa
Senior Director, Technology and Platform Strategy

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®

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

Madeline Laurano
Co-founder and Chief Research Officer
Aptitude Research

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

Jason Lauritsen
Keynote speaker, author and consultant

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HCM product strategist, practitioner, former industry analyst and thought leader

Melanie Lougee
Head of Strategy for Employee Workflows

Analyst, expert in people analytics and using data to drive diversity

Lexy Martin
Principal, Research and Customer Value

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HR technology analyst, consultant, speaker, writer, blogger and podcaster

Trish McFarlane
CEO and Principal Analyst
H3 HR Advisors Inc.

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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Global executive with expertise in growth, transformation and employee engagement

Donna Morris
EVP, Chief People Officer

Principal analyst on covering next generation apps and the future of work

Holger Mueller
Vice President and Principal Analyst
Constellation Research Inc.

Transformational technology leader and entrepreneur

David Ossip
Chairman and CEO

Senior leader in tech, data, analytics

Jason Phillips
VP People Experiences

Neuroscientist, entrepreneur and technophile

Frida Polli
CEO and Co-founder

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

Joey Price
Jumpstart: HR

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Global leader, speaker, author, mentor

David Rodriguez
Global CHRO

Writer, speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster

Laurie Ruettimann
Let’s Fix Work

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Global HR influencer, recruiting executive, author, world’s foremost expert–pre-pandemic–on workplace hugging

Tim Sackett
HRU Technical Resources

Senior executive responsible for leading Accenture’s talent and organization practice, writer and speaker

Eva Sage-Gavin
Senior Managing Director, Strategy Talent and Organization

Leader in digital transformation, tech, coaching

Andrew Saidy
VP Talent Digitization
Schneider Electric

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Speaker, blogger, writer and podcaster

Robin Schooling
Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy
Peridus Group

Business technology leader

Jonathan Sears
Principal, People Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Speaker, strategist in workforce planning, people analytics, data, talent

Sarah Sheffer
Director, Strategic Workforce Planning
Henry Ford Health System

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

Software executive who leads teams to deliver enterprise products aligned with business objectives

Al Smith
Chief Technology Officer

Author, speaker, strategic leader in HCM, people analytics

Tyrone Smith Jr.
People Operations and Workforce Analytics Leader
Ryan LLC

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Consulting executive, adviser, author and keynote speaker

Brian Sommer
Founder and President
TechVentive Inc.

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Researcher, consultant, writer, speaker, trainer and coach

Andy Spence
Workforce Futurist
Glass Bead Consulting

Research analyst focusing on HR technology and solution providers

Erin Spencer
Senior Research Analyst
Deloitte Consulting LLP

Global speaker, innovator, strategist

Heidi Spirgi
Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer
Cornerstone OnDemand

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HR technology leader, writer and speaker

Dan Staley
Global HR Technology Leader

Expert in HR transformation, sought-after voice in the industry

Mark Stelzner
Founder and Managing Principal
Inflexion Advisors LLC

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Thought leader and expert in people experience and talent-management technology

Lisa Sterling
Founder and CEO

Expert in HR technology product development, talent acquisition/management strategic planning, talent assessment development and validation

Jill Strange
Director Talent Development
Keurig Dr. Pepper Inc.

Analyst, researcher, adviser, speaker, author and podcaster

John Sumser
Founder, Principal Author and Editor-in-Chief

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Senior executive in recruiting and technology, and blogger

Jerome Ternynck
Founder and CEO

Product and tech leader

Matthias Thurner
Chief Product Officer

Speaker, author, professor, influencer, consultant and thought partner on HR, leadership and organization

Dave Ulrich
Partner; Rensis Likert Professor
The RBL Group; Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

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Speaker and consultant

Erica Volini
Global Human Capital Leader
Deloitte Consulting LLP

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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.

Senior executive focused on building and launching software-based services in the cloud

Don Weinstein
Corporate Vice President, Global Product and Technology

Executive leader focused on talent and performance development

Jeroen Wels
Executive Vice President for HR

Researcher, author and speaker

Rebecca Wettemann

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HR executive, thought leader with expertise in culture, diversity, engagement

Colleen Wood
Chief People Officer
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