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
CEO
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
Oracle

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
LinkedIn

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
Leapgen

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
CEO
Paylocity

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

Derek Belch
Founder and CEO
STRIVR

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
ZAPinfo

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
CEO
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
Analyst
Two Heads Consulting

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


Stacy Donovan Zapar
Founder
Tenfold | The Talent Agency

VP of HR, blogger and writer



Kris Dunn
Chief Human Resources Officer
Kinetix

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
Insight222

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


Anne Fulton
CEO
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
Insight222

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
Gartner

Speaker, senior leader, talent and culture expert


Graham Hardiman
SVP Global Talent Solutions
Pfizer

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
Upwork

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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
Oracle

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Senior HR leader with change management expertise


Loren Heeringa
SVP and CHRO
Land O’Lakes

Executive VP focused on transforming culture


Kathleen Hogan
Chief People Officer
Microsoft

Consultant passionate about helping customers maximize enterprise app investments



Jim Holincheck
VP of Advisory Services
LeapGen

Innovative senior HR leader



Tim Huval
CHRO
Humana

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
Workday

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
Capacity

Entrepreneur, leader in AI, machine learning


Gaurav Kataria
VP of Product
Betterup

HR leader with expertise in diversity


Kelly Kauffman
CHRO
Milwaukee Bucks

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Speaker, blogger, HR leader



Jennifer Kraszewski
Vice President of Human Resources
Paycom

Analyst, writer, strategic leader



Brian Kropp
Chief of Research and Group Vice President
Gartner

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Technology strategist and thought leader


Michael Krupa
Senior Director, Technology and Platform Strategy
Cisco

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
ServiceNow

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



Lexy Martin
Principal, Research and Customer Value
Visier

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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
Walmart

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
Ceridian

Senior leader in tech, data, analytics


Jason Phillips
VP People Experiences
Cisco

Neuroscientist, entrepreneur and technophile



Frida Polli
CEO and Co-founder
pymetrics

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



Joey Price
CEO
Jumpstart: HR

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Global leader, speaker, author, mentor



David Rodriguez
Global CHRO
Marriott

Writer, speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster



Laurie Ruettimann
CEO
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
President
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
Accenture

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
Accenture

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


Al Smith
Chief Technology Officer
iCIMS

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
PwC

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
R3-Engage

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
HRExaminer

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Senior executive in recruiting and technology, and blogger


Jerome Ternynck
Founder and CEO
SmartRecruiters

Product and tech leader



Matthias Thurner
Chief Product Officer
Unit4

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
Co-founder
Diginomica

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
ADP

Executive leader focused on talent and performance development


Jeroen Wels
Executive Vice President for HR
Unilever

Researcher, author and speaker



Rebecca Wettemann
Principal
Valoir

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


Colleen Wood
Chief People Officer
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