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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 Read More

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 Oracle Read More

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

Matt Alder Talent Acquisition and Innovation Consultant MetaShift Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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

Derek Belch Founder and CEO STRIVR Read More

Author, speaker and influential voice in the employee-benefits industry.

Jen Benz Senior Vice President, Communications Leader Segal Benz Read More

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 Advisor Deloitte Consulting LLP Read More

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 ServiceNow

Author, speaker and advisor.

Laszlo Bock CEO Humu Read More

Technology editor and writer, speaker and podcaster.

Steve Boese Co-founder and HR Tech Conference Co-chair H3 HR Advisors Inc. Read More

Health and wellness expert, and writer.

Lorna Borenstein Founder and CEO Grokker Read More

Author, consultant, professor and research director.

John Boudreau Professor of Management and Organization Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California Read More

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 Read More

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

Ben Brooks Founder and CEO Pilot Inc. Read More

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 Read More

Speaker, researcher and writer.

Jackye Clayton Director of Success HiringSolved Read More

Life-long student of recruiting and hiring, speaker, author and thought leader.

Gerry Crispin Principal and Co-founder CareerXroads Read More

Keynote speaker, writer, blogger.

David D'Souza Director of Membership CIPD Read More

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 Founder Tenfold | The Talent Agency

VP of HR, blogger and writer.

Kris Dunn Chief Human Resources Officer Kinetix

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

Marc Effron President The Talent Strategy Group

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

Ben Eubanks Principal Analyst Lighthouse Research & Advisory Read More

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

Jonathan Ferrar Co-founder and CEO Insight222

Expert in recruiting and talent management.

Chris Forman Founder and CEO Appcast Read More

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 Read More

Senior executive with a leading voice on the topic of reinventing the profession of HR.

Diane Gherson Chief Human Resource Officer IBM Read More

Talent-acquisition thought leader, AI prognosticator and blockchain advisor.

Peter Gold Founder Storifyd

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 Insight222 Read More

Professor, researcher and author.

Boris Groysberg Professor of Business Administration Harvard Business School Read More

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 Read More

Speaker and thought leader in the employee-engagement field.

Laura Hamill Chief People Officer and Chief Science Officer of the Limeade Institute Limeade Read More

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

Ron Hanscome Vice President, Analyst Gartner Read More

Researcher and consultant.

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

Focused on all things HR, recruiting and talent-management technology.

Lance Haun Practice Director Starr Conspiracy Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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

Ravin Jesuthasan Managing Director Willis Towers Watson Read More

Writer and speaker.

Katherine Jones Independent Analyst Read More

Recruitment-marketing strategist and consultant, and speaker.

Katrina Kibben CEO and Co-founder Three Ears Media Read More

Technology strategist and thought leader.

Michael Krupa Senior Director of Digitization and Business Intelligence Cisco Read More

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 Read More

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® Read More

Leader of research on talent acquisition and engagement, focusing on technologies and services, speaker and writer.

Kyle Lagunas Research Manager IDC

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 Read More

Business strategist, analyst, and researcher.

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

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

Melanie Lougee Vice President, Analyst Gartner

Speaker, marketer and strategist.

David Ludlow Group Vice President, Product Management SAP SuccessFactors Read More

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

Trish McFarlane CEO and Principal Analyst H3 HR Advisors Inc. Read More

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 Read More

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 Mercer

HCM strategist and people analytics expert, and consultant.

Michael Moon Director of People Insights ADP Read More

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. Read More

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 Ceridian

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

Jenny Payne Manager of Talent Management and Engagement Tops Markets Read More

Neuroscientist, entrepreneur and technophile.

Frida Polli CEO and Co-founder pymetrics

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

Joey Price CEO 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 President HRU Technical Resources Read More

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 Accenture Read More

Speaker, blogger, writer and podcaster.

Robin Schooling Head of People Strio Consulting

Business technology leader.

Jonathan Sears Principal, People Advisory Services Ernst & Young LLP Read More

Entrepreneur, management consultant, global sales and analytics leader, and blogger.

Dan Shapero Vice President of Global Solutions LinkedIn Read More

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 Read More

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

Al Smith Chief Technology Officer iCIMS Read More

Consulting executive, advisor, author and keynote speaker.

Brian Sommer Founder and President TechVentive Inc. Read More

Researcher, consultant, writer, speaker, trainer and coach.

Andy Spence HR Transformation Director Glass Bead Consulting Read More

Research analyst focusing on HR technology and solution providers.

Erin Spencer Senior Research Analyst Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLP Read More

HR technology leader, writer and speaker.

Dan Staley Global HR Technology Leader, Oracle HCM Cloud PwC Read More

Expert in talent sourcing and recruiting, author and speaker.

Shally Steckerl Founder and President The Sourcing Institute Read More

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

Mark Stelzner Founder and Managing Principal Inflexion Advisors LLC Read More

Expert in the people experience and talent-management technology, and thought leader.

Lisa Sterling Chief People and Culture Officer Ceridian Read More

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 Infor

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

Jim Stroud Vice President, Product Evangelist, North America ClickIQ

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

John Sumser Founder, Principal Author and Editor-in-Chief HRExaminer Read More

Expert in HR, speaker and author.

Mara Swan Executive Vice President of Global Strategy and Talent ManpowerGroup Read More

Senior executive in recruiting and technology, and blogger.

Jerome Ternynck Founder and CEO SmartRecruiters Read More

Author, speaker, consultant and coach.

Perry Timms Founder and Chief Energy Officer PTHR Read More

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 Read More

Senior executive in HR management, leadership, recruiting, shared services and global onboarding.

Pat Wadors Chief Talent Officer ServiceNow Read More

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. Read More

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

Don Weinstein Corporate Vice President, Global Product and Technology ADP Read More

Researcher, author and speaker.

Rebecca Wettemann Vice President of Research Nucleus Research Read More

Executive in HR and organizational development, and speaker.

Laurie Zaucha Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development Paychex Read More

Blogger and speaker.

Shaunda Zilich Global Talent Brand Manager Qualtrics Read More