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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 Read More

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

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 Read More

Expert in payroll leadership, strategy and HCM development

Steven Beauchamp CEO Paylocity

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

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. Read More

Speaker, author and industry thought leader

Mimi Brooks CEO Logical Design Solutions

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 Read More

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 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

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.

Senior leader in talent strategy and HR

Zoe Harte SVP of HR and Talent Innovation Upwork Read More

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 Read More

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

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

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

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 Read More

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

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

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

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

Joey Price CEO Jumpstart: HR Read More

Global leader, speaker, author, mentor

David Rodriguez Global CHRO Marriott

Writer, speaker, entrepreneur, podcaster

Laurie Ruettimann CEO Let's Fix Work Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Consulting executive, adviser, author and keynote speaker

Brian Sommer Founder and President TechVentive Inc. Read More

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

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

Speaker and consultant

Erica Volini Global Human Capital Leader Deloitte Consulting LLP 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.

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 Read More

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

Colleen Wood Chief People Officer Level Access