Leading HR Influencers

Engagedly's 2020 Top 100 HR Influencers

Human Resources is a growing field that is beginning to expand and inspire change across a facet of companies and job-types. Engagedly is excited to announce its fourth annual list of Top 100 HR Influencers.

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Methodology

In order to generate this list, we considered around 300+ different professionals within the various sectors of HR. Individuals were selected through a data-driven process that analyzed and scored success in five defining categories. Scores were based on an individuals’ regency, frequency, and relevance in relation to their social media presences, speaking and writing engagements, and innovative contributions to the field. Diversity of the individual was also taken into account so as to ensure that people of all backgrounds were included in the list.

Points to consider

We want to emphasize that this list is not in ranking form. Individuals have been grouped based on the type of work that they have most notably been involved with. These categories are in no way intended to minimize the entirety of these influencers’ careers. HR is an industry that is growing in all directions, and it is difficult to perfectly formulate a process that will recognize all HR professionals that are doing credible work. If you know someone who you think should be featured for next year, please nominate them through our website, as we do consider the names that are received there.
Learn more about the Top 100 HR Influencers of 2020 by hovering over their pictures and exploring their LinkedIn, Twitter, and personal and/or company websites.

Diversity & Inclusion

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding analytical and strategic methods and ideas that have helped to improve some factor or factors of the operations within HR.

JENNIFER BROWN

Founder and CEO of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Speaker, Author

KRISTEN PRESSNER

People and Culture Chapter Lead at Roche Diagnostics, Speaker.

RISHA GRANT

International Keynote Speaker. Author

Haralan Hodge

HARALAN HODGE

Performance and Professional Development Coach, Co-facilitator of youth leadership.

Dan Lester

DAN LESTER

Director of Field Diversity, Inclusion, and Culture at Clayco

Nicci Roach

NICCI ROACH

Assistant to the President at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Bryan Gingrich

DR. BRYAN GINGRICH

SVP Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Leader at Wells Fargo.

Cynthia Bowma

CYNTHIA BOWMA

Chief Diversity and Inclusion and Talent Acquisition Officer at Bank of America.

HR Tech

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding achievements in this rapidly growing sector of the HR industry.

TRISH MCFARLANE

Anaylst | HR Techie | Author HR Ringleader | Pro Speaker | Co-Host of HR Happy Hour

MEGHAN M. BIRO

WorkTrends Analyst | Brand Strategist | Podcaster | Author | HR and Tech Evangelist | #Digital | #FutureOfWork @Forbes

JAMIE METZL

Keynote Speaker, Writer, and Commentator on the Junction of Technology and Politics.

JEANNE ACHILLE

Women in HR Tech Summit @Annual #HRTechConf | #PR Pro | #Entrepreneur | #Diversity & #Inclusion #Speaker

Yvette Cameron

YVETTE CAMERON

Co-Founder and EVP at Velocity Career Labs, HR tech Advisor.

ESTER MARTINEZ

2016 LinkedIn Top Voices List | HR Tech

KIERAN SNYDER

Data Driven Recruiting | Linguist | Writer | Previous Product Leadership Roles at Microsoft and Amazon

R “RAY” WANG

Founder and CEO of Constellation Research. Best-Selling Author. Co-Host of DisrupTVShow Web Series.

Meg Bear

MEG BEAR

SVP, Product, Engineering, Operations at SAP SuccessFactors using Human Experience Management.

JOHN SUMSER

Online Magazine | Writer | HR Tech Researcher

BARRY FLACK

HR Tech Advisor | Interim & Consulting Assignments | Conference Speaker | Blogger

JOSH BERSIN

Learning Analyst | Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Research and Advisory Firm focused on Management, Leadership, HR Tech | LinkedInfluencer

Ravin Jesuthasan

RAVIN JESUTHASAN

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

Ben Brooks

BEN BROOKS

Founder and CEO of PILOT Inc.

STEVE BOESE

Co-Host of the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast | Contributor at Fistful of Talent | HR Executive Magazine columnist.

Bill Kutik

BILL KUTIK

HCM Analyst, Father HR Technology Conference, Columnist.

WILLIAM TINCUP

Writer | Speaker | Advisor | Consultant | Investor | Conducted over 1000 HR Podcasts | #HRTech | #Recruiting

JOSH LINKNER

Co-Founder and Chairman of Playtpus Labs. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker.

Enrique Rubio

ENRIQUE RUBIO

Founder and CEO of Hacking HR.

SOUMYASANTO SEN

HR Tech & People Analytics Leader | Evangelist Human+Machine & Future of Work | Keynote Speaker & Writer

Anne Fulton

ANNE FULTON

Co-founder and CEO of Fuel50.

Analytics and Strategy

CARLA MOORE

VP of POS Strategy and Education at HBO. Brand Management and Operations Expert.

MEL ROBBINS

Host of The Mel Robbins Show. CEO at 143 Studios, Inc. Motivational Speaker for Powell Speakers.

RITA MCGRATH

Professor of Strategy at Columbia Business School. Best-Selling Author. Speaker.

DAN PONTEFRACT

Founder and CEO of The Pontefract Group. Best-Selling Author. Keynote Speaker. Leadership Strategist.

LAURIE RUETTIMANN

Author at Henry Holt & Company. Host of Podcast “Let’s Fix Work.”

CRYSTAL MILLER LAY

Forbes Agency Council | Speaker | Writer | Working with #HR orgs to make #employerbranding, #HRTech, culture & #recruitmentmarketing better | Advisor | #TheCandES

JENNY DEVAUGHN

Leads Strategic Outreach to Inform and Engage over 50,000 Associates at this Global Human Capital Management Company

MAREN HOGAN

Helping with recruiting, talent acquisition and HR, marketing, community and social | #TBEX #HRTech

ELIZEBETH VARGHESE

Global leader of HR Reinvention at IBM

SARAH BRENNAN

Making the Future of Work More Human | Speaker | Consultant | Researcher | Mentor | GenZ Mom | #HRTech Analyst | #Talent | #GirlsInTech

STEVE BROWNE

Strategic HR professional | Employee Relations | Networking | Company Culture

JT O’DONNELL

18+ Yrs HR, | Recruiting | Career Coaching | Speaker | Trainer | Professional Development | LinkedInfluencer

Leadership & Development

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding leadership skills that they teach and their achievements in executive advising, coaching, and consulting.

ADAM GRANT

Books: GIVE AND TAKE, ORIGINALS, OPTION B |Podcast: WorkLife | @TEDTalks | Success is helping others succeed.

JENNIFER MCCLURE

Keynote Speaker | Podcaster | Creating #ImpactMakers by helping leaders to build careers that they love & lives that matter

PATRICK LENCIONI

Founder and President of The Table Group. Best-Selling Author of “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team.”

GORDON TREDGOLD

Inc Top 100 Leadership Expert Keynote Speaker | Business Coach and Consultant | Speaker | Author | Contributor at Forbes, Entrepreneur, & Inc.

LIANE DAVEY

Co-founder and Principal of 3COze Inc. Author and Speaker.

Jane Hart

JANE HART

Speaker, Writer, and Modern Workplace Advisor.

LIZ WISEMAN

President of The Wiseman Group. Best-Selling Author. Teaching Leadership Skills to Executives.

BRIGETTE HYACINTH

Best-Selling Author on Leadership

DR. TRAVIS BRADBERRY

President at TalentSmart. Best-Selling Co-Author of “Emotional Intelligence 2.0.”

CHESTER ELTON

Teacher and Coach on Creating Positive Work Culture. Author. Keynote Speaker.

LOLLY DASKAL

Dedicated to bringing Heart Based Leadership to organizations & individuals | Coach | Consultant | Speaker | Columnist | Best Selling Author: The Leadership Gap

Bill Treasurer

BILL TREASURER

Chief Encouragement Officer at Giant Leap Consulting, Writer, and Speaker.

DAVE ULRICH

HR & Leadership Thought Partner | Co-Founder of @rblgroup | Rensis Likert Professor at @MichiganRoss.

Employer Brand/Talent Acquisition

Influencers in this category are recognized for being outstanding leaders within the recruitment sector who promote innovative and inclusive acquisition methods.

JACKYE CLAYTON

Named Time’s Person of the Year 2006 | Success @HiringSolved@DrPepper | #Recruit-osphere | #HRTech Geek

DOROTHY DALTON

CEO @ 3Plus International | International Talent Connector & Strategist | Executive Search and Career Transition Coach | Coach | Conscious recruitment of diversity and bias

STEPHANIE LAMPKIN

Founder and CEO of Blendoor. Inclusive Talent Recruitment.

Joan Sigu

JOAN SIGU

Joan Head Of Human Resource at SunCulture Kenya Ltd.

HUNG LEE

Co-Founder and CEO of Workshape.io. Improving the Recruitment Process.

JIM STROUD

Producer of the “It’s All Recruiting” Podcast | Youtuber of “Jim Stroud Show” | Consultant | Social Recruiting | Job Search Strategy

FRIDA POLLI

HR Tech Startup | Award Winning Neuroscientist | Talent Acquisition | Entrepreneur | Technophile | Writer

STACY ZAPAR

Founder of The Talent Agency (Recruiting for Recruiting) & Tenfold (Talent Acquisition Strategy & Training) | Speaker | Consultant | Trainer |Recruiter | #R4R

LOU ADLER

Performance-based Hiring Learning Systems | The Original Headhunter Author – The Essential Guide for Hiring & Getting Hired and Hire With Your Head | LinkedInfluencer

KRIS DUNN

Founder of HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent. Contributing Editor at Workforce

MERVYN DINNEN

HR & Talent Analyst | International Speaker on HR Trends | #7 #SageTop100 Global Business Influencers

SHALLY STECKERL

Providing Talent Sourcing and Recruitment Scholarships | Building Enterprise Recruiting Engines for Fortune 500 Brands

BRYAN CHANEY

Recruitment MKT | Talent Attraction | Co-Founder @TalentBrandOrg | Future Author | #ebchat | Global Brand Employer and Talent Attraction @InsideIndeed

SUSAN S. LAMOTTE

Founder, CEO, and Principal Brand Strategist of exaqueo. Improving Talent and Recruitment Strategies.

Katrina Collier

KATRINA COLLIER

Keynote Speaker and Author. Candidate Engagement and Recruitment Strategy.

Talent Management

Influencers in this category are recognized for their new ideas that have improved the employee experience and created positive company cultures.

MARCUS BUCKINGHAM

Best-Selling Author | “Nine Lies About Work” | Researcher | Founder of the Strengths Revolution | Researcher of People & Performance

ROBIN SCHOOLING

Advocate of Workplace Revolution. Writer and Speaker. Co-Host of Podcast “DriveThru HR.”

BEVERLY KAYE

CEO and Founder of BevKaye & Co. Author and Speaker on Talent Management.

Anna Tolmachova

ANNA TOLMACHOVA

Director of Human Resources at Digital Chain Agency

MARY KAYLOR

Public Affair Lead at SHRM, SHRM Blog Managing Editor, Creator & Producer of #Nextchat

Evi Prokopi

EVI PROKOPI

Business & Life Coach, Consultant, Trainer and Author at Skema Projects.

AL ADAMSEN

Co-Founder and Executive Director at Insight222. Founder and CEO at People Analytics & Future of Work.

JONATHAN FERRAR

Co-Founder and CEO of Insight222. Helping HR Professional’s Build Skills.

Organizational Development

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding ideas and methods that have improved the ways in which companies are organized and their efficiency in operation.

KATTY KAY

News Anchor at BBC World News. Best-Selling Co-Author of “Womenomics”

JEFFREY PFEFFER

Author #LeadershipBS | Speaker | Advisor on Inclusive Employee Experience | LinkedInfluencer

CONOR NEILL

Vistage Chair | Teacher at IESE Business School | Keynote Speaker on Leadership Communication & the Psychology of Mental Strength

Liz Weber

LIZ WEBER

Strategic Leadership Speaker with Weber Business Services.

Gary Ware

GARY WARE

Founder of Breakthrough Play, Speaker, and Profesional Coach.

John Boudreau

JOHN BOUDREAU

Professor Emeritus of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California

SHARLYN LAUBY

Human Resources management/leadership consultant | Speaker

Jen Benz

JEN BENZ

Jen Founder and Communications Leader at Segal Benz.

JEREMY SCRIVENS

Positively disrupting organisations to #collaborate at scale in the Social & Summit Rooms | Digital Transformation | People First

JASON AVERBOOK

CEO & Co-Founder of Leapgen | Thought Leader | Analyst | Keynote Speaker | Consultant | Author of “HR From Now to Next” | Future of Work

Jeff Harry

JEFF HARRY

International Speaker and Positive Psychology Play Coach.

PERRY TIMMS

Founder and Chief Energy Officer of PTHR. Redesigning Better Ways to Work.

Total Rewards

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding advocacy for employee rights and ensuring fair treatment, compensation, and benefits.

KATHRYN MINSHEW

CEO & Founder @TheMuse | Author of @TheNewRules of Work | Speaker | Inc.’s 35 Under 35 | WSJ & HBR contributor | LinkedInfluencer

JEANNE MEISTER

Founding Partner at Future Workplace. Business Operations Advisor.

ANGELA MAIERS

CEO and Founder of Choose2Matter. Author. Keynote Speaker.

Karen Azulai

KAREN AZULAI

Co-founder of HRTechnation.com, Global Sourcing Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Advisor

DANNY MEYER

Founder of Shake Shack. CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group.

NICOLE MALACHOWSKI

United States Air Force Veteran. CEO and Founder of Nicole Malachowski & Associates.

Anna Ott

ANNA OTT

VP People at HV Holtzbrinck Ventures.

JENNY DEARBORN

Executive Officer and Advisor for Global Tech Companies. Best-Selling Author.

Stacia Garr

STACIA GARR

Co-Founder and Principal Analyst of RedThread Research, Speaker.

ALEXANDRE PACHULSKI

Co-Founder and Chief of Product Officer at Talentsoft, Author.

Diane Gherson

DIANE GHERSON

Chief Human Resources Officer at IBM.

JAZMINE WILKES

HR Generalist and Social Media for SEA and blogger.

LASZLO BOCK

Author of “Work Rules!” | Ex-SVP of People Ops at Google | Passionate about making work better for everyone, everywhere | LinkedInfluencer

Ellyn Shook

ELLYN SHOOK

Reimagining Leadership and Talent Practices | Member of Accenture’s Global Management Committee and Investment Committee | Strong Advocate for Inclusion and Diversity

LISA STERLING

Ceridian’s Chief People and Culture Officer. Directing Organizational and Cultural Transformations.

LIZ RYAN

Former Fortune 500 HR SVP | World’s Most Widely-Read Career Advisor | Author: Reinvention Roadmap | LinkedInfluencer

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