Leading HR Influencers

Engagedly's 2021 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 fifth annual list of Top 100 HR Influencers.

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Methodology

In order to generate this list, we considered around 400+ 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 2022 by hovering over their pictures and exploring their LinkedIn, Twitter, and personal and/or company websites.

Analytics and Strategy

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.

DAVID YANG


Founder/Board Director ABBYY. Keynote Speaker

LAURIE RUETTIMANN


Instructor with Linkedin Learning. Podcaster at Punk Rock HR

YAZAD DALAL


Head of Strategy at Oracle

TYRONE SMITH


Head of People Analytics at Udemy. Adjunct Associate Professor at USC

MEL ROBBINS


Best Selling Author, Top Podcast Host

AL ADAMSEN


Founder and CEO of Talent Strategy Institute

PRASAD SETTY


VP, Digital Work Experience at Google Workspace

DAVID GREEN


Founder and CEO of Zandel.

HEATHER WHITEMAN


Executive Fellow at Future Workplace

MADHURA CHAKRABARTI


Global Head of People Analytics at Syngenta

BRIAN KROPP


Group Vice President and Chief of HR Research at Gartner

DAN PONTEFRACT


Adjunct Professor at University of Victoria. Author. Keynote Speaker

Diversity & Inclusion

Influencers in this category are recognized for their outstanding contribution towards promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion.

JESSE BRIDGES


Equity, Inclusion and Workplace Culture Strategist

TRACI WADE


Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle

WINITHA BONNEY


Building Inclusive Cultures and Advancing People of Colour into Leadership

MODUPE CONGLETON


Head of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity, Sales & Marketing at Amazon Web Services

DK BARTLEY


Chief Diversity Officer at Moody’s Corporation

SHANIQUE BONELLI-MOORE


Global Head of Inclusion at United Talent Agency

AMA AFRIFA-TCHIE


Head of People, Wellbeing & Equity at MHFA England. Founder of The Inclusion Ageilist Consultancy

AMY C. WANINGER


Founder and CEO of Lead at Any Level, LLC. Accredited Supplier at Microsoft

DETHRA GILES


Chief Bridge Architect at ExecuPrep, DEI Strategist, Keynote Speaker

RISHA GRANT


International Keynote Speaker. Author

JULIET BOURKE DELOITTE


Adjunct Professor at UNSW Business School. Author. Keynote Speaker

JENNIFER BROWN


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

STEPHANIE LAMPKIN


Founder and CEO of Blendoor. Keynote Speaker. DEI Expert

TORIN ELLIS


Board Advisor at Get-Optimal. Author. Keynote Speaker

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.

TESSA JAMES


Founder and CEO of Talent Reimagined.

JIM STROUD


Vice President of Marketing at Proactive Talent

WILL STANEY


Co-Founder of Talent Brand Alliance. All-Around Super Dad.

CRYSTAL LANNAMAN


Head of Talent Acquisition and University Relations at BASF

BRADFORD WILKINS


Chief People Officer at LoadSmart. People Strategist. Keynote Speaker

KRIS DUNN


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

STEVE GARD


Founder of the Circle Back Initiative, Talent Acquisition Consultant

CHRIS LONG


Head of Global Talent Solutions at Preacta, Speaker, Talent Strategist

TRENT COTTON


VP of Talent Acquisition & Retention at Bureau Veritas Group

LIZ RYAN


Founder and CEO of Human Workplace

HUNG LEE


Curator of Recruiting Brainfood. Co-Founder and CEO of Workshape.io

SHALLY STECKERL


Founder and President of The Sourcing Institute. Author. Keynote Speaker.

IRA WOLFE


President and Chief Googlization Officer at Success Performance Solutions. Author. Keynote Speaker. Podcaster

HR Tech

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

R “RAY” WANG


Founder, CEO, and Principle Analyst of Constellation Research. Co-Host of DisruptTV

MEGHAN BIRO


Speaker. Author. Globally Recognized HR Tech Strategist

JEREMY TILLMAN


Founder & CEO of KnowledgeFlo.

CHISOM AGADA


Director, People Partner at Momentive-AI

ESTER MARTINEZ


CEO & Editor-In-Chief at People Matters. Writer. Keynote Speaker

CHRIS RUSSELL


Managing Director at RecTech Media, Founder and Chief Lancer of HR Lancers

JOSH BERSIN


Principal and Founder of Bersin, Deloitte Consulting LLC

ADRIAN TAN


Strategist, Future of Work at Institute for Human Resources Professionals. Writer. Keynote Speaker

PHILIPPA PENFOLD


Lecturer at Kaplan Business School. Speaker. Advisor.

BARRY FLACK


HR Tech Strategist, Advisor, and Consultant. Keynote Speaker

STACEY HARRIS


Chief Research Officer and Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group. Writer. Speaker. Podcast Host

BRET STARR


Founder and CEO of The Starr Conspiracy

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.

Angela Duckworth


Author. Keynote Speaker. Podcast Host

SHEREEN DANIELS


MANAGING DIRECTOR AT HR REWIRED.

BRIGETTE HYACINTH


Best-Selling Author on Leadership

GORDON TREDGOLD


Senior Program Manager at Fujitsu. Columnist. Keynote Speaker

LOLLY DASKAL


Bestselling Author. Founder and CEO of Lead From Within. Keynote Speaker. Podcaster

EDUARDO BRICENO


Global Keynote Speaker and Facilitator

CONOR NEILL


Senior Lecturer at IESE Business School

TRAVIS BRADBERRY


Best Selling Author

JACOB MORGAN


Keynote Speaker. Podcast Host.

ADAM GRANT


Bestselling Author. Podcast Host.

VIVIAN BLADE


Speaker. Leadership Coach.

MELISSA AGNES


Author. Keynote Speaker

BRITT ANDREATTA


Strategic Advisor. Author. Speaker

LIANE DAVEY


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

LEYDA ALEMAN


HR Coach, Trainer, and Speaker

JENNIFER MCCLURE


CEO of DisruptHR LLC. Author. Keynote Speaker

ALDEN MILLS


Best-Selling Author. Speaker

BARBRA GLANZ


Author. International Engagement Expert

JEFF HADEN


Author and Ghostwriter. Keynote Speaker.

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.

DERETTA RHODES


EVP/Chief People Capital Officer at Atlanta Braves

CAROLINE CARPENEDO


Global Director of People and Responsibility at Gerdau

JOEY PRICE


CEO of Jumpstart HR. Podcast Host and Executive Producer

RASHANDA UDEKWU


Director at KBM Hogue

Tom-Gimbel


Founder and CEO of LaSalle Network

THOMAS IGEME


Head of People at Turn/River Capital

JOSEPH RITCHE GUIANG


Director- HR Business Partner at Nasdaq Financial Services

KERRY BROWN


VP, Head of Transformational Change & Future of Work at SAP. Keynote Speaker

DR. JARIK CONRAD


Vice President, Human Insights and HCM Advisory at Ultimate Kronos Group. Executive Director at The Equity at Work Council

EBONEE DAVIS


Executive Director of Talent, Culture, and Diversity at Bridgestone Americas

RON TITE


Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Church+State, Author, Keynote Speaker, Podcast Host and Producer

CRAIG WEBER


Founder of the Weber Consulting Group, International Consultant and Keynote Speaker

GARY WARE


Founder of Breakthrough Play, Speaker, and Profesional Coach.

JAMES CITRIN


Board Director of Girl Effect. Author. Keynote Speaker

OLUGBENGA OMOJOLA


Managing Partner at First Exclesia Professional Services Limited

CARLEY CHILDRESS


Founder and CEO of Macorva Inc. Keynote Speaker

MALA SINGH


Chief People Officer at Electronic Arts.

SARI LEVINE WILDE


Managing Vice President and Senior Director at Gartner. Author.

Talent Management

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

EDIE GOLDBERG


President and Founder of E. L. Goldberg & Associates. Author. Keynote Speaker.

MICHELLE WEISE


Vice Chancellor of Strategy and Innovation at National Univesity System. Author. Speaker

ANDREW SAIDY


Global Head of Talent & Learning at Seagate Technology.

LAKISHA BROOKS


Director of Learning and Development at Brooks Enterprise and Consultants. Keynote Speaker.

MATT POEPSEL


Vice President of Partner Growth at The Predictive Index

SUZANNE BELL


Lead Research Psychologist and Technical Monitor at NASA Behavioral Health & Peformance Laboratory. Professor of Psychology at Depaul University. Consultant

JASON LAURITSEN


Keynote Speaker. Author. Advisor. Host and Chief Content Officer of achieve Engagement.

ALEXANDRE PACHULSKI


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

LIANE HORNSEY


EVP & Chief People Officer at Palo Alto Networks. Keynote Speaker.

MARKUS GRAF


Keynote Speaker

Total Rewards

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

DANNY MEYER


CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group. Chairman of USHG Acquisition Group.

ANGELA MAIERS


President and CEO of Maiers Educational Services.

LASZLO BOCK


Co-Founder of Gretel Inc. Author. Speaker

JAZMINE WILKES


HR Generalist and Social Media for SEA and blogger.

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