Leading HR Influencers

Engagedly's 2022 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 sixth annual list of Top 100 HR Influencers.

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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.

Alain Roumilhac

President of ManpowerGroup France

Whitney Johnson

CEO of Disruption Advisors, Author, Podcast Host

Tyrone Smith Jr.

Global Head of People Analytics & Insights at Udemy, Adjunct Associate Professor at USC

Tom Haak

Founder of HR Trend Institute, Speaker

Sarah White

CEO of Aspect43, Speaker

Mel Robbins

Founder of Mel Robbins Media and 143 Studios, Author, Podcast Host, Speaker

Lynne Oldham

Chief People Officer of Stash

Keith McNulty

Global Director of Talent Science and Analytics at McKinsey & Company, Author

Jen Phillips Kirkwood

Global Data & Digital Head of Strategy at IBM, Speaker

Javier Calzolari

Founder of HumanosReales, Speaker

Geetanjali Gamel

Head of HR for Global Commercial Strategy Organization at Johnson & Johnson

Elizebeth Varghese

Talent & HR Strategy Reinvention Leader at IBM, Author

David Green

Founder of Zandel, Executive Director of Insight222, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Diversity & Inclusion

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

Vernā Myers

VP of Inclusion Strategy at Netflix, Author, Speaker

Traci Wade

Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle

Risha Grant

CEO of Risha Grant LLC, Author, Speaker, Radio Host

Reginald Miller

Global Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer at McDonald’s

Melonie Parker

Chief Diversity Officer of Google

Maxine Williams

Chief Diversity Officer of Meta, Member on Board Of Directors for Doma

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Chief Diversity Officer of Microsoft

Juliet Bourke

Professor of Practice at UNSW Business School, Author, Speaker

Jennifer Brown

Founder of Jennifer Brown Consulting, Author, Speaker

Jarvis Sam

VP of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for Nike

David L. Casey

Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer for Tapestry

Dalila Wilson-Scott

Chief Diversity Officer of Comcast

Amy C. Waninger

CEO of Lead at Any Level, Speaker, Author, Podcast Host

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.

Abhishek De

Director & Global Head of Talent Acquisition at BrowserStack

Glen Cathey

Head of Digital Strategy & Innovation at Randstad, Speaker

Greg Savage

Founder of The Savage Recruitment Academy, Author, Speaker

Hung Lee

Curator at Recruiting Brainfood

Jan Tegze

Director of Talent Acquisition at Invicti Security, Author

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Founder of Workology, Co-founder of Duo Works, Speaker, Podcast Host

Katrina Collier

Founder of Katrina Collier Limited, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Liz Ryan

Founder of Human Workplace, Author, Speaker

Lou Adler

Founder of The Adler Group, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Sam Neo

Founder of People Mentality Inc., Stories of Asia, & StoryBuddy, VP of Singapore Human Resources Institute

Shally Steckerl

President of The Sourcing Institute, Author, Speaker

Shikha Gupta

Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Birlasoft, Speaker

Susanna Frazier

Technical Sourcing Specialist at Humana, Author, Speaker, Podcast host

Tim Sackett

President of HRU Technical Resources, Author, Speaker

Yuri Kruman

CEO of HR, Talent & Systems, Author, Speaker

HR Tech

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

Ben Taylor

Chief AI Strategist for DataRobot

Ellyn Shook

Chief Leadership & Human Resources Officer of Accenture

Josh Bersin

Founder of Bersin by Deloitte, Board Member for UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, Speaker

Juan Luis Betancourt

CEO of Humantelligence & Gonza Executive Search

Marc Coleman

Founder of UNLEASH.ai

Meghan M. Biro

Founder of TalentCulture, Author, Podcast Host

Philippa Penfold

Co-founder of People Collider, Associate Faculty at Singapore University of Social Sciences

Soumyasanto Sen

Co-Founder of De3Fi, Author, Speaker

Steve Boese

Co-founder of H3 HR Advisors, Speaker, Podcast Co-host

Steve Goldberg

Founder of SBG Consulting

Trish McFarlane Steed

Co-founder of H3 HR Advisors, Author, Speaker, Podcast Co-host

William Tincup

President and Editor of RecruitingDaily, Speaker, Podcast Host

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

Professor at Wharton School of Business, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Angela Duckworth

Professor at University of Pennsylvania, Founder of Character Lab, Author, Podcast Host

Brigette Hyacinth

Best-selling author, Speaker

Emily He

Corporate VP of Microsoft

Ian Ziskin

President of EXec EXcel Group, Co-founder of inSITE Group & Consortium for Change

Jacob Morgan

Founder of The Future of Work University, Author, Speaker, Podcast Co-host

Jeanne Meister

Founder of Future Workplace Academy, Executive VP of Executive Networks on LinkedIn

Jeff Haden

Best-selling author, Speaker

Jennifer McClure

CEO of Unbridled Talent & DisruptHR, Speaker

JoAnn Corley-Schwarzkopf

Executive Advisor at JoAnn Corley Companies

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.

President and CEO of SHRM, Author

Lars Schmidt

Founder of Amplify, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Leena Nair

CEO of Chanel

Lolly Daskal

Founder of Lead From Within, Author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Ramakrishna Rao

Chief Learning Officer at Page Industries

Shyam Sharma

President of Claris Limited

Stacy Donovan Zapar

Founder of The Talent Agency, Speaker

Travis Bradberry

Chief People Scientist of LEADx, Author

Dave Ulrich

Professor at University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Author, 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.

Gautam Ghosh

Digital and Social HR Consultant, Speaker

Jim Knight

Founder of Knight Speaker, Author, Speaker

Joey V. Price

CEO of Jumpstart:HR, Advisory Board Member for UKG, Podcast Host

Katarina Berg

CHRO at Spotify & Non-Executive Board Member at Personio, Speaker

Kathleen Hogan

Chief People Officer of Microsoft, SHRM Executive Council

Melissa Daimler

Chief Learning Officer at Udemy, Author, Speaker

Natal Dank

Head of Learning &Co-founder at PXO Culture, Speaker

Vineet Gambhir

Chief People Officer at DataLink Software

Talent Management

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

Alexis Fink

VP of People Analytics and Workforce Strategy at Meta

Bruce Daisley

Best-selling author, Speaker, Podcast Host

Cary Cooper

Professor of Organizational Psychology & Health at University of Manchester

Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia, Speaker

Edie Goldberg

Founder of E. L. Goldberg & Associates, Author, Speaker

Karen Jaw-Madson

Principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience, Author, Speaker

Kristen A. Pressner

Head People & Culture at Roche Diagnostics, Speaker

Laurie Ruettimann

Founder and Podcast Host at The Punk Rock HR, Author, Speaker

Michael Arena

Professor of Organization Dynamics at University of Pennsylvania, Author

Robin Schooling

VP of Technology Consulting for Cielo Talent, Podcast Host, Speaker

Anna Tolmachova

Human Resources Director at METRO Cash & Carry Ukraine

Marcus Buckingham

Founder of The Marcus Buckingham Company, Head of Research at ADP Research Institute, Author, Speaker

Total Rewards

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

Bob Chapman

CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies

Danny Meyer

Founder of Shake Shack & Union Square Hospitality Group, Author, Speaker

Garry Ridge

CEO of WD-40 Company, Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego

Jörgen Sundberg

CEO of Link Humans

Katelin Holloway

Co-founder of Seven Seven Six, Speaker, Podcast Host

Kathryn Minshew

Founder of The Muse, Author

Kristen Hadeed

Founder of Student Maid & kristenhadeed.com, Leadership Consultant, Author, Speaker

Laszlo Bock

Co-founder of Humu & Gretel.ai, Author

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