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30 HR tech influencers to follow

January 20, 2016


30 HR tech influencers to follow

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Subscribing to too many sources trying to catch the most accurate, useful content out there?

Actually, there are people already doing that for you. They are the HR tech influencers and thought leaders in talent acquisition. They’re experienced in processing lots of information and highlighting the best. And… they tweet about it.

We’ve kept an eye on them for a while, especially those consistently tweeting high-quality insights to their followers. Now we’ll reveal the identity of our 30 most influential HR tech influencers (in no specific order).

HR Professionals & Recruiters

1 — Laszlo Bock @LaszloBock2718

The Senior VP of People Operations at Google. He’s passionate about making work suck less through applied science and doing right by people as an HR tech influencer.

2 — Matt Buckland @ElSatanico

The Head of Talent at Lyst. His blog, The King’s Shilling, is one of the few that keeps it real and discusses what matters most in the recruitment industry.

3 — Suzanne Lucas @RealEvilHRLady

You may know her as the “Evil HR Lady.” Her mission is virtuous: To answer questions to demystify your HR department. She had a nice chat with us about the future of HR technology and the chance of an HR robot invasion. She’ll definitely be an HR tech influencer to watch.

4 — Tim Sackett @TimSackett

The HR/Recruiting Talent Pro with 20 years of experience. Now he’s the president at HRU Technical Resources. He also writes for Fistful of Talent blog.

5 — Steve Levy @LevyRecruits

The Director of Global Sourcing at Indeed. This HR tech influencer should be at the top of your list as he guides Indeed’s sourcing strategies.

6 — Katharine Robinson @TheSourceress

The sourcing specialist. She is the former winner of the Grandmaster Sourcer at SourceCon conference. Now she runs the UK Sourcers LinkedIn group and muses about sourcing @SourcingHat.

7 — Robin Schooling @RobinSchooling

The HR executive and strategist who makes organizations better by making HR better. She’s also an Advisory Board Member for Blackdoor HR.

8 — Kris Dunn @kris_dunn

The founder of HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent blog. Now he’s the VP of HR, Senior Professional in Human Resources, Chief Human Resources Officer at Kinetix.

HR Writers & Entrepreneurs

9 – Sam Altman @sama

The president of Y Combinator. He is a brilliant entrepreneur and blogger who is generously sharing his insights on his blog.

10 – John Zappe @FordyceLetter

The editor of The Fordyce Letter. His insightful articles come from a decade writing about recruiting and employment, and two decades working in the industry making him well-known among HR tech influencers.

11 – Jackye Clayton @jackyeclayton

The editor of The Duchess of the recruit-osphere and HR. Jackye helps recover so many recruiters that it’s easy to lose count.

12 – Matt Charney @mattcharney

The executive editor of A true HR and recruiting nerd which earns him a spot as an HR tech influencer. His words are sharp, and snarky.

13 – Bill Kutik @billkutik

The father of HR Tech Conference. He also hosts Firing Line with Bill Kutik show and writes for the tech column of HR Executive Magazine.

14 – Jeremy Roberts @imJeremyR

The recruiter/sourcer who turned into a blog editor/conference organizer. Jeremy organizes SourceCon and ERE Media which earns him a spot in the HR tech influencer sphere.

15 – Andy Headworth @andyheadworth

The founder and author of Sirona Consulting. He is an expert in social media recruitment. He’ll definitely be one to watch if you’re struggling to make the most of your social media sourcing methods.

16 – Craig Fisher @Fishdogs

The CEO of TalentNet. An employer brand expert and HR tech influencer who influences top players like LinkedIn, Hootsuite, and Zappos.

17 – Peter Kazanjy @Kazanjy

The founder and CEO of TalentBin (which was acquired by Monster).

18 – Meghan M. Biro @MeghanMBiro

The CEO of TalentCulture and the founder of #WorkTrends podcast and Twitter event. Her thoughts on HR tech have appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur amongst others.

19 – Kevin W. Grossman @KevinWGrossman

He’s a renown influencer in HR technology, the host of #ReachWest radio, and the VP of Talent Board.

20 – Steve Boese @SteveBoese

The co-chair of HR Technology Conference. He’s also the co-host of the HR Happy Hour show, contributor at Fistful of Talent blog, and columnist for HR Executive Magazine.

21 – John Sumser @JohnSumser

The editor at He enjoys digging into the realities of HR practices with technology. He advises giants like Glassdoor and Work4, earning him a spot as a HR tech influencer.

22 – Kathryn Minshew @kmin

The founder of The Muse. Kathryn is a Y Combinator alum, Forbes’ 30 under 30, and Inc.’s 15 women to watch in tech. She also contributes to HBR.

23 – Mervyn Dinnen @MervynDinnen

Talent acquisition analyst and an award-winning recruitment blogger. As a leading HR tech influencer, his writing focuses on social recruiting, talent engaging, and the future of recruitment.

24 – Greg Savage @greg_savage

The founder of FireBrand Talent and people2people. He consults and invests in top companies in Australia on their hiring practices, talent acquisition strategies, and recruitment tactics.

25 – Jennifer McClure @JenniferMcClure

The Chief Excitement Officer at DisruptHR. Jennifer is well-known for her engaging insights into HR and tech. She appears regularly on leading HR blogs.

26 – Trish McFarlane @TrishMcFarlane

The CEO of H3 HR Advisors and HRevolution conference, Women of HR blog. She’s also the co-host of the HR Happy Hour show.

27 – China Gorman @ChinaGorman

The chair and Work Human advisory board for Globoforce. She’s the former CEO of Great Place to Work Institute and former COO of The Society for Human Resource Management.

28 – Sharlyn Lauby @sharlyn_lauby

The author and speaker of “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers.” She is also the founder and blogger at HR Bartender blog.

29 – Laurie Ruettimann @lruettimann

The human resources expert who consults top business owners. You may know her as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR.

30 – Jörgen Sundberg @jorgensundberg

The founder and CEO of Link Humans. He also founded Undercover Recruiter blog and Social Media London.

Of course, there are more brilliant professionals out there that we’re missing or who have not yet risen to HR tech influencer stardom. Hopefully, this list gives you a good start when it comes to curating your feeds and getting the best insights out there.

Hagi is an experienced content professional with a passion for Recruitment and HR Tech. She has written about everything from talent sourcing tips to data security guidelines.
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