Top 10 Thought Leaders in HR: A List (2023 Update)

April 30, 2021

Thought leaders in HR

Our top ten thought leaders in HR are outstanding individuals who offer highly insightful ideas into new and interesting concepts around human resources and aspire us to do better in our organizations.

It was certainly a difficult list to narrow down to just ten people, as there are so many inspirational people in HR. Below are the thought-provoking leaders we selected, whom you should definitely be following on your social media accounts.

Top 10 HR leaders to follow in 2022:

1. Claude Silver

Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia

Claude Silver is an advocate for speaking to people inside and outside of VaynerMedia about the need to treat employees like humans and not numbers. She is a true believer in kindness, empathy and heart-leadership within workplaces.

VaynerMedia is a company run by the famous business entrepreneur and social media guru Gary Vaynerchuck.

2. Dave Ulrich

Thought Partner on HR

Dave Ulrich, often referred to as the "father of modern HR" and "HR thought leader of the decade", has been changing the face of organisations for over 35 years.

With 30 hr books published and over 200 articles that have shaped global businesses, it's no wonder that he is ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week and profiled by Fast Company as one of the world's top 10 creative people in business.

He has influenced thinking around Organization Capability, Learning Organization Capability, Boundaryless Organization, talent management (Why of Work), and culture change (GE Workout).

3. Tim Sackett

President of HRU Technical Resources

Tim describes himself as a "Tech Analyst, Influencer, Blogger-type person". He is a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space, writing for Fistful of Talent and his blog The Tim Sackett Project. His work focuses on leadership, talent acquisition and successful HR execution.

4. Bruce Daisley

Former VP, Twitter

Bruce spent over a decade running Twitter and YouTube for Europe. He also runs the Apple podcast 'Eat Sleep Work Repeat' on work culture. Eat Sleep Work Repeat is a podcast about making work better; where Bruce interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and workplace experts to understand how to improve things.

5. David Hanrahan

Eventbrite's Chief Human Resources Officer

David Hanrahan has been an HR leader in companies like Zendesk, Twitter, Shell, and Electronic Arts for the past two decades. His expertise includes hyper-growth hiring, job architecture, rewards strategy and execution, engagement analysis and action, and attrition reduction.

If you follow David on social media, you'll find him sharing posts on mental health, leadership, benefits, and the future of work.

6. Jacob Morgan

Founder of Future of Work

Jacob Morgan is the founder of the Future of Work podcast: a weekly show where Jacob has in-depth discussions with senior executives and leaders around the world on the future of work. He is also involved in thought leadership programs and works as an advisor and author.

He's very active on social media, sharing insights and curated content. Definitely check his channels out.

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7. Vernā Myers

Netflix VP of Inclusion

Vernā Myers is a Harvard-trained attorney and has worked as an inclusion consultant and strategist for over 25 years, supporting NGOs, Fortune 500 companies, and Wall Street clients. As she says: "Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion isn't just the right thing to do: these strategies are responsible for our ability to innovate."

Follow her for great advice on attracting and retaining diverse talent and perspectives in your company.

8. Meghan M. Biro

CEO of TalentCulture

Meghan has worked with hundreds of companies, from early-stage startups to global brands like Microsoft, IBM and Google. She founded TalentCulture in 2008 to focus on conversations around the future of work.

She is a regularly featured speaker at global business conferences and serves on boards for leading HR and technology brands.

9. Jenny Dearborn

Chief People Officer at Klaviyo

Jenny is Chief People Officer at software company Klaviyo. Her main focuses are HR, human capital management, data analytics, and the future of work, which she posts about on her social media channels.

She is also an author and speaker, and has contributed to publications like Forbes, HuffPost, and Fast Company.

‍10. Joey V. Price

CEO of Jumpstart HR

Joey V. Price is the founder and CEO of JumpStart HR. The company offers HR outsourcing and consulting for startups and small businesses. Joey also hosts the podcast 'Business, Life, and Coffee', focusing on great tips for entrepreneurs.

Having spent 12 years in the HR industry, he loves helping people grow and develop with a particular focus on supporting underperforming businesses.

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