The Top HR Tech Influencers

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HR professionals have some of the most robust business software available today.  Today’s HR systems have a plethora of features that automate and facilitate time-consuming tasks.  This technology can help companies with everything from recruiting to analytics reporting.  These different types of HR tech can be hard to manage, so you may want to do some research to clear it up.  HR tech influencers provide some of the most helpful resources for HR professionals.  To help you find these resources, we put together a list of some of today’s top HR tech influencers (in no particular order):

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Matt Buckland – @ElSatanico

Matt Buckland is the Head of Talent and HR at online fashion search engine Lyst.  Based in London, Buckland runs the HR blog the King’s Shilling.  The blog frequently covers topics related to the future of HR, particularly Big Data and other technology.  Buckland also likes to cover general HR topics like talent management and employee engagement.  If you follow him on Twitter, you’ll find that most of his tweets show off his unique perspective on both HR and current events.

Suzanne Lucas – @RealEvilHRLady

Suzanne Lucas’ claim as the “Evil HR Lady” is nothing more than a funny title for an insightful HR leader.  One of the most popular HR tech influencers around, Lucas is a freelance writer who gives her perspective on running an HR department.  Her articles are both enlightening and entertaining, as you can gather from the description on her website: “All HR people are evil; it’s in our job description…  I’m here to demystify your Human Resources department and tell you just why you worked your tail end off all year and still got a 1.7 percent bonus.”

Tim Sackett – @TimSackett

Tim Sackett is a 20 year HR and recruiting veteran and President of HRU Technical Resources.  His personal blog,, covers HR topics in articles that any HR professional or founder can relate to.  He covers pretty much everything under the sun when it comes to HR.  From applicant tracking to talent acquisition and company culture, Sackett provides valuable HR insights on both his blog and Twitter.

Jason Averbook – @jasonaverbook

Jason Averbook is the CEO and Co-Founder of LeapGen, a HR consultancy and strategy firm.  Averbook is one of the more forward-thinking influencers on this list.  Not that the others don’t focus on the future; far from it.  But Averbook’s particular focus is the future of work and the digital workforce.  Both LeapGen and his blog focus on this topic, as do a large amount of his tweets.  For companies looking to be on the front foot of new HR technology and strategies, Averbook is the HR leader to follow.

Craig Fisher – @Fishdogs

Craig Fisher is a jack-of-all-trades, with expertise in HR/recruiting, social media, tech and sales.  He has had the most experience in HR roles, however.  Fisher authored an eBook on inbound recruiting, and his blog is full of posts related to recruiting.  He is an advocate for creating employee advocates and engaging with potential hires through social media.  In addition, he founded the TalentNet Live and TalentNet Interactive HR technology conferences.

Jackye Clayton – @jackyeclayton

Jackye Clayton is a writer and editor for Recruiting Tools.  She uses her more than 20 years of experience in the HR business to provide insight on any HR problem you may be having.  She’s also a master of GIFs, memes and other funny images which make her articles a joy to read.  If you follow her on Twitter, you’ll find a plethora of helpful articles on HR and HR software.  You’ll also get some of the latest NASCAR news, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Josh Bersin – @Josh_Bersin

The founder and Principal at Bersin by Deloitte, Josh Bersin is one of the most experienced HR tech influencers around.  He frequently speaks at HR technology conferences such as Work Human.  His Twitter is a gold mine of HR news and information, including articles from his blog and tons of other sites.  Bersin is a frequent attender of conferences even when he’s not speaking, so even if you can’t attend, you can do so vicariously through his tweets.

Bill Kutik – @billkutik

Bill Kutik is one of the more unique HR tech influencers on this list, in that he is more than just a blogger.  Kutik hosts Firing Line with Bill Kutik, a monthly YouTube series covering relevant HR topics of the day.  He brings in guests for each video so they can share their expertise, such as the VP of SAP SuccessFactors to talk about Conversational HR.  In the past, some of Kutik’s guests have included other famous influencers such as Jason Averbook and Josh Bersin (sound familiar?).  If you want to just sit down and read, however, he also publishes articles on Human Resource Executive Online.

Mervyn Dinnen – @MervynDinnen

Mervyn Dinnen is a London-based talent acquisition analyst.  He writes and speaks on new trends impacting hiring, retention and employee engagement.  Dinnen advocates not just for competing for top talent, but also for developing your employees into that top talent.  He coauthored the book Exceptional Talent: How to Attract, Acquire and Retain the Very Best Employees with Matt Alder.  Dinnen’s Twitter page is full of HR facts, articles, research and tidbits from both himself and other influencers.

Jennifer McClure – @JenniferMcClure

The CEO of DisruptHR, Jennifer McClure, is a frequent keynote speaker and blogger.  Her posts tend to be on the quirkier side, which we love.  We’ve yet to read one of McClure’s articles that wasn’t engaging, relevant and relatable.  Check out her blog, Unbridled Talent, for some great information on HR tech.  If you’re in a city that has one of her DisruptHR events, you’ll find plenty of updates on her Twitter.

Michael M. Moon – @mikemmoon

Michael Moon is a talent management and HCM research and analytics consultant by trade.  She founded the HCM consultancy firm ExcelHRate, which provides advisory services to vendors and other companies.  On Twitter, Moon shares inspirational and insightful quotes about HR tech.  As you’d expect from an analytics consultant, she shares plenty of research and data from a variety of sources.  So if you need some data to help prove your point, look to Michael Moon.

Steve Boese – @SteveBoese

Steve Boese is right in the thick of things when it comes to HR tech.  Boese is a HR Technology Conference Co-Chair for LRP Publications.  He’s one of the most active influencers on this list, taking into account his ventures outside of being Co-Chair.  Like Bill Kutik, Boese writes for Human Resource Executive Online.  He also hosts the HR Happy Hour podcast, a weekly podcast featuring plenty of guests and talking everything HR.  And if you’re looking to follow an influencer who keeps his tweets strictly to HR tech, Boese is who you should be following closely.

Jessica Miller-Merrell – @jmillermerrell

The founder of the blog Workology, Jessica Miller-Merrell, has been in the HR business for over 15 years.  She’s a strong advocate for both recruiters and job seekers using social media.  With Workology, she blogs, takes part in Podcasts and consults on emerging HR trends.  Follow her on Twitter to find some of Workology’s content, as well as humorous tidbits of everyday life.

Meghan M Biro – @MeghanMBiro

Meghan M Biro founded TalentCulture Consulting Group almost a decade ago, and has been a respected influencer ever since.  She has the most Twitter followers of any HR tech influencer on our list, which speaks to the quality of content she posts.  Biro shares plenty of articles from TalentCulture, but she also hosts a live podcast and Twitter chat called TalentCulture #WorkTrends.

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