Now more than ever, leaders are needed. Whether it’s CHROs creating innovative benefits packages for struggling workers, product developers pioneering solutions to target the new challenges facing our workforces or industry analysts providing needed guidance and insights to guide this new world of work, strong leadership will be essential to workforces across the world not only as they recover from the global pandemic, but eventually begin thriving again.
The work that lies ahead will need the unique human touch that only HR can provide—and that approach can be magnified by the deployment of smart HR-technology solutions. Expert HR strategies paired with forward-thinking tech tools can see our workforces through the challenges coming down the pike. To recognize the leaders whose work will be critical to this new age of HR, Human Resource Executive® and the HR Technology Conference & Exposition® are honoring 100 Top HR Tech Influencers.
The visionaries included on this second annual list work across a range of functions—as business executives, HR leaders, consultants, advisors, systems implementers, product leaders, industry analysts and more. The HRE and HR Tech teams evaluated their records of influence—unique strategies they brought to HR organizations, solutions they’ve introduced, new directions they ushered in that have shaped conversations in the HR-tech marketplace—as well as their potential for continued innovation.
We welcomed back many influencers who appeared on our inaugural list, whose accomplishments in just the last year are impressive, while a number of new faces also joined this year’s Top 100 HR Tech Influencers, many of whom are helping their workforces weather today’s new challenges. The list includes Walmart Chief People Officer Donna Morris, who is spearheading the hiring of 150,000 new associates by the end of May—in some cases, in just 24 hours—to respond to increased consumer demand because of the pandemic. At Microsoft, CPO Kathleen Hogan recently helped the organization move its internship program, which has 4,000 students worldwide enrolled, to a virtual format, owing to the crisis.
The bold ideas, diverse viewpoints and unrivaled passion of these 100 leaders will be essential to the ongoing transformation of HR. However, they are certainly not alone; this list showcases just a sliver of the work being done to redefine human resources, for today and the future. We look forward to continuing to acknowledge the countless individuals whose contributions will be influential to HR innovation in the years to come.
Click here to see all of the Top 100 HR Tech Influencers.