Top 20 Best HR Tech Influencers of 2022

by Rohini Sood

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Introducing this year’s top 20 renowned global influencers in the HR Tech domain. These influential HR Tech leaders and visionaries go above and beyond what is required to disseminate the HR best practices to the broader HR community. Let’s get to know them better via this write-up and learn more about them.

Undoubtedly, the HR technology domain continues to play a significant role in transforming businesses and workforces globally, and we cannot undermine the role of these HR Tech leaders in this transformation.

These HR Tech leaders have often exchanged ideas, actively contributed to educating the community, and brought HR transformation to businesses. They have held various roles within the HR industry for many years and are still doing so. Additionally, they are working to make the HR tech area more advanced and innovative than ever – in their way.

With their knowledge about diverse domains, these individuals are changing how people view the HR segment and technology. Additionally, they are fostering product innovation and development while putting forth their insights in the HR technology sector.

We at RChilli, hope you will have a great time exploring more about them via this list!


Donna Morris, Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer at Walmart. Donna has almost 20 years of leadership expertise in providing creative human resource solutions, leading teams, and building a high-performance culture that values inclusion and diversity. 

She formerly served at Adobe as the EVP of employee experience and the chief human resources officer. She also served on the Board of Directors of Marvell Technology from 2018-2020.


William Tincup is the President & Editor-at-Large of RecruitingDaily. He is a speaker, writer, consultant, advisor, investor, and storyteller. 

He also hosts podcast series, has published over 200 HR articles, spoken at hundreds of HR and recruitment conferences, and produced more than a thousand HR podcasts. 

Numerous well-known international publications have named him one of the most prominent HR leaders globally. William is a leader in the social media applications for HR and an expert in adopting HR technology. 

Since 2007, William has written a blog about human resources-related topics. He writes for Fistful of Talent, HRTechEurope, and HRExaminer. He also co-hosts the daily DriveThruHR HR podcast. 


Josh Bersin is the Founder and CEO of He founded Bersin & Associates in 2001, becoming the leading research and advisory company for corporate learning, talent management, and HR. 

Bersin is an acclaimed HR thought leader, analyst, author, and educator who focuses on the global talent market and the challenges affecting the workforce globally.

In addition to being heavily active in all facets of HR in the workplace, including leadership and HR technology, he frequently serves as the keynote speaker at national and international conferences.


Jackye Clayton is VP of Talent Acquisition and DEI at Textio. 

Jackye is a well-known thought leader and motivational speaker on issues related to recruitment and DEI. She has years of expertise in hiring across several domains, including technology, HR, finance, and operations.

As Textio's VP of talent acquisition and DEI, she oversees all work in this area, offers her valuable insight to clients, and acts as a key influencer of the products the company develops.

Jackye has received accolades from publications such as SDHR Consulting's list of the "9 Powerful Women in Business You Should Know," VidCruiter's list of the "15 Women in HR Tech to Follow," and Human Resource Executive Magazine's "Top 100 List of Human Resources Influencers."


Star Carter is the Co-founder, Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel at Kanarys - a technology company focused on partnering with organizations to build more inclusive workplace cultures. 

Before founding Kanarys, she worked as a senior associate and counsel for Sidley Austin LLP and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, where she provided some of the biggest companies in the world with complex legal and regulatory advice.


Bill Kutik is a Member Board of Directors for Aspetuck Land Trust Inc. Bill Kutik is regarded as one of the top HR Tech influencers and is the leading independent analyst in the HR domain.

Bill started Firing Line with Bill Kutik in 2015, a program about HR technology. He has been a technology columnist for Human Resource Executive since 1990. 

From its creation in 1998 until 2013, he also served as co-chair of the magazine's renowned annual conference, HR Technology® Conference & Exhibition.


Steve Boese is the President & Co-Founder of H3 HR Advisors. Steve is a renowned author, speaker, and panel moderator on various HR-related subjects. 

Before this, Steve worked for Oracle Corporation as a Director of Talent Management Strategy, contributing to developing the next generation of HCM solutions. Steve also served in a corporate leadership position for HR Systems in a multitude of areas, including telecommunications and higher education. He co-hosts the "HR Happy Hour Show" podcast. Since the podcast's launch in 2009, it has received the most downloads.


The HR Trend Institute was founded by Tom Haak, who also served as its first Director.

Tom has a lot of experience managing HR at large corporations. He served as the global HR Director at ARCADIS, the top design and consulting company with 22,000 workers. Tom held top HR positions before joining ARCADIS at Aon, KPMG, and Philips Electronics. He is passionate about HR and regularly writes about emerging HR trends on his official website.


Dimitri Boylan serves as the founder and CEO of Avature - a Human Resources Software company with an estimated 900 employees. Before Avature, in 1997, he co-founded Dimitri was responsible for overseeing all's business operations as its Chief Operating Officer and eventually as CEO. 

Before it was purchased by Yahoo! in 2002 for $433 million, Dimitri took public on the NASDAQ (HOTJ) in 1999 and helped it grow to over 100MM in revenue.


Stacia Garr is the Co-founder and Principal Analyst at RedThread Research - human capital research and advisory membership. She is a researcher and thought leader in leadership, diversity and inclusion, people analytics, and HR technology. She is a speaker and writer, and her work has been featured in numerous HR trade journals, including Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

After eight years of driving talent and workforce research at Bersin by Deloitte, Stacia co-founded RedThread research in 2018. Before joining Bersin, Stacia worked with the Corporate Leadership Council, a division of CEB/Gartner, for over five years, researching and developing educational materials.


Sara Martin is the CEO of WELCOA. She has introduced award-winning wellness initiatives and developed wellness products to foster a culture of health across several domains.

Sara is a keynote speaker at regional and state-wide gatherings, such as the National WELCOA Summit, the Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference, and the National Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO) Conference. 

She is a member of the CDC Workplace Health Resource Center Steering Committee and the Johns Hopkins Mental Health in the Workplace Advisory Council.


The Founder and CEO of Paradox - an HR tech company with a conversational AI recruiting assistant named Olivia. Aaron is a seasoned businessman and respected figure in the HR tech space. He is passionate about developing businesses and products. 

Under his leadership, the company has grown 100% yearly with global clientele, including Unilever, Disney, Intel, CVS, McDonald's, Pepsi, Lockheed Martin, and more.

Before Paradox, Aaron founded, which was acquired in 2012 as CRM software. 


Carmen Fernandez is the Chief People Officer at Marsh McLennan Companies, and she oversees Marsh McLennan's people strategy. 

She has held positions at Marsh McLennan for 15 years in addition to her present ones, such as deputy CHRO, Guy Carpenter's CHRO, and HR leadership positions at Mercer.

Before joining Marsh McLennan, she worked in investment banking at Bank of America and Goldman Sachs. 


Holger Mueller is VP and Principal Analyst for Constellation Research, focusing on Next Generation Apps and Human Capital Management. 

Holger's primary clients are Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, Chief Product Officers, Chief HR Officers, investment analysts, and venture capitalists. 

Before joining Constellation Research, Mueller served as the VP of Products for NorthgateArinso. He formerly served as SAP's Chief Application Architect, where he worked on strategic initiatives and upcoming product features. Before joining Oracle, he held several managerial positions in business development and application development.


Amy Dufrane is the CEO of HRCI, the leading certification and education provider for the human resources industry. She had leadership and teaching positions in HR for more than 25 years before joining HRCI. 

Her work has been featured in Washington Business Journal, World at Work, ASAE Professionals Association, HRCI (HR Certification Institute), Workforce, and numerous professional podcasts.


Kevin is the CEO and founder of the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp), the world's leading human capital research company. 

Kevin currently serves on Performitiv, a performance improvement technology company. 

He also serves on the advisory boards of EdCast and Guild Education. Kevin is an international keynote speaker on using human capital strategically. 

He has authored "Culture Renovation - 18 Leadership Actions To Build An Unshakeable Company" by McGraw Hill and co-authored "The Executive Guide to Integrated Talent Management," published by ATD Press.


David Ossip is the Chairman, and Co-CEO of Ceridian - a global human capital management technology company, serving over 50 countries. 

David has more than 30 years of experience building and leading successful Human Capital Management (HCM) technology companies. He is a transformative technology leader and serial entrepreneur.

He has won several leadership honors, including those for Most Admired CEO for Transformational Leadership from Waterstone Human Capital and Highest Rated CEOs from Glassdoor.

David is also an advisor and mentor in the Canadian business and technology communities.


Tim Sackett is the President at HRU Technical Resources – an engineering contract staffing firm and RPO. Before joining HRU, Tim was the Director of Employment at Sparrow Health System, Regional HR and Staffing Director with Applebee's Intl., Retail Health Recruiting Manager, and Regional HR Mgr. with ShopKo Stores and Pamida, respectively.

Tim worked for Fortune 500 companies for over 20 years in HR and Talent Acquisition. Tim is a well-known speaker on leadership, hiring talent, and HR strategy. Additionally, he often writes in the HR and talent space for Fistful of Talent and his blog, The Tim Sackett Project.


Rebecca Wettemann is CEO and principal of Valoir, a technology analyst company that offers research and consulting services to leaders. 

The Wettemann team combines deep expertise in CRM, customer experience, human capital management, and employee experience with primary research to find the strengths within a client's organization and develop approaches that support their values and goals.

Additionally, with an emphasis on value, Wettemann addresses the future of work, user acceptance, productivity, AI, and RPA.


Stacy Donovan Zapar​ is the Founder of The Talent Agency. Stacy has been working in recruiting for Fortune 500 companies for 20 years. 

In 2012, she launched The Talent Agency (formerly Tenfold). She has spearheaded projects for leading companies, including Zappos, TripAdvisor, Amazon, Best Buy,, Walmart, and Netflix, to recruit, source, train, and find global talent.

She has been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, and many other media. She was recognized as the Trendsetter of the Year in Talent Acquisition by SHRM's HR Magazine. 

From discussing top challenges faced by HR and priorities for the year, these seasoned professionals share their valuable insights on what the future looks like for employee culture, experience, and engagement.

So, follow them, subscribe to them, and interact with these HR influencers.

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