16 female must-follow influencers in HR tech

Paul Burrin
Published on 8th March 2018
4 min read

Who inspires you in the HR technology sector?

In honor of International Women’s Day, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the inspiring females up to great things in HR tech. So, here’s our list of 16 female influencers in HR tech to follow this year.

Have we missed anyone? Let us know who inspires you by tweeting us at @SagePeople.

1. Frida Polli, CEO and co-founder of Pymetrics

Frida Polli is an award-winning Harvard and MIT trained neuroscientist turned CEO. She heads up Pymetrics, an HR tech start-up that applies neuroscience games and AI to predictively match people with jobs using bias-free algorithms. Through 20 minutes of game play, Pymetrics assesses candidates based on their potential – their inherent cognitive and emotional make-up – rather than their pedigree, or resume.

 Connect with Frida on Twitter or LinkedIn.

2. Kathleen Hogan, chief people officer at Microsoft

As chief people officer and executive VP of HR at Microsoft, Kathleen’s spot on this list was a must. In her role, she’s responsible for empowering 100,000+ global employees to achieve Microsoft’s mission, focusing on creating an exceptional place for employees to work. She ensures that the company is creating a culture that attracts and inspires the world’s most passionate talent. She also sits on the board of the National Center for Women and Information Technology.

Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn.

3. Kieran Snyder, co-founder and CEO at Textio

With a PhD in linguistics, and product leadership roles at both Microsoft and Amazon, Kieran’s launch of augmented writing platform Textio in 2014 has shaken up the way businesses create job listings. Analyzing job posts from around the globe, Textio searches for patterns that cause posts to succeed where others fail.

Connect with Kieran on Twitter or LinkedIn.

4. Jackie P Taylor, business transformation professional, author and thought leader

Jackie is a leader in the People Advisory Services practice at EY, with a focus on organizational transformation and technology enablement. Jackie partners with global and national organizations to ensure they’re maximizing both their workforce and technology resources as efficiently as possible.

Connect with Jackie on Twitter or LinkedIn.

5. Jeanne Achille, chair of the Women in HR Tech Summit at HR Tech Conference 2018, and founder and CEO of The Devon Group

For 24 years, Jeanne has run The Devon Group, a tech PR and marketing services firm, which has seen her launch and promote hundreds of new HR tech products and companies. Earlier in her career, she launched the first PC-based HR management system.

Connect with Jeanne on Twitter or LinkedIn.

6. Veronica Belmont, product manager at Disco

Veronica drives product and customer development for employee engagement and recognition platform Disco. She’s a technology evangelist through-and-through. Every week on Mozilla’s podcast ‘IRL: Online Life is Real Life’, she talks about how technology and the internet is shaping our existence, from the relationships we make, to the policy that is changing how we access the web. She is also a start-up adviser.

Connect with Veronica on Twitter or LinkedIn.

7. Sarah Brennan, industry analyst and founder of Accelir

As founder of Accelir, a strategic advisory firm, Sarah has advised more than 50 HR tech vendors and investors, in addition to countless corporate leadership and HR teams on recruitment and engagement strategies. For more than a decade, she has been repeatedly named a top influencer in social, HR and technology, with appearances in the Huffington Post, Fast Car and Mashable. Sarah is also cofounder of WomenofHR.com.

Connect with Sarah on Twitter or LinkedIn.

8. Kate Graham, content and communications manager at Fosway Group

Kate has worked in L&D and HR for over a decade and is committed to sharing new technologies and best practice across the market. At HR analyst group Fosway, she works with organisations using HR and learning technologies to feed into the research agenda. She is also social chair of the world’s leading L&D event, Learning Technologies and podcast co-host with Training Journal.

Connect with Kate on Twitter or LinkedIn.

9. Littal Shemer Haim, people analytics consultant and HR data strategist

Littal offers HR and People leaders guidance in the journey towards a data-driven organization and helps managers to improve business performance through informed decisions about people.

Connect with Littal on Twitter or LinkedIn.

10. Chris Havrilla, global human capital management and technology consultant

Chris specializes in talent innovation and strategy around both technology and the future of work, with clients ranging in size from SMBs to global Fortune 100 companies. Chris started her career as a software engineer, and loves figuring out how data, tools and technology can help change the face of HR. She’s worked for companies like Deloitte, Hitachi, Allscripts, CTG, Georgia-Pacific.

Connect with Chris on Twitter or LinkedIn.

11. Meghan M. Biro, founder and CEO of Talent Culture

Meghan is a talent management and HR tech brand strategist, analyst, author, and speaker. As founder and CEO of TalentCulture and founder of the #WorkTrends community, she has worked with hundreds of companies, from early-stage ventures to global brands like Microsoft, IBM and Google, helping them recruit and empower stellar talent. Meghan regularly serves on advisory boards for leading HR and technology brands and has been voted one of the Top 100 Social Media Power Influencers by StatSocial and Forbes.

Connect with Meghan on Twitter or LinkedIn.

12. Ambrosia Vertesi, VP of People at Duo Security and co-founder of HR Open Source

Ambrosia’s day job is as HR and facilities executive at two-factor authentication online protection firm Duo Security. But her driving force is a commitment to progress people practices and foster collaborative learning for HR leaders globally; this saw her co-found a volunteer not-for-profit movement – HR Open Source – in 2015 with Lars Schmidt. HR Open Source is a knowledge sharing community of 5,000+ HR and recruiting practitioners in 60 countries; contributors include Virgin, Netflix, Spotify, Dell, and Go Daddy.

Connect with Ambrosia on Twitter or LinkedIn.

13. Sarah Andresen, head of People Science, Sage Business Cloud People

Sarah Andresen is head of people science at Sage Business Cloud People; prior to her current position, she led benchmarking research and the development of online data-based tools at Bersin by Deloitte. She began her research career at CEB in the HR practice, eventually leading the quantitative research for CEB Recruiting Talent Advisors and the subsequent development of the Recruiter Performance Scorecard. Sarah writes extensively about the role of actionable insights in creating great workforce experiences for people and is a must-follow for anyone in HR tech and analytics.

Connect with Sarah on Twitter or Linkedin.

14. Jackye Clayton, director of customer success at Hiring Solved

Before she transitioned to Hiring Solved, Jackye worked for RecruitingDaily, where she got to research, test, analyze and review many HR tech products and established herself as an HR tech expert. Now at HiringSolved, she still gets to review the recruiting tools and methods out there to determine what is needed to help recruiters succeed. Jackye describes her role as helping to take recruiters from ‘eh’ to ‘ah’ using the latest technology.

Connect with Jackaye on Twitter or LinkedIn.

15. Stela Lupushor, founder and chief re-framer at Reframe.Work

Stela has founded Reframe.Work, a consulting firm dedicated to advising organizations on how to future-proof their workforce. Previously, Stela established and led the people analytics functions at Fidelity Investments and TIAA; she also led the HR strategy and social analytics function at IBM. Stela also co-runs a Strategic HR Analytics Meet-Up group with over 900 members in the NYC area.

Connect with Stela on Twitter or LinkedIn. 

16. Alexia Martin, principal, research and customer value at Visier

In her role at people analytics platform provider Visier, Alexia researches and captures where customers have created real value from using the data to create success for the organization and its people. Her specialties include people analytics, value analysis and HR tech. She’s conducted extensive research on HR technology adoption and was author for 16-years of the annual Sierra-Cedar’s HR Systems Survey.

Connect with Alexia on Twitter or LinkedIn.             

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