HRD Thought Leaders

The future of HR relies on the ability of great minds to share powerful ideas.

HRD Thought Leaders are members of the HRD Community who use their insight, experience and platform to promote and discuss the most important issues facing the world of work today, to create the workplace of tomorrow.

Matthew Syed

Writer, Journalist and Broadcaster

Matthew Syed is an author and highly acclaimed speaker in the field of high performance. He has written six best-selling books on the subject of mindset and high performance – Bounce, Black Box Thinking, Rebel Ideas, and The Greatest. He is also a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and a regular contributor to television and radio. In his previous career, Matthew was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade. Matthew is also co-founder of Matthew Syed Consulting (MSC); the company has worked with an impressive portfolio of clients to build growth mindset cultures and drive higher performance in individuals, teams and organisations.

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Dave Ulrich

Professor, Author, Management Consultant

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor of Business at the Ross School, University of Michigan and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. He has published over 200 articles and book chapters and over 30 books. He edited Human Resource Management 1990-1999, served on editorial board of 4 Journals, on the Board of Directors for Herman Miller (16 years) and Board of Trustees at Southern Virginia University, has spoken to large audiences in 90 countries; performed workshops for over half of the Fortune 200; coached successful business leaders, and is a Fellow in the National Academy of Human Resources.

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Josh Bersin

Global Industry Analyst & Thought Leader, Josh Bersin Academy, Founder of Bersin™ by Deloitte

Josh Bersin founded Bersin & Associates in 2001 to provide research and advisory services focused on corporate learning. He sold the company to Deloitte in 2012, when it became known as Bersin™ by Deloitte. He continues to serve as a senior advisor to Deloitte, advising large organizations and contributing to major research initiatives. He also sits on the board of UC Berkeley Executive Education. Bersin is frequently featured in talent and business publications such as Forbes, Harvard Business Review, HR Executive, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, and CLO Magazine. He is a regular keynote speaker at industry events and a popular blogger with more than 700,000 followers on LinkedIn.

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Chuck Heaton

People & Culture expert and Senior HR Consultant

Chuck Heaton is a Senior HR Consultant for Talent IQ, LLC, a broad-based Human Resources and Talent consultancy. He serves as a senior advisor for the West Virginia University Masters of Human Resource programme and the HRD Summit US Conference. Chuck has also been a featured speaker and facilitator at multiple gatherings such as Leap HR, Ethics & Compliance Officers Association (ECOA) and Accenture Leadership. Chuck graduated from Auburn University with a B.S. in Human Resources Management and has also achieved a SPHR & SHRM-SCP certification. He has spent over 30 years in HR in a variety of regional and global leadership positions with companies such as Pennzoil, Intertek, Dresser, General Electric, TechnipFMC and NexTier.

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Janine Nicole Dennis

Chief Innovation Officer, Talent Think Innovations

Janine is the Owner/Chief Innovations Officer for Talent Think Innovations, LLC, a business strategy and management consulting firm. Her career spans fifteen years in HR and Talent Acquisition that has taken her through the world of pharmaceuticals, healthcare, staffing and R&D. Janine is a dynamic speaker, entrepreneur, and an important and respected voice bringing both a human touch and business savvy to the companies and businesses with which she works. In 2013, Janine was also named one of the Top 100 Most Social Human Resources Experts on Twitter by Huffington Post and one of 50+ Unstoppable Women in HR Tech by Clear Company.

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Terence Mauri

Global disruption thinker, author and speaker

Terence Mauri is a global disruption authority, writer and Thinkers50 Leadership Finalist, challenging leaders to thrive in the age of disruption. He holds Mentor-in-Residence roles at MIT and London Business School and his thought leadership has featured in Forbes, The Economist and HBR. Terence is the author of the global bestseller, The Leader’s Mindset: How To Win In The Age of Disruption and Thinkers50 has described him as ‘an influential and outspoken expert on the future of leadership’. Terence is frequently invited to speak at leading organisations around the world about how to master the new logic of competition and harness the power of purpose, agility and imagination, especially during times of extreme uncertainty.

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Heidi Lynne Kurter

Leadership expert, workplace culture consultant and Forbes senior contributor

Heidi Lynne Kurter is a workplace culture consultant and leadership coach at Heidi Lynne Consulting, helping companies create inclusive cultures that improve retention, engagement, productivity and performance. She's gained a breadth of knowledge working internationally in Europe, America and Southeast Asia. Heidi is an active member of her community as a domestic violence mentor, a volunteer leadership coach for Babson College students, a mentor for Ivy League students and an anti-workplace bullying advocate.

Debra Corey

Author, speaker and employee engagement expert

Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR leader, world-class speaker, three-time author, and was named one of the top 101 global employee engagement influencers. Over the last 20 years, she has worked for a variety of global companies where she’s developed and delivered HR strategies in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement. She continues on this mission as Chief Pay it Forward Officer at DebCo HR.

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Wendy Dailey


Wendy Dailey is an Talent Acquisition Professional in South Dakota. With almost 20 years of experience in human resources, she has worked in a variety of industries including healthcare, construction, airlines and banking. Wendy is active in her local & state SHRM groups and DisruptHR. She is co-host of the #HRSocialHour twitter chat and podcast. Wendy has been a part of SHRM blogging team and writes for SHRM, Workology, Prosky and on her personal blog:

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Jon Ingham

Author and Consultant

Jon is a people and organisation strategy consultant and helps companies innovate their management approaches responding to changes in the world of work and also to tie more closely to their own strategic needs. He also writes about the future of work, such as in ‘The Social Organization’ which suggests we need to focus on the relationships between people as well as the individuals themselves.

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Kevin Empey

People & Leadership Consultant & Coach

Kevin has specialised in HR and organisation & leadership development for over 25 years. He is the founder and Managing Director of WorkMatters, an international consulting and training firm focused on helping business leaders, HR and employees thrive in the changing world of work. He is the Programme Director of the Senior Leadership Programme at the Irish Management Institute and has led award winning research focused on the practicalities of organisational agility and the human implications concerning the ‘future of work’.

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Katrina Collier

Author, Speaker & Facilitator

Katrina Collier is the author of 'The Robot-Proof Recruiter', and uses her extensive industry experience to deliver keynotes and facilitate offsites globally. She is the founder of 5 DisruptHR UK events, inspiring people to express their ideas and be heard in a new community, an Ambassador for Hope for Justice, which aims to end modern day slavery, and co-host of The #SocialRecruiting Show podcast.

Jill Christensen

Employee Engagement Expert and Best-Selling Author

Jill Christensen is a former Fortune 500 business executive, who led Global Internal Communications at Avaya and Western Union. She is a best-selling author, international keynote speaker, and holds a Six Sigma Green Belt. Jill was named a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer, and her popular weekly blog was named a Top 100 Corporate Blog alongside of Apple and Microsoft.

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