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.

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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Janine Truitt

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, Mrs. Truitt 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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Gary Cookson

Director, EPIC

Gary is a CIPD Chartered Fellow, a qualified coach, personal trainer, teacher, workplace mediator, H&S professional, mediator, distance learning tutor, and more besides. Before starting EPIC, he was Associate HR Director at the DBS, and HRD at Trafford College. Prior to that he did HR/OD integration work at a new housing group, and before that was Head of HR & OD at Golden Gates Housing Trust for 11 years.

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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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Jazmine Wilkes

HR Generalist & Blogger, HR Jazzy

Jazmine Wilkes is a Human Resources Generalist in Alabama. Jazmine is the creator of HRJazzy Blog ( and an avid contributor to numerous blogs and HR/Business Conferences. Named as one of the top Influencing HR Professionals by Namely HR in 2018 and Recruiting Blogs Women Leaders You Should Know, Jazmine is known as the millennial in HR on a mission.

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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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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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