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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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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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. He is father of four, husband of one, and in his spare time runs EPIC, which helps people and places to Evolve, Perform, Improve and Compete. 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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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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Melissa Fairman

Organizational Design and Development Expert

Melissa Fairman has been in the HR industry for over 12 years and has worked in multiple industries and HR specialties. Her experience includes organizational design and development, talent management and the intersection of work and technology. You can connect with her via her blog:

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