Written by Kronos intern Amanda Martineau. Amanda is an intern working with the SMB product marketing team on outreach, content marketing, and content development. She will be returning to the University of Massachusetts Lowell this fall where she is majoring in marketing & management. 

There’s a well-known expression, “it takes a village,” and although it’s generally reserved to describe what it takes to raise a child, I think it also speaks to what it takes to raise a business. 

In order for a business to reach its full potential, its people must reach theirs. They are the “village” that keeps processes moving and drives toward company goals. No one knows this better than HR professionals, who are tasked with finding, developing, and guiding an organization’s people. HR leaders work behind the scenes to build successful businesses, but they can’t reach their full potential — or help others do the same — without keeping up on the latest industry trends. This can prove a daunting task in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing landscape, but you don’t have to do it alone. You’ve already found the What Works blog here at Kronos, so you’re off to a great start! We’ve gathered a list of HR influencers to follow in 2019, so you can easily keep up on the latest ideas and innovations. 

Influencers to Follow

Bill Treasurer

Speaker, Author, & Consultant 
CEO of Giant Leap Consulting 

Bill Treasurer is the founder and current CEO of Giant Leap Consulting. He is the author of five books on courage, risk-taking, and leadership. His first book Courage Goes to Work is an international bestseller and his book Leaders Open Doors became the #1 leadership training book on Amazon. We think Bill is an influencer to follow for his inspirational insights on culture, courage, and leadership development. One of his most recent blogs can be found on TLNT.com. 

Follow Bill: Twitter, LinkedIn 


Hung Lee

Founder & CEO at Workshape.io
Curator of Recruiting Brainfood

Hung Lee is an industry professional with more than 15 years of experience in recruiting, talent management, and strategic advisory. He is CEO of an award winning online recruiting platform, WorkShape.io and runs a popular weekly newsletter for the talent industry called Recruiting Brainfood. We think Hung is an influencer worth following for his insights on the future of talent acquisition and recruiting. Plus, his content on Recruiting Brainfood is conveniently delivered directly to your inbox once a week, making it simple to stay current on industry trends and ideas. 

Follow Hung: Twitter, LinkedIn

Jacob Morgan 

Best-Selling Author, Keynote Speaker, Futurist 
Co-founder of The Future of Work Community

Jacob Morgan is a global authority on the future of work and employee experience, advising leaders and organizations around the world. His book The Future of Work explores how the workforce is changing and how organizations can adapt. He is the co-founder of The Future of Work Community, which is a global innovation council made up of the world’s most forward-thinking organizations exploring the future world of work. He hosts a weekly podcast where he interviews senior executives at the world’s top organizations to discover what they are doing to adapt to a shifting workforce. He also runs a YouTube series called "The Future in 5", which highlights the latest trends and ideas on how the workplace is changing in 5 minutes. Following Jacob is a great way to gain insight into what the world’s top organizations are doing to adjust to a rapidly shifting industry and to keep up with the latest trends and ideas in under 5 minutes. You can find one of our favorite blogs by Jacob here.

Follow Jacob: Twitter, LinkedIn


Jim Knight

 Keynote Speaker, Author, Risk-Taker

Jim Knight is a self-proclaimed “keynote speaker, author, risk-taker, coffee fanatic, music lover, father, hard rocker, trekkie, changer of commerce, and misfit toy” on Twitter, where he has over 4,000 followers. He is a 30-year veteran of the training and development world. We think Jim is a fun and unique influencer to follow because of his exciting, edgy take on workplace culture, which you can find in his book Culture That Rocks: How to Revolutionize Your Company’s Culture. 

Follow Jim: Twitter, LinkedIn


Jon Ingham 

Consultant, Trainer, Keynote Speaker, Author

Jon Ingham is a British HR consultant and author who became most popular through his blog, where he focuses on enterprise issues and the future of strategic HR. He has worked as an Information Technology Consultant, Change Management Consultant, HR Director, Head of HR Consulting, and Director of Human Capital Consulting. He is frequently listed as a key influencer in HR and was recently listed in Sage’s top 100 Global Business Influencers. We think Jon is an influencer to follow for insights on how your organization can transform HR into a strategic powerhouse that drives improved business performance and employee effectiveness. 

Follow Jon: Twitter, LinkedIn


John Sumser

Author, Adviser
Principal Analyst for HRExaminer

John Sumser is the founder, principal author, and editor of HRExaminer, an online magazine that explores the technology, ideas, and careers of senior leaders in Human Resources and Human Capital Management. He advises HR groups, recruiting departments, and talent management teams with product analysis, positioning, branding, and strategy. John has great insights on how to use HR technology to improve recruitment and retention, something we’re also passionate about. One of our favorite blogs by John talks about how the new generation of HR software is focused on automation that delivers real-time results, freeing up time for employees to focus on team optimization, strategy, and planning. We couldn’t agree more. 

Follow John: Twitter, LinkedIn


Josh Bersin

Research Analyst, Public Speaker, Author
Founder of Bersin by Deloitte

Josh Bersin is a global industry analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, which is a leading provider of research-based membership programs in HR, talent, and learning. Although he’s recently retired from Deloitte, he continues to advise a variety of HR and learning companies on aligning their products and services toward the needs of buyers. We think Josh is an influencer to follow if you’re looking for focused insights on improving management, leadership, employee learning, and HR technology. 

Follow Josh: Twitter, LinkedIn

Kris Dunn 

Speaker, Blogger, Talent Agent
Founder of HR Capitalist and Fistful of Talent

Kris Dunn is a Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer at Kinetix, a national RPO firm for growth companies. He is the founder of Fistful of Talent and The HR Capitalist and writes feature columns at Workforce Management magazine. He has served in HR leadership roles at DAXKO, Charter, and Cingular. We think Kris is an influencer worth following for his fun “pop culture references linked to human capital street smarts.” 

Follow Kris: Twitter, LinkedIn 


Laurie McCabe

IT Analyst, Blogger
Co-Founder and Partner at SMB Group 

Laurie McCabe is a Co- Founder and Partner at the SMB Group, where she helps clients understand and meet the needs of SMB customers. She was listed as a 2018 Fit Small Business top influencer. You can find one of our favorite blogs by Laurie on her blog website where she writes about perspectives on the SMB technology market. We like following Laurie because of her passion for helping SMBs and entrepreneurs apply technology solutions to grow their business.

Follow Laurie: Twitter, LinkedIn 


Meghan Biro 

Speaker, Author, Podcaster, Talent Management Leader
Founder and CEO of TalentCulture Consulting Group 

Meghan Biro founded TalentCulture in 2008 to lead a conversation about the future of work with her peers in HR and leadership. She is consistently included in lists of top online influencers and has a strong Twitter presence of over 140k followers. She has worked with hundreds of companies ranging from early-stage startups to global brands like Microsoft, IBM, and Google, who she advises on recruiting and empowering top talent. She hosts a weekly podcast called "#WorkTrends", where you can get all the news you need to stay current and hear from leading experts, HR tech vendors, and HR practitioners. Meghan is a great influencer to follow if you’re looking for a quick, simple way to listen to the latest industry news on your commute or lunch break. 

Follow Meghan: Twitter, LinkedIn 


Neil Shah 

Blogger, Speaker, Consultant
Founder of The WFC Group

Neil Shah is the founder of The WFC Group, a leading workforce management consulting company that provides tailored solutions to clients in all industries that want to implement or upgrade their workforce management software. His goal is to help companies get the most out of their software to help improve the efficiency of their workforce, a goal which resonates strongly with our own. We think Neil is worth following for his insights on how workforce data can help minimize costs, reduce compliance risks, and increase effectiveness. 

Follow Neil: LinkedIn


Sharlyn Lauby

Author, Speaker, Blogger, Consultant 
Founder of HR Bartender, President of ITM Group Inc.

Sharlyn Lauby is the president of ITM Group Inc., a training and human resources consulting firm in Florida. She is the author of Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success and Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers. She is best known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly blog space to talk about workplace issues. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) named it one of the top 5 blogs read by human resources professionals and it has been recognized as a best business blog by the Stevie Awards. We enjoy following Sharlyn for her valuable insights as a top HR digital influencer and her friendly approach to tackling workplace concerns. 

Follow Sharlyn: Twitter, LinkedIn


Steve Boese

Blogger, Podcaster, Tech Columnist
Co-Chair of Human Resource Executive’s HR Technology Conference

Steve Boese is Human Resource Executive’s inside tech columnist and co-chair of its HR Technology conference, the leading global event for the HR technology industry. He created and co-hosts a popular podcast called the “HR Happy Hour Show,” which is the most downloaded human resources podcast since it was created in 2009. His unique perspective developed from his experiences on every side of the HR technology industry – as a product developer, consultant, manager, purchaser, and analyst. We think Steve is an influencer to follow for his insights on HR technology strategy, assessment, and support needs. 

Follow Steve: Twitter, LinkedIn 


Suzanne Lucas

Blogger, Speaker, Twitter Personality  
Creator of “EvilHRLady” 

Suzanne Lucas is the woman behind “EvilHRLady,” a webpage dedicated to offering “career advice and HR explanations with a little bit of snark.” She has over 27k followers on Twitter and her webpage motto is “demystifying your human resources department.” We love Suzanne’s humor, and she’s definitely an influencer to follow if you enjoy a good dose of funny paired with valuable HR content. 

Follow Suzanne: Twitter, LinkedIn 

Trish McFarlane 

Blogger, Speaker, Podcaster
Author of HR Ringleader Blog
CEO and Analyst for H3 HR Advisors 
CEO/Co-Founder of HRevolutionize, LLP

Trish McFarlane is an HR executive with over 20 years of experience in Big 4 public accounting, public relations, healthcare, and IT. She has expertise in leadership, performance management, training and development, change management, and social media. She is the author of the HR Ringleader blog, is the CEO and Principal Analyst for H3 HR Advisors, and is the CEO/Co-founder of HRevolutionize, LLP. She’s also a former HR executive and HCM product leader. As if all that wasn’t enough, she also co-hosts the popular podcast “HR Happy Hour Show” with Steve Boese and has over 43k followers on Twitter. We think Trish is an influencer to follow for her extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of industries. We also have no idea how she keeps up with all the amazing things she’s involved in.

Follow Trish: Twitter 


If you found this blog helpful and are looking for another simple way to keep up with relevant HR trends and topics, be sure to subscribe to our What Works email feed. We’re constantly publishing content about the latest HR, payroll, and workforce management innovations and trends.








Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2019