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Spotlights by HRCap: Top 10 HR Influencers to Follow in 2024

Written by HRCap, Inc.

January 18, 2024

Spotlights by HRCap: Top 10 HR Influencers to Follow in 2024

In the ever-evolving landscape of human resources, visionary HR leaders play a crucial role in transforming the future of work. As organizations navigate challenges and seek innovative solutions, the influence of HR leaders becomes increasingly significant.

In our new Spotlights by HRCap series, we have highlighted 10 remarkable HR influencers who have been making a significant impact in the industry. From prolific authors and thought leaders to influential practitioners, these leaders have not only contributed groundbreaking insights but have also paved the way for progressive HR practices.

Top 10 HR Influencers of 2024

Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist and esteemed professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, stands as a leading expert in HR. Renowned for his groundbreaking work on the psychology of work and motivation, Grant has authored best-selling books like Give and Take and Originals. His research explores the dynamics of generosity, creativity, and innovation within workplaces, offering invaluable insights for HR professionals striving to foster thriving organizational cultures. Grant's ability to bridge academic research with real-world applicability makes him a catalyst for positive change in HR practices.

Laszlo Bock, the former Senior Vice President of People Operations at Google, is a trailblazer in revolutionizing HR practices within tech giants. Bock's tenure at Google witnessed the development of data-driven HR strategies that not only attracted top talent but also cultivated a workplace culture centered on innovation and employee well-being. His New York Times best-selling book Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead encapsulates his philosophy on creating environments where people can do their best work. Bock's impact on redefining HR norms has resonated far beyond Silicon Valley, making him a key figure in the global HR landscape.

Simon Sinek, a motivational speaker and author best known for his inspiring TED Talk, "How Great Leaders Inspire Action," has left a lasting impact on HR leadership through his focus on purpose-driven leadership. Sinek's golden circle framework, which emphasizes the importance of "why" in leadership and decision-making, has become a guiding principle for HR professionals seeking to align organizational values with employee engagement. Prioritizing building trust and fostering a sense of purpose, Sinek has gone beyond conventional HR frameworks, influencing leaders across various industries.

Josh Bersin, a leading HR analyst and founder of Bersin by Deloitte, has been a trailblazer in uncovering critical trends and insights shaping the future of work. Known for his in-depth research and reports on HR practices, Bersin has guided organizations in navigating HR leadership strategies and workplace technology solutions. He later founded the Josh Bersin Academy, which is a professional development academy for HR and learning professionals. His expertise and thought leadership have been instrumental in shaping evidence-based HR strategies, becoming a reliable source for HR professionals aiming to stay ahead in an ever-changing landscape.

As the President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Johnny C. Taylor has been a prominent advocate for advancing HR practices and policies. With a distinguished career in law and HR leadership, Taylor has been at the forefront of addressing critical issues such as workplace diversity, inclusion, and the evolving role of HR in a rapidly changing world. His leadership at SHRM has positioned him as a voice of influence, championing the importance of HR professionals in driving organizational success.

Having published over 200 articles, book chapters, and over 30 books, Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business and a leading management expert widely recognized for his groundbreaking work in HR and organizational effectiveness. Renowned for his HR model, which supports a more responsible and flexible HR department that enables HR professionals to become genuine business partners, Ulrich has been a transformative figure in global HR practices and has been ranked as the #1 management guru by Business Week. His prolific writing, including co-authoring the influential book Human Resource Champions has solidified his position as a thought leader and strategist, influencing how organizations approach HR and leadership.

Jennifer McClure, a sought-after speaker, HR influencer, and Founder and CEO of Unbridled Talent, LLC, has left an enduring mark on the HR community through her engaging talks, writings, and podcast, "Impact Makers with Jennifer McClure.” As a thought leader, she shares her expertise on the future of work, strategic leadership, and innovative people strategies. Focusing on empowering HR professionals to drive positive change, McClure provides insights that resonate with those seeking to navigate the complexities of the modern workplace and foster a culture of continuous improvement.

David Green, a leading voice in HR analytics, has been instrumental in driving the adoption of data-driven HR strategies. During his time at IBM as the Global Director of People Analytics Solutions, Green has played a vital role in advancing analytics to inform HR decisions and improve workforce outcomes. As the Executive Director at Insight222, he works with HR practitioners and organizations to harness analytical insights from employee data to enhance business outcomes, performance, and employee experience and well-being. His insights into the future of HR technology and analytics have positioned him as a thought leader, guiding organizations toward leveraging data to optimize HR practices. 

Award-winning corporate leader Melonie D. Parker is the Global Chief Diversity Officer of Google, Inc. She has advocated for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech industry and beyond. Parker's leadership at Google involves shaping strategies that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace. Her emphasis on employee experience and creating a sense of belonging aligns with HR professionals’ evolving priorities to build cultures that empower every individual. Parker's contributions highlight the intersection between HR, diversity, and organizational success.

Kathleen Hogan, serving as the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Microsoft, is a distinguished HR leader. With a wealth of experience and a strategic vision, Hogan plays a pivotal role in shaping the people strategy at one of the world's leading technology companies. Recognized as the 2021 “HR Executive of the Year” by Human Resource Executive magazine, Hogan leads with a commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workforce, employee engagement, talent, and organizational capability. Under her guidance, Microsoft has continued to be recognized for its emphasis on diversity, employee well-being, and forward-thinking HR initiatives. She is an influential figure in the dynamic landscape of human resources.


These Top 10 HR Influencers stand as pillars of inspiration and have contributed to the vast and complex field of human resources. From the research-driven insights to the transformative practices advocated and the purpose-driven leadership principles, these leaders collectively represent the innovation essential for navigating the complexities of the modern workplace. The influence of these HR leaders extends far beyond their respective spheres, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to shape how we approach work, talent, and organizational success.

Source: HRCap, LinkedIn, Adam Grant, Forbes, Simon Sinek, Josh Bersin, SHRM, The RBL Group, Jennifer McClure, The Digital Transformation People, Martha's Vineyard CDO Summit, Microsoft, Sounding Board Inc.


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