Heather Bussing
Heather Bussing is a writer and employment lawyer who is interested in the intersection of work, people, and technology. She practices law in California, writes for and usually is seen at conferences taking photographs. Ask her to take yours. Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherBussing
Mervyn Dinnen
Mervyn Dinnen
Mervyn Dinnen is a talent and HR analyst, advising recruitment and HR technology businesses on the emerging trends impacting hiring, retention and engagement. He is author of the book Exceptional Talent and a writer and international speaker on HR and recruitment trends. He previously spent 20 years working with UK companies on HR and Recruitment strategies. Follow Mervyn on Twitter @MervynDinnen
Ben Eubanks
Ben Eubanks
Ben Eubanks has been blogging since 2009, and enjoys writing, speaking, and training on HR, leadership, culture, and humorous topics. He started writing because he wanted to help make the HR profession better, one HR pro at a time. Since then, he has built a community of over 1,000 5,000 20,000 monthly readers, written over a dozen eBooks, and co-founded an HR unconference. Now he runs a business focused on helping HR technology vendors and service companies understand how to connect with the HR audience. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenEubanks

Chris Russell
Chris Russell is a digital recruiting expert with nearly 20 years experience in the online recruiting world. He began his career as a job board owner where he first learned the craft of attracting talent online. He’s also a former corporate recruiter with real world experience.

Since his career began in 1999 he has constantly been experimenting with how to connect employers through technology. That’s how he earned the nickname of the ‘mad scientist of online recruiting‘.

Today he runs a recruitment technology consultancy RecTechMedia where he advises both employers and vendors on how to attract candidates or clients. He blogs frequently on his news site,, podcasts weekly for a show called “RecTech” and conducts live video training on recruitment marketing tools and tactics.

Connect with him on Twitter or Linkedin.

Gareth Jones
Gareth has worked in the HR and Resourcing arena for 30 years. He is currently the COO of recruiting start up Headstart and over his career he has led various business functions including HR, Technology, Business Development, Consulting, CRM, Marketing and Recruitment. A regular speaker and blogger on technology and the future of people at work, he has spent the best part of the last 20 years challenging conventional thinking and pioneering the use of technology to improve business and individual performance. Before joining Headstart he was Chief Innovation Officer at the Chemistry Group, where he built and ran an award winning lab, focussing on the potential of using data science to assess human potential.
Mary Kaylor
Mary Kaylor is the manager of public affairs for the Society for Human Resource Management. She is the managing editor of the SHRM Blog and the creator and producer of #Nextchat, a leading global Twitter chat on HR trends. Her career in communications spans from technology management in the telecommunications industry to external affairs and public relations for the HR profession. You can find her on Twitter at @SHRMKaylor.
Sharlyn Lauby
Sharlyn Lauby is an author, writer, speaker and consultant. She has been named a Top HR Digital Influencer and is best-known for her work on HR Bartender, a friendly place to talk about workplace issues. HR Bartender has been recognized as one of the Top 5 Blogs read by HR professionals by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and best business blog by the Stevie Awards.

Publications such as Reuters, The New York Times, ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, and Mashable have sought out her expertise on topics related to human resources and the workplace. Sharlyn is the author of “Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers,” and ”Manager Onboarding: 5 Steps for Setting New Leaders Up for Success,” which are available in the SHRM Store.

Her personal goal in life is to find the best cheeseburger on the planet. Follow Sharlyn on Twitter @HRBartender

Jason Lauritsen
Jason Lauritsen ignites positive change with practical ideas and strategies for creating a better work experience. His unique blend of research-based employee engagement expertise, hands-on leadership experience, and no-B.S. style will leave you craving more. He is the tall, dancing half of Talent Anarchy and co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. Follow Jason on Twitter @JasonLauritsen.
Jennifer Payne
Jennifer Payne is an HR veteran with nearly two decades of experience in various aspects of the profession, including employee & labor relations, learning & development, and talent acquisition. She currently oversees talent management, engagement, and employee communications for Tops Markets, a regional grocery chain based in Buffalo, NY, and her dedication to that industry has earned her recognition as a “2016 Top Woman in Grocery” through Progressive Grocer magazine. Outside of her “day job,” Jennifer is a seasoned blogger. She is one of the co-founders, principal writers, and current editor of the Women of HR blog, and has blogged for and served on the social media/influencer teams for various conferences, including her role as an “HR Tech Insider” for the HR Technology Conference over the past several years. Always an HR practitioner at heart, she strives to bring that point of view to the topics she explores, and to challenge others to think differently about how they approach their jobs..
Tim Sackett
Tim Sackett, SHRM, SCP, SPHR is the President of HRU Technical Resources a leading IT and Engineering Staffing firm headquartered in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of combined Executive HR and Talent Acquisition experience, working for Fortune 500 companies in healthcare, retail, dining and technology. Tim is a highly sought after national speaker on leadership, talent acquisition and HR execution. He also is a prolific writer in the HR and Talent space, writing for Fistful of Talent and his blog The Tim Sackett Project. Tim is married to a hall of fame wife and has three sons and one dog. In 2015, he was named one of the Top 50 Recruiting, and HR Thought Leaders to follow on Twitter by Glassdoor, which gives him mad street cred with his teenage sons. He is a lifelong workplace advocate for Diet Mt. Dew fountain machines and hugs.
Robin Schooling
Robin Schooling, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is VP of Human Resources with Hollywood Casino in Baton Rouge, LA and has extensive experience in a variety of industries including gaming, banking and health care. She’s a regular speaker at HR, Recruiting, and business conferences, has a popular HR blog at and is on a mission to make organizations better by making HR better. The Huffington Post named her one of The Top 100 Most Social Human Resource Experts on Twitter and Glassdoor called her one of the 2015 HR and Recruiting Thought Leaders to Follow.  She’s been interviewed, quoted by, or has written for numerous entities including Yahoo, CareerBuilder, Monster, HRM Online Canada, Certified Magazine, HR Examiner, SHRM and Recruiting Daily.

She serves on the Advisory Board for HROnboard, is the current Ringmaster at the Carnival of HR, is active with the ATD Baton Rouge chapter, has been an involved SHRM volunteer leader, and once upon a time received an award as “HR Professional of the Year.” She has been known to search out the perfect French 75 and is a fervent and unapologetic fan of the New Orleans Saints.

You can read her blog and connect with her on Twitter and LinkedIn.