Top 5 HR Speakers

Top 5 HR Speakers

The field of human resources is undergoing significant changes, driven by new technologies and changing workforce demographics. One of the most notable recent developments has been the so-called “Great Resignation” in the US workforce, where many workers have chosen to leave their jobs in search of greater flexibility and work-life balance. Check our top 5 HR speakers who can help organizations with those challenges.

Top 5 HR Speakers

The Covid-19 pandemic has only accelerated this trend, with the forced implementation of remote work causing many workers to re-evaluate their priorities. As a result, HR departments are under increasing pressure to provide more flexible work arrangements and support employees who are looking for a better work-life balance.

To meet these challenges, HR departments will need to adapt and evolve. This could include implementing new technologies and systems to support remote work, as well as providing training and support for employees to help them adjust to new ways of working. HR departments will also need to focus on building a positive company culture that supports and values its employees, to help retain top talent and attract new recruits.

Ultimately, the future of HR will be shaped by the changing needs and expectations of the modern workforce. By providing more flexibility and support, HR departments can also help to create a more engaged and satisfied workforce, which will in turn drive business success.

It can be challenging to identify the top 5 HR speakers in the world, as there are many talented individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of human resources. However, Aurum Speakers Bureau has identified the top 5 HR speakers. In no particular order, all of them are highly regarded in the industry:


HR Speaker John Boudreau

John Boudreau

John Boudreau is an expert on the future of work and organization. Using a combination of research and experience, he offers insights and advice on a range of HR-related topics, including decision-based HR, HR measurement and analytics, HR information systems. As well as executive mobility, and organizational development and staffing. Additionally, over the course of his career, Dr. Boudreau has written over 10 books and over 200 publications, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, among others. He currently teaches at the Marshall School of Business, and works with companies all over the world to help them prepare for the future of work and organizational change. Dr. Boudreau has received numerous awards for his contributions to the field of HR.

Our suggested HR talk from John:

Work Without Jobs

The future of work is changing, driven by disruptions such as the Covid-19 pandemic and advancements in technology. Work is becoming more boundary-less, beyond the traditional organization, and careers are evolving to be more diverse and lifelong. The rise of automation is also transforming the work ecosystem, and this trend has the potential to create both empowering and exploitative outcomes. The key to navigating this future of work will be to embrace change and find ways to make it more inclusive and also empowering for all. In this talk, based on John’s latest bestseller Work without Jobs: How to Reboot Your Organization’s Work Operating System, John lays out a roadmap for the future of work.


HR Speaker Lynda Gratton

 Lynda Gratton

Lynda Gratton is a professor of management practice at London Business School, where she leads the “Human Resource Strategy in Transforming Companies” program. She is the founder of the advisory practice HSM and has been leading the Future of Work Research Consortium since 2008. Gratton has written extensively on the intersection of people and organizations. Her ten books cover topics such as the link between business and HR strategy, new ways of working, complex collaboration, and the impact of changing world on employment and work. Gratton is a regular columnist for MIT Sloan Management Review and has written for several publications including the Financial Times and the Sunday Times. She has received numerous awards and recognition for her work and is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Our recommended keynote speech from Lynda:

Redesigning Work: How to Transform Your Organisation and Make Hybrid Work for Everyone

In this talk, based on her latest bestseller, Lynda Gratton presents a four-step framework for transforming organizations and making hybrid work successful. The framework is based on thirty years of research on the technological, demographic, cultural, and societal trends shaping work, as well as lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic. The four steps include: understanding the challenges facing your business, reimagining creative new approaches and processes, modeling and testing these within your organization, and also acting and creating based on contemporary, data-led feedback. This talk is aimed at helping teams embrace change, increase productivity, and thrive in the new world of flexible work.


HR Speaker Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich

Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. He is also 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. Ulrich is also known for his work in the fields of organization, leadership, and human resources. He has influenced thinking about modern organizations and has articulated the basics of effective leadership. In the field of human resources, Ulrich has focused on HR outcomes, governance, competencies, and especially practices. He has been called the “father of modern HR” and the “HR thought leader of the decade.”

Suggested keynote topic from Dave:

Reinventing the Organization: How Companies Can Deliver Radically Greater Value in Fast-Changing Markets

In today’s fast-paced business environment, it is crucial for organizations to be able to adapt quickly to changing market opportunities. However, the traditional hierarchical model of organization is no longer effective in achieving this level of flexibility. In this talk, Dave Ulrich offers a new approach, the “market-oriented ecosystem,” that allows organizations to respond to changing market opportunities with speed and scale. Through their research at leading global firms, Ulrich has developed a six-step framework for building this new kind of organization, covering strategies, capabilities, structure, culture, management tools, and leadership. Based on his latest bestseller, “Reinventing the Organization”, Ulrich also provides a practical and integrated guide for leaders looking to build a more responsive and effective organization.


Leadership Speaker Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson is a thought leader, keynote speaker, executive coach, and consultant. She is the CEO of Disruption Advisors, a tech-enabled talent development company, and was named a 2021 Top #10 Business Thinker by Thinkers50. Johnson is also a LinkedIn Top Voice with 1.8 million followers and the bestselling author of Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company. She hosts the popular podcast Disrupt Yourself, which has featured interviews with influential thinkers like Brené Brown and Adam Grant. Johnson is a former Wall Street equity analyst and has been influenced by coaches like Marshall Goldsmith and also Bob Proctor. She shares her passion for personal disruption through her lectures at Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning and her LinkedIn Learning course Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship.

Suggested talk from Whitney:

Smart Growth: How to Grow Your People to Grow Your Company

In this talk, Whitney Johnson provides a practical and comprehensive guide to personal and organizational growth. Drawing from her own experiences and those of successful individuals and organizations, Johnson explains the three phases of growth: the Launch Point, the Sweet Spot, and Mastery. She offers insights and strategies for navigating each phase, and for fostering a culture of growth within organizations. Johnson argues that growth is not only a personal journey, but also a key driver of organizational success. By helping individuals develop their potential, organizations can create a competitive advantage and achieve long-term sustainability. Through engaging examples and practical advice, Johnson also shows how to build a culture of growth that enables individuals and organizations to thrive in a rapidly changing world.


HR Speaker Tom Haak

Tom Haak

Tom Haak is a sought-after HR speaker for conferences and events worldwide. In addition to his work with the HR Trend Institute, he also teaches at Tecnológico de Monterrey university. He has a wealth of experience in human resources, having held top HR positions at a number of companies, including Fugro, Aon, KPMG, and Philips. With a focus on HR technology, innovative HR, and also the impact of trend changes on businesses, Tom is an expert in a range of HR topics, including recruitment, HR strategy, executive development, talent management, management development, knowledge management, and internal communication. Additionally, he has worked with numerous high-profile clients, including AstraZeneca, Airbus,, Danone, Heineken, JDE, Nestlé, Oracle, Siemens, and Unilever.

Suggested talk from Tom:

9 HR Trends for 2023: Breaking Boundaries

In 2023, HR professionals are encouraged to break boundaries in order to respond to and help solve complex problems in society. This means working in multi-functional ways, collaborating, and breaking down personal, functional, and organizational boundaries. The pandemic has blurred the traditional boundaries between work and personal life, leading to a renegotiation of the employee-employer relationship. HR must take a more holistic approach to the employee experience in order to respond to the rapidly changing world of work. In this talk, Tom will identify the nine key trends that HR professionals should be aware of in 2023:

  1. Supporting people in response to the cost-of-living crisis
  2. The return of the unions
  3. Knowledge workers are not the center of the universe
  4. VR makes the Metaverse a Workplace Reality
  5. Solving the productivity puzzle
  6. Watching out for the TIA (Talent Intelligence Agency)
  7. Agile HR roles are now crucial
  8. Tackling the ‘M’ taboos: Menopause & Menstruation
  9. Going Net-Zero

Summary: Top 5 HR Speakers

Overall, these top 5 HR speakers offer a wealth of knowledge and expertise on the latest trends and developments in the field of human resources. By attending their talks and learning from their experiences, HR professionals can gain valuable insights and ideas for driving business success and building more effective HR strategies.

Contact Aurum Speakers Bureau today to book any of them. You can also browse our full portfolio of HR speakers to select another one.

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