A diverse workforce breeds new ideas, angles, and developments. With fresh perspective comes creativity, a crucial asset for growth in any industry. It is important to recognize the achievements of those that bring such diversity and innovation to the table. Many technology industries suffer from a lack of a female workforce, however, the HR and HR Tech realm has a large female demographic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2015 data, women make up 73% of HR practitioners at the managerial level. With such a strong presence in Human Resources, we felt it our obligation to celebrate the women leading the pack in HR and HR Technology.
We put together a list of these women to bring them recognition they deserve. We understand that there are scores of HR superheroes improving all areas of HR Tech around the world. This particular compilation highlights the diversity of talent within the umbrella of the HR Tech Industry, and recognizes their influence through strong social media presence. We acknowledge the importance of a diverse workforce with our list of HR Technology’s 50+ most unstoppable women.Who inspires you in the #HRTech Industry? We recommend you choose someone from this list of 50+ unstoppable women:
But first, to kick us off, we sourced a small handful of quotes from some of HR’s most influential women, on their thoughts about upcoming or current trends in HR.
CEO & Co-Founder of Fairygodboss.com
“While it’s impossible to predict how exactly AI technology and capabilities will evolve, the fact of the matter is that AI is no futuristic science fiction, it is here today in many forms and manifestations. And AI exists in areas you may not necessarily think it does - such as in HR departments where the technology actually helps place people in jobs rather than make them redundant.”
“Combine HR data with line of business data. If you are looking to predict and solve a workforce problem in the line of business (i.e. increase sales, reduce errors, increase calls per day and the like…) the outcome data in the line of business exists in software systems in the lines of business, not in HR.
As an example, sales performance, or calls per day data exists in Sales Operations or the Call Center or some other non-HR database somewhere.
You can’t predict which sales candidates are going to make their sales numbers without sales data from the sales department. You need to use line of business data as well as HR data. Unless you only want to predict something that impacts HR, you’ll need data from the line of business as well.”
Research Director at Gartner
“There’s a greater level of maturity in AI tools in the recruiting space than in any other area of HR… Interpreting and inferring feelings based on candidates’ facial expressions is an intriguing use, but it is still early days for the technology… This is the kind of AI where a lot of investment and innovation is happening today.”
Lead Advisor at Bersin by Deloitte
“A fitness mobile app uses artificial intelligence (AI) to offer content tailored to the user’s needs and syncs with an activity tracker, too. But the best part of the app is that it connects the user to an actual human coach and a community of people who share their experiences and achievements and who encourage others to meet their fitness goals in real time… Companies don’t always realize the power of human touch when it comes to HR technology solutions. As a result, for example, many of the learning solutions companies offer employees are fixed and mechanical - and must be pushed out to employees year in and year out.”
Founder of Workology
“Our industry is conflicted. On the one hand, there are a number of HR and recruiting teams who are already working within the fourth transformation [virtual reality, mixed reality, wearables and artificial intelligence]. On the other hand, a large majority of us are still working in the second and third. (In 2013, Aberdeen reported that 54% of HR and recruiting departments relied on staffing plans that were mostly spreadsheet based). The challenge is that reports like Bersin’s are highlighting companies who are early adopters - the truth is, the majority of HR practitioners won’t leverage “fourth transformation” technologies until 15 years from now.”
In addition to these five most influential women of HR, here is our list of HR Technology’s 50+ most unstoppable women:Want to tap into the expertise of today’s #UnstoppableHRWomen? Find them on this list of 50+ and follow them on Twitter now!
As the head of a department in the midst of a sustained period of rapid growth, Sara has spent hundreds of hours interviewing, hiring, onboarding and assessing employees and candidates. She is passionate about sharing the best practices she has learned from both successes and failures in talent acquisition and management.