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The Top 101 Global Employee Engagement & Experience Influencers 2023

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The #Engagement101 celebrates the contributions of thought leaders from all areas of business, including the boardroom, HR, Internal Communications, Finance, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, who have made significant strides in the development of creating people first organizations. 

From those who inspire action, educate, and recognize, to those who wield influence via social media or innovate fresh ways to engage people, all 101 influencers share a deep passion for enhancing the employee experience and as an output, engagement.

This list has been curated with input from contributors across the globe, ensuring that the #Engagement101 reflects the diverse perspectives and insights of the global business community. Each year, the list will be updated to reflect the latest developments in the field and to recognize the innovative contributions of those who are advancing employee engagement.

Select members of #Engagement101 will be invited to speak at both online and offline events, providing opportunities to draw inspiration from their thinking and engage face-to-face. In collaboration with this influential community, we will create valuable outputs for the wider world of work, including guides, ebooks, webinars, and more in 2023 and beyond.

Thanks to our 2023 supporter, Workbuzz. The easy, flexible way to engage your employees and improve your culture.

You can see the full 2023 #Engagement101 List below – listed in alphabetical order.

  • Mike Adams

    Chief Executive Officer


  • Alex Allen

    Senior Director, Global Inclusion & Collaboration


  • Marissa Andrada

    Board Director

    Krispy Kreme

  • Faroshia Ashley

    Leadership coach


  • Sheree Atcheson

    Group Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion


  • Kenya Beard

    School of Nursing Dean & Chief Nursing Officer

    Mercy University

  • David Beeney


    Breaking The Silence

  • Katarina Berg

    CHRO, Strategy Operations, Global Workplace Services


  • Josh Bersin

    Founder and CEO

    The Josh Bersin Company

  • Helen Bissett

    Founder, Managing Director

    H&H Agency

  • Steve Boese


    H3 HR Advisors

  • Bruce Bolger


    Enterprise Engagement Alliance

  • Dr Juliet Bourke

    Human Capital Advisor | Board Member | Professor of Practice

    UNSW Business School

  • Travis Bradberry

    Author of the MICRO HABITS TEST and #1 bestselling coauthor

    Emotional Intelligence 2.0

  • Emma Bridger

    Managing Director

    People Lab

  • Steve Browne

    Chief People Officer

    LaRosa's, Inc.

  • Ulrika Brunner

    Chief Executive Officer

    Inspire Group Asia

  • Rob Catalano

    Chief Engagement Officer & Co Founder

    WorkTango Inc.

  • Debra Corey

    Chief 'Pay it Forward' Officer

    DebCo HR LTD

  • Bruce Daisley

    2x Sunday Times Bestseller, consultant

    Eat Sleep Work Repeat

  • Shereen Daniels

    Managing Director

    HR rewired

  • Livia de Bastos Martini

    Chief People Officer


  • Kara Dennison

    Executive Career & Leadership Coach, CEO

    Optimized Career Solutions

  • Traci Deveau

    Principal Consultant

    HR Triage Group

  • David Ducheyne



  • Chris Dyer

    Speaker, Author

    Keynote Speaker

  • Amy Edmondson

    Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management

    Harvard Business School

  • Chester Elton

    Partner, Founder

    The Culture Works

  • Gifty Enright

    Author, Speaker, Coach

    Gifty Enright Consulting

  • Ben Eubanks


    HR Tech Awards

  • Gregory F. Simpson

    Managing Director

    Agent in Engagement

  • Friederike Fabritius

    Wall Street Journal bestselling author

    Keynote speaker

  • Jenni Field

    Founder and Director

    Redefining Communications

  • Steven Frost



  • Anne Fulton

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer


  • Francesca Gino

    Professor, Author

    Harvard Business School

  • Chuck Gose

    Head of Community & Industry Insights

    Firstup, ICology

  • Adam Grant

    Organizational psychologist at Wharton, #1 NYT bestselling author

    host of the TED podcast WorkLife

  • Risha Grant

    D&I Speaker, Author, Consultant, Host

    Risha Talks Series

  • David Green

    Executive Director


  • Kevin Grossman

    President and Board Member

    Talent Board HR

  • Jerry Gule


    Institute of People Management

  • Lance Haun

    VP Market Insights

    The Starr Conspiracy

  • April Homer

    Chief People Officer

    Cooper Parry

  • Lizzie Henson


    HR Ninjas

  • Serena Huang Ph.D.

    Chief Data Officer


  • Aaron Hurst

    Co-Founder, CEO

    Imperative & Purpose Mindset

  • Charlie Judy

    Chief People & Culture Officer

    Intelligent Medical Objects

  • David Kasperson

    Director of Speed of Trust Speaking & Business Development

    Franklin Covey

  • Jill Katz

    Chief Human Resources Officer

    Assemble HR Consulting

  • Damon Klotz

    Work Culture Evangelist

    Culture Amp

  • Kevin Kruse

    CEO + Founder


  • Garry Lace

    Story Maker


  • Kimberly Lanier

    Director, People Advisory Services


  • Jason Lauritsen

    Speaker, Author


  • Josh Levine

    Partner, Author

    Great Mondays

  • Dr Grace Lordan

    Founding Director of The Inclusion Initi

    The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

  • Aimee Lucas

    Director, Client Experience

    Moss Adams

  • Meghan M. Biro



  • Ester Martinez

    CEO & Editor-in-Chief

    People Matters

  • Scott McInness

    Founder and Director

    Inspiring Change

  • Carmen Medina

    Owner, Author


  • Rachel Miller


    All Things IC

  • Jacob Morgan

    Keynote & TED Speaker

    4x Best-Selling Author, & Futurist

  • Rhonda Morris

    Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer


  • Yvonne Mosadi

    HR Director

    Heineken SA

  • Jennifer Moss

    International Speaker, Journalist, Author

    Jennifer Moss Inc.

  • Gethin Nadin

    Psychologist, bestselling author and CIO


  • Dr. Amanda Nimon-Peters

    Professor of Leadership

    Hult International Business School

  • Misty J. Oratokhai Esq.

    Chief Operating Officer

    National Children's Center

  • Carina Parisella

    Tribe Lead, Head of Technology Workforce


  • Advita Patel

    CommsRebel & Co-Founder

    A Leader Like Me.

  • Hitesh Patel

    Global Keynote Speaker, Paralympic Footballer

    Diversity & Inclusion Leader

  • Sesil Pir


    Sesil Pir Consulting

  • Eugenio Pirri

    Chief Operations and Culture Executive

    Dorchester Collection

  • Anna Rasmussen

    CEO & Founder


  • Gustavo Razzetti

    CEO, Consultant & Speaker

    Fearless Culture

  • DeRetta Rhodes

    EVP/Chief Culture Officer

    Atlanta Braves

  • Russell Robinson


    Amplified Research

  • Enrique Rubio


    Hacking HR

  • Steph Ryter

    Creative Culture Leader


  • Asif Sadiq

    Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

    Warner Bros. Discovery

  • Alexandra Samuel

    Keynote Speaker & Author

    Remote, Inc.: How to Thrive at Work...Wherever You Are

  • Céline Schillinger

    Founder, CEO

    We Need Social

  • Lars Schmidt

    Founder, Principal & Host

    Redefining HR Podcast & Amplify

  • Marcel Schwantes

    Founder & Chief Human Officer

    Leadership from the Core

  • Vanessa Shaw

    Coach, Executive & Board Leadership


  • Brad Shuck



  • Dan Sodergren

    Keynote & TedxTalk speaker on the future of work Expert &

    guest on national TV / radio and podcasts

  • Tracie Sponenberg

    Founder, Chief People Officer

    Tracie Sponenberg LLC

  • Mildred Talabi

    Personal Branding Coach, Speaker & Trainer


  • Bruce Temkin

    Head of the XM Institute


  • Perry Timms

    Founder and Chief Energy Officer


  • Sean Trainor

    Founding Partner


  • Karin Volo

    CEO, Director


  • Jeff Waldman

    Founder & Principal


  • Nika White

    DEI Practitioner, Antiracism Activist

    Speaker/Facilitator, Best Selling Author

  • Melody Wilding

    Best-selling Author & Executive Coach

    Workplace Mental Health Keynote Speaker

  • Lindsay Wolff Logsdon


    Culture LabX

  • Gamiel Yafai

    Founder & CEO

    Diversity Marketplace

  • Heather R. Younger

    Speaker, Author

    Employee Fanatix

  • David Zinger

    Speaker, Consultant and Coach

    David Zinger Associates