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Ben Brooks

Guest Writer

Ben Brooks is the founder & CEO of PILOT, a tech startup offering an entirely new way to maximize employee potential. PILOT was named the #1 HRTech Startup to Watch in 2020 and won the industry’s Pitchfest. Inspired by his successful business & executive coaching practice, Ben saw an opportunity to democratize executive coaching. Previously, Ben held a number of leadership and management roles at Lockheed Martin, Oliver Wyman, and Marsh & McLennan Companies, where his last role was as SVP of HR, where he was named a “rising star” by HR Executive Magazine and later was featured on its cover for his innovative work in human capital. He started his career at Enterprise Rent-a-car. In the community, Ben served on the board of directors for OutServe-SLDN, the organization that spearheaded the successful effort to end the Department of Defense's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, and he co-founded the LGBT employee resource group at his management consulting firm (that continues to thrive a decade later). He's a proud graduate of the University of Denver's Daniels College of Business and has resided in Manhattan for a decade.

Ben was recently named one of HR Executive Magazine's Top 100 HR Tech Influencers of 2020.

Chris Russell

Guest Writer

Chris Russell is the Managing Director of RecTech Media, a company whose mission is to inform the modern recruiter.

George LaRocque


A leading HR Tech Analyst and Advisor, founder of #HRWins reports on Innovation in HR Technology. Go To Market Consultant for HR-related technology and services and the Human Capital Management (HCM) Marketplace. George has launched market-leading B2B HR Tech brands to profitability, funding, or both. Original Founder and Conference Chair of the InfluenceHR where Vendors learn to transform their marketing strategy. George speaks frequently on trends impacting HR and HR technology. He also speaks to the vendor community about taking their technology to market. 20+ years of general management, marketing, sales, and sales management experience. He has built companies that provide cloud based software via Software as a Service model. SaaS expert - Revenue Driver in organizations providing SaaS delivered solutions to the Global 2000 and the SMB markets.

HR Dive


HR Dive provides in-depth journalism and insight into the most impactful news and trends shaping workforce management. The daily email newsletter, website, and app cover topics such as talent acquisition, HR management, learning and development, diversity and inclusivity in hiring, compensation and benefits, onboarding, and more. HR Dive is a leading industry publication operated by Industry Dive. Our business journalists spark ideas and shape agendas for 7+ million decision makers in the most competitive industries.

Jacquelyn Adams


Jacquelyn Adams is an award-winning engineering leader who focuses on the future of work and reskilling workforces. She is a recognized professional consultant, writer, and speaker for multiple industry-leading institutions.

Jamie Verga


Jamie Verga is a Research Analyst and writer for RNN. A native of Gloucester, Massachusetts, he focuses on national as well as local coverage, as well as managing and curating RNN's "People on the Move" features.

Jen Leon


She has over 15 years of corporate talent acquisition leadership experience with organizations such as Thermo Fisher, Philips, and Arrow Electronics.  Jen’s background as a practitioner involved evolving recruiting staffing organizations to become a robust, metrics-driven, service-delivery talent acquisition consultative talent acquisition function. As a consultant with Korn Ferry, she worked closely with the Recruitment Process Outsourcing division to align Employer Brand and Talent Communications initiatives for clients.  In her current role as Senior Consultant for HireClix, she provides hands on guidance as well as thought leadership to TA global clients. Jen’s approach focuses on having the right recruiting foundation formula which can evolve with business and recruitment needs.

Julianna King


Julianna King is an MBA student at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. She brings a degree -as well as work experience -in business and marketing to her reporting, and focuses on issues around campus recruitment.

Kara Yarnot


Kara has over 17 years experience in talent acquisition. Prior to her move into consulting leadership, Kara held TA leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies as SAIC, Boeing, and Intel. She founded Meritage Talent Solutions, a strategic recruitment consulting firm, in 2013 to bring innovation and disruption to the talent acquisition industry. In 2017, HireClix acquired Meritage and Kara joined the leadership team. Her past and current clients include Schneider Electric, CVS Health, Commerce Bank, BART, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Hudson’s Bay Company, CoreCivic, McKesson, and Parsons.

Kevin Grossman


Currently I'm the Talent Board president and a board member responsible for the Candidate Experience Awards worldwide. Founded in 2011, it’s the first nonprofit research organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience with industry benchmarks that highlight accountability, fairness and business impact. I also hosts the popular Talent Board #TheCandEs Shop Talk podcast that covers recruiting and candidate experience.

I'm an HCI certified Talent Acquisition Strategist (TAS) and Human Capital Strategist with 20 years of domain expertise in the human resource and talent acquisition industry and related technology marketplace. I've been a prolific "HR business" blogger and writer since 2004 and my first business book on career management titled Tech Job Hunt Handbook was released in December 2012 from Apress. I hold a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University.

An avid reader, a grateful father and husband, I write regularly about responsible parenting and personal leadership at

Krystal Hicks


Krystal Hicks is the founder of JOBTALK, a company that grew out of her side gig providing talent, recruiting, and job-hunting advice to companies and individuals. Before going out on her own, she managed U.S. Talent Acquisition for the Swiss chocolate maker Lindt, and was the former Director of Career Services at the University of New Hampshire.

Laney Rauseo


A veterinary nurse turned marketer, Laney works full-time at HireClix, a recruitment marketing agency in Gloucester, Massachusetts, while also covering articles from the perspectives of hiring managers and job seekers for RNN.

Martin Burns


A writer from a young age, after graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in writing poetry, Martin discovered that you cannot - in fact - send saucy limericks in lieu of checks for student loan payments. So he began his professional career in the publishing industry, ultimately moving into acquisition editing for Allyn & Bacon. Since making the move into the recruiting industry, he has scaled talent acquisition operations for rapidly growing global start-ups as well as taking on leadership roles with major multinationals. He brings broad and deep expertise in talent acquisition as well as communications to his role as editor-in-chief of Recruitment News Network. Along with his role with RNN, he serves as HireClix’s in-house technology “geek” and copywriter, regularly with major HireClix clients on recruitment initiatives and generally keeping his hand on the pulse of the industry. He also founded, and co-admins, the popular Facebook group Talent Product Plays.

Moe Hutt


Talent Acquisition Consultant for HireClix, and president of RecruitDC, Moe Hutt has designed and implemented enterprise intern, employee referral, contingent, workforce and recruiter training programs for fortune 500, Federal Government and medium to large-sized organizations throughout her 15 year tenure in the recruitment industry. While working with HireClix as a consultant, she has managed technology implementation, process optimization, and employer brand projects. Her program development and consulting experience has provided Moe with the expertise to solve any complex recruitment challenge.

Pavle Stojkovic

Guest Writer

Pavle is a people-centric entrepreneur, a plant-powered athlete, and aspiring Stoic. He currently serves as the Chief People Officer at The Athletic Media Company. Prior to The Athletic, he served as Head of People at Getaround. When he’s not building people programs, he can be found pressing tofu or running the trails of the Presidio in San Francisco.

Phil Strazzulla

Guest Writer

Phil Strazzulla started his career off working in venture capital at Bessemer Venture Partners where he nerded out on early stage software companies.  He went off to get his MBA at HBS, taught himself to code, and found himself in the HR space as an entrepreneur running a small SaaS business.  Fast forward a few years and he started a blog to try and help HR and recruiting teams find and buy the right tools called SelectSoftware.  When not learning and writing about HR Tech, Phil can be found struggling to find fairways on the golf course, meditating, or trying out a new recipe.

Roy Maurer

Guest Writer

Roy covers talent acquisition, immigration, HR technology and labor markets for SHRM Online. Before joining SHRM in 2008, he was an editor and reporter covering state and city government in Indiana, arts and culture in Los Angeles and theater in Washington, D.C. Before that he was a filmmaker and screenwriter and before that a photographer in the United States Marine Corps.  He has a master's degree in journalism from Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in film production from Columbia College.

Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @SHRMRoy​.

Stephen O'Donnell


From his home-base in Glasgow, UK, Stephen O'Donnell has been actively involved in the professional recruitment sector since 1987, owning and running recruitment agencies since 1993. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (REC).

Stephen's expertise is in online recruitment, where, in 2000, he established the UK's first comprehensive online portal to every recruitment resource, including recruitment agencies, employers, consultants, job-board and publications. He has devised, and continued to run, the National Online Recruitment Awards (NORAs) since 2001. He is a smart participant in the global dialogue around recruitment, a cracking wit, and worth connecting with.

Susan Collins


Perpetually inspired by people, processes, and ideas—Susan is always on the hunt for inspiring leaders. Her no-nonsense approach along with her insatiable curiosity has and continues to bring genuine, top talent through the doors of any company she works with or for. She is also responsible for strategy, technology & education around the recruitment function and is driven by the possibilities of making every day just a little better than yesterday for those around her.

Her passion for retail and networking led her to the development of Retail Networking Solutions. As a co-founder of RNS she facilitates up to 40 brand-neutral networking events a year for the retail field and is in constant communication with their almost 16,000 LinkedIn followers.

She believes everyone should (finally) get serious about turning their network into a personal and professional superpower. Through personalized coaching and strategic network building, she helps leaders make and maintain critical relationships that grow careers, generate business, and unlock infinite opportunities.

Veronica Funk


Veronica is a graphic designer and illustrator that specializes in visual storytelling. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2019 with a degree in Sequential Art. She currently works as a graphic designer at HireClix.

William Wiggins


William Wiggins is a leading voice in the global human resources community. He has held consulting and strategic HR roles at Mercer Human Resources Consulting, Kaiser Permanente, and Williams-Sonoma. He has a proven track record for building employee engagement through leadership training and development, and building sound employee recognition programs. He is an industry leader when it comes to building strong collaborative HR partnerships and leadership teams that focus on the staff engagement, retention, career development, and staff recognition programs. William’s training curriculum includes Crucial Conversations, Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace, and EEOC 101. He believes that an organization’s human capital is their most valuable asset.