HRBN 40 Under 40

40-under-40HRBN, The Starr Conspiracy and Retargeter are proud to present the HRBN 40 Under 40.

This list was created because I was sick and tired of HR leaders telling me that our industry’s talent pipeline is weak. I think they are wrong. The future of HR and recruiting is bright and social. We have shining examples of leadership in our community.

And they blog.

(Oh, the humanity!)

So here is the future of HR — nominated by their peers and approved through the wisdom of the crowds. They appear in no particular order.

Do you love a blogger who isn’t on this list? Was a notable blogger under 40 overlooked? Nominate that person in the comments for the next version of this list!

And congratulations to every blogger out there — no matter what age — for taking a risk and getting social.


Ben Martinez January 7, 2013 at 7:01 am

Woot! Woot! Way coolio. Thankful and awesome to amongst an awesome circle of great people. Let’s do this in 2013 boys and chicas. Happy New Year!

Rajpreet Heir January 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

Ben Martinez is awesome! He writes good blog posts

Ben Martinez January 8, 2013 at 10:31 am

Thanks Rajpreet…you are too kind…I’m gonna mail your nirvana t-shirt!

Chris aka new_resource January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

Thank you. Very nice to be considered here. Thanks again.

Nikki J. January 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

Some of my already faves and excited to get lost in some new ones. THANKS!

Crystal Miller January 7, 2013 at 9:31 am

This was a fantastic way to start out the year! Thank you very much for the inclusion and I second Ben Martinez- it’s awesome to be surrounded by such phenomenal talent & an industry of great people.

Doug Shaw January 7, 2013 at 9:36 am

Hey there – this is Grandpa Shaw sending you a good wishes telegram to congratulate all the young whippersnappers on this list. Well done folks, I’m looking forward to acquainting myself with some new reads.

Love – Doug

Dave Kovacovich January 7, 2013 at 9:48 am

Thanks for including me! I am humbled and honored to be in such great company!

Tiffany Kuehl January 7, 2013 at 9:56 am

Honored to be among so many talented folks!!

And thanks to Grandpa Shaw for the endorsement. :-)

Nisha Raghavan January 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

Glad to see all of the favorites here! Congratulations to all, Keep rocking:)

Elizabeth Lalli-Reese January 7, 2013 at 10:46 am

WOW— to be named with these folks… honored.

Suzanne Rumsey January 7, 2013 at 11:07 am

Great list, and there are a lot of great bloggers who are just on the other side of 40, as well…

Bill Boorman January 7, 2013 at 11:57 am

Damon Klotz – The HR Rockstar has to be on the list, and Ivo Boucher and Ettienne Bessom and Bruno and so many more. Morrison has to be over 40 though

Patrick Mullarkey January 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm

An awesome list! Looking forward to checking out some new reads on here shortly.

If I could be cheeky and add mine to it also – I am below 40, despite what my profile photos might suggest:

Many thanks!


Miles January 7, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Thanks for including – we’re honored to be in with this group! Our site is certainly an effort of a lot more people than myself, so I have to say a big thank you to everyone who contributes and works for us. Happy new year all!

Justin Harris January 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Thank you so much for including me with this great group of professionals!

Matt Charney January 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

You know, I’ve normally agreed with that Groucho Marx quote about being a member of a club that would have me, but in this case, I’m absolutely honored – and inspired that the future of our industry looks so bright.

Christine Assaf January 7, 2013 at 1:20 pm

WOW! Thanks so much, honored to be among intelligent, awesome peeps. (How’d that happen!?!)

Jen Benson January 7, 2013 at 5:50 pm

@Davidkovacovich… Wow. Kovo. Awesome, awesome work. Congrats! You 100% deserve it.

Dave January 9, 2013 at 8:39 am

Thanks Jen! Hope all is well on the East Coast!

Michael Cardus January 7, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Great list and I am honored to be included.

Sarah Miller January 7, 2013 at 10:27 pm

Woot woot! That got a little dance right there… Thank you for including me in this awesome list, it’s an honour!

HR Minion January 8, 2013 at 8:10 am

Yay! Thanks for including me. :)

Meredith January 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Thank you so much! What an honor!

Charlie Judy January 9, 2013 at 11:54 am

and now that you’ve alienated an entire protected class…

Josh January 9, 2013 at 7:25 pm

Great job everyone! Some of my favorites are listed, and I found some new ones!

Sarah White January 14, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Wow! This is a great list!! Thanks for the inclusion!!!

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