SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board

The human resources profession is evolving rapidly. To keep up, SmartBrief has assembled an impressive list of HR thought leaders and practitioners as advisers to the daily SmartBrief on Workforce newsletter and @SBWorkforce on Twitter.

Our collective goal is to enlighten business leaders about ways to attract and retain the best talent, motivate top performers, and increase the productivity of their teams.

SmartBrief exercises total editorial independence without exception. Although SmartBrief may source content created by Advisory Board members, in no way do they influence the specific content of SmartBrief on Workforce.

Steve Boese
Steve has been focused on the implementation of enterprise technology solutions to solve business problems for almost 15 years, primarily focusing on core HRMS systems and collaborative technologies. Steve developed and served as the instructor for a graduate course in human resources technology for Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y. He hosts HR Happy Hour, a biweekly Internet radio show discussing the latest issues and trends affecting human resources, and blogs about HR technology at


Joel Cheesman
As founder of Cheezhead, Joel is one of the most widely read voices on emerging recruitment issues in the world. He was the recipient of’s Best Technology Recruitment Blog award for 2005 and received the Best Recruiting Blog award in 2007. He has been featured in Fast Company magazine, as well as Workforce Management, AIRS, Crain’s Business, BusinessWeek Magazine, Resumes for Dummies, U.S. News & World Report and The Wall Street Journal. He now serves as a senior vice president at Jobing.


Ryan Estis
Ryan is the managing partner of Ryan Estis & Associates, a consulting practice focused on HR communications and training to create high engagement/high performance work cultures. His 17 years of business experience includes enterprise sales leadership and human capital management consulting with specific expertise in employee engagement, talent acquisition and employment brand strategy. Ryan serves as a senior associate with Employer Brand International, is a professional member of the National Speaker’s Association and is a regular keynote speaker on corporate culture, employee engagement, leadership and trends that impact performance and productivity in the workplace.


China Miner Gorman
For more than 25 years, China has held strategic leadership roles in the human capital management sector. Her expertise in business strategy, market-share growth and new business development together with her people- and results-oriented leadership style has enabled her to successfully lead organizations through rapid growth cycles and turnarounds, as well as through business slowdowns, with exceptional results. The former COO of the Society for Human Resource Management, China was also President of DBM North America, and President of Lee Hecht Harrison, a $250 million division of Adecco, which became the performance leader in its industry under her leadership. Follow her on Twitter at @ChinaGorman and on her blog at


Lance Haun
Lance is community director for He has served in both strategic and tactical roles in the human resources industry, and is a graduate of the Washington State University School of Business. He blogs at



Ann Herrmann-Nehdi
Ann is CEO of Herrmann International, the company that originated the Whole Brain Thinking approach with the development of the Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) assessment tool 30 years ago. Based on extensive research on thinking and the brain, Whole Brain Thinking solutions are used by 9 out of 10 of the Fortune 100 to help them achieve better results through better thinking. As CEO of Herrmann International, Ann seeks to apply the principles of Whole Brain Thinking to her varied responsibilities.



Tory Johnson
Tory is the CEO of Women For Hire, which produces high-caliber recruiting events for women. She’s the workplace contributor on ABC’s Good Morning America, where she reaches millions of viewers on a wide range of job-related issues and challenges, and the anchor of Job Club on ABC News Now, the digital channel. Tory is a New York Times-bestselling author, and her latest book is “Fired to Hired.”



Charlie Judy
Charlie is the global director of HR strategies and operations for Navigant Consulting, a Chicago based public company with more than 2,500 professionals throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A CPA and SPHR, he brings close to two decades of experience as an executive in both the human resources and shared services realms. He and his family have lived and worked all over the globe, including long-term assignments in Brussels, Belgium, and Hyderabad, India. Charlie, a.k.a HR Fishbowl, has recently garnered recognition as a Top Talent Management Blogger committed to promoting the simplification of HR strategy and operations while shining the spotlight on HR professionals who are “in the trenches” doing great things for their people. He holds a business degree from Tulane University.


Sharlyn Lauby
Sharlyn is president of Internal Talent Management Group, a training and human resources consulting firm. In 2008, she was recipient of the Sam Walton Emerging Entrepreneur award, which recognizes women business owners for their community contributions. She represents the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean as the Membership Advisory Council representative of the Society for Human Resource Management. Sharlyn’s award-winning blog, HR Bartender, provides a “friendly place for everyday workplace issues.” She is also regularly guest-blogs at Mashable, the world’s largest blog devoted to social media.


Jessica Lee
Jessica is a senior employment manager with APCO Worldwide, a global public relations firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. She serves as an internal HR business partner and manages recruitment activities for the firm including university relations and employment branding initiatives. Jessica has been practicing HR since 2000, serving in progressively responsible recruiting and HR generalist roles for both public and private sector organizations. She is an alumni of the University of Washington, where she studied labor relations and political science. She is also an active member of the HR and recruiting social media community as editor of the blog Fistful of Talent.


Alexandra Levit
Alexandra Levit’s goal is to help people find meaningful jobs — quickly and simply — and to succeed beyond measure once they get there. A best-selling author and renowned speaker, Alexandra has written several books, including the popular business world survival guide “They Don’t Teach Corporate in College,” “How’d You Score That Gig?,” “Success for Hire,” “MillennialTweet,” and “New Job, New You.” Alexandra’s career advice is featured weekly in the nationally syndicated Wall Street Journal and bi-monthly in Metro US. Known as one of the premiere spokespeople of her generation, she regularly speaks at corporations, conferences, and universities on workplace issues.


Stephanie A. Lloyd
Stephanie is founder and CEO of Radiant Veracity in Atlanta. She writes a career and job search advice column for the Examiner for 110 major markets nationwide. Stephanie is the founder and host of Dream Job Radio. She blogs at Radiant Veracity and is a contributor for Recruiting Bloggers as well as TalentNetLive. With more than 15 years of experience in corporate recruiting and executive search, Stephanie works with hiring managers, HR executives, business owners, and recruiting firms on recruitment and retention strategy including how to better utilize social media for talent acquisition and retention.


Michael Long
Michael is a small business owner that wears red shoes every single day. Based in San Antonio, Texas, Michael started his business with the intent to raise the bar in the recruiting industry. His firm specializes in identifying the very best human resources and social media talent across the country. In addition to scouting out the best and the brightest, Michael is continuously engaged in speaking, training and consulting on the topic of social media as it applies to recruiting, job search, human resources and overall corporate strategy. In his “spare time,” Michael runs Red Shoe Project, a nonprofit awareness campaign that aims to put the fun back into helping charities. Recruiting, Human Resources, Social Media and Red Shoe Project are all topics that Michael touches on in his blog The Red Recruiter.


Dan McCarthy
Dan McCarthy is the director of Executive Development Programs at the University of New Hampshire. He writes the award-winning leadership-development blog Great Leadership and is consistently ranked as one of the top digital influencers in leadership and talent management. He’s a regular contributor to SmartBlog on Leadership. E-mail McCarthy.


Jennifer McClure
Jennifer McClure is president of Unbridled Talent, LLC a Cincinnati-based consulting firm that provides services to clients in the areas of attracting, recruiting, developing and engaging key talent in their organizations. Prior to launching her own consulting business, Jennifer led the life of a full-time human resources pro with leadership and executive-level experience in privately held and Fortune 500 companies. She also partnered with C-level leaders as an executive recruiter and executive coach to help clients find, recruit and develop key leadership talent. Jennifer has been named a Top 10 Employment Blogger to Follow by, one of the Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiters by HRExaminer and has been ranked as a one of the 25 Most Influential Recruiters and Top 25 HR Pros on Twitter by The Talent Buzz. She writes frequently about a variety of talent management topics on her personal blog Unbridled Talent.


Franny Oxford
Franny is an HR executive with a passion for entrepreneurial organizations. She is known for her ability to rapidly assess and revise an organization’s processes, systems, and roles to better align with the organization’s short and long term goals. She can quickly understand a company’s unique value proposition and offer real-world improvements to increase margin without losing valued culture and history. A proud Houstonian, she attended the University of Texas at Austin for both her undergraduate (Cultural Anthropology/Business) and graduate degree (MA in O/D.) She blogs at DoTheWork.


Lindsey Pollak
Lindsey is a bestselling author and nationally recognized expert on Generation Y career and workplace issues. She is the author of “Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World” and global campus spokesperson for Lindsey also writes a top-rated career advice blog. Her professional speaking experience includes frequent workshops and keynote speeches at universities, corporations and conferences around the country. Lindsey’s advice and opinions have appeared in such media outlets as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and NBC Nightly News. She is a graduate of Yale University.


Kari Quaas
Kari is a Washington State native and lives in Seattle with her husband and her two kitties. She has a BA in sociology from Washington State University with minors in business and English. Her career, mostly in travel and tourism, has included a variety of job titles including day camp counselor, office assistant/receptionist, driver/guide, safety, recruiting and training manager, benefits coordinator, assistant HR manager, photographer, employer support and community manager. Since 2007 she has worked for the niche job Web site,, which focuses on jobs in great places. Kari authors the Seasonal Human Resources Blog and moderates Cool Works’ presence in social media.


Todd Raphael
Todd is the editor in chief at ERE Media. ERE Media’s extensive offerings — all related to hiring and employment — include multiple conferences for recruiters, as well as the Web site, the print Journal of Corporate Recruiting Leadership, as well as webinars, podcasts, a vendor directory, a job board, and an extensive community. ERE also owns the 3rd-party recruiting publication The Fordyce Letter, and the conference Fordyce Forum, and Todd has been in publications like USA Today and the Wall Street Journal and written for publications like the LA Times and Detroit News. He has won numerous awards in the media industry.


Laurie Ruettimann
Laurie is a seasoned and cynical HR professional with more than a decade of experience in Fortune 500 organizations. As the founder of New Media Services LLC and the original voice behind Punk Rock HR, she is a sought-after speaker and writer. Laurie received her SPHR certification in 2001 from The Human Resources Certification Institute and is an active member of The Society for Human Resources Management. She is also a certified recruiter and trainer through various credentialed organizations. Laurie blogs at The Cynical Girl.


Libby Sartain
As chief human resources officer of Yahoo! and Southwest Airlines, Libby led significant business transformation initiatives as a member of executive leadership teams and guided global human resources efforts focusing on attracting, retaining, and developing employees. She served as chairman of the board of the Society for Human Resource Management in 2001 and was named fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 1998. Human Resources Executive named her one of the 25 most powerful women in HR in 2005. Libby co-authored: “HR from the Heart: Inspiring Stories and Strategies for Building the People Side of Great Business,” “Brand from the Inside: Eight Essentials to Connect Your Employees to Your Business,” and “Brand for Talent: Eight Essentials to Make Your Talent as Famous as Your Brand.” She holds an MBA from the University of North Texas and a BBA from Southern Methodist University. She blogs at the Brand for Talent blog.


Robin Schooling
Robin is vice president of human resources for the Louisiana Lottery Corp. and has more than 20 years of HR management experience. She serves on the boards of Geaux Veterans, which connects the community to veterans in Louisiana, and the Louisiana Business Leadership Network, which focuses on providing positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. Robin is a past president of the Greater Baton Rouge chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management, a member of the Louisiana SHRM State Council, and an active member of ASTD Baton Rouge. She holds the SPHR designation and is a contributor to the blog WomenofHR.


Dan Schawbel
Dan is the leading personal branding expert for Gen Y. He is the author of the bestselling career book, “Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success.” With over 750,000 results for his name in Google, Fast Company calls Dan a “personal branding force of nature.” He is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, which was the No. 1 job blog by CareerBuilder in 2008 and is an AdAge top 50 marketing blog. Dan is also the publisher of Personal Branding Magazine. At 25 years old, Dan is BusinessWeek’s youngest columnist.


Jason Seiden
Jason turns capable professionals into savvy, competent managers. A speaker, author, and consultant, he offers a practical and refreshingly honest perspective on organizational “people problems” and drives real-world solutions by emphasizing the overlap between career and leadership development. Jason is the author of the award-winning “How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career,” and “Super Staying Power: What You Need to Become Valuable and Resilient at Work.” Jason holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is a graduate school instructor and has over 15 years of work experience.


Mark Stelzner
Mark is the founder of Inflexion Advisors, applying 16 years of experience in the implementation of internal and external HR transformational initiatives for public and private sector clientele worldwide. Mark is also the founder and
chairman of JobAngels, a grassroots nonprofit dedicated to helping people get back to work one person at a time. A highly sought after voice in the industry, Mark has been featured by the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Forbes, CNN and NPR. He blogs at Inflexion Point.


Susan D. Strayer
A seasoned HR professional, consultant and career coach, Susan has worked in learning, staffing, talent acquisition, consulting and talent management roles for organizations such as Arthur Andersen, Home Depot, and The Ritz-Carlton. Currently, Susan is the director of employer brand and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton’s parent company, Marriott International. In this role, she is responsible for the global deployment of talent acquisition marketing strategies including the company’s careers sites and recruitment marketing. She also provides individual coaching and expert advice via She has an MBA from Vanderbilt, an MA in HR Development from The George Washington University and a BA in communication from Virginia Tech. She is the author of “The Right Job, Right Now” and has spoken for hundreds of conferences and organizations and has been quoted in such publications as The New York Times and the Washington Post. Follow her on on Twitter at @dailycareertips.


Kathryn Kraemer Troutman
Kathryn is president of The Resume Place, a service business in Baltimore, Md., specializing in writing and designing professional federal and private-sector resumes, as well as coaching and education in the federal hiring process. Internationally recognized as the “Federal Resume Guru” by federal jobseekers and federal human resources specialists, Troutman created the format and name for the new “federal resume” that became an accepted standard after the SF 171 form was eliminated in 1995.


eric_1_webEric Winegardner
Eric, vice president of client adoption for, is a skilled Internet recruiter. Prior to joining the Monster team in March of 2004, he was an active and vocal customer for over six years. He spent three years as a recruiter in a niche executive search firm and five years responsible for the U.S. recruiting operations of a Fortune 500 financial services organization. Eric possesses a strong working knowledge of online tools and the impact of the Internet on the recruiting industry as a whole. In his current role, Eric is responsible for all client training and post-sale consulting services at Monster and speaks to thousands of human capital professionals a year on leveraging the changing recruiting landscape to hire and retain the best talent possible.


Michael VanDervort
With two decades of HR experience at some of the top Fortune 500 and Great Place to Work employers, Michael is an eclectic HR professional with an extraordinary curiosity about how things work. By day, Michael works as an HR specialist, doing Web research and “think-tank” projects on human resources and employee relations issues for one of the largest employers in Florida. He blogs about human resources and business topics related to social media, human resources. employee relations, the culture of organizations, leadership and best business practices at The Human Race Horses blog.