Meet Our Speakers

"A new kind of good"

Bill Boorman
Founder of #tru Conferences, Speaker, Blogger & Advisor

Bill Boorman is the hat-wearing founder and host of #tru events. Over the last decade, #tru hosted over 400 events in 65 countries and 5 continents. He worked as a Training and HR Director at a national recruitment business for 12.5 years before the recession hit and he discovered social media. Now just @billboorman, Bill is consistently ranked as a top HR influencer, advises a range of organizations, and is currently building an extra career in stand up. His specialities include social recruiting integration and infrastructure, keynote speaking, recruiting technology, recruitment marketing, digital media and brand advocacy.

"Personal Development made by HR: from Dictatorship to Citizenship"

Nina Butzke
In-house Trainer at Babbel

Nina Butzke is an in-house trainer at Babbel – Lesson Nine GmbH and co-founder of the Babbel Academy. Her experience in leading positions in start-ups and corporations combined with her own enthusiasm for learning in entertaining, practice-relevant and inspiring seminars led her to Babbel – but that’s not all. Nina also runs her own company Zügelführung, which offers horse-assisted team building and management seminars.

"Back to basics"

Erika Enberg
Director of People at Blacklane

Erika has over a decade of experience in the HR field, and is currently the Director of People at Blacklane. Having studied in South Korea and France and worked in Malaysia, Finland and Germany, she applies a truly global mindset and approach and business and people challenges. Erika builds scalable data-driven people processes and strategies that support growing organizations. And she is passionate about finding and retaining the best talent globally to build beautiful products that make a real impact in the world.

"Make your vision relevant"

Sarah Guerrier
Head of People Operations at Zalando SE

Sarah has a double master degree in Business Administration (ebs, European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, DE) and Marketing (EAE, Escuela de Administration de Empresas, Barcelona, ES). She has more than 10 years of experience in local and global Brand Marketing, gathered first at Procter & Gamble and since 2014 at Zalando. In 2017 Sarah wanted to learn something new and moved to HR and is now Head of People Operations at Zalando with a team of more than 80 employees. She lives with her “4 men” (husband, 17 year old step-son and 2 little boys, 2.5 and 1) in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

"Where HR and Recruiting fail, and why we should turn to true communication instead"

Inga Höltmann
Founder at Accelerate Academy

Inga Höltmann is an expert on cultural change within companies, new work and digital leadership. She is the founder of Accelerate Academy, a platform to teach and learn about modern work and contemporary leadership. Among other things she is known for her successful newsletter; for her journalistic work on topics on modern economy for clients including Deutschlandfunk Kultur or Berliner Tagesspiegel; and her marvellous cooking. Twitter: @ihoelt

"Career needs today are like Instagram"

Hilary Klassen
Founder and CEO at Career Ari & Quahog

Hilary started her career in business development and consulting finding that business success lies in positive human interactions. She has since been an HR Leader for over 10 years working with startups and corporates in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Hilary is currently Founder & CEO of Quahog, an HR consultancy and is building a new tech business as Founder & CEO – Career Ari – the first automated career brand coach. She is the co-founder of The Secret HR Society (and she’s also a bit obsessed with the future of work, neuroscience in HR, German Bier and American sports).

"3 lessons from pivoting from marketing to HR"

Michael Jones
VP of People & Culture at EyeEm

Ecommerce to photography; corporation to startup; customer support to marketing – change has been the constant for Michael over the last couple of decades. After leaving eBay in 2015, Michael spent a couple of years running Marketing at EyeEm before recently switching over to take on the People and Culture brief. Recent months have been an invigorating crash course in HR as well as a continued focus on building the best possible team.

"UB or not UB, that is the question"

Inka Kretschmer
Leadership Coach & Trainer, Consultant

Inka is a consultant, leadership coach & trainer with 15 years of experience, working across the globe with large corporations and fast-growing new tech companies. Her focus is on leadership development driven by a strengths-based approach, fostering emotional intelligence. She also works closely with organisations enabling them to embrace a diverse and truly inclusive culture. A true international, Inka has lived for many years in China, France and the UK and has worked in more than over 20 countries on 4 continents. As a lifelong Learner, Inka can’t get enough of acquiring new skills (an improv course is next on her list).

"In search of the ultimate user experience"

Joris Luijke
Chief People Officer at Typeform

Joris Luijke has over 15 years of experience in HR, primarily in high-growth tech companies. He is currently the Chief People Officer at Typeform, and previously served as the VP of People at Atlassian, Squarespace and Grovo. In his career, Joris has introduced countless innovative HR and recruitment practices that have been widely recognized through multiple write-ups and awards, including being named in the top 3 of Fortune’s Great Place to Work list in all three previous roles leading HR. His goal is to create the world’s best workplace, and he’s passionate about building cultures where people feel they can deliver the best work of their careers.

"Leadership is broken"

Neil Morrison
HR Director at Severn Trent plc

After starting his working life as a lecturer in psychology, Neil Morrison worked in a variety of HR roles at FTSE100 companies. He was HR director for the Random House Group from 2008 to 2013 and was instrumental in helping to steer the global merger with Penguin, becoming the HR Director for the combined Penguin Random House business. In 2017 Morrison joined Severn Trent, one of the UK’s largest regulated water companies, where he is HR director. He also sits on the board of the CIPD and works regularly with the REC, supporting, amongst others, its Good Recruitment Campaign.

Morrison is a regular commentator on HR and workplace issues and has written for a number of trade and generalist publications and websites, as well as his own blog, Change-Effect.