Meet The Disruptors: Julia Guenster of DisruptHR San Francisco

Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?

They’re the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world. Each week, we’ll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.

Julia Guenster of DisruptHR San Francisco (Disruptor #231)

LinkedIn – [Julia Guenster]

Twitter – [ @JuliaTweets ]

Who are you, and what do you do in your “day job”?

Director HR Innovation & Digitization at DB Schenker Company

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

I was trying to understand how innovation in HR may work and so I came across all the great DisruptHR talks on Vimeo.

Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in San Francisco?

When I started being amazed by all the different and insightful talks, I noticed that the Bay Area & San Francisco did not yet have their own event.

I wanted to be part of the movement as I knew there were many, many disruptors out there. The super inspiring and insightful exchanges, fueled by thought leader talks bring them all together – how did I want to miss that?

How many events have you organized?

We had two events in 2017 with 180 disruptors at the inaugural event and 250 at the second.

What types of people/industries have attended your events?

Typically in the San Francisco Bay Area, you cover a good portion of the big Fortune500 companies and their senior leadership. But what makes it so special is having the start-up and vendor community in the mix, bringing in their new solutions, disruptive approaches, and inspiring theories.

What are you most proud of that has come out of being involved with/organizing DisruptHR events?

I feel we could mark our spot on the global DisruptHR map. Which other non-profit, self-organized group can call themselves being part of a truly global team.

What kind of feedback have you received from those who attended prior DisruptHR San Francisco events?

One of our 2-time sponsors mentioned that this is their favorite event to sponsor –

  1. because of the intimate atmosphere
  2. because of the attendees, who are genuinely interested in new solutions&technologies.

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

Mitch Zenger kept it real in his talk – this is where any HR practitioner can start working on tomorrow already: “Employees are not babies

Mitch Zenger – HR needs to stop running a babysitting service.

HR Needs To Stop Running A Baby Sitting Service | Mitch Zenger | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

Based off of the Talks and conversations at your events, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?

To me artificial intelligence will be the biggest and most positive change that HR has seen in a long time: it will free people from loads of manual work and will support us all in adding more value.

This will ultimately disrupt the way we plan our careers, we learn & develop on the job, our team collaboration and how we engage within the organization. Exciting times ahead!

What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?

Excitement all around! We are living in a time where change happens drastically and exponentially…we survived it thus far and the really exciting times are just to come!

What’s Happening With DisruptHR San Francisco:

DisruptHR San Francisco Community Page

DisruptHR San Francisco Facebook Page

DisruptHR San Francisco on Twitter (@DisruptHR_SF_BayArea)

#DisruptHR_SFO Twitter mentions


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