Lars Schmidt

Founder of Amplify, Author, Writer, Host of the Redefining HR podcast

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Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify, a boutique firm that helps companies and HR leaders navigate the new world of work through HR executive search and the Amplify Accelerator program. He's spent over 20 years in the industry building a range of leading global companies. He’s a writer for Fast Company, author of the bestselling Redefining HR book, co-author of Employer Branding for Dummies, and Host of the Redefining HR podcast. 

Lars’s work has been featured in Fast Company, CNN, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Time, Forbes, Washington Post, and TechCo. Lars keynotes and emcees conferences around the word on topics spanning HR transformation, recruiting, employer brand, and talent innovation. He was named a Top 100 Influencer by HR Examiner and included in The Huffington Post's Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter, named a top 50 recruiting influencer by LinkedIn, and is the recipient of NPR’s 1st internal innovation award. He is based in Virginia, USA.

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"Lars graciously accepted my invitation to speak on a panel last month on how to leverage social media to find a job. The event was a smashing success in no small part thanks to his subject matter expertise and ability to both entertain and enlighten the crowd at the same time. He is a genuine pleasure to work with, a fantastic communicator, and an all-around great guy. "

Kathryn Minshew, Founder & CEO
The Muse

"The uniquely uncertain circumstances during 2020 reinforced the importance of HR - present, communicative, empathetic, innovative, courageous and creative. This book is a window into that world. Lars is a gifted storyteller and harnesses his own unique voice and those of many other people leaders to paint a picture of what great HR can be. This book is essential reading for anyone looking to build people teams for today and tomorrow."

Katarina Berg, Chief Human Resources Officer

“Lars has long been a forward-thinking expert in the people space, so it's phenomenal to see all of that greatness come together in a book that's both informative but practical. It is packed with thought provoking ideas that provide exactly the kind of inspiration that the people space so woefully needs.”

Ruth Penfold, People Practice Lead
bp Launchpad

“A book project born out of curiosity, acknowledgement of transformation and need to do better. I appreciate how Lars touches on the varied aspects of serving the people function within the organization without coming across as the authority. He thoughtfully weaves in the experiences and thoughts of others to deliver a read that is sure to add value as we journey to build companies and teams over the next decade.”

Torin Ellis, Diversity Strategist
torin ellis brand

“Lars Schmidt has absolutely nailed the future of HR. This book is a must-read for business and HR leaders alike. Redefining HR is a fantastic, delightful read, full of insight and innovation. I couldn't put it down and now find myself forever changed on how I think about where we are headed. This is a homerun.”

David Hanrahan, Chief Human Resources Officer

"The events of 2020 reinforced the need for progressive and agile capabilities. We have to continually be willing to disrupt ourselves and our talent practices in a disruptive world. As such, Lars Schmidt lays the groundwork for transformative people teams and approaches in Redefining HR. This is a bold window into modern people practices including real-world examples and essays from leaders building the future of the field."

Pat Wadors, Chief Talent Officer

"Lars has such a unique vantage point on all things people. What makes him so special is his ability to distill so many sources and inputs through his unique lens to paint a picture of what we can be at our best. Redefining HR is a blueprint for modern HR and people operations. It blends relatable stories, struggles, and practices in a way that only Lars can bring to life."

Claude Silver, Chief Heart Officer

“The field of HR is evolving dramatically and it’s never been more important to be on the front end of the curve. Lars has pulled together some of the leading minds in the industry to pose the questions we should all be asking ourselves of what it means to great at People.”

Maia Josebachvili, Former Head of People

"This book has the potential to transform the future of Human Resources. Lars Schmidt is a beacon of light, and his bold vision may well elevate a long-marginalized field into the force for good it deserves to be."

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Original and Host of the TED podcast Worklife