Lars Schmidt is the Founder of Amplify, an HR executive search and consulting firm that helps companies build progressive people teams and capabilities. He's spent over 20 years in the industry working in and alongside a range of leading global companies. He is a writer for Fast Company, co-author of Employer Branding for Dummies and Host of the Redefining HR podcast. He's the co-founder of HR Open Source, a global initiative to accelerate innovation and education in HR, was named a Top 100 Influencer by HR Examiner and included in The Huffington Post's Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter, and named a top 50 recruiting influencer by LinkedIn. He is based in Herndon, Virginia.