A transformative HR and HCM leader and strategist for top technology companies, Pat Wadors currently serves as Chief People Officer (CPO) of UKG, a global powerhouse of HR, payroll, and workforce management solutions that is known for its award-winning culture. In this role, she oversees the critical HR functions that bring UKG’s employee experience to life, including talent acquisition and development, compensation and benefits, employee listening and people analytics, HR technology, employee communications, and physical security. Her mission is to create a positive and engaging experience for UKG’s 14,000+ workforce at every touchpoint—from a candidate’s first contact to building a robust alumni network of brand and culture ambassadors.
Before joining UKG, Pat was CPO at Procore Technologies, leading the company through expansive growth, and Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) at ServiceNow, overseeing global employee resources and talent and helping the company scale. She has held multiple HR leadership positions in the tech world, with tenures at LinkedIn, Plantronics, Twitter, Align Technologies, and Yahoo! Pat is a current board member of Accolade, Inc. and a past board member of UKG, Zenefits, El Camino Hospital, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara County, where she also served as Chair.
A thought leader in HR, Pat has had numerous articles published in The Harvard Business Review. She is a multiple recipient of the National Diversity Council’s Top 50 Women in Technology award and the creator of the DIB (Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging) framework, which champions employee belonging as the key driver of employee satisfaction and retention. An evocative and inspiring speaker, Pat has spoken to audiences around the world, including LinkedIn, The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Association of Talent Development, the Boston Consulting Group, and Talent Connect.
A self-identified “Mom to 3 Millennials” and “introvert in a leadership role” (who tirelessly works to embrace the quieter voices), Pat’s empathy, authenticity, insights, and talent for storytelling make her a standout speaker. Pat’s talks both challenge the mind and touch the heart while providing actionable expertise on every aspect of HR, leadership, or looking ahead to the future of work.