Leadership team

A wealth of experience as HR and HCM consultants, and also practitioners.

Trish Mcfarlane

Trish McFarlane is the CEO and Principal Analyst for H3 HR Advisors.  Trish brings over 20 years of experience in a variety of industries from her time as a former HR executive, HCM product leader, and industry analyst. Her background includes HCM, ERP, and supply chain. Trish partners with her clients on strategic and operational decisions that maximize their business success.

Trish’s passion for making workplaces better is part of everything she does. Trish has been the co-host of the popular HR Happy Hour podcast since 2013 and the creator and co-host of the WORK BREAK! vlog since 2020. She’s been the author of the Trish McFarlane blog (formerly known as the HRRingleader blog) since 2009.  These outlets enable her to explore work trends, emerging and current technologies, and the impacts to the organization and people.

Trish graduated with a MA in Human Resource Management from Webster University and a BA in Sociology/ Minor in Political Science from the University of Missouri.  

Steve Boese

Steve is one of the Co-Founders of H3 HR Advisors, a leading HR technology advisory and services consultancy.

Since 2013, Steve has been the Program Chair and host of the HR Technology Conference, the world’s largest gathering of the global HR Technology community, and authors a monthly HR Technology Column for Human Resource Executive magazine. He is a frequent speaker and author on topics in Human Resources, HR technology, and the world of work.

Steve created and has co-hosted since 2009 the HR Happy Hour Show and Podcast , the longest running and most downloaded podcast in the Human Resources field. In 2017 he co-created and launched the HR Happy Hour Show on Alexa”, the first Human Resources podcast for Amazon Alexa-enabled devices. In 2022, the HR Happy Hour on Alexa was re-launched as the “Workplace Minute” powered by H3 HR Advisors, for Amazon Alexa devices.

Steve has spoken at numerous events in Human Resources and HR technology all over the world, including events in Barcelona, Singapore, and Shanghai.

Karen Steed

Karen is the Business Manager and Principal Analyst, Learning & Development of H3 HR Advisors.

Beginning in 2019, Karen has been working with teams to promote their organizational needs.  Karen is a team player who enjoys working with others, contributing to larger goals, engaging with our partners, and establishing a direct line of communication.

Previously, Karen served 15 years as an elementary educator and administrator. She graduated from Rockford University with a MA in Instructional Strategies and Brain-Based Learning and a BS in Elementary Education from McKendree College.

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