Pamela Harding

CEO - Metzano

Described by HR Magazine as 'An HR Linker and Thinker', Pamela Harding runs LinkedIn's largest group of HR professionals. As CEO of Metzano 'she brings together 1.5 million professionals as they network within more than 100 groups and subgroups on LinkedIn and is community chair of Linked:HR, the largest single profession group on LinkedIn.

Pamela's career began in the US Navy where she reached the rank of senior chief petty officer, serving as flight controller (and appearing briefly as tower supervisor in the 1986 blockbuster movie 'Top Gun'). During her 24 years in the military, she developed a passion for needlework and earned a Masters degree in HR, which led on to a series of civilian roles as HR Manager, Principal and Director in the private and public sectors plus professional qualifications as HCS, sHRBP, SHRM-SCP, and SPHR.

With nearly three decades of experience managing people, a passion for life-long learning and professional expertise in Social Media, Pamela played a key role in the development of Next Dimension Media. The company was the largest independent operator of LinkedIn groups such as Linked:Energy (239k members), Next Dimension Careers (121k), Linked:Seattle (51k). Now she and Dave Sumner Smith (previously CEO of Next Dimension Media) are focusing their attention exclusively on the biggest area of all: Human Resources.

They now manage Linked:HR (976k members) plus all HR-related groups and all relevant Twitter accounts through Metzano LLC. This is set to evolve into an exciting new HR Vertical Network for the global HR community - with LinkedIn groups plus many other valuable assets and services for the HR profession.