About Us

The Secret HR Society, which embarked on its mission in October 2015 thanks to founders Anna Ott and Hilary Klassen, continues to redefine the strategic importance of Human Resources in modern organisations.This exclusive society, accessible only through member referrals, is dedicated to developing HR practices and establishing a global network of thought leaders. As the society has grown, we have expanded to include a steering committee (Steerco) comprising Anna Ott, Hilary Klassen, Sebastian Dietrich, and Sonita Uijt de Haag.Currently, the society is a community of over 1,700 HR professionals who engage in knowledge exchange through Slack and virtual and in-person meetings, with Berlin being a notable hub for such gatherings. This diverse community comprises individuals from both tech startups and established large corporations.The Secret HR Society is committed to building a tight-knit network of peers utilising online and offline platforms to share insights, collaborate and challenge conventional thinking. Members are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones, test innovative ideas, and inspire others to create an improved HR function. Through these collaborative efforts, the society aims to redefine and elevate the role of HR within the global business landscape.In its pursuit of excellence and expansion, the Secret HR Society is open to sponsorships, inviting interested parties to reach out here . Moreover, aspiring members can join the society either by applying directly or through a referral by an existing member here .

Upcoming Meetups & Workshops

Below is a short overview of upcoming meetups and workshops to share with you a flavour of what we discuss. If you may be interested in hosting and/or sponsoring one in the future, please contact us.

Networking Formats

This is our main communication platform where we share ideas, links, articles, and everything HR-related that might be interesting for the rest of society. To make it less noisy, we've set up different channels for every important topic, and it's amazing to see the power of our group to know-how when members post questions to get an immediate response.
We'll meet in person every 6-8 weeks to speak about current projects, share thoughts, and network with other society members (overview of past meetups & workshops can be found here). If you may be interested in hosting or sponsoring one of them, please contact us.
Whenever a society member has a specific topic that requires a more in-depth discussion and know-how sharing, we'll set up a small workshop session open for every member interested and familiar with the topic at hand. If you may be interested in hosting and/or sponsoring one of them in the next future, please contact us.


To maintain a high-value, expert-driven community of innovative HR specialists, we decided towards a referral-based membership. If you're interested in joining our society and sharing your know-how with other HR experts, get in touch with an existing member.An overall requirement will be that you have at least 3-5 years experience in HR functions and have proven to be a modern, innovative mind and willing to support our peer group.

Our Guidelines & Values

The Secret HR Society was founded in 2015 and is an exclusive community that is only open to HR professionals who existing members have referred. This ensures that our members are seasoned HR leaders committed to driving innovation and growth within the HR industry.As a member of the Secret HR Society, you now have access to a private Slack channel to connect with fellow HR leaders. You will also have the opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with your peers, ask for advice and best practices, and collaborate on projects.In addition to the Slack channel, our society hosts regular virtual sessions and in-person events. These events allow members to build meaningful connections.We ask our members to contribute in line with our community values:- Respect : All members should be treated with respect, regardless of their beliefs, backgrounds, or experiences. This includes refraining from using offensive language or engaging in personal attacks.- Inclusivity : The community should be welcoming and inclusive to all members. This includes making an effort to understand and respect different viewpoints and experiences.- Responsibility : Members should be responsible for their actions and words within the community. This includes being accountable for any content that they post and ensuring that it is appropriate and respectful.- Collaboration : The community should foster collaboration and encourage members to work together towards common goals. This includes being open to feedback and suggestions from others.- Growth : The community should be a place where members can learn and grow. This includes being open to new ideas and ways of thinking, as well as being willing to help others learn and grow.We don't tell you what to share, when or how. But we ask you to be a valuable member of the Society by finding your individual communication channel, may it be slack, email or face-to-face and interacting with other society members. Topics should evolve around anything HR and everything that shapes the development of modern Human Resources in fast-growing industries and companies.The Power of our Society is built on a fast, high-quality exchange of ideas, questions and collaborative learning about new HR technologies, trends and approaches. It is also, naturally, a community where everyone can rely on the confidence, trust and professionalism of other members.Since we are open to freelancers, solo entrepreneurs and founders of HR-driven companies, we kindly ask you to not use this society for sales and promotion. If any kind of business evolves through contacts within the society, we're cool as long as we don't get complaints about members trying to sell their services or products to others in a pushy way.Be kind. Be open. Be professional.And share your know-how so every one of us can reshape HR wherever we work.

Contact Us

If you may be interested in hosting and/or sponsoring one of them in the next future, please drop us a message to discuss this opportunity in detail. Alternatively, send us an email at info@secrethrsociety.com.

Thank You

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The Secret HR Society is a service provided by:4SEED Investments GmbH
Peter-Vischer-Strasse 16, 12157 Berlin
Managing Director : David Barret
Trade Register : Berlin (Charlottenburg)
Register # : HRB 130692B
Photo credit : Paul Earle auf Unsplash