Highlights

Building a Better Workplace

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These speakers focus on how to improve culture, community, and personal growth for employees in every industry. Boasting unparalleled expertise on the issues that shape the future of work, from interoffice communication to recruitment to systemic policy, these speakers will help your organization thrive. Whether through virtual or in-person engagements, these speakers are available to offer engaging and valuable strategies for employees no matter where they are in their careers.

Priya Parker

Facilitator, strategic advisor, and author of The Art of Gathering

Priya Parker’s bold approach to gatherings is redefining the way people connect at work. Parker shows teams ways to create transformative, unforgettable gatherings, whether virtual or in-person, that allow them to step back from their daily routine, rediscover their motivations, and develop strategies for innovation. In her interactive talks and in her book, The Art of Gathering, she challenges audiences to dig down to the root of why and how we make connections, create communities, and build organizations.

Porter Braswell

CEO and co-founder of Jopwell and author of Let Them See You

How can companies foster an environment that encourages diverse perspectives, and how can professionals of color leverage their identities at work? These are the questions Porter Braswell sought to answer when he founded, Jopwell, a career advancement platform for Black, Latinx, and Native American students and professionals. In his talks and his book, Let Them See You, Braswell advises companies on how to create a more representative workplace and nurture inclusivity.

Bill Burnett

Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Dave Evans

Co-founder of Electronic Arts and co-author of the #1 New York Times-bestselling book Designing Your Life

Bill Burnett, Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and Dave Evans, Management Consultant and Adjunct Lecturer, teach audiences how to use the tools of designers and design thinking to build meaningful lives and careers through innovation and creative problem-solving. They advise major corporations about the rapidly changing relationships between employers and employees and how to co-create the work experience to yield more productive and mutually beneficial relationships. Their work applies to people at all career levels from entry level to C-suite executives.

J. Kelly Hoey

Networking expert and author of Build Your Dream Network

Networking expert J. Kelly Hoey gives advice on how to connect for success in the age of social media. With her past experiences co-founding a startup accelerator and partnering with two venture capital firms, Hoey has built a huge platform in the women’s leadership, entrepreneurial, and mentorship world. She engages with professionals at all career levels to help them define their professional goals, engage with peers and mentors in unique and thoughtful ways to establish a strong network, and leverage their existing connections to achieve their goals.

Robert B. Reich

Former Secretary of Labor, economist, and New York Times-bestselling author

Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich is an expert on what makes the American workforce tick. Reich’s accessible insights on economics and policy—which he shares on his popular social media channels, in his bestselling books like The Common Good, and in his widely-viewed documentary, Inequality for All—help thousands of people better understand the relationship between our economic state and the world of work.

Elisabeth Rosenthal

Award-winning reporter, former physician, and author of An American Sickness

New York Times opinion writer and former physician Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal is a tireless advocate who helps individuals navigate an increasingly expensive and elaborate healthcare system. In talks aimed at organizations and employees, Dr. Rosenthal guides audiences through the healthcare system and advises patients on how to fight big bills and unfair financial treatment within their plans. With her practical approach, Dr. Rosenthal helps individuals get more for their healthcare dollars, offering useful strategies that can be deployed today.

Lauren Smith Brody

Author of The Fifth Trimester

Lauren Smith Brody is the founder of The Fifth Trimester movement. She guides new moms and parents through their return to work. In her talks and workshops, she delivers motivation, strategies, and big-picture thinking about parent satisfaction in the workplace and how to improve workplace culture and retain talent by improving paid parental leave and closing gender pay gaps.

Laura Vanderkam

Author of Off the Clock, 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think and I Know How She Does It

Nationally recognized journalist Laura Vanderkam is an expert on time management. She helps her audiences maximize their time, productivity, and work/life balance, while guiding them to rediscover their true passions in pursuit of more meaningful lives. She offers practical tools that will make people feel less busy and accomplish more of what they want to do to help them make the most of their time, both at work and at home.

Rob Walker

Journalist and author of The Art of Noticing

Rob Walker is a journalist and educator who writes about design, technology, business, and the arts. After years of covering the technology industry, consumer culture, and the modern workplace, Walker noticed that the ability to experience and be present was lost in an “age of nonstop distraction.” He outlines simple and playful practices to help audiences become more mindful of the world around them, find inspiration, and spark creativity and innovation in professional and everyday life.

Peter Walsh

Organizational design expert, television and radio personality, and New York Times bestselling author

Peter Walsh is an organizational design expert and television and radio personality. He aims to help people live richer, happier lives by providing practical advice on how to optimize living and work spaces for maximal efficiency, productivity, and happiness. Walsh’s tailored talks provide guidelines for channeling the chaos and creating calm environments, breaking down why clean, organized spaces are so critical to healthy and productive lifestyles.

Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur

Entrepreneurs and authors of Work Wife

Through the process of launching a business, Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur have discovered how the unique power of female friendship can fuel successful companies and that vulnerability, openess, and compassion–qualities central to so many women’s relationships–lend themselves to professional accomplishment and innovation. 

Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Creators of the revolutionary design sprint and authors of Make Time

Designers Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, with their combined twenty-five plus years of Silicon Valley experience, are sought-after experts on methods and techniques to maximize productivity and creativity. Driven by the goal of turning daily distractions and long-overdue deadlines into finished products and a chance to find the next great idea, Knapp and Zeratsky became obsessed with the idea of redesigning time and spent years optimizing their own daily routines. Turning to their years of experience, Knapp and Zeratsky speak on how to redesign schedules and workflows to make time for what truly matters.