Eight Upcoming Talks You’d Be Crazy to Miss. Seriously.


We all have limited time. I mean, there are only so many hours in a week. And there are a LOT of things out there to read and see and attend.  We’re all in the same boat. We have to pick and choose.

But how can we know which sessions and talks are worth our time and will get our minds  and hearts racing—and which talks are going to be a snoozefest that leave us wanting our wasted time back?

Consider me your crystal ball.

I’m about to share with you (in no particular order) eight upcoming talks I think you should try to get to. I think they are going to make you cry, they are so good. They will kick your creative thinking into high gear. They will inspire the heck out of you. They will make you better at your job.

And at the end of this post I’ll tell you something else that might just blow your mind.  (In a good way, don’t worry!)

The Speaker: Lindsey Pollak, author and expert on millennials

The Talk: Succeeding Through Generational Diversity

What’s it About?  For the first time in history, four distinct generations are sharing the workplace, and sometimes it feels as if they’re living in four different worlds. How can you successfully manage the Traditional Traditionalists, Still-Booming Boomers, Xtra-Independent Gen Xers and Tech-or-Die Gen Ys? The answer is crucial to your organization’s day-to-day productivity and long-term strategic success. In this dynamic presentation, bestselling author Lindsey Pollak — often called a translator among generations — shares expert insights into the four generations and their motivations, goals and communication styles. You will gain specific, actionable strategies to manage cross-generational challenges and turn multigenerational understanding into a competitive advantage.

Why go?  There are few hotter topics out there than millennials and managing the multigenerational workforce, and Lindsey is THE go-to expert on this topic. She consults with top Fortune 500 companies and her advice and opinions have appeared in places like the TODAY Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, FOX Business, Glamour, CNN and NPR.


The Speaker: UC Davis Professor and gratitude guru Robert Emmons

The Talk: Gratitude Works! The Science of Gratitude in the Organization

What’s it About?  Is gratitude the ultimate performance-enhancing substance? The grateful mind reaps a massive advantage in life. It makes you happier, boosts your work and productivity, increases your energy levels, and improves your health and relationships. Come learn the research behind the scientific findings and examine how integrating gratitude within the workplace can sustainably impact you and your team’s performance.  What factors permit and promote gratitude at work and what hurdles and hindrances does gratitude face?  We’ll also learn how we can all weave gratitude into our daily life both at work and at home, strengthening our communities.

Why go?  Dr Emmons is is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology. Plus, we talk about him all the time here on the blog.


The speaker: Tania Luna, TED speaker, author and consultant

The topic: How Surprise Makes or Breaks Workplace Happiness

The talk: Surprise is the least understood human emotion, yet it plays the largest role in personal and organizational wellbeing. After this eye-opening talk, you will walk away with new insights about surprise science and tools for building just the right amount of surprise into your company and your life.

Why go?  Tania has an incredible TED talk with nearly 1.5million views. She’s got a brand new book on the science of Surprise, and the work she is doing at LifeLabs New York and Surprise industries makes her one of the most, well, surprising, and innovative minds working on workplace culture today.


The Speaker: Pandit Dasa, urban monk, meditation teacher and author

The Talk: Watering the Root: Reducing Stress and Developing Greater Appreciation in the Workplace

What’s it About?  While there are many reasons for why we feel stressed at home and at work, the Eastern perspective suggests that a majority of our stress is caused by an under-nourished and unhealthy mind. The mind can become one’s best friend or one’s worst enemy by dwelling on negative situations for long periods of time, becoming anxious, feeling insecure, and even leading us into depression. This presentation will explore the impact a stressed mind has on the physical health and overall well-being of our employees and ourselves. We will also discuss the benefits meditation practices can have on the mind such as reducing stress, increasing focus and productivity and improving relationships, and how some of these constructs might translate into creating a more mindful work culture.

Why go?  Mindfulness is one of the most important new concepts to have entered the recent conversation on employee well-being, and Pandit Dasa is not only a teacher of mindfulness and TEDx speaker, but is familiar with its impact on work–as he has led workshops on stress management and meditation at Google, Bank of America, Novartis, Intel, and other companies. He also lectures at Columbia University and writes for the Huffington Post.


The Speaker: Catherine Flavin, positive psychology expert and consultant

The Talk: Flow into Full Engagement

What’s it About?  Flow is a state in which we’re fully engaged — so absorbed and focused we lose track of time and place. Catherine Flavin of Thrive Leadership will draw on her deep experience with engagement, and on the work of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, to lay out the conditions necessary for the experience of flow. She will help participants to identify ways to increase the likelihood of personally entering a flow state, and advise on what leaders and companies can do to nurture a culture conducive to flow–which increases peak experience and peak performance, benefiting people’s wellbeing and the organization.

Why go?  Catherine is such an inspiring speaker. If you haven’t seen her, you’re in for a treat. With 20 years experience in leadership, engagement, diversity, empathy, and organizational development across industries–she is a coach, facilitator and researcher with real substance. Don’t miss a chance to see Cathy talk.


The Speaker: Jennifer Reimert, CCP, former VP of Total Rewards, Symantec

The Talk: A Survival Guide for Managing Organizational Change 

What’s it About?  Former Symantec VP of Total Rewards Jennifer Reimert is no stranger to change in a global organization, having survived a whopping 53 mergers and acquisitions, and five new CEOs during a period of massive growth, as well as helping to implement a campaign to create a more unified culture. Change is a constant in HR, whether planned organizational initiatives or unanticipated fire drills. Join Jennifer to discover tips and techniques for helping today’s distributed cultures not only survive change, but use it to thrive. Jennifer is currently VP of solutions consulting for Globoforce.

Why go?  Jen Reimert has been where you are and survived to tell the tale. Many tales. A much loved industry leader in HR, Jen has a track record that spans two decades and more organizational change, growth and upheaval than you can imagine. This is a rare and valuable opportunity to get practicable advice from an industry vet.


The Speaker: Brigid Schulte, NYT Best selling-author and journalist

The Talk:Play Means Productivity

What’s it About?  In the US, fast is seen as the best speed, long hours a badge of honor, and career trajectories straight and narrow. But the most effective work is both fast and slow. And taking time off work actually makes time at work better. Neuroscience is showing that when we are idle, our brains are primed for the Aha! Moment. Time for play – to imagine, to wonder, to make new connections – is makes us most creative and productive at work. It’s also what enables us to be most fully human.

Why go?  How often do you get to listen to a pulitzer-prize winning journalist, for one? And for another, Brigid has an amazing book on the bestseller list called Overwhelmed that pretty much makes us all realize we’re not alone in feeling stretched too thin. Jump at the chance to hear Brigid’s innovative ideas around the importance of play.


The Speaker: Tim Leberecht, author and TED speaker

The Talk: Romanticize the Workplace!

What’s it About?  Author Tim Leberecht worries that big data, algorithms, and self-tracking technologies are engineering the romance out of our work lives. He argues that we can find and create more meaning, and even magic, by designing experiences that connect us with something greater than ourselves. Illustrated through examples that include hermits and secret societies, talking to strangers, and “Thick Days,” Leberecht presents three Rules of Enchantment that will help you design more delightful experiences at work—and create a more humane business world.

Why go?  The Business Romantic is a book with a radically different take on what it means to be a successful business, and Tim will inspire you to find more meaning in your work and in your company.  If you think meaning matters, Tim can give you some wonderful advice to how to translate that into action in your company.

Okay, amazing stuff, right? Here’s the kicker I mentioned. EVERY ONE of these sessions is going to be in the SAME place. At the SAME event. At WorkHuman 2015 in Orlando this June 8-10.

Yup. In addition to the keynotes we’ve already announced from Arianna Huffington, Rob Lowe, Nilofer Merchant, Adam Grant, Shawn Achor and Eric Mosley, you’ll to have the opportunity to see these eight speakers.  I don’t even have to use words like inspiring, innovative or amazing–because it is obvious. Anyone of them could have (and has) been a keynote speaker in their own right.

PLUS: you’ll also hear from the equally awesome folks below. (We didn’t have their abstracts complete at press-time.)

Wanda Herndon, former VP of Communications at Starbucks on 360˚ Mentoring

  Dr. Michael Burchell, author and consultant who literally co-wrote the book on becoming a Great Place to Work

Fawn Germer, Oprah-recommended bestselling author on the topics of risk-taking and why failure matters

Chris French, our VP of Customer Success, on the intersection of storytelling and technology in HR

Grant Beckett, our own VP of product, on the future of HR analytics

Plus a bunch more analysts and business leaders – We’ll have two panels  and talks filled with analysts and business leaders from Fortune 1000 companies. I’ll share those in a future post.

So, I hope by now it’s obvious. Deciding to come  to WorkHuman 2015 is a no-brainer.

The business benefit speaks for itself. The content speaks for itself. And that’s not even including the networking and the program of workshops and other activities that I’ll blog about over the next week. Really, the hardest decision you’ve got ahead of you is which sessions and tracks to choose!

Better sign up now before everyone else gets ahold of this list and gets there before you.

Oh, and if you use this blog code: BLOGSP400, we’ll roll you back to the early bird blog subscriber price from March—that’s $400 off the current registration rate!


Click here to register or learn more about WorkHuman 2015


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