Brené Brown is a world-renowned researcher, author, and speaker who has spent the past 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. Brown is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong, and Daring Greatly. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017.
Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest tenured professor and top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40 and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver and a professional magician.
Grant is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times best seller translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, FORTUNE’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management and The Washington Post’s books every leader should read. He has been profiled on the TODAY show and in The New York Times magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?” Grant’s forthcoming book, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward (February, 2016) examines how people can drive creative, moral and organizational progress and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations.
Grant’s speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the U.S. Army and Navy. His recent New York Times op-eds include “Raising a moral child,” which has been shared over 250,000 times on social media, and “When talking about bias backfires” with Sheryl Sandberg.
He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has been honored with the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for every class that he has taught. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.
Grant earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.
Steve Pemberton, author of “A Chance in the World,” inspires audiences across the country sharing his story of triumph over adversity. He currently holds the position of global chief diversity officer for Walgreens Boots Alliance, the first global, pharmacy-led health and wellbeing enterprise in the world.
One of America’s most inspiring executives, he brings a deep personal understanding of human differences and the human experience to his position. Pemberton was a ward of the state for much of his childhood, an experience he chronicled in his 2012 best-selling memoir, “A Chance in the World” (Thomas Nelson). His extraordinary life journey, featured in People Magazine, has been translated into Mandarin and continues to inspire audiences across the world; the movie adaption of his life has just been completed. Pemberton’s book, “A Chance in the World,” has been used as a school read selection at numerous high schools and colleges across the country. His dedication to public service and personal and professional achievement have also earned him Honorary Doctorates from Winston-Salem State University (2014), Boston College (2015), and Mount Ida College (2016). In 2015, Pemberton was awarded the prestigious Horizon Award by the United States Congress, presented to individuals from the private sector who have contributed to expanding opportunities for all Americans through their own personal contributions, and who have set exceptional examples for young people through their successes in life.
A graduate of Boston College, he is a Bostonian by birth and a Chicagoan by choice. Pemberton resides on several non-profit boards including UCAN, New Yorkers for Children, and The United States Business Leadership Network. He and his wife Tonya are the proud parents of three children.
As co-founder and CEO of Globoforce, Eric Mosley has been directing the path of Globoforce as the innovator in the recognition industry since the company’s beginning. His vision to raise employee recognition from a tactical, unmeasured, and undervalued effort to a strategic global program with clear measures for performance and success is now being realized in some of the world’s largest and most complex organizations.
Eric’s work has been published in such publications as Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Forbes, and Fortune, and he has also presented at industry and investment conferences around the world. He is the author of The Crowdsourced Performance Review and the co-author of the critically acclaimed books Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks.
Cy Wakeman is a dynamic international keynote speaker, business consultant, New York Times bestselling author, and global thought leader with over 20 years experience cultivating a revolutionary new approach to leadership. Grounded in reality, Wakeman’s philosophy has helped organizations and individuals all over the world learn to ditch the drama and turn excuses into results.
Wakeman’s professional journey began when she was promoted to her first management position in the late 1980’s. Rather than forcing ineffective, conventional management practices into her workplace, Wakeman began developing and teaching her employees a reality-based mindset, one that is founded in personal accountability. What she found was inspiring – her employees were not only motivated to succeed, but they were also driven to deliver results, adept to change, and emanate happiness on the job. Inspired to help others transform their organizations and their work, Wakeman began consulting and training. Today, she visits more than 200 companies each year, empowering employees and executives alike to take control of and invest in their work.
Named one of the “Top 100 Leadership Experts to Follow” on Twitter, Wakeman’s influence continues to build. Participants consistently rank her programs as the single most impactful training they have ever received. An expert blogger on FastCompany.com, Forbes.com and The Huffington Post, Wakeman’s ideas have been featured on the TODAY Show, The Social, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, Success.com, and SHRM.com. She’s written two books, Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama, Restore Sanity to the Workplace, & Turn Excuses into Results (Jossey-Bass; 2010) and The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances, & Will Make You Happier (Jossey-Bass; 2013).
Wakeman’s New York Times bestselling book, The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace, shows employees how to calculate their true value to their organization. With an original formula for measuring current performance, future potential, and “emotional expensiveness” – the toll an individual’s actions and attitudes take on the people around them, Wakeman shows employees how to become invaluable team members and learn to love their jobs again.
Wakeman is a highly sought-after conference headliner and holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3%of speakers. For more information, please visit www.realitybasedleadership.com.
Vice president, client strategy
and consulting, Globoforce
As vice president, client strategy and consulting at Globoforce, Derek leads the company’s Insight consulting division. In this role, he helps clients, including some of world’s most admired companies, leverage proven recognition strategies and best practices to elevate employee engagement, increase retention, and improve bottom-line results. Derek is one of the world’s foremost experts on employee recognition and engagement, helping business leaders set a higher vision and ambition for their company culture. As a renowned speaker, author of an acclaimed blog, Recognize This!, and the co-author of Winning with a Culture of Recognition and The Power of Thanks, he teaches HR leaders how to use recognition to proactively manage company culture. His viewpoints and writings are also regularly featured across all major HR publications, including Workspan, HR Magazine, HR Executive, Talent Management, and Workforce Management.
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