Workhuman Live Session Spotlight: 3 Thought Leaders You Need to Know

February 25, 2020 Lauren Grady

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We’re a few months into the new year and the conversation around what’s in store for the decade ahead has ignited.   

Forbes recently published “8 HR Predictions for 2020,” in which Workhuman® CEO Eric Mosley and 12 world-renowned innovators and business leaders explore the key factors to success in the midst of a global technology revolution. But how can you stay on top of these industry trends as they evolve? The abundance of news articles, videos, and discussion topics popping up on your feed on any given day can be overwhelming. Don’t worry – we can help you cut through the clutter.

The content for Workhuman® Live, May 11-14 in San Antonio, is curated by a team of experts who have spent the last year researching some the world’s sharpest thought leaders, academics, and business innovators. Featured below are three leaders speaking in May who will open your mind to new, purposeful ways of creating a connected and high-performing workplace. And all three have been previously featured here on the Workhuman blog.

  1. Better equip yourself to navigate stress with Nataly Kogan.

How can we enable ourselves to reach our full potential? Grit can certainly help us persevere in achieving our long-term, lofty goals. But as much as grit can be an ally, it can also be an adversary. Without the right emotional health skills in place, grit can leave you feeling mentally and physically exhausted.

Just last year, the World Health Organization recognized burnout as an official diagnosis in its latest revision of the International Classification of Diseases. And Workhuman’s latest employee survey report, “The Future of Work Is Human,” found stress is bound to show up in individuals and teams when there is any level of emotional investment in the workplace.

In her session, “Challenge Is Constant, Struggle Is Optional: Science-Backed Skills to Help You and Your Team Avoid Burnout, Manage Stress, and Thrive During Challenges and Change,” May 12 at 11:30 a.m., Nataly will share proven practices that can easily be incorporated into your daily routine to better manage stress and avoid future burnout.

  1. Incorporate moonshot thinking into your business with Ozan Varol

Ozan moved from Turkey to the United States by himself when he was 17 years old. He sent two rovers to Mars as a rocket scientist before becoming an award-winning law professor and author. What is most admirable about his background is his ability not only pivot, but also to thrive in new and challenging environments.

Because creativity and critical thinking are vital in the era of constant transformation, we’re featuring Ozan’s session, “How to Think Like a Rocket Scientist,” May 13 at 2:45 p.m., to help companies and employees position themselves for success in the new decade. He’ll challenge you to reframe your thinking and deliver practical insights to become a top innovator and performer at work.

His forthcoming book, “Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life,” was the number one pick on former Workhuman Live speaker Adam Grant’s list of the top 20 books of 2020.

Plus, how often do you get to exchange ideas with a rocket scientist? It’s time to reimagine the status quo.

  1. Modernize your leadership to fuel innovation with Cy Wakeman.

As a New York Times best-selling author and the founder of Reality-Based Leadership, Cy is globally recognized for her counter-intuitive approach to leadership and talent management. She’s making a stop in San Antonio on her Ditch the Drama Tour to impart her knowledge on high-performing teams and drama-free workplaces.

In her session, “A Modern Approach to Leadership: The Secret to Developing High-Performing Teams,” May 13 at 2:45 p.m., she’ll reveal her latest findings on topics like the killer to accountability and how to improve giving and receiving feedback (hint: it has nothing to do with an annual performance review). If you’re seeking data, humor, and actionable content to take home, she’s your go-to presenter.  

Learn and grow in San Antonio.

Workhuman Live is designed to empower and enlighten the humans of today and the workforce of tomorrow. It’s a fully immersive experience with more than 50 breakout sessions across eight content tracks. Together we’ll tackle modern workplace challenges and engage in warm, genuine networking.

If you're interested in learning how to make the world a happier and more equitable place, this is the conference for you. Did I mention you can also score major credit? Earn 17 SHRM, 17 HRCI, 17 HRPA, 17 APTD, and 2.5 WorldatWork professional development credits to put toward your certification or recertification.  

Who will be your favorite speaker this year? You’ll have to join and tell us!

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Lauren Grady

Lauren is content project manager of events at Workhuman.

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