Transforming leaders and teams from the inside out
Adam Smiley Poswolsky
Author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Millennial workplace expert
Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, keynote speaker, and author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters. Smiley has inspired thousands of young professionals and entrepreneurs to find fulfilling work, through speaking at Fortune 500 companies and collaborating with organizations like the Hive Global Leaders Program, Camp Grounded, the Bold Academy, StartingBloc, The Passion Co., Esalen, and General Assembly. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, Fast Company, and Time, and his work has been featured in Mashable, VICE, CNBC, Business Insider, and the World Economic Forum, among others.
Alex currently manages community and client engagement for IDEO’s open innovation team. Energized by opportunity living in the intersection between technology and social good, she’s spent her career exploring this question from different perspectives. Her work has taken her from a charter school in Southern India, to a philanthropy start up in San Francisco, to a local non-profit in South Africa. Previous to joining IDEO, she worked in business development for LinkedIn’s online learning product. Beyond work, she’s passionate about interconnectedness on a global scale, and believes in the importance of avoiding a single story. Nothing grabs her attention more than dystopian sci-fi, in either book or movie form.
Alexandra Kinloch is a serial award-winning entrepreneur and business strategist. She is the Founder of The Inside Academy, a strategic business and leadership coaching company. With over 12 years of business experience, including a successful tech startup, she holds a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, a BA in Arts & Marketing and a Certificate in Professional Coaching. Alexandra is highly skilled at bringing ideas to life and was named in the 'Top Australian Female Entrepreneurs Under 40' in both 2014 and 2015 and now uses her experience to help entrepreneurs and companies envision their future and execute a plan to make this vision a reality.
Cherie is a Possibilitarian. She helps leaders get what they want so they can change the world. Her people are the ones who crave more, the big lights who refuse to settle. She will help you develop your personal brand, get into alignment with who you are and why you're here and become your highest, best self. Then in no time, she’ll upgrade what you’re here to create, refining your brand, messaging and offering. A Board Certified Coach, Founder of One Woman Effect and the Bring It Group, Cherie blends a lifetime of study with great Masters in spirituality, strategy and transformation. She’s a business owner and entrepreneur with degrees in Marketing, Communication and Strategic Intervention and has worked with corporate leaders for 20 years to rise up and make a difference in the world.
Christine Lai is a cross-sector collaboration catalyst, connecting ideas, passions, and people for positive social change. She most recently served as Chief of Staff for Delivering Happiness, an organization focused on creating more successful companies by building sustainable work cultures through the science of happiness. She was selected as a 2012 ProInspire and StartingBloc Fellow and has experience in education, hospitality, and sports. Christine is a yes-mad [a.k.a. global citizen] and loves spending time enjoying good company, conversation, and cuisine. She is inspired and invigorated by communities and bringing people together to do epic things.
A facilitator, strategist, and coach, Daniela helps people and organizations accelerate creativity and collaboration. She is a partner at Sightful, an innovation strategy consultancy and a founding facilitator at Play on Purpose. Daniela has worked with companies like Facebook, IDEO, Boeing, Eileen Fisher, Omega Institute, and presented at Nexus Youth summits at the United Nations and US Congress. She holds an MA in Intermodal Arts Consulting & Coaching, and a BA in Psychology. Daniela is certified in Integrative Health Coaching and 5Rhythms, a mindful movement practice she has been studying for over 15 years.
Manager, Yahoo For Good, Yahoo Employee Foundation
Emmy is a Social Entrepreneur and currently an intraprenuer at Yahoo focused on Social Impact and culture initiatives. In her current role, she manages the Yahoo Employee Foundation teaching employees about philanthropy and oversees a $12M donor advised fund which grants to hundreds of nonprofits globally. She also designs, facilitates and leads cultural programs such as a Mindfulness Program and diversity initiatives for employees in partnership with community organizations. Prior to Yahoo, Emmy worked with organizations focusing on youth and experiential learning programs in the Bay Area such as Galileo Learning, Citizen Schools, Youth Community Services and was a global wilderness tour guide for Adventures Cross Country. She serves on the Advisory Board at UC Berkeley for the Executive Development program, Innovation and Leadership through Positive Psychology. She received her BA in Communication and Culture, International Development and Social Change from Clark University.
Gabriel Wilson (M.Ed) is a developmental consultant and integral facilitator with a passion and commitment to diversity, inclusion and human development. His work takes us to the intersection of social justice, design thinking, human psychology and group dynamics. Gabriel studied adult developmental psychology and leadership through Stanford’s Masters program in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS). He was a lecturer at Stanford University for the innovative class, Designing Your Life, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students the principles of design thinking as applied to personal and professional development. He is an associate for Ten Directions, a developmental training program for facilitative leadership and the director of the Integral Diversity Initiative, a think tank exploring practices and applications of integral theory and facilitation to diversity. And, last but not least, he is a practitioner of meditation in the Zen lineage through the Two Arrows Zen Center.
Using a community-focused lens, Jeff Shiau helps teams figure out the root of their problems, and level-up their capacity to address them. Teams like Delivering Happiness and Impact Hub approach Jeff with problems such as growth, facilitation, and design. He considers success when a team understands their situation at a simple human level, and feels empowered to move forward.
Jonny is the Engagement Lead on Airbnb's Trips team, managing efforts to engage and educate the global community of hosts of Airbnb Experiences. The role builds upon his work with the Airbnb home host community for the past couple years, along with his background in international education. He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in China and Liberia, and earned a masters in international development from SOAS, University of London.
Jackie D. Jenkins is an experienced organizational change facilitator and strategic leadership coach based in New York City. Bringing almost 20 years experience in urban education, non-profit management, organizational design and leadership development, Jackie's gift lies in helping individuals and teams to compassionately envision, design, and implement the transformational changes they want to see in a world that has become increasingly more complex.
Jessica teaches leadership to executives and emerging leaders around the world. She brings a multi-disciplinary approach to her work, operating at the intersection of various disciplines - that of a strategy consultant, organizational development practitioner, culture shaper, and thought leader in the field of leadership and management development. Jessica has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, and Fulfillment Daily. In 2015, she was awarded the Positive Business Award for her ground-breaking work to cultivate more meaningful and connected workplaces. Jessica received an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and master's degrees from Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. She lives in San Ramon, California with her husband and two boys who share her unbridled zest and over-active curiosity.
As an Innovative People Development Leader, Jolene Anello Oliver generates purpose-driven organizational cultures to propel employee engagement and productivity. Leveraging intuition, Jolene helps companies strengthen their connection to their core values and mission through change management by harmonizing teams on their shared values and empowering employees to leverage their greatest strengths. Jolene has been a creative change agent who inspires stakeholder engagement and business transformation. Her work emanates from her desire to help people thrive personally and professionally.
Kristoffer Carter (“KC”) is a culture and meditation advisor for companies. “His sweet-spot is in optimizing the employee experience to drive business objectives.” -Deb Josephs, SVP of People, IAC Applications. KC’s Mission + Values-centered programs have been featured in Business Insider, onstage at Wisdom 2.0, and in countless conferences and podcast interviews. Kristoffer built his experience with Centro, who won the #1 Best Place to Work in Fortune Magazine, Advertising Age, and for an unprecedented four straight years by Crains’ Business Chicago. He lives in Ohio with his wife and three children.
An internationally recognized social artist and an advocate of the Earth, Laura Larriva Page blends her deep love of archetypal and developmental psychology, dance, mythology, ecology, and the study of many nature-based traditions into powerful, embodied explorations of Soul. All designed to coax the whole human experience back from cultural exile, and to catalyze deep, systemic shift in the lives of leaders. Laura is currently pursuing her doctorate in developmental psychology and cultural leadership.
Larissa is a coach, culture designer, and rites of passage guide who helps leaders navigate from their deep listening into greater alignment through her business, Wayfinding. She creates the training ground for Wayfinders by blending ten years of experience in leadership coaching, culture consulting, ecosystems science, ceremony design and facilitation, and holistic healing into uniquely transformative experiences. Larissa’s offerings range from 1:1 coaching and leadership circles, to rites of passage, culture transformation, and leadership qigong. All of her work is designed to help leaders foster integrity through inner listening, embody their authentic leadership style, and navigate from their center, so they can more skillfully serve as stewards of creative energy. She's worked with hundreds of leaders across startups and the Fortune 100 from companies like Box, Deloitte, Genentech, Google, and the Wikimedia Foundation.
Luisa Covaria is the Principal Community Designer for OpenIDEO– IDEO’s open innovation platform. Luisa designs programs and leads projects focused on building social movements. As part of her role to push the boundaries of what is possible, she has designed boot camps, online environments and programs blending online and offline experiences to help early stage entrepreneurs in the social impact space take their initiatives to the next level. Before joining OpenIDEO, Luisa worked as a user experience designer for various boutique agencies and NGO’s in New York City, started a social venture to facilitate collaboration and co-creation around pressing social issues and developed programs to empower marginalized communities through participatory filmmaking, from Asia to South America.
Marisol embraces the axiom "relationships make the world go round". Her most recent work was on the People Development team at Zendesk, building people's relational foundations through EQ-focused initiatives. She shaped companywide interpersonal training programs and helped innovate the overall employee engagement & feedback programs. She facilitates Strengthscope, a strengths-based assessment tool, and experiments with how people can be more fully human in their working lives, as the San Francisco event lead for CultureLab. Previously, she spent 7 years in product management and marketing roles, including at a face-recognition company acquired by Google, and an interactive video site acquired by Zoosk. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Business Marketing from the University of Southern California.
Monisha Chandanani is an Intuitive Leadership Coach and the founder of See.Love.Choose., a system for conscious creation. Monisha works with conscious social entrepreneurs and executives that build businesses for good. Her work centers around guiding her clients to their most authentic, unique genius and leading from that place. Monisha is especially skilled at inspiring innovative, creative, and fun ways of achieving more by doing less. She is known for her genuinely loving disposition combined with her piercingly honest and direct approach. Monisha has the honor and privilege of working with extraordinary leaders from Twitter, Google, Airbnb, Qualcomm and Facebook along with game-changing entrepreneurs.
Scott Shigeoka is curiously and joyfully creating at the intersection of community, stories, design and collective change.
He is a Community Designer and Storyteller with OpenIDEO. There, he's supporting community-driven projects that address social challenges. He supports OpenIDEO Chapters, a network of communities that are designing social events and projects in more than 20 cities worldwide.
Prior to his work at IDEO, Scott was a Fulbright-MTV Networks Fellow in Iceland. There, he researched the role of music in the country's modern environmental movement. He also founded a social enterprise that designs creative experiences—like music festivals, residencies and leadership summits—that imagines a world where community activism is the norm.
Scott has worked with institutions like the University of Pennsylvania as a strategist, community designer and facilitator. He is a writer that worked as a contributing music reporter for The Washington Post, and has also sporadically published his thoughts on culture, arts and community for other media outlets.
Tara works in IDEO's Design for Change studio, which aims to transform and grow the creative capacity of organizations around the world. She is particularly excited when tough strategic problems are manifested beautifully, and her role in BD allows her to help potential clients begin to navigate that journey. Educated at the College of William and Mary in Virginia, Tara changed course from her liberal arts roots in international relations to spend three years in management consulting. Beauty and strategy now intersect in her role at IDEO. When not writing proposals galore, you can find Tara behind a film-loaded camera, playing some volleyball, or climbing some rocks.
Willie Jackson is an inclusion strategist who empowers thoughtful organizations and the leaders who run them. He is the President and CEO of Equity Impact Group, Founder and Publisher of Abernathy, and a frequent speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and multicultural millennial leadership. A graduate of Florida State University (Information Technology), Jackson lives in Harlem, New York City.
Experience designer, founder of Intrinsic Impact Consulting
Zanette Johnson, PhD is a experience designer, researcher and facilitator who helps teams change patterns and sustain new practices as they seek to reach shared goals. Using research-based principles, she assists organizations and individuals in accessing their "intrinsic resources" to gracefully solve unexpected challenges and profit from surprise opportunities. Dr. Johnson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, a Master’s in Teaching, and a doctoral degree from Stanford University’s “Learning Science and Technology Design” program.