Feature Interviews

Doug Kirkpatrick

I’m an organizational change consultant with NuFocus Strategic Group, TEDx and keynote speaker, author, educator, and former director at the Association for Talent Development. I spent the first season of my career with Morning Star, a world leader in food production. I now engage with the Great Work Cultures, The Center for Innovative Cultures and […]

Zach Ferres

Zach Ferres is the CEO of Coplex, a Startup Accelerator that works with non-coding, industry experts to start successful tech companies. He is also a Founding Partner at Coplex Ventures, the VC arm of Coplex and a contributor for Entrepreneur Magazine. Zach holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Ohio Northern University with a […]

Pete Dignan

Pete Dignan has spent the last 20 years as the CEO of two Certified B Corps and Executive Director a nonprofit. He founded Ever Better as a Public Benefit Corporation in 2017. Pete is a keen observer who asks incisive questions and listens. He applies his experience to help social enterprises become more purposeful, participatory, […]

Brooke Erol

Brooke O. Erol is the Founder/President of two local San Diego businesses, YourBestLife and Purposeful Business. She has worked with leaders, founders, C-level executives closely since her first career days at IBM. She has international experience working with Fortune 500 companies as her clients. She is also an author of Create a Life You Love. […]

Ray Collins & Mike Swisher

Mike and Ray quit their fancy corporate jobs to embark on a mission to help people make the most out of life. When they’re not busy learning from the many mistakes inherent in being first time founders, they enjoy jamming on their banjo and harmonica and exploring the music, food and beer of their new […]

Erik Ayers

Erik Ayers has spent over 20 years helping all types of services firms’ market their capabilities, expertise, and other good stuff that makes them special. He has held roles in research, marketing, sales, and recruiting. Not long ago, over a glass of wine and some good music, Erik realized that stories at work are an […]

Parker Simon

Parker Simon’s multidisciplinary work explores perception, meaning, strategy, and design. Believing many of the world’s challenges have roots in language, he sees human literacy as a transformative force for progress. He’s involved in creating Like Humans, and has previously worked in mens’ fashion and advertising. Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other […]

Pim de Morree & Joost Minnaar

Pim de Morree and Joost Minnaar decided to quit their jobs and set off on a mission to travel the world, meeting and learning from pioneers in workplace wellbeing and happiness–ticking off the heroes on their Bucket List as they go. Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re working isn’t […]

Jurgen Appelo

Jurgen Appelo is pioneering management to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century. He offers concrete games, tools, and practices, so you can introduce better management, with fewer managers. Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network. He is also a speaker who is […]

Nate Greenlee

Nate Greenlee is a lifelong entrepreneur who has helped launch tech & big data startups as well as pioneer the new space market. Throughout his journey he’s discovered that WHO is more important than WHAT and that culture matters (culture is the foundation stone and oxygen to great companies). He’s currently the Co-Founder and CEO […]

Jess Larsen

In addition to founding Ideation Collective, Mr. Larsen is currently a Co-Founding Partner at a Manhattan based asset management firm. Previously he was Co-founder & CEO of an investment fund that provided growth capital to energy companies. He has served as a Director at an international management consulting firm, where his clients included Microsoft, Oracle, […]

Courtney Seiter

Courtney Seiter is a writer, editor and inclusivity catalyst at Buffer, focusing on the intersection of workplace culture and inclusivity. Her writing has appeared in TIME, Fast Company, Lifehacker, Inc. and more. On the side, she’s the co-founder of Girls to the Moon, a company that produces events designed to build confidence in girls age 9-14. […]

Josh Levine

For over 15 years Josh has helped leaders build purpose-driven organizations through brand and culture management. He is a co-founder of CULTURE LABx and a senior lecturer at California College of the Arts’ MBA program in Design Strategy. His writing has been featured in publications including Fast Company, The Design Management Journal, and 99u. Josh holds a BS in […]

S. Chris Edmonds

S. Chris Edmonds is a sought-after speaker, author, and executive consultant. He’s the founder and CEO of The Purposeful Culture Group. After a 15-year executive career leading high performing teams, Chris began his consulting company in 1990. He has worked as a senior consultant with The Ken Blanchard Companies since 1995. Chris is one of […]

Ari Weinzweig

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman’s Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory and the newest business—Cornman Farms. Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $55,000,000 […]

Jerry Wagner

Starting as a PhD. Statistician Jerry spent several years in Austin, Texas as Head of the Operations Research Group, College of Engineering at UT, starting software companies, and doing historical preservation. In 2001 he joined the Peter Kiewit Institute in Omaha, Nebraska where he started the BSc. Degree in IT Innovation. While there he was […]

Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll is most comfortable when he’s delivering a rousing presentation to 3-400 people. He’s 100% entrepreneur, and on a mission to help free people from big lifestyles and small lives. Adam has been teaching the public about financial education for the past 10 years having presented on over 500 college and University campuses, hundreds of […]

Ryan Hartwig

Ryan T. Hartwig, PhD (University of Colorado Boulder), is associate dean of the college of liberal arts and sciences and associate professor of communication at Azusa Pacific University in Greater Los Angeles. Blending his teaching, research and leadership practice, Ryan has consulted with and trained leaders at numerous universities, churches, and nonprofit organizations, helping them develop thriving leadership and ministry teams, […]

Jase Wilson

Jase Wilson is co-founder and CEO of Neighborly, the Community Investment Marketplace. Neighborly connects people with high-quality opportunities to invest directly in the places and civic projects they care about, and gives communities the tools needed for “crowd-first” financing of amenities and infrastructure. Before co-founding Neighborly, Wilson studied cities, technology and real estate at the […]

Rich Sheridan

From kid programmer in 1971 to Forbes cover story in 2003, Richard Sheridan has never shied from challenges, opportunities nor the limelight. While his focus has always been around technology, his passion is actually process, teamwork and organizational design, with one inordinately popular goal: the business value of joy! Sheridan, who is also an Adjunct Professor of […]

Liz Kelly

Liz Kelly is CEO and founder of Brilliant Ink, an employee experience consulting firm with offices in Oakland, CA and New York. She has helped dozens of organizations tackle their employee engagement challenges, including PayPal, Visa, Genentech, Yahoo, and Novo Nordisk. A passionate advocate for women in business, she serves on the San Francisco board […]

Joshua Waldman

Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment.com, won the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. Career […]

Maddie Grant

Maddie Grant is an expert digital strategist who has helped hundreds of organizations with internal and external engagement. In addition to her work through her consulting firm Culture That Works, Maddie is Editor of SocialFish, one of the most visited and respected blogs written for nonprofit and association executives. She is an accomplished speaker and […]

Tim Leberecht

Tim Leberecht is the author of the book The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself (HarperCollins, 2015) and the chief marketing officer of NBBJ, a global design and architecture firm that helps organizations such as Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Samsung, Starbucks, and Tencent create meaningful experiences. Previously, […]

Belinda Liu

Born in Taiwan and raised in a conservative Taiwanese household in the suburbs of Pennsylvania and North Carolina, Belinda’s life has been about navigating dichotomies. As a child, it was learning to speak English in school and Chinese at home, and pleasing her parents with obedience and discipline while trying to impress her teachers with imagination and independent thinking. In […]

Chris Taylor

Chris Taylor is a writer, entrepreneur and speaker. He spends his daylight hours helping consultants and employees alike find meaning in their work and discover rich team relationships through his company, Actionablebooks.com. When he’s not engrossed in work, Chris is an avid traveler, cyclist and snowboarder who loves nothing more than a well prepared meal […]

Peter Sorgenfrei

Peter Sorgenfrei is trying to change the world of work, leading the team at Somewhere.com. After seeing how companies and people never ‘found’ their perfect match in each other, he figured there had to be a better way. Somewhere had built a platform and needed someone to take the message into corporates around the world. […]

Carol Ross

Carol Ross is a career coach, writer, and speaker who helps “crazy brilliant misfits” find their place in the world. She worked as an engineer in the nuclear power and telecom industries for 20 years. Along the way, she landed jobs through networking, created her own position inside a 3,000 person R+D organization, worked part-time […]

Vikas Narula

Vikas Narula is Creator and Co-Founder of Keyhubs (keyhubs.com), a Minneapolis-based management software and consulting firm, which specializes in helping organizations realize their potential by uncovering and tapping the hidden organization—the informal network of relationships that exist between employees. He was listed among 100 leaders to “help you thrive” by Twin Cities Business magazine. He is also Founder of Neighborhood Forest, a social […]

Cassandra Paré

CEO and Founder of Favoire, Cassandra Paré has her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Fordham School of Business.  She has spent over 6 years in Marketing, the last four of which have been as Vice President of Digital Marketing, Content and Social with Citigroup.  During her time at Citigroup […]

Mark Rowland

Mark Rowland has worked all over the world: UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and is currently residing in Las Vegas. Mark has had a balance of senior executive experience inside corporates as well as entrepreneurial activities. He is a chartered accountant, qualified coach and an expert in all things happiness. Why does the world need a […]

Lisa Schenk

Lisa Schenk is an executive coach and consultant with over 20 years experience helping people be successful in the world of work. A Ph.D. in organizational communication and 5 years with McKinsey & Co. honed Lisa’s interest in shaping organizations for optimal human outcomes. Over the last 12 years, Lisa has been on the faculty at the […]

Daphne Depassé

Daphne Depassé is founder of Plan B. Plan B is just what it says. It’s another path. It’s about acting differently. To move forward. Unscrew the system in a blissful way. As her TEDx bio says: “Daphne is a solution designer, entrepreneur, writer, transformer, speaker, consultant (and insultant), booster, teacher, multiple viewer, unlearner and happifier. […]

Mike Hostetler

Mike Hostetler is an entrepreneur and technologist. He’s passionate about open source, building great organizations and helping others succeed. Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re working isn’t working. Why not?) Technology has fundamentally changed our work, but the way we organize that work and distribute the abundance […]

Jason Lauritsen

Jason Lauritsen is a talent strategist, innovator and keynote speaker who will challenge you to think differently about talent and the workplace. For nearly a decade, he spent his days as a corporate Human Resources leader where he developed a reputation for driving business results through talent.  Today, Jason’s quest is to identify, recognize and […]

Vinny Tafuro

In 2012 Vinny Tafuro published Corporate Empathy, capitalizing on the conversations, debates, and economic shifts being catalyzed by the growing rights, freedoms, and responsibilities of corporations as a result of corporate personhood. His Corporate Empathy brand uses sardonic and pointed commentary and slogans on high quality apparel and merchandise as a challenge to dated economic […]

Paul Miller

Paul Miller has been at the heart of the work and technology revolution for 20 years. He is CEO and Founder of the Digital Workplace Group (DWG) and author of The Digital Renaissance of Work – Delivering Digital Workplaces Fit for the Future, The Digital Workplace: How Technology is Liberating Work, and Mobilising the Power of What You Know. […]

Chuck Blakeman

Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re working isn’t working. Why not?) Because the Industrial Age management practices we inherited from the 19th century factory system just aren’t working for us in today’s world. We may not have assembly lines and smoke stacks anymore, but just about everything […]

Jacob Morgan

Jacob is the author of the newly released, The Future of Work: Attract New Talent, Build Better Leaders, and Create a Competitive Organization (Wiley). He is also the principal and co-founder of the future of work consulting firm Chess Media Group and the FOW Community, an invite only membership community dedicated to the future of […]

Michael A. Gregory

Mike is the Chief Manager of Michael Gregory Consulting LLC, focusing on developing managers, issue resolution and value added services. Developing leaders focuses on applying theory practically and joining the global movement in developing life-giving organizations. He has written six books with a seventh coming out later this year based on 25 years of management […]

Craig Weber

Craig Weber is the author of the groundbreaking book, Conversational Capacity: The Key To Building Successful Teams That Perform When The Pressure Is On (McGraw-Hill, 2013) and the founder of The Weber Consulting Group—an alliance of experts committed to helping people build more resilient, healthy, and agile organizations. He helps an eclectic range of clients […]

David Van Rooy

David Van Rooy is Senior Director of International Human Resources Strategy & Operations at Walmart. In his prior role at Walmart, he was responsible for the world’s largest performance management and employee engagement programs, covering nearly 2.2 million employees globally. Before Walmart his most recent role was as at Marriott International, where he led global […]

Adrian Avendano

Maybe it’s because of being born in Mexico City, raised in New York City, carrying an Irish passport, and living in Berlin, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, London, and San Francisco by age 34 that Adrian Avendano is obsessed with meeting and collaborating with new people. As a software engineer and self-proclaimed hacker, he set out to master […]

Jeff Fermin

Jeffrey Fermin is cofounder of Officevibe, an employee engagement platform that encourages collaboration through team building activities. When he’s not working on his product, he spends the majority of his time reading, writing and meeting new people. Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re working isn’t working. Why […]

Jamie Notter

Jamie Notter is a consultant, speaker, and author who helps organizations perform better by strengthening their culture. Jamie brings twenty years of experience in conflict resolution, generations, diversity, social media, and leadership to his consulting work. An accomplished blogger, author, and speaker, Jamie has written three books, including his most recent hardcover (with Maddie Grant), […]

Sara Sutton Fell

Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, an award-winning, innovative career website for telecommuting, flexible, freelance, and part-time job listings, and Founder of 1 Million for Work Flexibility, an initiative dedicated to promoting flexible work options for all. Having worked in the world of online job searching since 1995, Sara is an advocate for legitimate […]

Ruth Schwartz

Ruth spent 25 years in the music industry. She started Mordam Records in 1983 and built it to a $10 Mil distribution company. Today, Schwartz is an internationally certified, business leadership coach, motivational speaker, author and the facilitator of Business Mastermind Groups. She owns High Performance Advocates, a leadership coaching company and Fail Proof Hiring […]

Susan Strayer LaMotte

Susan Strayer LaMotte, SPHR got her first W-2 at 14 and hasn’t stopped working since. She is the founder of exaqueo, a workforce consultancy helping startup and high-growth businesses strengthen culture and talent to scale better. In the past 15 years, she has worked with renowned global brands big and small including The Ritz-Carlton, Carnival Cruise […]

Derek Flanzraich

Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to make everyone a “greatist,” someone who simply makes better choices for their fitness, health, and happiness. He is the founder & ceo of Greatist, a social health & fitness startup working to make healthy living cool. Greatist is currently the fastest-growing site in the space, with […]

Laurence McCahill

Laurence McCahill is a man on a mission to bring more meaning to entrepreneurship. He’s the brains behind The Happy Startup School, a movement that is helping a new breed of entrepreneur to realize their dreams, those that place purpose and people before profits. His e-book ‘4 steps to a Happy Startup’ has helped to […]

Kate Matsudaira

Kate has spent her entire career working on amazing products with brilliant people. Now, she wants to transform the way teams work together, and create a workplace revolution where every employee is empowered to be a leader. Before founding popforms in 2013, Kate managed teams at big companies like Amazon & Microsoft, and small startups including […]

William Powell

William Powell is the founder and Executive Director of The Leadership Advisor. William is about 50 kinds of passion looking for new ways to get out. He has lived and worked on three different continents and continues to advise clients in countries around the globe. William’s passion for leadership development, organizational culture and employee engagement […]

Mike Henry Sr.

Mike is the Chief Instigator of the Lead Change Group and co-author with 20 other Lead Change Instigators, of The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution… One Person At A Time. He’s also VP of Operations for a network services provider based in Oklahoma.  His mission: Elevate Purpose, Mobilize People. He’s passionate about energizing motivated […]

Sam Davidson

Sam Davidson is a speaker, author, and entrepreneur who tells stories and starts slow companies. He is the co-founder of Cool People Care and, most recently, Batch. He lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter. Bourbon, neat. Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re working isn’t working. […]

Kyle Studstill

Kyle is a Founding Editor of MAKEWAY, a guide to artisanal innovation. He has spent his time as a digital innovation strategist for brands like MTV, General Electric, and Coca-Cola, a trends consultant for brands like Microsoft, Samsung, and UNICEF, and a military intelligence analyst for places like the United States Intelligence and Security Command. […]

Kent Frazier

Kent Frazier is curious about why you work. He is a Managing Partner with Y Scouts, a purpose-based leadership search practice that is Changing Why the World Works, by connecting people and companies, on purpose. Kent believes that our work should be the fullest expression of our Unique Self and our genuine labor of love. […]

Dany DeGrave

Making people’s lives better is what Dany does: through his contributions to the development of various vaccines which are commercialized world-wide and, in the same large multinational corporations, through the creation of entrepreneurial and future-ready environments where it is pleasant and energizing to work. With a startup spirit he’s done this either as a team […]

Catherine Stagg-Macey

Catherine Stagg-Macey has spent over twenty years in the technology and insurance sectors. She has experience in a wide range of roles from programmer, project manager, leader and strategy advisor. In her last role, she established and led the European Insurance practice for several years. Passionate about people, she retrained as a coach and now […]

Axelle Tessandier

Axelle Tessandier is a content strategist, writer, curator, bold thinker and founder of Axl Agency. In 2009, she participated in the innovation program Palomar5 in Berlin and San Francisco where she explored the values and expectations of digital natives in the workplace. After being the Marketing Director of the US based startup Scoop.it she launched her own agency. She now works with brands, projects […]

Samar Birwadker

Samar Birwadker is Cofounder & CEO of Good.Co, a career platform that helps people discover their strengths and culturally-fit workplaces. Some have called Samar a serial connector-of-the-dots, and he’s never denied it. Samar firmly believes that there is no such thing as a bad workplace or a bad employee, just a bad fit. A strategist […]

Stowe Boyd

Stowe’s focus is the future of work, and the tectonic forces pushing business, media, and society into an unclear and accelerating postnormal era. He is a web anthropologist and futurist, and the lead researcher for the future of work and social business at GigaOM Research. He is best known for his writing at stoweboyd.com, and […]

David Hassell

David Hassell is a serial entrepreneur and presently Founder & CEO of 15Five, a SaaS company focused on helping individuals and organizations reach their highest potential. Hailed by Fast Company as the “15 Most Important Minutes of Your Work Week” 15Five creates an internal communication process that enables the most important information to flow seamlessly […]

David Niu

David Niu is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, and Founder of TINYhr. Prior to TINYhr, David co-founded BuddyTV and NetConversions. In 2012, he and his family took a 6 month “careercation”, traveling through through New Zealand, Australia, and Asia. During his trip, David interviewed entrepreneurs of all kinds on best practices and pain points when […]

Justin McMurray

Justin McMurray is the co-founder of Somewhere, a visual work platform designed to show how the world works. He lives in Berlin where he enjoys drinking good coffee, Feierabendbier and the odd whisky (while trying not miss Sydney’s beaches too much). Why does the world need a work revolution? (In other words: the way we’re […]

Dan Pontefract

Dan Pontefract is the author of “Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” an Amazon best seller and he is also the Head of Learning & Collaboration at TELUS where he is responsible for the overarching leadership development, learning and collaboration strategy for the company. Dan introduced the TELUS Leadership Philosophy (TLP), an open […]

Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake is a bestselling author, micro-business coach and international speaker who helps people move beyond burnout to build sustainable, dynamic careers they love. With two years at a technology start-up as the first employee, over five years at Google on the Training and Career Development teams, and two years of running her own business, […]

Mark Goulston

Mark Goulston, M.D. is the Co-Founder of Heartfelt Leadership, a Global Community whose Mission is Daring to Care through identifying, celebrating, developing, empowering, impassioning and emboldening heartfelt leaders to support each other and then together change the world for the better. He is the author of the #1 international best selling book, Just Listen: Discover […]

Corey Michael Blake

Corey has been communicating creatively for over 15 years, first as the face and voice behind a dozen Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 brands as a commercial and voiceover actor, then as a film producer and director, as an author and publisher, and now as the founder and President of storytelling company, Round Table Companies. […]

Tom McDermott

Tom spent more than 20 years bouncing around the world consulting and teaching in the technology industry before he figured out what he was born to do. Tom is a teacher, first and foremost. What he now teaches is how to find and fulfill your purpose. Something he figured out for himself 10 years ago, […]

David Cohen

After joining Round Table Companies in 2007 as director of publishing and client relations, David Cohen now serves as VP and chief strategist. Appearing in dozens of films, commercials, and television shows, David graduated from Rollins College with a theater degree. He founded 1421 Productions, producing and co-producing 17 films; later, he produced San Diego […]

Ted Coiné

Ted Coiné is one of the most influential business leaders on Twitter, with a following of over two hundred thousand and growing rapidly. He has been ranked by both Huffington Post and Forbes for his business leadership and social media influence. An inspirational speaker, Ted is author of Five-Star Customer Service and Spoil ’Em Rotten! […]

Kathryn Minshew

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of The Muse, a career platform and job discovery tool serving more than 2 million professionals worldwide. Kathryn has appeared on CNN and Bloomberg, spoken at MIT and Harvard, and was recently named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media and Inc.’s 15 Women to Watch in Tech. She […]

Simon Mainwaring

Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, the leading social branding firm. He is an Advisory Board member of Sustainable Brands, the Center for Public Diplomacy at the USC Annenberg School and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London, as well as a contributor to Fast Company, Huffington Post, Mashable, GOOD […]

Christopher Brereton

Obsessed with what new media and technology can do to drive change, Christopher founded PictureHealing, a customizable mobile app solution for the non-profit community. As a youngster, Christopher spent summers at camps with the YMCA and other organizations, and was awarded “Youth of the Year” by the Boys and Girls Club, where he took his […]

Moe Abdou

Moe Abdou is an entrepreneur, visionary, and the creator of 33voices.com and Beyond Wealth Sports. His highest aspiration is to contribute to the success of highly accomplished entrepreneurs, high net worth families and professional athletes making a difference in the world. An innovator with over 25 years of experience in the fields of finance, business, […]

Julie Clow

Julie Clow is a co-founder of The Work Revolution project and author of The Work Revolution: Freedom and Excellence for All. Julie earned her Ph.D. in Psychology, and started her career as an instructional designer producing custom training solutions for large-scale clients. Julie joined Google in 2006 and spent five years focusing on team effectiveness, […]

Josh Allan Dykstra

Josh Allan Dykstra is a co-founder of The Work Revolution project, a TEDx speaker, and a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture. He is the CEO of Helios, a community of leaders and work revolutionaries committed to creating a world where everyone can love work. His articles and ideas have […]
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