When companies want to increase a feeling of belonging, human connection, and team engagement at work, they call “Smiley Poswolsky!” Smiley is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, workplace belonging expert, and bestselling author of three books. Smiley regularly speaks at the world’s most innovative companies and has advised foreign leaders about next-gen talent, workplace belonging, and the future of work. Smiley’s TED Talk has been viewed 2 million times, and he has spoken in front of 200,000 people in 25 countries. Smiley’s work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The World Economic Forum.
The Power of Human Connection: How Leaders Can Build Belonging in a Disconnected Workplace
March 24, 8:30am–9:30am
Creating high levels of belonging is good for the students we serve and good for the teams we work with every day. As we emerge from the pandemic, only 30% of employees feel connected to their teams and only 20% of employees are engaged at work. What is workplace belonging and what are the key factors for creating belonging for yourself and those we work with and serve? In this inspiring opening presentation, Smiley makes the case that the future of work is human connection. Smiley will share how we can attract, retain, and engage the next generation of talent, increase team connection, and create more belonging by building supportive communities inside the workplace. Smiley will share practical workplace rituals and tools you can use to foster psychological safety on your team and to re-imagine a collaborative, inclusive, purpose-driven culture that ushers in The Great Reconnection.