Adam Smiley Poswolsky

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Millennial Workplace Expert and Bestselling Author

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough and Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, empowers millennials to find meaningful work, and helps companies attract, retain, and engage the multi-generational workforce. Smiley speaks about fostering belonging and human connection in a hybrid workforce.

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, internationally renowned keynote speaker, and author of three books: The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, The Breakthrough Speaker, and Friendship in the Age of Loneliness.

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower the next generation, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more connected at work, through speaking at companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Unilever, Deloitte, and Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Smiley’s TED talk on “the quarter-life crisis” has been viewed over 1.5 million times, and he has spoken in front of 50,000 people in 20 countries. Smiley has advised heads of state and foreign leaders about millennial talent, multigenerational engagement, and fostering belonging in the digital age.

Smiley’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, CNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many other outlets. Smiley is a 13-time camp counselor at Camp Grounded: Summer Camp for Adults and advisory board member for Digital Detox.

In 2017, Smiley launched The Women, BIPOC and Inclusivity Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and other underrepresented speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 4,000 members.

Smiley is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and can usually be found dancing in San Francisco, California.

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky’s Speech Topics

  • Belonging in a Hybrid Workforce: Fostering Human Connection & Community in Challenging Times

    As we emerge from the pandemic, the necessity of remote/hybrid work and social distancing have increased the lack of human connection at work. More than 60 percent of Americans are feeling lonely and one-third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety or depression amid the pandemic. Only 30 percent of people report that they have a best friend at work, and 10 percent say they have zero friends in the workplace; even though data shows that employees who have a best friend at work are 7 times more engaged with their work. How do we stay connected and engaged in these uncertain and challenging times? How do we solve the growing loneliness epidemic in our organizations and communities? How do we re-imagine company culture when we’re not at the office together every day, and foster workforce belonging as we’re spending more and more time connecting via technology and social media? How do we attract and retain top talent when so many employees are looking for new opportunities during 'The Great Resignation'? How do we emerge from the pandemic able to thrive together? 


    In this inspiring and timely presentation, author and motivational speaker Adam Smiley Poswolsky will share how we can attract top talent, increase human connection, and create more belonging, by building supportive communities inside the workplace. Smiley will share tangible ways to make remote/hybrid work feel more human and more connected. We’ll discuss how to stay engaged in the era of hybrid work, and how this time can be an opportunity for learning, connection, and belonging. Smiley will share practical strategies to help you re-imagine a collaborative, inclusive, purpose-driven work culture that empowers everyone on your team and excites the next generation of talent.


    Key Takeaways:

    • Develop strategies for increasing human connection, community, and belonging in the remote workplace.
    • Discover how to invest in self-care practices to best support your employees (and customers) with the challenges of social distancing and the growing loneliness epidemic.
    • Use experience design principles to help build employee engagement, boost creativity, and increase productivity among a remote and virtual workforce.
    • Practical HR management strategies to build a collaborative, inclusive, and purpose-driven company culture in the current climate.
  • Creating a Purpose-Driven Workplace: How to Attract, Retain, and Engage Your Employees

    A thriving workplace begins with an engaged and collaborative workforce. In this inspiring presentation, bestselling author and millennial workplace expert Adam Smiley Poswolsky will share how organizations can attract top talent and empower the talent of the future by leading with purpose. Smiley will teach a practical framework that helps employees find more meaning in their work, and find alignment between their personal values and the core values of your organization. Having a shared purpose can bring your workforce closer together, and lead to increased performance and retention. Smiley will provide case studies for increasing employee engagement and managing generational differences, with proven strategies and tools to foster inter-generational collaboration in the workplace and build a purpose-driven company culture that engages all of your employees. 


    Key Takeaways: 

    ·      Proven strategies to engage employees of all ages, as well as how to attract, retain, and empower top talent.

    ·      Learn how to find alignment between your personal values and the core values of your organization.

    ·      Tangible HR management tools, technologies, and examples for increasing workforce collaboration and creating a purpose-driven workplace that managers can implement with their own teams.

    ·      Insights on navigating the future of work, building an inclusive company culture, creating a community of learning and development, investing in coaching and mentorship, and how to be a Purpose-Driven Leader who can manage during times of transformation and turbulence. 

  • The Future of Work: Engaging Millennials and Gen-Z in the Workplace

    The average 20-24 year-old is staying at their job barely a year. Millennial turnover alone costs U.S. companies $30 billion a year. Despite struggling with debt, recession, and the jobs crisis, millennials (who already account for more than 50 percent of the workforce) are not motivated by money. Rather, they are driven to make the world more compassionate, innovative, and sustainable. What does the millennial mindset mean for attracting and retaining future talent? How will the rise of Gen-Z, a generation that doesn’t know a world without Smartphones, impact the future of your business? Smiley will share how meaning-hungry millennials and Gen-Z are reshaping the future of work, how companies can engage their employees, attract the next generation, make intergenerational collaboration a priority, and empower the talent and customers of the future by leading with purpose.


    Key Takeaways: 

    ·      Develop a better understanding of the millennial mindset, and how to attract (and retain) millennial employees and customers.

    ·      Understand Gen-Z; the youngest and most diverse generation in history, learn key differences between millennials and Gen-Z, strategies for communicating across generations, how to manage the multigenerational workforce and foster intergenerational collaboration.

    ·      Learn how to become a Purpose-Driven Leader who helps new talent find more meaning in their jobs and build a purpose-driven career.

    ·      Discover HR management strategies to invest in learning and development, coaching and mentorship, and become a future-focused, people-first, mission-driven company.


  • Belonging at Work: Fostering Connection & Community in the Digital Age

    The rise of social media and rapid technological growth have helped contribute to a growing loneliness epidemic across the world. Today, only 30 percent of people report that they have a best friend at work, and 10 percent say they have zero friends in the workplace. Meanwhile, the next generation is spending more money than ever on in-person, transformational experiences. A Harris study found that 80 percent of millennials would prefer to spend money on an experience or live event over buying something desirable. From Soul Cycle to Airbnb, experiences have replaced modern-day religion for the next generation. What qualities define a transformational community and what role do innovative in-person experiences have in the digital age? How can we apply these experience design principles to employee experience, event planning, marketing, and customer happiness? Smiley will share how we can increase human connection, inspire creativity, and create a better world by building experiential community inside and outside of the workplace.

     

    Key Takeaways: 

    ·      Learn how the loneliness epidemic contributes to lack of productivity and disconnection at work.

    ·      Develop strategies for increasing diversity and inclusion, connection, and belonging in the workplace.

    ·      Understand how implementing experience design principles can help build employee engagement, boost creativity, create innovative marketing strategies, and increase customer success.

    ·      Discover HR management strategies to become a Purpose-Driven Leader and build a transformational and inclusive company culture. 

  • Engaging the Multigenerational Workplace: Communicating Across Generations

    Millennials currently make up more than half of the workforce, but what about everyone else? There are currently five different generations working together in the workplace. How do we create an employee experience where every single employee can thrive? Millennial workplace expert Adam Smiley Poswolsky will share how companies can retain top talent and empower the talent of the future by leading with purpose. We’ll breakthrough common stereotypes about Gen-Z, Millennial, Gen-X, and Baby Boomer employees, share case studies for increasing employee engagement, and learn proven strategies and tools to increase retention and foster intergenerational collaboration in the workplace, which will help you build a purpose-driven company culture that empowers all of your employees.


    Key Takeaways: 

    ·      Proven strategies to engage employees of all ages, as well as how to attract, retain, and empower top talent.

    ·      The similarities and differences between what Gen-Z, Millennials, Gen-X, and Baby Boomers want in the workplace, how to communicate across generations, and ways to foster intergenerational collaboration.

    ·      Tangible HR management tools, technologies, and examples for increasing workforce collaboration and creating a purpose-driven workplace that participants can implement on their own teams.

    ·      Insights on navigating the future of work, building an inclusive company culture, and creating a culture of coaching, mentorship and learning.

What other organizations say about Adam Smiley Poswolsky

We invited Adam to give a presentation to SAP Silicon Valley’s executives and senior managers on new ways to engage early talent. He ended up staying at SAP for the whole day. His participation helped our team come up with new and exciting ideas for how to recruit and retain top talent.

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What other organizations say about Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Smiley is entertaining, high-energy, engaging, motivational, thought-provoking, behavior changing and an expert on millennial workplace issues. His presentation was delivered with humor and authenticity.

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What other organizations say about Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Adam’s presentation was insightful, engaging, and very well-received by all in attendance. He customized the content and delivery to our audience and offered real life examples of ways to empower millennial talent across sectors and industries. He provided ideas and takeaways that HR professionals would be able to implement at their companies right away. He is a pleasure to work with, and I wouldn’t hesitate to hire him again.

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