Adam Smiley Poswolsky
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Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, empowers millennials to find meaningful work, and helps companies attract, retain, and engage the multi-generational workforce.

Millennial Workplace Expert and Bestselling Author

Expertise In:

  • Workforce Effectiveness
  • Motivation
  • Corporate Culture
  • Human Resource Effectiveness
  • Inspiring Lives

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Global Audiences
  • Sales Professionals
  • The Finance Industry

Adam Smiley Poswolsky, bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, empowers millennials to find meaningful work, and helps companies attract, retain, and engage the multi-generational workforce.

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (Penguin Random House).

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower the multi-generational workforce, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Unilever, Facebook, Salesforce, SAP, Deloitte, Uber, and TED. Smiley has advised leaders of foreign countries, CEOs at the world’s most powerful companies, and MBA students at the top business schools in the world; on how to manage millennials, engage the multigenerational workplace, and navigate the future of work. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 1 million times, and he has done hundreds of speaking engagements, reaching over 50,000 people in 15 countries.

Smiley’s work has been featured in The New YorkerThe Washington PostUSA Today, Fast CompanyForbesInc.EntrepreneurCNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many others. He is a mentor for StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, a member of the board of advisors for Camp Grounded, and a faculty member at General Assembly and Esalen Institute. Previously, Smiley worked as special assistant to the director of global operations at the U.S. Peace Corps. 

Featured Videos

Adam Smiley Poswolsky's Speech Topics

Belonging in a Remote Workforce: Fostering Human Connection and Community in the Age of Coronavirus

In the age of coronavirus, the necessity of remote work and social distancing have increased the lack of human connection at work. 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. How do we stay connected and engaged in these uncertain and challenging times? How do we re-imagine company culture when we’re not at the office together, and foster workforce belonging as we’re spending more and more time connecting via technology and social media? How do we solve the growing loneliness epidemic in our companies and across the world?

In this inspiring, interactive and highly relevant virtual presentation, author and millennial workplace expert Adam Smiley Poswolsky will share how we can increase human connection, inspire creativity, and create more belonging, by building supportive communities inside and outside of the workplace. Smiley will lead participants through an interactive alignment exercise to help them clarify how they can best show up for their colleagues (and customers) in these uncertain times, and tangible ways to make remote work feel more human and more connected. We’ll discuss how to stay engaged in the digital age, and how this time can be opportunity for learning, leadership development, and personal growth. Smiley will share practical strategies to help you re-imagine a collaborative, inclusive, purpose-driven remote work culture, that empowers everyone on your team. 

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.

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.

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.

Works by Adam Smiley Poswolsky