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Top 10 Speakers on Workplace Culture

Updated April 3, 2024

What are the most challenging issues facing your teams right now? Our Workplace & Organizational Culture speakers are experts at helping leaders build cohesive teams that adapt and thrive through change.

Here are our ten best speakers on Culture:

Bobby Jones | Author, Speaker & Expert on Purpose as a Force for Good & Growth

Bobby Jones is a pioneer in purpose transformation in business. He is a best-selling author, entrepreneur, speaker, and one of the most influential voices in the worldwide movement of conscious capitalism. His work has helped leaders in over 150 countries to develop solutions to global challenges.

Since the release of his best-selling book Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give A Damn in 2016, Bobby’s talks, books, events, and podcasts, have sparked a worldwide movement of creators using business and culture to implement bold actions that lead to positive change. His second book on 2021, Good is the New Cool: Principles of Purpose, has become a go-to resource for CEO’s worldwide who want to build a purpose-driven enterprise. He is also the founding partner of the purpose consultancy Conspiracy of Love, helping the world’s leading companies, including adidas, a2, GSK, Unilever, AB InBev, Mondelez, Diageo, and PepsiCo, to grow their business through societal impact. B Labs recently recognized Conspiracy of Love as one of the Best for the World™ B Corps of 2022.

More about Bobby: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/bobby-jones/

Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky | Workplace Belonging Expert, and Bestselling author

When companies want to increase workplace belonging, human connection, and team engagement, they call Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky. He is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, workplace belonging expert, and bestselling author of three books that have been translated into multiple languages, including The Quarter-Life Breakthrough and Friendship in the Age of Loneliness.

Smiley shares industry-shaping insights and practical tools to attract and retain top talent across generations, create a culture of belonging, and engage hybrid teams, at the world’s most influential organizations like Apple, Google, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, and the U.S. Navy.

Smiley’s TED talk has been viewed 2 million times, and he has delivered 600 keynotes in front of 250,000 people in 25 countries. Smiley’s work has been featured in 100 media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the Wall St. Journal, Fast Company, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the World Economic Forum.

More about Adam: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/adam-smiley-poswolsky/

Dr. Jessica Kriegel | Organizational Culture Expert and Leadership Strategist

For 15+ years, Jessica Kriegel has been guiding global, national, Fortune 100 and other organizations across finance, technology, real estate and healthcare industries on how to create intentional cultures that accelerate performance.

After she got her MBA and became a global consultant for a human capital management solutions provider, Jessica consistently saw highly-stressed leaders failing to deliver against lofty financial goals. She knew that if these leaders could transform their cultures, performance and profitability would follow. But, because culture is often viewed as ‘woo’ and an intangible, these leaders didn’t know where to begin. So, Jessica set out on a personal mission to ‘quantify culture’.

Today, Jessica applies data-driven insights to dismantle the chaos of poor morale, low performance, and missed financial goals. CEOs lean on her to ask questions that their internal resources may be too afraid or unaware to ask, and get the results they need. Her unique ability to analyze organizations in qualitative and quantitative terms and create measurable growth across all levels has made her the go-to ally for global leaders and teams.

More about Dr. Kriegel: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/dr-jessica-kriegel/

Kim Lear | Generations & Future of Work Expert

Kim Lear is a writer, researcher, and the founder of Inlay Insights. She is known for skillfully weaving eye-opening statistics, insightful stories, and relevant case studies to make presentations come alive. Previously, Kim was the content director at BridgeWorks, a research firm dedicated to generational and millennial trends. Her undergrad research focused on baby boomers and longevity, and her post-grad work centered on millennials and social media trends. She is currently in her ninth year of a longitudinal study on leadership.

In addition to speaking, Kim was head of research on the book Gen Z @ Work. She has written whitepapers on generational wealth transfer, retirement trends, and Gen Z’s impact on higher education. Kim is the writer of the popular Substack, Kids These Days. She has been featured on NPR and national publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and TIME magazine.

More about Kim: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/kim-lear/

Heather R. Younger | Speaker on Diversity, Resilience & Overcoming Adversity

Heather R. Younger is one of the world’s leading experts on active listening at work. As the visionary Founder and CEO of Employee Fanatix, a preeminent employee engagement and workplace culture consulting firm, Heather has facilitated over 30,000 employee experiences including her trademark “Art of Active Listening Sessions,” employee survey evaluations, and proprietary annual research studies.

With a profound commitment to employee well-being, she’s a renowned keynote speaker, drawing insights from current data and putting into practice what she teaches by relying on employee voices to redefine strategies for success for what is relevant now.

She’s an award-winning leader for Employee Engagement as recognized by Inspiring Workplaces, is a LinkedIn Learning courses partner, and is the host of the popular Leadership with Heart podcast.‌

More about heather: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/heather-younger/

Seth Mattison | Expert on The New World of Work and Leadership in The Digital Age

Seth Mattison is an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.

His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Favorite Speakers of the year by MeetingsNet.

In addition to speaking, Seth is the founder and CEO of FutureSight Labs, an org design and transformation firm that supports many of the world’s most inspiring leaders by helping prepare themselves and their organizations for the future of work through research, training, advising, coaching, digital tools, and thought leadership.

More about Seth: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/seth-mattison/

Sara Ross | Speaker on Science-based Leadership & the Future of Work

Sara Ross is on a mission to help organizations and their leaders reignite a sense of aliveness to reshape their work and refuel their life. She and her company do this by using brain science-based strategies to teach people how to amplify their vitality by strengthening their emotional intelligence, resilience, and well-being.

As a recognized leadership expert, Sara’s ideas and research have earned her a reputation as a fresh and thought-provoking voice in discussions focused on the future of work. Sara has worked with numerous government agencies, foundations, and associations as well as guest lecturing in the executive leadership program at Smith College. This broad perspective and diverse experience help explain why Sara is called on to work with some of the most senior, technically sophisticated, and skeptical audiences.

You can count on Sara to bring her trademark energy with the integration of relevant, cutting-edge science, relatable stories and idea’s guaranteed to challenge the status quo, provide new insights and inspiration, and most importantly, leave audiences with a blueprint of actionable strategies.

More about Sara: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/sara-ross/

Adrian Gostick | Keynote Speaker on Leadership, Anxiety in the Workplace and Employee Engagement

#1 New York Times bestselling author Adrian Gostick provides advice to some of the world’s most successful organizations on building culture, managing change, and leading high performance teams.

Gostick is a global thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is founder of the work placetraining and consulting company The Culture Works and author of the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and Anxiety at Work. His award-winning books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world.

Gostick is a leadership strategy columnist for Forbes, and his work has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and CNBC, and is often quoted in The Economist, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. In 2022, Adrian was ranked as a top 10 Global Guru in Leadership and Organizational Culture.

More about Adrian: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/adrian-gostick/

Kris Boesch | Founder & CEO of Choose People, Author & Keynote Speaker 

Kris Boesch is the CEO and Founder of Choose People, a company that transforms company cultures, increases employee happiness and boosts the bottom-line. The Choose People 360° Culture Audit is based on over 1000 hours of research conducted with the Industrial Organizational Psychology Department at Colorado State University. She is also the author of Culture Works: How to Create Happiness in the Workplace. Prior to Choose People, Boesch was the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage.

Kris’ journey into workplace culture started when she became the CEO of Exodus Moving & Storage. Where many saw just another moving company Kris recognized quickly that if her employees felt good about coming to work, they would take better care of customers. In turn, this meant the financial health of the company would prosper.

The catch was the deck was stacked against her.  The company was struggling to cover payroll.  Turnover was high and culture toxicity even higher.  And on top of all of that she didn’t have industry experience nor earned respect to demand behavioral changes. In short, the common approach of a boss-centric leadership style wasn’t going to cut it. She knew she was going to have to earn every inch of authority and return every penny of respect she gained to breakthrough.

More about Kris: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/kris-boesch/

Shawn Achor | Founder of Good Think and the Institute for Positive Research and Author of The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor, author of The Happiness Advantage, spent over a decade at Harvard University where he won numerous distinguished teaching awards for his work. Shawn’s research on happiness and human potential has received attention from the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Forbes, CNN, and NPR. His keynotes help organizations to improve performance, leadership and manage change.

Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics. In 2006, he was Head Teaching Fellow for Positive Psychology, the most popular course at Harvard at the time.

In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think Inc. to share his research with a wider population. When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Shawn was immediately called in as an expert by the world’s largest banks to help restart forward progress. Subsequently, Shawn has spoken in 45 countries to a wide variety of audiences: bankers on Wall Street, students in Dubai, CEOs in Zimbabwe.

More about Shawn: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/shawn-achor/

Michael C. Bush | Entrepreneur, Investor, Teacher, Author & Media Commentator, Former member of President Obama’s White House Business Council

Michael C. Bush is a global chief executive with over 25 years of experience leading small and mid-sized organizations through transformational growth.

Driven by a love of business and an unwavering commitment to fair and equitable treatment, in 2015 Michael acquired ownership and currently serves as global CEO of Great Place to Work® headquartered in Oakland, California with operations in more than 60 countries worldwide. Great Place to Work® is a global people analytics and consulting firm that helps companies of all sizes produce better business results by focusing on the work experience for every employee.

Through certification programs, Great Place to Work® recognizes outstanding workplaces and produces Fortune’s annual list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, the World’s Best Workplaces™ list, the 100 Best Workplaces for Women™ list, the Best Workplaces for Diversity™ list and dozens of other distinguished workplace rankings around the world.

More about Michael: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/michael-c-bush/

Clint Pulver | The Ultimate Experience to Engage, Retain, and Inspire Your People

Clint Pulver is a motivational keynote speaker, author, musician, and workforce expert. He’s also fun, dynamic, entertaining – and the no-stress speaker clients love to work with.

A professional drummer for over 20 years, he’s played with top headlining fellow musicians in venues like the Vivint Arena, the Stadium of Fire, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. He founded the UVU Drumline known as the Green Man Group, which he directed for six years and went on to direct the Drumline for the NBA’s Utah Jazz until 2015.

Clint was featured in Business Q Magazine as one of their “Top 40 Under 40” as a premiere Corporate Keynote Speaker. Known as the Leading Authority on Employee Retention, Clint helps organizations retain, engage – and inspire their team members from the front desk to the board rooms and everyone in between. He expertly helps audiences navigate generational complexities,  communication challenges,  leadership mis-steps, and culture cues.

More about Clint: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/clint-pulver/

Suneel Gupta – Healthcare Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author; Visiting Scholar, Harvard Medical School

As the founding CEO of RISE, a breakthrough wellness company, Suneel Gupta helped thousands of people build better habits for life and work. Now as a bestselling author and Harvard Medical School visiting scholar, Suneel has taken his mission one step further – helping people reset, reignite, and find meaning in their work by bolstering emotional resilience and engagement. Suneel asks, “How can an organization excel on the outside if its people are exhausted on the inside?” Grit and hustle are simply not a long-term answer to dealing with non-stop change and stress. Suneel offers leaders and teams a better way to work; one that results in sustainable innovation, productivity, and fulfillment. He arms people with science-based habits that will avoid burnout, boost energy, and improve their professional and personal lives.

Suneel is a business survivor and the author of the international bestselling book Backable (2020). That book is rooted in his inner journey from twice-failed entrepreneur to becoming a leader behind two IPOs and being named “The New Face of Innovation” by the New York Stock Exchange. The book reveals the mindset shifts and hidden habits of people who are extraordinary at pushing new ideas forward.

More about Suneel: https://thesweeneyagency.com/speakers/suneel-gupta/