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The Inspiring Workplaces Summer Series is a week long virtual event of expert speakers.

With the aim of sharing insight, inspiring you and injecting a daily dose of energy into your routine. Giving you that spark to help deliver more for your people and organization.

Meet the Speakers

  • Christopher Littlefield is an International and TEDx Speaker, Expert in Employee Appreciation, Workplace Culture and the founder of Beyond Thank You. He has trained thousands of leaders, across six continents, on how to understand what their people want and need to be at their best. His clients include Accenture, Boston Medical, Lebanese Postal Service, MIT Sloan School of Management, Reserve Bank of Australia, Salesforce, the U.S. Army, the United Nations, and more. He has spoken at The Arc National Conference and NCE Twice and worked with over 50 chapters. His work has been featured in New York, Inc, Mindful, and British Psychologies Magazines, and profiled in Harvard Business Review. Chris is a regular contributor to Forbes and Harvard Business Review and the author of the bestselling book, 75+Team Building Activities for Remote Teams.

    Christopher Littlefield
    International Speaker & Founder
    Beyond Thank You

  • Debra Corey is a highly experienced and award-winning HR consultant, world-class speaker, and six-time best-selling author who has been named as a global employee engagement influencer and HR thought leader for her contributions. After over 20 years working for global companies, she now ‘pays it forward’ by inspiring and helping others develop and deliver people and culture strategies and initiatives in a rebellious way, pushing the boundaries and challenging the status quo to truly drive employee engagement and business performance.

    Debra Corey
    Chief Pay it Forward Officer
    DebCo HR

  • Bruce Daisley
    Author, 2x Sunday Times Bestseller
    ex-tech firm VP

  • People, personalities, strategies, theories, the words that stick and the messages that make an impact. Having spent 25 years on the front line of the communications industry, Cathy has seen first hand how informed, imaginative IC can take people on an authentic, engaging journey. It’s the magic formula that makes real shift happen. And it continues to drive her passion today – working alongside our clients on their own engagement journeys.

    Cathy Philips
    MD
    H&H Agency

  • Alya is a seasoned people and culture expert with a decade of international work experience in the media and hospitality sectors. Starting in leadership roles in France and New Zealand’s hospitality industry, her career transitioned to the UK and Ireland focusing on learning and development, employee engagement and workplace culture in media in 2017.

    In 2020, she was appointed to lead News UK’s Diversity in Leadership initiative, driving gender and ethnic diversity into leadership positions and fostering an inclusive culture. Following that, she was selected to lead the development, design and implementation of News Corp Australia’s first diversity and inclusion programme, expanding her successful UK-based efforts whilst embracing an appreciation for Australian culture and championing DE&I best practices.

    Notable achievements include launching company-wide internal campaigns, introducing new policies, designing and facilitating DE&I international workshops and learning initiatives, and spearheading the creation and sustainability of 11 employee networks.With an ongoing love for restaurants and wine, Alya returned to hospitality in 2023 and has a duo life, working in both the wine trade as well as freelancing as a Culture and Engagement Consultant. Her culture work specialises in crafting bespoke solutions to help organisations start their journey, where employee culture and inclusion is at the heart of everything.

    Alya Lilani
    Culture and Engagement Consultant

  • Nothing excites Kay more than exploring new ideas and theories and putting them into practice in organisations. She has supported countless people in global businesses to unlock their full potential and perform to their best, using her keen knowledge of psychological and communication principles – mixed with her own unique brand of natural curiosity – to devise creative learning interventions and programmes that achieve brilliant results and deliver real value. With boundless optimism and enthusiasm, Kay brings a wonderful people-centred approach to our programmes.

    Kay Vessey
    Head of Talent and Learning
    H&H Agency

  • Over the last 20 years, Jamie has held senior and board level product, commercial
    and marketing positions across global brands including Toshiba, Samsung, Sodexo
    and Pluxee. Throughout that time, he was aided by a powerful friend… storytelling. In
    late 2023 Jamie decided to embark on a mission, to close the storytelling gap that
    exists in the workplace.

    In March 2024 Jamie became a best-selling author in business communication with
    the release of his new book, 28 Bags of Sprouts – Storytelling with Impact. Today,
    Jamie works with businesses, leaders, and teams to level up the impact of their day-
    to-day content and communications through the power of storytelling, and his unique
    approach.

    Jamie Mackenzie
    Bestselling Author | Speaker | Storytelling Coach

  • Anwen Bottois
    Leadership Success Coach and Founder
    Purple Sky Consulting

  • Matt Manners
    CEO & Founder
    Inspiring Workplaces Group

Agenda

Every day for 1 week
8am SFO, 11am, NYC, 4pm London

  • July 15, 2024

    Talk 1:
    Bruce Daisley
    Author, 2x Sunday Times Bestseller
    ex-tech firm VP

    Talk 2:
    Debra Corey
    Chief Pay it Forward Officer
    DebCo HR

    Bad boss, bad boss, whatcha gonna do?

    The majority of bosses do not wake up in the morning and say to themselves, “Today is a great day to ruin my people’s lives.” But the reality is that 99.6% of people have had a bad boss, and 57% leave their job because of their boss. In this session we’ll bust the myths that contribute to this problem, exploring and uncovering the tools required in this new world of work to be a great boss, one who wants to enrich – and not ruin – their employees’ lives. Attendees will leave with an awareness of the 10 types of bad bosses that exist in the workplace and an understanding of the Great Boss Building Block model that will equip their bosses with new skills to be able to tackle their bad boss traits, instead of trying to be a great boss using bad boss techniques and approaches.

  • July 16, 2024

    Talk 1:
    Cathy Philips
    MD
    H&H Agency

    Supercharging productivity through Internal Communications. 

    Whether an organisation operates on a remote, hybrid or full-time office-based arrangement, the chances are its employees are interacting, communicating and collaborating using digital tools and channels for a significant chunk of their time.  This virtual working world has become the norm for many people. 

    How can we ensure that no matter where we work (home, office or the local coffee shop) we can be as productive and collaborative as possible.  The answer lies in nurturing the core behaviours and skills that contribute to ‘Virtual Intelligence’ (VQ). 

    By modelling Virtual Intelligence in its approach and actions IC can help boost productivity and collaboration by creating the ideal conditions in which it can flourish. Find out how in this fascinating webinar from H&H. 

    Talk 2:
    Jamie Mackenzie
    Bestselling Author | Speaker | Storytelling Coach

    Storytelling: A Workplace Superpower

    Storytelling is a superpower and its impact profound, yet its use in the workplace is limited. Join Jamie as he explores how, through his unique storytelling approach, every communication can be improved to make a greater impact.

    Attendees will learn:

    • The importance of storytelling.
    • The existing storytelling GAP in the workplace.
    • Unlocking a superpower: How to improve your storytelling.
  • July 17, 2024

    Talk 1:
    Alya Lilani
    Culture and Engagement Consultant

    Intersectionality Explored: from concept to reality 

    In this summer series session, Alya will delve deeper into the term ‘intersectionality’ – what it means and where it comes from, what intersectionality looks like in reality, and how it translates to companies and their DEI/engagement initiatives.

    Talk 2:
    Christopher Littlefield
    International Speaker & Founder
    Beyond Thank You

    Building a Culture of Appreciation People Don’t Want to Leave

    You know your people are struggling, and that no gift card, spot bonus, or pizza party is going to make a difference on its own when an employee doesn’t feel valued by their managers or organization. But how do we get overworked leaders to do little things to take care of their people? How do we get senior leaders to understand that we can’t improve the customer/patient experience until we improve the employee experience? How do we reconnect burnt-out staff to the careers they once loved? We will answer these questions and more as we map out how to nurture a culture of appreciation and respect from your role and give you the ideas to get started today!

    Outcomes: Leaders will learn to…

    • Use simple low/no-cost strategies to inject authentic recognition and appreciation into all levels of your organization and total rewards strategy.
    • Understand the hidden reason managers avoid recognizing employees and gain tools to guide even the most reluctant Managers and Senior Leaders to authentically recognize their people.
    • Get trained in a new, easily transferable technique that will help managers get to the heart of what each of their employees really wants and needs to feel valued every day.
    • Nudge positive employee interactions that help their people remember why they love their careers.
  • July 18, 2024

    Talk 1:
    Kay Vessey

    Head of Talent and Learning
    H&H Agency

    Talk 2:
    Anwen Bottois

    Leadership Success Coach and Founder
    Purple Sky Consulting

    Transform how you onboard and promote Leaders to bigger roles – Accelerate them to success!

    Anwen will be sharing the realities for Leaders when they transition into bigger roles and the priority steps organisations need to incorporate into onboarding and promotion to accelerate these Leaders to success. Attendees will learn the 3 Es to transition Leaders into bigger roles successfully.

  • July 19, 2024

    Matt Manners
    Founder & CEO
    Inspiring Workplaces Group

Reasons to attend

  • Knowledge and Skill Enhancement

    It will help you gain new knowledge and skills, contributing to your professional growth and increase your value as an employee and/or leader.

  • Professional development

    Attending our events allows you to stay abreast of the latest trends, technologies, and best practices in your field. This is particularly crucial in rapidly evolving industries.

  • On-Demand access

    You often have access to the wealth of insights the event provides On-Demand too. So you can revisit some or all of the content later on.

  • Inspiration and Innovation

    Hearing from other professionals and thought leaders can spark new ideas and inspire innovative thinking. You can gain insights that help you approach your work in new ways.

  • Networking Opportunities

    Our events bring together diverse groups of people, creating opportunities for networking online.

  • AND IT’S FREE!