I’ve attended WorkHuman each of the four years it’s been held. Ever year, I walk away asking myself one question:
“How is Globoforce going to top this event next year?”
Well, as I’m heading back to Toronto from the conference site in Austin, Texas, I find myself reflecting on the show. For example, I can hear some of the powerful phrases from speakers echoing in my mind. Phrases such as:
“Welcome to the Woodstock of HR” — Eric Mosley, Globoforce CEO
“Failure can become our most powerful path to learning if we’re willing to choose courage over comfort.” — Brené Brown, best-selling author of “Daring Leadership”
“Live life with a soft front, a strong back and a warrior heart.” — Brown
“Our best competitors reveal our weaknesses. The goal is not to ‘beat’ our competition, but to improve ourselves.” — Simon Sinek, best-selling author of “The Infinite Game: Understanding the Rules of Business to Stay Ahead of and Outlast any Competitor”
“To change the world for the better, globally women need to be on a level playing field.” — Amal Clooney, international human rights attorney
“It’s strange that a country built by immigrants can be so judgmental.” — Salma Hayek, actress
“Here’s a statistic worth remembering: in a presentation, 5% of people remembered a statistic, but 63% of people remembered a story.” — Adam Grant, Wharton professor
“Raise your level of happiness and you will push society to be consistently better.” — Shawn Achor, best-selling author of “Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being
Quotes from past keynotes at #WorkHuman
I also find myself reflecting on the introduction of WorkHuman Central to the conference. It was bustling with activity, as the 2,700 attendees networked with each other and took advantage of the many stations, including:
- Flavored water stations
- Tattoo artist station
- WorkHuman Radio broadcast area
- Photo station—attendees could get their “B-You-tiful” picture (perhaps for their LinkedIn profile pages)
- Customized silkscreen bag station
- Food trucks serving a variety of ethnic food
- Drive HR was always abuzz with activity with smaller sessions
- The WorkHuman bookstore, where many of the speakers showed up to autograph their books.
- The Gratuity Bar where one could recognized another delegate’s kindness, generosity and authenticity. The big winners were charities: Equality Texas, Girls Empowerment Network and The SAFE Alliance.
- Great Places to Work’s booth encouraged a positive environment in the workplace.
- WorkHuman Radio broadcasted throughout the show. Speakers and high-level infludncers addressed HR initiatives.
How will WorkHuman top this in 2019? The only way to know will to be in Nashville next March 18-21. Get your WorkHuman discounted pass by registering now.
See y’all in Nashville #workhuman 2019