Our dominant workplace culture is one that prioritizes and rewards patriarchal values. Often women learn to adapt and over-compensate, at the expense of their happiness and wellbeing, or passively accept supporting roles, sacrificing fulfillment and the opportunity to truly excel. This vicious cycle, not only takes its toll on women, but also on the overall success of organisations and the world at large. For the past seven years, Mo Gawdat (Chief Business Officer at Google ) has been on a mission to make 1 billion people happier. His book, Solve for Happy argues that if we shape expectations to acknowledge the full range of possible events, unhappiness is on its way to being defeated. Mo will be joined by Anahita Moghaddam, a NYC-based coach and organizational trainer whose methodology draws on Contemplative Science, and together they will explore the reality faced by women in the workplace today, offering personal insights and applicable tools from their individual fields of research, to gradually reverse the cycle of disconnect and unhappiness. What would define the experience of women in the workplace if values were not compromised, and self-knowledge and deep-self awareness became unwavering guiding principles? Applying these principles to the specific challenges faced by women in the workplace is the focus on this compelling and instructive session. Read more.
In this talk on the oratorical skills of a variety of brilliant women from Michelle Obama to Virginia Woolf, Viv Groskop will pinpoint exactly what it is that these women do to get their audience to sit up and really listen – and then advise you how to apply their qualities to your own lives. From Michelle Obama’s position of ‘happy high status’ and Hillary Clinton’s stillness, to Joan Rivers’s wild gesticulations and Virginia Woolf’s melodic storytelling, there’ll be so much to take away from Viv’s analysis of how these great women have captured our attention when they speak. And lots of achievable tips and exercises. As a stand-up, a critic and an executive performance coach Viv is perfectly placed to give this talk. “There are now so many different ways for women to own the room and command an audience, whether it’s at work or on social media. And yet still the stereotype persists that public performance is scary and intimidating, especially for women. I’m passionate about overturning that for others in the same way I did for myself” writes Viv. Read more.
This event has now sold out but we have an additional date for the talk at 8.30am on November 5th. General Stanley McChrystal in conversation with Hannah MacInnes. In this Leadership Masterclass, retired four-star general Stan McChrystal, formerly commander of US and international forces in Afghanistan, will explore what leadership really means, debunking the many myths that have surrounded the concept. Focusing on thirteen great leaders, including Walt Disney, Margaret Thatcher, Albert Einstein, Leonard Bernstein, and Martin Luther King, he will show that the lessons we commonly draw from their lives are seldom the correct ones and that aspiring leaders will be best served not by cultivating a standard set of textbook leadership qualities, but by learning to discern what is required in each situation. Read more.
Ryder Carroll the founder of the global phenomenon- the pen and ink Bullet Journal® organizational system- comes to the how to: Academy. Hundreds of thousands of fans use the system which combines elements of a wishlist, a to-do list, and a diary. It makes it easy to get thoughts out of your head and on to paper, to see them clearly and decide what to do about them. Then it helps you set up daily mini-goals on the path to accomplishing your long-term goals. Users rely on a Daily Log, Weekly Log, and Monthly Log to stay focused. But this is much more than about time management. In conversation with Hannah MacInnes Ryder will explain how this is also a manifesto for what he calls “intentional living“: making sure that your beliefs and actions align. Even if you already use a Bullet Journal, this conversation will give you new exercises to become more calm and focused, new insights on how to prioritize well, and a new awareness of the power of analog tools in a digital world. Read more.
Mary Robinson, the former president of Ireland is on a mission to fight against the menace of climate change. This mission, now presented in her inspiring new book Climate Justice, has led her from Malawi to Mongolia. In this unmissable conversation with Lucy Siegle, the environmental campaigner and author of Turning The Tide on Plastic, Mary will tell us about her journey, how the agents of change in the battle for climate justice at grassroots level are women, many of them mothers and grandmothers like herself. From Sharon Hanshaw, the Mississippi matriarch whose campaign began in her East Biloxi hair salon and culminated in her speaking at the United Nations, to Constance Okollet, a small farmer who transformed the fortunes of her ailing community in rural Uganda, Mary has met with ordinary people whose resilience and ingenuity has already unlocked extraordinary change. Join us to understand how we can create a better future for the world. “Praise for Mary Robinson: ‘As an advocate for the hungry and the hunted, the forgotten and the ignored, Mary Robinson has not only shone a light on human suffering, but illuminated a better future for our world” – President Barack Obama Read more.
This talk by leading communications expert Richard Newman will help you to increase your influence and impact whenever you give a presentation, sales pitch or speech. You will discover simple changes that transform your results, as proven by international scientific research. Whether you are an experienced speaker or just getting started you will learn new insights that help you gain the reactions and respect you deserve in your most important meetings. This is a lively and practical session, filled with activities that allow you to try out different techniques so that you can confidently put everything you learn into action. Read more.