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2019 Summit Program

Read through the three-day program below and click on session titles to see speakers and topic overview.

Pre-Conference – Monday, Nov 18 Day One - Tuesday, Nov 19 Day Two - Wednesday, Nov 20

Day One - Tuesday, Nov 19

9:00am-9:15am

Nov 19

Opening Remarks

Morning Keynote

9:15am-10:30am

Nov 19

Keynote
Value the Human

Deliberately or not, the way we work was not designed with humans in mind. In this session, we will unpack what a more human-centric workplace might look like — and what organizations could get out of it.

10:30am-11am

Nov 19

Break

12:15pm-1:45pm

Nov 19

Lunch

Afternoon Sessions

1:45pm-3pm

Nov 19

3:00pm-3:45pm

Nov 19

Break

Afternoon Keynote

3:45pm-5pm

Nov 19

Keynote
Empathy in Action

One of the most uniquely human traits is our capacity for empathy. Whether it’s user experience or employee engagement, human behavior is driven by our need for others to empathize with our core drivers — like our desire for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. Top researchers will reveal how our behavior is guided in this way — and how leaders can leverage this finding to improve everything from designing products to delivering better change management, to understanding engagement, to thinking about inclusion, to improving everyday conversations.

5:00pm-5:15pm

Nov 19

Closing Remarks

Day Two - Wednesday, Nov 20

9:00am-9:15am

Nov 20

Opening Remarks

Morning Keynote

9:15am-10:30am

Nov 20

Keynote
Create Clarity

Determining where to focus our attention has never been more important than today. When we’re overwhelmed by floods of information and competing priorities, what constructs can learning and change initiatives follow to ensure people have the clarity and capacity to perform at their best?

10:30am-11am

Nov 20

Break

12:15pm-1:45pm

Nov 20

Lunch

Afternoon Keynote

1:45pm-3:00pm

Nov 20

Keynote
Scale Learning

The phrase “workplace learning” summons the image of individuals sitting alone with a screen. But humans are naturally social — and so much of the best learning happens in social settings.

3:00pm-3:30pm

Nov 20

Reflection & Closing Remarks

3:45pm-5:00pm

Nov 20

UnConference

The final Summit session is an opportunity for self-driven, social learning—for your brain to make the connections it wants to make, how it wants to make them.

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Value the Human

Deliberately or not, the way we work was not designed with humans in mind. In this session, we will unpack what a more human-centric workplace might look like — and what organizations could get out of it.

Speakers:

Lisa Rock

Facilitator

Douglas Rushkoff, Ph.D.

Author

Chell Smith

Cognizant

Dean Carter

Patagonia, Inc.

Tessa V. West, Ph.D.

New York University

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What Growth Mindset is Doing for Organizations

NLI’s industry research shows that organizations that make growth mindset a cultural imperative see a real improvement in talent outcomes: increased employee engagement, greater resilience during hard times, and more. This session will address a combination of industry research and concrete strategies that will help you make the case for growth mindset initiatives in your own organization and institute growth mindset as a cultural norm.

Speakers:

Mary Slaughter

Facilitator

FD Wilder

NLI Advisor

Nikki Rivera

HP

Pablo Vera

Baker Hughes

Janet Ahn, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

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The Impact of Influence

As a leader, the ability to influence your colleagues is vital. Scientists in this session will discuss their cutting-edge research on persuasion, giving us an insight into our own persuasive abilities as well as how influence impacts others.

Speakers:

Jeanine Stewart, Ph.D.

Facilitator

Vanessa Bohns, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Dan Molden, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Marlone Henderson, Ph.D.

New York University

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About Driving Behavior Change At Scale

Have you ever wondered why, despite your best efforts to scale your learning initiatives across the organization, you still don’t see the behavior change you’re hoping for? You think, We seem to be doing everything right, so why aren’t our programs successful?

Join this session to learn about the most common myths around driving behavior change at scale, and discover how you can make your initiatives more impactful by building them around science-based, field-tested principles.

Speakers:

Ric Oslin

Facilitator

Katherine Milan

NeuroLeadership Institute

Drew Sumter

NeuroLeadership Institute

Cordelia Palitz

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jon Martin

NeuroLeadership Institute

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The “Speaking Up” Continuum

Whether it’s a creative new idea or an observed altercation, we all have confidence that people will speak up “when the time is right.” But research shows that organizational cultures suppress voices far more often than they raise them. Join a panel of distinguished business leaders and scientists for a discussion on why we’re seldom as vocal as we’d like to be (hint: it’s a brain thing), and share practical tools for shifting from a culture of “I would speak up” to a culture of “I do speak up.”

Speakers:

Khalil Smith

Facilitator

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Microsoft

Maria Wayne, Ph.D.

Equinix

Anand Mehta

Bridgewater

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Increase Inclusion

Science shows that diversity is beneficial, but many still struggle to actively include. The scientists on this panel will explain what their most recent research tells us about mitigating bias and increasing inclusion.

Speakers:

Jeanine Stewart, Ph.D.

Facilitator

Kerri Johnson, Ph.D.

UCLA

Steve Stroessner, Ph.D.

Barnard College

Jennifer Richeson, Ph.D.

Yale University

Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Ph.D.

Columbia University

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Bridge the Gap Between Thinking and Doing

Far too often, exciting new projects and concepts stall in the planning stage, never moving towards fruition. Fortunately, scientists are hard at work to find the keys to realizing our goals.

Speakers:

Jon Martin

Facilitator

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Joseph Cesario, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Janet Ahn, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

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Empathy in Action

One of the most uniquely human traits is our capacity for empathy. Whether it’s user experience or employee engagement, human behavior is driven by our need for others to empathize with our core drivers — like our desire for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. Top researchers will reveal how our behavior is guided in this way — and how leaders can leverage this finding to improve everything from designing products to delivering better change management, to understanding engagement, to thinking about inclusion, to improving everyday conversations.

Speakers:

Dr. David Rock

Facilitator

Lori Bradley, Ph.D.

United Airlines

Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Michael Kirchner

Nokia

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Create Clarity

Determining where to focus our attention has never been more important than today. When we’re overwhelmed by floods of information and competing priorities, what constructs can learning and change initiatives follow to ensure people have the clarity and capacity to perform at their best? This session combines scientific research and industry expertise to address the following questions:

Speakers:

Mary Slaughter

Facilitator

Andrea Derler, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Adam Alter, Ph.D.

New York University’s Stern School of Business

Pamela Puryear, Ph.D.

Zimmer Biomet

Jay Connolly

Dentons

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Humanize Performance Management

Clarity is hard to find when it comes to performance management. According to NLI’s research, at least half of organizations today are unclear about what changes to make, despite many more knowing they want to make a change.

In this session we will share initial findings from our current research in performance management, focusing on where companies are along their journey and how they are redesigning PM systems to be more human-centered.

We’ll address questions such as:

Speakers:

Barbara Steel

Facilitator

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Sarah Voeffray

DTE Energy

Rob Ollander-Krane

Gap Inc.

Dr. Samuel Rindell

Cigna

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Strike the Right Balance: When to take risks and when to play it safe

We make an immense amount of decisions everyday, some trivial and some of great importance. When making a big decision, we need to accurately perceive obstacles, while remaining open to new opportunities. Recent research can tell us more about how we interpret risk and what that means for our decisions.

Speakers:

Ric Oslin

Facilitator

Joe Kable, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Mauricio Delgado, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

Lisa Son, Ph.D.

Barnard

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Collaborate Better with Continuous Communication

When teams are in sync, the results can be extraordinary, but when there’s discord within the group, the project can quickly derail. In this session, scientists will discuss what makes teams perform and function at their best.

Speakers:

Matt Summers

Facilitator

Jennifer Ray, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Tessa West, Ph.D.

New York University

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Overcoming Common Obstacles to Effective Learning

Do you struggle to get stakeholders onboard with your learning initiatives? Do you worry about how to make sure your programs resonate with audiences not just locally, but globally? Do you stress over how to tell if your program is even working?

Learn how to overcome these challenges and more in this session featuring real-world case studies from NLI clients. Test drive your learnings from the panel discussion with scenario practice that will conclude this practitioner-focused session.

Speakers:

Davie Floyd

Facilitator

Katherine Milan

NeuroLeadership Institute

Drew Sumter

NeuroLeadership Institute

Ashley Lemoncelli

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jade Wiland

NeuroLeadership Institute

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Scale Learning

The phrase “workplace learning” summons the image of individuals sitting alone with a screen. But humans are naturally social — and so much of the best learning happens in social settings.
In this session, we’ll dive into the unique value of social learning, and unpack practical strategies for ensuring that social learning is focused, productive and inclusive.

Speakers:

Dr. David Rock

Facilitator

Steve Miranda

Global HR Expert

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Tiffany Dotson

Liberty Mutual Insurance

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UnConference

The final Summit session is an opportunity for self-driven, social learning—for your brain to make the connections it wants to make, how it wants to make them. Following a full two days of formal presentations, The UnConference offers more than an hour for you to get up and personally meet the experts, learn from your peers, and play a variety of insight-based brain games. These activities are designed to match your brain’s ability to sustain attention as we inch closer to the weekend. Enjoy the connections.