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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 - Thursday, Nov 19 Day Two - Wednesday, Nov 20

Day One - Tuesday, Nov 19

9am-9:15am

Nov 19

Opening Remarks

Morning Keynote

9am-10:30am

Nov 19

Keynote
Value of 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

Morning Sessions

11am-12:15pm

Nov 19

MORE BREAKOUTS COMING SOON

12:15pm-1:45pm

Nov 19

Lunch

Afternoon Sessions

1:45pm-3pm

Nov 19

3pm-3:45pm

Nov 19

Break

Afternoon Keynote

3:45pm-5pm

Nov 19

Keynote
Leveraging The Common Currency Of Human Interactions

Whether it’s user experience or employee engagement, human behavior is driven by social motivation — status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. Top researchers will reveal how our behavior is guided in this way.

5pm-5:15pm

Nov 19

Closing Remarks

Day Two - Wednesday, Nov 20

9am-9:15am

Nov 20

Opening Remarks

Morning Keynote

9:15am-10:30am

Nov 20

Keynote
From Exhaustive to Essential: The Science and Practice of Focusing on Less

Doing less has never been more important than today. When we’re all overwhelmed by everything, learning and change initiatives need to avoid the temptation to be exhaustive, or get every last thing included into a given program or initiative.

10:30am-11am

Nov 20

Break

12:15pm-1:45pm

Nov 20

Lunch

Afternoon Keynote

1:45pm-3pm

Nov 20

Crack the Code of Social 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.

3pm-3:30pm

Nov 20

Reflection & Closing Remarks

3pm-5pm

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 of 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.

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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:

FD Wilder

Proctor & Gamble


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:

Vanessa Bohns, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Dan Molden, Ph.D.

Northwestern University

Marlone Henderson, Ph.D.

New York University

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The “Speaking Up” Continuum (D&I)

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:

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre

Microsoft

Maria Wayne

Seagate

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Increasing 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:

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:

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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Leveraging The Common Currency Of Human Interactions

Whether it’s user experience or employee engagement, human behavior is driven by social motivation — 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.

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From Exhaustive to Essential: The Science and Practice of Focusing on Less

Doing less has never been more important than today. When we’re all overwhelmed by everything, learning and change initiatives need to avoid the temptation to be exhaustive, or get every last thing included into a given program or initiative. Instead, we need to focus on the most essential pieces, since, as the research shows, the more readily a piece of information can be used, the more it will be used.

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Transform Manager Capability (Performance)

80% of executives prioritize a redesign of their performance management strategy, but far fewer actually know which changes to make. In this session we’ll discuss what it means to reimagine performance management and help attendees assess whether the changes they’re making in-house will actually lead to the desired results.

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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:

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:

Jay Van Bavvel, Ph.D.

New York University

Tessa West, Ph.D.

New York University

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Crack the Code of Social 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.

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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 90 minutes 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.