Cy Wakeman

President and Founder, Reality-Based Leadership and New York Times Bestselling Author

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Cy Wakeman is a drama researcher, global-thought leader and New York Times best-selling author who is recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership. Backed by over 25 years of unparalleled experience, Wakeman’s philosophy offers a new lens through which employees and executives alike, can shift their attention inward, sharpen their focus on personal accountability, and uncover their natural state of innovation simply by ditching the drama.
Deemed “the secret weapon to restoring sanity to the workplace,” Wakeman has helped companies such as Google, Facebook, Viacom, Uber, NBC Universal, NASA, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins, Stanford Health Care, Keurig Dr. Pepper, AMC Theatres, White Castle, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and countless others learn to navigate our rapidly changing world using good mental processes to harness energy wasted in workplace drama and reinvest that effort into achieving profound business results.
As a highly sought-after conference headline, Cy Wakeman holds a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speaker’s Association, placing her within the top 3% of speakers. She’s a regular contributor on Forbes.com, Success.com, The Huffington Post, and Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. She’s been featured on the TODAY Show, the AskGaryVee Show with Gary Vaynerchuk, Chedder TV, The New York Times, Business Insider, The Daily Muse, SHRM.com and many more. Cy Wakeman was voted in the top 100 leadership professionals to follow on twitter for 7 years in a row and in 2021 and 2022, she topped the Global Gurus list of Top 30 Leadership Professionals across the globe, coming in at #1.
Wakeman has published four books, the latest of which is Life’s Messy, Live Happy: Things Don’t Have to be Perfect for You to Be Content (2022). Cy also hosts her own No Ego podcast and adds bi-weekly video content on YouTube to address leaders’ biggest challenges in the workplace.

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You are doing too much
Thursday, April 18
10:50 am - 12:20 PM CT
Ending Exhausting Conversations to Begin Anew: Evolving Humans to Co-Create Great Workplaces
Mega Session
Still involved in exhausting conversations about how to attract, engage and retain top talent in a More details constantly changing environment? Riding the rollercoaster of trying to engage talent without breeding entitlement? Struggling with fostering an environment of accountability that can drive top results in spite of challenging circumstances? Finding yourself caught in the middle of polarized situations where team members are demanding, and leaders are seemingly under-delivering? Are you experience the weaponization of key requirements in your workforce like resiliency, accountability, or psychological safety? Finding the array of HR current programs and initiatives overwhelming and less effective than hoped for?

You are not alone. And Cy Wakeman can help you sort through the confusion.

Here is a revolutionary invitation:
  • If you are involved in an exhausting conversation. STOP. Just end the conversation AND begin a new one.
  • Our new role in HR is to actively evolve the humans in our midst so that they can move through their new realities skillfully and healthily.

Join Cy Wakeman as she initiates a whole new conversation for your organization. Cy will totally interrupt your thinking, reveal some new truths for HR, and show you the path to move away from all that is not working because it is based upon conventional and traditional thinking and instead adopt a modern philosophy based on evolution and integration. Cy will present a new model of co-creation in the workplace based upon shared accountability for all team members, influencers and leaders who must gain fluence in modern workplace competencies. You will learn to evolve your HR and talent philosophies to transcend all that is polarizing and no longer working and be invited to a whole new conversation about what is possible in the new world of work and life. Hide details
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More connection.
Less distraction.

Our 9th conference is focused on cutting out the noise and getting to the heart of HR’s top priorities and issues. See you in Austin.

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