Jeff Harry

Global Play Expert, Keynote Speaker, and Top 100 HR Influencer

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Jeff Harry combines positive psychology and play to heal workplaces, help teams build psychological safety and assist individuals in addressing their biggest challenges by embracing a play-oriented approach to work.  Jeff was selected by BambooHR & Engagedly as one of the Top 100 HR Influencers and has been featured in the NY Times, Mashable, Upworthy, Huffpost, Shondaland, Wired, & NPR. Jeff has worked with Google, Microsoft, Southwest Airlines, Adobe, the NFL, Amazon, and Facebook, helping their staff to infuse more play into the day-to-day.  Over the past 15 years of facilitation and speaking, Jeff’s main goal has been to help work suck less by assisting leaders in building a playground workplace atmosphere that motivates their staff to do their most vibrant work.

You are doing too much
Wednesday, April 17
10:45 am - 12:00 pm CT
What the Barbie Movie Can Teach Us About Psychological Safety and Leadership in the Workplace
Eight-five percent of employees are disengaged at work. Unlike Barbie Land, "everyday is 'not' a More details great day" in the workplace and for many of us this stems from a lack of psychological safety and supportive leadership in the corporate landscape. The Barbie movie embodies the zeitgeist of our time and is a clever exploration of the deeply rooted imbalances in our culture that continue to have very real consequences - such as patriarchal dominance and misogyny. As with most things, healing requires balance. Balance that global play expert, Jeff Harry, argues can be achieved by celebrating and embracing all characteristics and qualities that each of us possess as human beings - masculine, feminine, and nonbinary.

In this workshop, Jeff will break down the archetypes of iconic Barbie characters and examine the real-life lessons they have to offer - such as psychological safety with Weird Barbie and authenticity and identity with Alan - and challenge the systemic gender expectations that prevent us from building the workplaces of the future that not only represent who we are but who we want to become.

Attendees will:
  • Uncover the art of nurturing psychological safety through the lens of the Barbie cast
  • Challenge patriarchal norms shaping our workplaces so we can build the future of work we want to see
  • Celebrate and learn how to embrace the inherent and multi-faceted qualities and characteristics that cultivate balanced and supportive leadership and workplace environments
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