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A Letter


A Letter from Our Director

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A Letter


A Letter from Our Director

 

As someone whose career has spanned everything from circus performance to management consulting, I am constantly impressed by people. Individually, humans can be incredible learners, capable of resilience and adaptation; in well-organized teams, we can accomplish even more.

As a performer, I’ve always been a proponent of the spontaneous connections that take place when exceptional people come together. In early 2016, I had the pleasure of producing a day-long "Un-conference" on the Future of Work. Attendee enthusiasm was overwhelming, and I saw the need for an annual conference exploring work in the 21st Century. Thus, the Responsive Conference was born.

My goal for the Responsive Conference is not just to talk about human development and organization change, but to create a learning experience where we can embody these ideas. I am committed to making the entire process an experiment in culture, from the advisory board, to the production team, to the curation of presenters and attendees, to the experience of the conference itself.

I am thrilled to be entering our third year and look forward to sharing this experience with you.

Warmly,
Robin

 
 
 
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Meet the Team


2018 Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 3rd Annual Responsive Conference. 

Meet the Team


2018 Organizing Team

Meet the producers, curators, and event organizers behind the 3rd Annual Responsive Conference. 

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Robin zander, Founder + director

With a diverse background ranging from management consulting to the circus, Robin has spent his career working with individuals and companies to improve performance.

He works with start-up founders and HR professionals to improve company culture. Through individual coaching and team trainings he implements practices such as remote work, transparency, and non-hierarchical organizing.  

Through his podcast, The Robin Zander Show, he interviews exceptional performers to understand how individuals and organizations can accelerate change. He is the author of the new book “Responsive: What It Takes To Create A Thriving Organization.”

 
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Elizabeth R. Salib, Ph.D., Producer

Elizabeth aims to disrupt current organizational norms by finding effective, evidence-based strategies of improving leadership and team processes. She specializes in addressing the middle layers of an organization through her work on cross-cultural inclusion, inclusive leadership, and workplace masculinities. Liz published a number of white papers with her colleagues at the nonprofit, Catalyst, and is a frequent speaker on the value and importance of inclusion for leaders and teams.

Liz earned her doctorate and master’s degree in Social Psychology at Rutgers University. She enjoys crocheting geeky things, knitting, and is an avid powerlifter.

 

 

Grace Moen, Producer

Grace is a writer and event producer who writes book reviews and about architecture for Luxe magazine. She has produced events for TEDxPortland, Health 2.0, Design Museum, Design Week Portland, Responsive Conference and more.

It’s the choreography of technical elements woven with educational content that gets her out of bed every day. She lives in Portland, Ore where you are likely to find her at the climbing gym.

 

Our Advisors

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Bob Gower believes that building a better world means building better organizations. He support leaders who want to make their organizations faster, leaner, and more Responsive. 

In his 20+ year career he's helped leaders at companies like GE, American Express, Ford, and Travelers create more efficient and effective organizations. 

Bob hold an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and am a Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner. He is the author of "Agile Business: A Leader’s Guide to Harnessing Complexity" and speak and write regularly on how to build great organizations.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bobgower/

Jennifer Brown is a passionate advocate and social entrepreneur committed to guiding leaders and organizations to create healthier workplace cultures that resonate with current and incoming leaders.

Jennifer founded JBC in 2006, and she and her team have since facilitated and coached hundreds of leaders and their teams all over the world on critical issues of strategy, leadership and integrity.

Her focus today is on continuing to build JBC’s “triple bottom line” as a company, identifying emerging workplace trends and building more enlightened organizations with her clients.

Her areas of expertise include catalyzing diversity to drive innovation and business results, ERG/Affinity Group development, growing leaders in the new global, generationally-diverse and technology-connected workplace ecosystems, and aligning corporate strategy with individual, team, and societal values.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferbrownconsulting/

 

Caroline Stokes is a human capital entrepreneur helping everyone move forward in the 4th industrial revolution.

She founded FORWARD executive headhunting and executive coaching company designed for global innovation leaders, and hosts The Emotionally Intelligent Recruiter podcast and learning platform to help recruiters evolve in the AI age.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ocarolinestokes/

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Get Responsive


Get Responsive

Host your own events in the spirit of Responsive.org

learn more about Responsive Org

Get Responsive


Get Responsive

Host your own events in the spirit of Responsive.org

learn more about Responsive Org

 

The Responsive Org Manifesto was created by a handful of humans who identified emerging trends in how work gets done.

A core tenet of the Responsive Org Movement and this conference is the sharing of information. In creating the Responsive Conference, we have had the support of many individuals and companies with new ideas and experiences. Paying it forward,, we are dedicated to helping others create their own Responsive Events.


#ResponsiveCoffee

Informal coffeeshop meet-ups for people to gather and discuss the various themes of being a #responsiveorg. 

 

 


Unconferences

Un-conferences are events designed by attendees. Anyone can propose a talk or discussion format. Our community will come together to explore issues at the intersection of rapidly developing technologies, an evolving workforce hungry for meaning, and more access to novel solutions than ever before.

Some of the tools and methodologies we bring to the table include (but are not limited by) Responsive.org, Agile, LEAN, Holacracy, DevOps, DNI (Diversity and Inclusion), and Reinventing Organizations.

 
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Transparency


Everything Transparent

Transparency


Everything Transparent

 

One of the core tenets of Responsive Org is transparency. Companies like Buffer and others, have paved the way by publicly sharing all their information, including data like employee salaries and monthly earnings that are usually kept private. In this spirit, we do our best to make everything* about Responsive Conference available through our Public Google Drive.

We know of no other conference or event that shares all its information openly and transparently.

 

*Everything with one caveat — we've given sponsors the opportunity to keep private the amounts and exact terms of their sponsorship.