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Thinkers. Leaders. Innovators. 


Learn from leaders across industries embracing the Future of Work.


Join the conversation!



Thinkers. Leaders. Innovators. 


Learn from leaders across industries embracing the Future of Work.


Join the conversation!


We had an incredible line-up of speakers and workshops in 2017, including several unusual formats.

Scroll down to read about Roundtable Experiment between CEOs and investors building Responsive companies, and a  Reverse Workshop with Pepsico, where selected audience members will get a chance to offer Pepsi leaders their org design advice!

2017 Speakers

Anil Dash

Anil Dash is an entrepreneur, activist and writer recognized as a technology innovator and one of the most prominent advocates for a more humane, inclusive and ethical tech industry. As CEO of Fog Creek Software, the independent New York City tech incubator, he supported landmark startups like Trello, and Stack Overflow, the world’s largest community for computer programmer. He is also the founder and creator of Glitch, a community that helps anyone materialize their visions for new apps.

Anil has served as an advisor to the Obama White House’s Office of Digital Strategy, and today advises major startups and non-profits including Medium and DonorsChoose. Anil also serves on the board of Stack Overflow and non-profits including: the Data & Society Research Institute, whose research examines the impact of tech on society and culture, NY Tech Alliance, America’s largest tech trade organization, and the Lower East Side Girls Club, which serves girls and families in need in New York City.

At Responsive Conference 2017, Anil will share his extensive knowledge on building organizations on Future of Work principles in an in-depth interview with conference director Robin Zander.


Pamela Slim is an award-winning author, speaker and small business strategist. Her latest, bestselling book, Body of Work, gives a fresh perspective on skills required in the new world of work for people in all work modes, from corporate to nonprofit to small business.

As the founder of K'é in downtown Mesa, California, she supports small businesses through classes, networking events, and virtual programs.

Pam has a decade’s experience consulting to large companies like Hewlett-Packard, Charles Schwab and Cisco Systems, where her work impacted thousands of executives, managers, and employees.

In 2005, she started the Escape from Cubicle Nation blog, a top career and business blog, through which she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to start successful businesses (including through partnerships with small business leaders like Citrix and Infusionsoft). Pam’s first book, Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur won Best Small Business/Entrepreneur Book of 2009 by 800 CEO Read.

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Dr. Meg Poe is a psychiatrist and interpersonal psychoanalyst. She received her BA from Yale University, where she majored in English and first articulated her lifelong professional question: How do we each live, love, and work well?

She helps people to feel most present and alive in their creative flow and inner life. She specializes in helping adults create more intimate, fulfilling relationships in their lives, with a particular interest in how we grow our capacities to love and to pay attention in order to create our individual and collective world. She is known for integrating her knowledge of yoga, meditation, sound, and the neuroplastic effects of technology into her therapy practice.

Dr. Poe created and teaches the first curricular course on Love at NYU for undergraduates, an interdisciplinary class drawing from film, poetry, philosophy, art, psychology, and neuroscience.

Jeff Eggers

Jeff Eggers is the Executive Director of the McChrystal Group Leadership Institute.

Jeff is former security professional with 20+ years experience managing strategic efforts and leading high-stakes, high-performing teams for the White House, Department of Defense, and U.S. Navy. He is an advisor to senior U.S. government officials with six years of White House experience, most recently as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

Jeff is a retired Navy SEAL with extensive operational and combat leadership experience. He is a passionate advocate for new models of leadership and policy performance toward the renewal of American prosperity.

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Steve Hopkins is the director of Customer Success at Culture Amp and a founding member of the Responsive Org movement.

Steve is passionate about helping clients develop a responsive operating culture that they can be proud of. At Culture Amp, Steve does this by guiding clients through successful culture change programs using the Culture Amp HR and People Analytics platform.

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Charles Best is an American philanthropist and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of, a crowdfunding platform for K-12 teachers serving in US schools.

Charles launched the organization out of a Bronx public high school where he taught history. is one of Oprah Winfrey's "ultimate favorite things" and was named by Fast Company as one of the "50 Most Innovative Companies in the World."


Aaron Dignan sees the same phenomenon everywhere he looks. Our most trusted and important institutions – in business, healthcare, government, philanthropy, and beyond – are struggling. They're confronted with the fact that the scale and bureaucracy that once made them strong are liabilities in an era of constant change.

Dignan contends that teams everywhere need to upgrade their organizational operating system and adopt a new way of working that prioritizes purpose, networks, emergence, adaptivity, empowerment, and transparency. He and his team advise the leadership at global brands like GE, American Express, PepsiCo, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum on their future in an unpredictable world.

Aaron is the founder of The Ready and a founding member of the Responsive Org movement. 

Special Events

Responsive Conference is about interactive participation. Our goal is to  create experiences that represent the best of what the Responsive movement stands for— creative thinking to solve real-world organization challenges through meaningful collaboration.


How to Build a “Future of Work” Startup - Roundtable


We are pleased to host an informal, intimate discussion among CEOs of future of work-focused startups and those who invest specifically in FOW companies. This session will be an experiment—a departure from traditional sit-and-learn plenaries or moderated panels, and, instead, a chance to learn, through deep listening, from leaders in the Responsive thought space.  

This is a rare opportunity to listen in on a free-flow, energetic dialogue among innovate thinkers with expertise in building, incubating, and leading future-focused companies. As the audience, we will observe  the outside and be privy to a kind of conversation usually held behind closed doors—a conversation we hope will generate actionable insights and new takeaway learning for us all. (Find out more about the Responsive philosophy on running great conferences and sessions.)


Immersive Art Throughout


Kate Ladenheim, who produced Responsive Conference 2016, returns as a curator, and has crafted an interactive artistic experience which is embedded throughout the conference. These artists work in a space parallel to the Future of Work in an effort to bring equitable attention to contemporary issues. Each of these artists are committed to questioning the ways in which we choose to participate and engage, in our cities, workplaces, relationships, and culture. These exhibits and performances critique while balancing a great deal of care and generosity inside of this commentary. 

In the work of the artists invited to present at Responsive, conference participants can expect to see the ways experimentalism and risk can live alongside structure and networks. These performers embody this practice, literally and figuratively, and show us that, in a society plagued by separation and partisan appeals, being responsive provides many ways in which we can join together for a common cause.


PepsiCo Transformation Journey: A Reverse Workshop


PepsiCo has been through an incredible transformational journey in recent years that they shared on stage with August at last year’s Responsive Conference.

This year, key players most responsible for PepsiCo's change journey will be “opening the kimono”, vulnerably sharing what has worked—and what has not. And—they will be asking for your help...

The PepsiCo team will choose two org designers from the audience to do a “reverse workshop”, break-down the specifics of the challenges presented and begin solving them real-time on stage. This will be a workshop like no other!

Whether you’re observing or happen to be someone selected to participate actively, this will be a unique learning opportunity bridging theory and practice with a Fortune 50 company.


Un-Conferences Throughout

Community-based events inherently capture many benefits of the “human economy” that Responsive companies aim for. They spark a kind of creativity less available in online meetings, encouraging innovations in how to approach the ever-increasing unpredictability of business: to rethink the role of purpose, networks, individual empowerment, organizational experimentation, and transparency in organizations.

Thus, we have embedded un-conferences throughout the 2nd Annual Responsive Conference, where attendees will be able to engage with one another on those themes most relevant to those in attendance.

Learn more about the un-conference format.


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