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Explore What’s Possible
Learn from innovators from around the world who are shaping the Future of Work.

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Explore What’s Possible
Learn from innovators from around the world who are shaping the Future of Work.

Join the conversation!

 

In addition to an incredible line-up of speakers from a wide array of industries, Responsive Conference strives to create an experience like no other. Through a combination of interactive group formats, immersive workshops, and open forum discussions, attendees will explore the Future of Work together.

Join industry peers in facilitated small groups. Collaborate with fellow attendees through a stunning series of experiences that model a civilization in the future. Participate in talks and interviews with some of the brightest minds and thought leaders currently shaping organizational design in the 21st century.

 
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Featured Speakers


2019 Presenters
Inspiration from some of the most thoughtful leaders of the 21st century

Learn more insights from our presenters!

Featured Speakers


2019 Presenters
Inspiration from some of the most thoughtful leaders of the 21st century

Learn more insights from our presenters!

The Future of Work with Tony Hsieh

We are thrilled to have Tony Hsieh onstage in a fireside chat at Responsive Conference 2019 talking about the Future of Work.

In 1999, a friend approached Tony with the idea of selling shoes online. Several months later, Tony joined Zappos as the CEO, and by the year 2000, the company was earning $1.6 million in revenue. By 2009, Zappos revenue had reached $1 billion, and that same year, Amazon announced the acquisition of Zappos for $1.2 billion.

Since the beginning of Tony’s leadership, Zappos has been heralded as one of the most innovative companies in the world today. Constantly experimenting with, and iterating on, new approaches to organization structure, company culture, and customer service. Tony Hsieh is also the New York Times best-selling author of “Delivering Happiness” which lays out his philosophy on company culture and Zappos’ success. Opening up day 2 of Responsive Conference this year, Tony will sit down for a casual conversation about company culture and experimentation.

You don’t want to miss this chance for a Q&A with one of the pioneers on the Future of Work.

 

Josh Bersin on Work and Life

Josh Bersin is a world-renowned research analyst, public speaker, and writer on the topics of human resources, talent, recruiting, technology, and the intersection between work and life. He is an advisor to a variety of HR and learning companies, helping them align their products and services toward the needs of corporate buyers, and a senior advisor at PeopleTech Partners.

Josh’s professional goal is to make work life better around the world by helping HR professionals and teams learn, stay informed, and develop deep expertise on world-leading practices that help their companies. Josh Bersin will be joining Responsive Conference to share his latest research on the intersection between work and life.

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The Evolution of Zappos

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John Bunch joined Zappos in 2009 after stints as a high school math teacher and a professional poker player.

Beginning as a software engineer, he went on to lead the Public API team and subsequently, transitioned into the role of Technical Advisor to Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh.

John was part of the original team to lead Zappos to Holacracy, which was an attempt transform traditional hierarchies towards self-organization, empowerment, and innovation. In the last several years, John has been part of Zappos’ new focus, which is developing a market-based approach to its services and offerings. Zappos is the largest organization to transition to this system and continues to grow its practice everyday.

In this mainstage address, John will share the evolution of Zappos and how it continues to led the way as a responsive organization.

 

Holacracy & Beyond

 

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At Responsive Conference 2019, Alexis Gonzales-Black will sit down with Brian Robertson to discuss Holacracy, one of the biggest, most successful - and perhaps, most controversial - systems of self-management adopted by organizations around the world.

Alexis and Brian will discuss the tactics of Holacracy, how it can be successful, and - notably - its shortcomings. Pulling on Alexis’ experience designing for some of the world’s largest organizations, this conversation aims to be an honest account of self-management - addressing controversy, rather than avoiding it - and sharing practical Responsive tools along the way.

 
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Alexis Gonzales-Black is a co-founder of Responsive Org and co-led the implementation of Holacracy at Zappos. She has over ten years of experience leading large and complex change programs, including designing solutions for some of the world’s most influential organizations at IDEO. Today, Alexis is a partner at August, where she strives to change the way the world leads, organizes, and works.

Alexis is the co-author of “The New School Rules: 6 Vital Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools”, alongside former Responsive speaker, Anthony Kim.

At Responsive Conference 2019, Alexis will sit down with Brian Robertson to discuss Holacracy, one of the biggest, most successful, and perhaps, most controversial systems for implementing self-management within organizations. Alexis and Brian will discuss the ins and out of Holacracy: what it is, how it operates, and where it succeeds and fails. This will be a honest and authentic glimpse into this system of self-management.

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Brian Robertson is the founder of Holacracy, a system for running purpose-driven, Responsive companies, and the author of the book “Holacracy: The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World”. Brian works as the founding business partner at HolacracyOne, which assists other organizations seeking to adopt it.

Holacracy has been simultaneously heralded as the solution to organizational challenges but also derided with claims that the system treats humans mechanistically.

Brian Robertson will sit down with Alexis Gonzales-Black to explore what Holacracy is, how it works, Holacracy’s shortcoming, and what they both see as the Future of Work.

 

The Future of People

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Robby Peters has been called “the most well-connected person in HR technology.” Robby Peters is the co-founder of PeopleTech Partners, an advisory network that works with early stage HR technology founders and matches them with early customers for product feedback and pilots of the technology they are building. Some of the advisors that are in the group include the Heads of HR from companies like Slack, Lyft, Thumbtack, New Relic and more.

At Responsive Conference 2019, Robby will be joined onstage by several Heads of HR of prominent technology companies in a lightning round of interviews about trends at work in the modern era.

 

Marcus Glover

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In 2018, Marcus Glover took the stage with three others, and led a conversation that left the audience in tears.

Marcus Glover began his career working with global advertising and marketing agencies such as Fallon, BBDO, Arnell Group and UniWorld Group where he handled accounts ranging from United Airlines, Miller Brewing, Pepsi-Cola, McDonald’s, Reebok, NBA, NFL, Adidas, Ford, Mercedes Benz and a host of others. During his tenture in advertising he managed more than $500 Million in corporate advertising spending.

Over the years, Marcus has also created successful ventures with some of the world’s most beloved celebrities including the Muhammad Ali, GOAT Snack food company in partnership with Masterfoods/ M&M’s, The S.Carter Footwear Company, a partnership between Jay-Z and Reebok, Ekocycle sustainable apparel, a partnership between the Coca-Cola Company and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and TRUKFIT, skate apparel company, an apparel venture with Lil Wayne.

Marcus has also consulted entertainers and athletes including Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, The Black Eyed Peas, Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning, Rihanna, Allen Iverson, Eli Manning.

With a deep desire for social justice and to pursue criminal justice reform, Marcus is also the Board Chair for Defy Ventures New York. Defy Ventures harnesses the natural talents of currently and formerly incarcerated men and women, redirecting them toward legalbusiness ventures and careers.

Marcus has also become a dedicated mentor to incarcerated men, women and youth as a volunteer yoga and meditation instructor leading juvenile programs at Rikers Island Prison.

 

Mark Brand

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You can’t do anything positive with your life unless you’re stabilized, and you can’t be stabilized on an empty stomach.

Mark Brand is a formerly unhoused chef who uses food to fight poverty. He is dedication to changing the landscape of business and encouraging others to look at sustainable business models. Social impact and change is not only evident in his own business models, but his thought leadership is contagious to challenge many others to also make a difference. His presentations are some of the most engaging, interactive and thought provoking discussions audiences will hear.

An individual in recovery, Mark continuously strives to make an impact in others’ lives and also in communities. With eleven businesses under his belt, he is an example of a new form of leadership that encompasses good in every step.

In 2011, Mark took over Save On Meats, a Vancouver butcher and diner that has provided food security and access since 1957. In 2013, he created The Token Program, an alternate currency to feed those in need without a cash exchange. Almost 100,000 tokens have been redeemed, filling 100,000 empty stomachs, and creating interactions between those who have and those still in need. In addition, more than one million meals have left Save On’s doors to feed those who struggle in partnership with his charity, A Better Life Foundation. This foundation works with community agencies, marginalized individuals, and governments to create tangible waves of change. Along with managing the five companies, Mark also dedicates time to inspiring and challenging others through international speaking engagements and workshops.

Mark is an Adjunct Professor, Social Change & Innovation, at the University of Southern California and has Honorary degrees from VCC and Lambton Colleges.

Through his cooking, philanthropic efforts, systems design, and love for community that he’s found a unique balance in business and purpose.

 

R.K. Neogy

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R.K. Neogy is the creator of the iRestart framework, the Disruptive Diversity Boot Camp and the author of The WIT Factor: Shifting the Workplace Paradigm by Becoming Your Optimal Self. She is fascinated by team culture, especially in the technology arena and believes that every individual brings a superpower that often isn't fully unlocked.

R.K. provides expertise in team culture cohesion, diversity & inclusion, leadership development and organizational epigenetics. He has worked with organizations worldwide, including Salesforce, Twilio, Google, Trumaker, Ever AI, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Wells Fargo, Cisco Systems, Facebook, United States Digital Service (USDS), Shuddle, HopSkipDrive, and Adobe.

At Responsive Conference 2019, he will be giving a main stage presentation on “The Epigentics of a Team,” which will examine the roots of belonging, and the needs that arise as a result - in our families, at work, and beyond.

 
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Brands On Stage


Some Participating Organizations

Brands On Stage


Some Participating Organizations

Brands You Might Recognize

We bring some of the most recognizable brands to Responsive Conference to share their discoveries and ideas with you.

 
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Presenters


Our 2019 Presenters

Presenters


Our 2019 Presenters

Our Presenters

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Interactive Event


An Interactive, 2-Day Experience

This is not your typical industry "conference"

Be a part of Responsive Conference 2019

Interactive Event


An Interactive, 2-Day Experience

This is not your typical industry "conference"

Be a part of Responsive Conference 2019

 

Interactive Experience

Responsive Conference is about interactive participation, and not just passive learning.

By attending the conference, you’ll participate in experiences that represent the best of what the Responsive movement embodies—creative thinking, collaboration, and responding to real-world organizational challenges quickly and effectively.

 
 
 

Daily Small Groups

Community-based events often spark the kind of creativity that is less readily apparent in online meetings, and encourage innovative thinking around how to approach the ever-increasing unpredictability in the workplace and beyond. By tapping into this “human economy,” Responsive Conference allows attendees to think big and redefine the Future of Work.

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This year, we will be incorporating Small Group Huddles into each day of the conference, providing a chance for attendees to interact with one another outside the context of the conference agenda.

Each Small Group is led by a facilitator, and will tackle a different relevant issue about organizational and workplace challenges. This is a chance to come away with tactics and ideas to take back to your own company, and to form connections with a new group of colleagues that you can turn to for advice in the future.