Learning From the Masters

Thought Leaders Aim to Spark Positive Discussion

A meeting is more than a meeting; it’s an opportunity for a group to experience something together. Today’s Thought Leader speakers are all about improving attendees’ leadership skills in a positive way.

Robert Biswas-Diener

Robert Biswas-Diener

Author and life coach Robert Biswas-Diener will speak from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. about “Courage at Work: Bravery as an Overlooked Resource,” exploring why courage is more than a physical act of bravery.

A psychologist by training and the author of The Upside of Your Dark Side: Why Being Your Whole Self — Not Just Your ‘Good’ Self — Drives Success and Fulfillment, Biswas-Diener specifically will discuss how to apply a positive mindset to your work. He focuses not on what is wrong with people, as is traditional in psychology, but what is right with people — and how to use that in an everyday setting.

“I want [Convening Leaders attendees] to come away with a 90-degree view of something that maybe they’ve been living with their entire life, something like happiness, but they’ve just never thought about it in this particular way,” Biswas-Diener told PCMA’s Convene magazine. “It might leave some of them scratching their heads or confused or whimsical or puzzled or curious, but I want them to have that feeling that they want to get up and continue the conversation with the people around them.”

Michelle Stacy

Michelle Stacy

Do the leaders in your organization need inspiration? From 1:45 to 2:45 p.m., Michelle Stacy will discuss leadership strengths in “Five Strategies that Transform Innovation.”

Formerly the president of Keurig and an executive with Gillette, Stacy will detail strategies for engaging all the individuals on a team, making them much more effective. She’ll also discuss building teams that enhance the meeting experience.

“Great leadership and great innovation come when people can be themselves and share their humanity,” Stacy told Convene. “It comes when they respect and value all of their team members.”

Stacy will also be speaking at tomorrow afternoon’s Women@Work forum. “My career path involved being part of a dual-career family,” Stacy said. “What are some of the compromises as you build a career, and is a dual-career, full-time working arrangement the right thing for you?”

Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi

For a more global view, geopolitical and geoeconomic analyst, author, documentary film producer, and columnist Afshin Molavi will present “The New Silk Road and The Next 3 Billion: How Rising Middle Classes, Rapid Urbanization, and New Trade Routes are Reshaping the Geocommercial and Geopolitical Map of the World” from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Molavi plans to discuss the geoeconomic, geocommercial, and geopolitical transformation currently underway that will define the global economy for the next 50 years. He will explain how this transformation will touch all aspects of our daily lives and business, from security and politics, to innovation and technology, to the future of business.

Attendees can expect to walk away with a better understanding of the major shifts happening in the global geoeconomy. Molavi will help you focus on the relevant geoeconomic changes related to the future of your industry and understand the inherent opportunities, risks, and challenges.