Meet our Keynote Speakers and Presenters
Luvvie Ajayi Jones
Author, Podcast Host, and Culture Critic
Wed., Sept. 7
8:00 - 9:30am
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is what happens when you blindly follow doing what you love without expectation. Born outside the box, her brilliance is the unifying theme for all her endeavors. The NYT best‐selling author, sought‐after speaker, and podcast host thrives at the intersection of comedy, media and justice. Her debut book, I'm “Judging You: The Do‐Better Manual”, hit the New York Times best‐sellers list at #5 in its first week. Her latest book Professional Troublemaker: The Fear‐Fighter Manual, released March 2, 2021, is also a New York Times best‐seller.
Selected for Oprah Winfrey's inaugural Supersoul 100 list for “elevating humanity,” Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, perpetual truth‐telling and trouble making. Putting into words the thoughts few dare to say; the veteran blogger could give a masterclass on disruption. Internationally recognized, she has graced stages around the globe for some of the world's most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, MAKERS, SXSW and the Obama White House. Her wildly popular TED talk “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable” has over 5 million views and climbing. It is the TedTalk that almost didn't happen if fear had anything to do with it.
Ajayi Jones was once afraid to call herself a writer and almost skipped out on her life‐changing Ted Talk because of imposter syndrome. But she does not stop there. On a mission to call fear out, she hosts her podcast, “Professional Troublemaker,” where she and her guests with humor and honesty, entertain transparent conversations about living life loudly, with courage and conviction; recognizing that the things we must do are more significant than our fears.
Future-of-Work & Wellness Analyst
Thurs., Sept. 8
9:35 - 10:25am
Jonathan is an analyst at Forrester, helping business and technology leaders to build teams, workforces, and organizations that allow employees to be fully realized at work. With a comprehensive focus on health and wellness, leadership, and diversity, equity, and inclusion, Jonathan helps organizations bridge the gap between doing well and doing good as we create the future of work together.
Prior to becoming an analyst on the Future of Work research team, Jonathan served business and technology executives as a senior advisor for the strategy and innovation group within Forrester’s Technology Council. Before Forrester, Jonathan worked with Santander Bank where he led strategic initiatives across the commercial bank for the CIO group. Jonathan also has experience leading programs for global technology consulting firms and conducting academic research.
Jonathan earned his MBA from Bryant University’s College of Business and holds a BS in business administration from Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He is currently pursuing a second master’s in organization leadership at Northeastern University.
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