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Adam Smiley Poswolsky Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker, Workplace Belonging Expert

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  • Belonging in a Hybrid Workforce: Fostering Human Connection & Community in Challenging Times
  • Creating a Purpose-Driven Workplace: How to Attract, Retain, and Engage Top Talent During the Great Resignation
  • The Future of Community: Fostering Innovation & Connection in the Digital Age

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  • 2021 FRIENDSHIP IN THE AGE OF LONELINESS
  • 2018 THE BREAKTHROUGH SPEAKER A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION TO BREAK INTO PUBLIC SPEAKING
  • 2016 THE QUARTER-LIFE BREAKTHROUGH

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, internationally renowned keynote speaker, and author of three books: The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, The Breakthrough Speaker, and Friendship in the Age of Loneliness.

Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower the next generation, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more connected at work, through speaking at companies like Google, Apple, Facebook, Unilever, Deloitte, and Verizon. Smiley’s TED talk on “the quarter-life crisis” has been viewed over 1.5 million times, and he has spoken in front of 50,000 people in 25 countries. Smiley has guest lectured at Stanford Graduate School of Business and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Smiley has advised heads of state and foreign leaders about millennial talent, multigenerational engagement, and fostering belonging in the digital age.

Smiley’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company, CNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many other outlets. Smiley is a 13-time camp counselor at Camp Grounded: Summer Camp for Adults and advisory board member for Digital Detox.

In 2017, Smiley launched The Women, BIPOC and Inclusivity Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and other underrepresented speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 4,000 members.

Smiley is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and lives in San Francisco, California.


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