Connect to the place you lead from.

An immersive conference for culture leaders and influencers.
Brooklyn, NY October 17—18
I deeply appreciated the vision and key messages expressed in this forum; connection, caring, and consideration. Leading with humanity is about taking the time to listen and learn, and Live Grey is an organization that lives and breathes this ethos.
Elana Weinstein, Organizational Development Partner, Google
Life@Work was the punch of inspiration I have been looking for as an HR professional. The content and conversations were rich, authentic and left me with more than enough to chew on and take back to the office.
Nawal Fakhoury, Employee Experience Lead, Linkedin
What I've connected with is really authentic relationships that I didn't necessarily believe were going to be the outcome of a 2-day event.
Amy Toppen, Sr. Director of Human Resources, SoulCycle
It was serious business, but without being at the expense of serious fun and genuine human connection.
Joseph White, Director of Workplace Strategy, Design & Management, Herman Miller
It was honest, authentic, and powerful. There was a spirit of kindness and collaboration and support among all who attended.
Susan Lee, Head of People, Warby Parker

Expand your capacity to solve real problems.

Connect and conspire with your people.

Immerse and experiment with new ways of working.

Nourish the leader inside of you.

Expand your Capacity

Gather actionable tools from leading edge thinkers and practitioners.

Life@Work brings together today’s most relevant and cutting edge people who work on work.

Our two days together are structured as a learning journey, designed to illuminate the art and science of leadership in the 21st century. We work with presenters to format their content into a highly usable format that you can bring into your own work.

Connect and Conspire

Go deep with 20 of your peers and connect with another 200.

Life@Work is structured in a cohort model. Organized in “teams” of 20, you will move through the experience with a select group of peers.

Participants are assembled in teams where they can foster intimacy and share their experiences. These teams partner with other teams and larger groups for presentations from speakers, small group work, and exercises of all kinds. Cohorts are a place to come back together to discuss ideas and integrate experiences over the course of the journey.

Immerse and Experiment

Embody new ways of working together.

The entire Life@Work experience is carefully designed around reformatting our ways of being together. From the moment you arrive you will have opportunities to play, think and feel, differently. Discover new possibilities for yourself, your teams, and your company.

Nourish Yourself

Find a home for the part of you that cares deeply.

Rekindle your love for the people you work with, the work you do, and for yourself. Life@Work builds containers for intimacy and genuine human connection with people who understand you. Leave feeling supported, connected, and cared for.

501 Union

Brooklyn, NY | October 17–18
Connect with 250 culture conscious leaders from around the country. Practice new ways of working. Connect to the place you lead from.
$1550 Attend


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Our Speakers and Facilitators

View bio Mark Levy Airbnb

Mark Levy

Global Head of Employee Experience


Mark is a seasoned globally minded HR Leader who has chosen to work for big hearted companies and focus on how he and his team can unleash the talents and interests of a company’s employees. He has worked with the likes of Levi Strauss & Company and Gap Inc. partnering with business leaders to support their HR needs including innovative ways to create a learning organization and ensure integration between work and life. Mark also spent two years living and working in Paris France for Thomson/Technicolor.

Mark, who is currently leading the Employee Experience of a recent acquisition, Luxury Retreats, was the pioneer of creating the Employee Experience team at Airbnb, which has created significant changes in the way organizations globally are looking at broadening the HR function. This group includes traditional HR functions in addition to broader areas focused on culture and workplace. Mark’s current areas of responsibility are Recruiting, Diversity & Belonging, Workplace (Food, Facilities, Safety & Security, and Environments), Learning and Development, as well as Ground Control, a team which is responsible for curating the culture. Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where you can belong anywhere, and the employee experience mission is to ensure employees feel they belong here at Airbnb. “It is a privilege, a ton of fun and a lot of work to scale the organization while ensuring we don’t F#@k up the culture.”

Mark has his JD/MBA from the University of Colorado after four formative years at Colorado College. Mark chose to leave the practice of law after one year to focus his career on helping organizations do the right thing and to attract, develop, engage and retain creative and diverse talent to drive business results, curate the culture and create community connections.

In addition, Mark has been actively involved in helping organizations enable their employees to help those less fortunate through volunteering programs and community involvement, and is currently on the Board of First Graduate, a non profit which helps those who are first in their family to attend college.

View bio Liane Hornsey Uber

Liane Hornsey

Chief Human Resources Officer


Liane Hornsey is Chief Human Resources Officer at Uber Technologies, Inc. She leads efforts in scaling Uber’s entrepreneurial, start-up culture across more than 60 global offices. Previously, Liane was the Chief Administrative Officer & Operating Partner of Softbank, where she helped a number of portfolio companies hire diverse and high performing employees. Liane also spent nearly a decade at Google, where she led People Operations for Global Business, and became Google’s first female Vice President in HR. During her Google tenure, she grew and inspired some of the largest teams across multiple offices. Liane is the proud mom of two children, and regularly runs half marathons.

View bio Jessica Bryndza Uber

Jessica Bryndza

Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand


Jessica Bryndza is Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand at Uber. Her team is dedicated to helping answer the questions “Why should I work at Uber?” and “Why should I stay at Uber?” Jessica is obsessed with bringing people together, telling stories and creating experiences for humans on behalf of some of the best companies on the planet; Uber, Google, SoftBank, American Express, SoulCycle and Estee Lauder. A leader with (lots of) years of B2B and B2C experience, Jessica has helped redefine the way Fortune 500 companies develop brand marketing strategies and campaigns as they constantly seek to connect with their customers (and employees) through stories, live and digital experiences and cultural moments. Jessica lives in Mill Valley with her partner Zach and her twins, Sofia and Jordan. She is also obsessed with Prince and has an unhealthy sneaker addiction.

View bio Monica Pool Knox Microsoft

Monica Pool Knox

Global Head of Talent Management


Monica Pool Knox is the Head of Global Talent Management at Microsoft Enterprise. Prior to this, she was the Head of Human Resources for Global Sales and Brand Strategy at Twitter and held senior HR roles at CBS Interactive.Throughout her career, Monica honed her business acumen in various senior business partner and talent management roles at Fortune 50 companies including Verizon, the Walt Disney Company and PepsiCo. On the international side, Ms. Knox has lived both in Germany and Puerto Rico and through her non-profit endeavors has worked in Israel, Brazil, Nicaragua, Ghana, Costa Rica, Zimbabwe and Mexico.

View bio John Reid-Dodick WeWork

John Reid-Dodick

Chief People Officer


As Chief People Officer of WeWork, John helps the company deliver its mission to create a world where people work to make a life, not just a living. John previously served as chief people officer at Dun & Bradstreet and at AOL. He has held senior HR roles at Reuters in New York and London. A lawyer by training, John graduated from Harvard Law School. He holds a Masters degree in Politics from New York University and a Bachelors degree in Political Studies. John is married to his high school sweetheart, Darlene, and they have three children.

View bio Mita Mallick Unilever

Mita Mallick

Director, Diversity Outreach & Inclusion and Employer Brand


Mita Mallick is the Director of Diversity Outreach & Inclusion for Unilever North America. Previously, she was a Senior Brand Manager in the Skin Division for Unilever North America overseeing the U.S. Body Care Portfolio (including Vaseline, Suave and Dove Body Lotions.) Mita was a “Maker” Awardee in 2016. She was also on the “50 People Under 40 Shaking Up Beauty” Youthquake List by Women’s Wear Daily. Mita has a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.B.A. from Duke University, Mita resides in Jersey City with her husband and two young children.

View bio Didier Elzinga Culture Amp

Didier Elzinga

CEO & Founder

Culture Amp

Didier Elzinga is the CEO & Founder of Culture Amp - the world's leading Culture Analytics platform. He was previously the CEO of Rising Sun Pictures (a leading Hollywood visual effects company) and founder of Rising Sun Research (winner of a Technical Academy Award). He is a non executive director at The Atlassian Foundation and The Alfred Research Foundation. He presents widely on culture and creativity and what it takes to build a culture first company in both Australia and Silicon Valley.

View bio Schuyler Brown Sightful

Schuyler Brown

Founder & Principal


Schuyler is the founder and principal of Sightful, which provides insight and strategy to create conscious companies and support visionary leaders. She has been called a “brand therapist” and brings a supremely human touch to clients like Microsoft, Discovery Channel, Toyota, and others. She leads retreats around the world on the integration of the feminine in leadership. Schuyler teaches in the Design for Social Innovation masters program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, and is a founding member of the NYC chapter of Conscious Capitalism. She graduated from the University of Virginia.

View bio Aaron Dignan The Ready

Aaron Dignan


The Ready

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, and previous founder and CEO of Undercurrent. For the past eight years, Dignan and his teams have been studying the fastest growing, most profoundly impactful companies. Aaron is a consistent voice of reason and vision in the modern org design movement. As a transformation partner, Dignan has advised the leadership at global brands like GE, American Express, Hyatt, PepsiCo, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ford Motor Company and others on their future in an increasingly technophilic world. He is the author of Game Frame: Using Games as a Strategy for Success (Free Press, 2011).

View bio Nita Baum b*free

Nita Baum



Nita Baum founded b*free in 2013 after nearly a decade consulting to large US and global non-profit, business, education and government clients. b*free is a community for freelancers which unlocks the transformative potential of contract-based work, and connects with organizations evolving with the undeniable needs of a changing workforce. Nita graduated from Columbia University and George Washington University School of Business, holds certifications in conflict resolution/mediation, holistic health coaching, and therapeutic yoga.

View bio Joseph White Herman Miller

Joseph White

Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management

Herman Miller

Joseph is a weaver. In work and craft, he joins disparate elements into coherent constructs. In work, he serves as Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management for Herman Miller. In this capacity, he links Herman Miller's point of view on work to the process of placemaking and managing the human dynamics that bring those places to life. In craft, he is a self-taught hand weaver, compelled by color, texture, rhythm and the beauty of simple machines.

From the start Joseph’s career has focused on the interplay between human behavior and design. While earning a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Tennessee, his studies gravitated toward human-environment interactions, nonverbal communication, and color theory. He expanded his professional capabilities from this academic core with one fundamental belief—everything is connected. His keen sense of awareness, inquisitive approach, and meticulous manner play into a design strategy reaching beyond aesthetics to make meaningful impact on a cognitive and emotional level.

Now living in Chicago, Joseph previously practiced as a Certified Interior Designer in New York City and San Francisco. He has been a member of the IIDA, earned NCIDQ certification, IDEX California certification, and LEED accreditation. His experience includes work for a broad range of clients from tech-world darlings to industry leading giants and regular speaking engagements on advanced planning strategies for the future of work.

View bio Erinn Cerreta-Bartko Herman Miller

Erinn Cerreta-Bartko

Director, Performance Environments

Herman Miller

Using a strategic combination of meaningful data, human insights, and a proven placemaking framework, Herman Miller’s Performance Environments Group partners with clients to offer custom solutions for the total experience of work. Erinn has an extensive background of 18 years, providing consulting services to federal and corporate clients in the form of design, programming, space planning, relocation management, occupancy evaluations, installation and change management. Her career includes project and program management experience on large scale ventures within the federal government, commercial and service sectors. Erinn has been with Herman Miller since 2007. Areas of expertise include change management, program/project development, management and implementation, design management and design process development, strategic planning and workplace strategy.

View bio Neel Doshi Vega Factor

Neel Doshi


Vega Factor

Neel Doshi is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, Primed to
Perform, and the co-founder of Vega Factor, a firm dedicated to ending
low-performing cultures. Previously, Neel was a Partner at McKinsey &
Company, and the CTO of Genesant Technologies and Technology
Director of Neel earned his bachelors in engineering from
MIT and his MBA from the Wharton School.

View bio Andy Fleming Way to Grow INC

Andy Fleming

CEO & Founding Principal

Way to Grow INC

Andy Fleming is CEO & Founding Principal of Way to Grow INC, the intellectual and practice home of the Deliberately Developmental Organization™. Along with 25 years of corporate and consulting experience at leading companies, Andy brings unique insight, ability, and commitment to helping individuals and organizations flourish. Andy received his undergraduate degree from Yale University. He also holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and sustained study at Emory’s Candler School of Theology. Andy has authored two books (Getting Ahead Without Losing Heart, and Backing Down the Ladder). He lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife and two children.

View bio Desiree Rogers Choose Chicago

Desiree Rogers


Choose Chicago

Desiree Rogers is an influential, results-oriented business leader. Through her keen business acumen and unique background, she has reinvented business models and changed the growth trajectory of multiple organizations. Her expertise has focused on developing efficient operations and expertly delivering to audiences and consumers. Her strong interpersonal, collaborative, and diplomatic skills have resulted in successful accomplishments in business, civic leadership, and philanthropy. She is a high-profile speaker, frequently quoted in local and national media.

"I like to analyze every situation through a new set of lenses, thinking of ways to bridge the gap between today and what is possible" Desirée Rogers

View bio Steve Semelsberger SYPartners

Steve Semelsberger

President, Individual Transformation Practice


Steve loves helping leaders and businesses learn, evolve and grow. As a President, he focuses on two areas for the transformation company SYPartners: our Individual Transformation Practice — concentrating on behavior change, personal well-being, and leadership development; and Digital Products — covering our platform businesses (Leadfully and Unstuck), innovation consulting, and digital tools initiatives.

He is also Founder of Alder Growth Partners, a Partner with Capital Factory, a Mentor at Techstars, and a Board Director for the Sustainable Food Center. Previously, Steve served in executive roles for software startup teams that produced four exits via two IPOs (DMD & MOTV) and two acquisitions (Pluck and iChat).

Steve holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and along with a BS in management from Binghamton University. A father of three boys, he spends a good deal of his time outdoors with family and friends in his adopted hometown of Austin, TX.

View bio Sara Kalick Leadfully

Sara Kalick

VP & General Manager Leadfully


Sara spent her first 7+ years at SYPartners working with clients to define and enact bold visions and strategies. Leveraging what she learned about transforming companies and cultures, Sara currently heads up Leadfully, a new product from SYPartners that's designed to help emerging leaders go beyond managing what is know to leading into the unknown. Sara holds a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from ESADE Business School.

View bio Dacia Faison Roe Leadfully

Dacia Faison Roe

Director of Leadership, Leadfully


A self-proclaimed risk-taking, failure-embracing, rabble-rouser. Dacia [day•sha] has committed to liberating the heroic spirit of leaders everywhere. She’s spent two decades developing learning programs inside organizations. Making leaders, and their people, better, bolder, and more bad ass.

In April 2017, she brought her blend of humanistic leadership, innovative learning design, and creative courage to Leadfully by SYPartners as their Director or Leadership, to help make an impact on leaders everywhere.

View bio Tyler Gage RUNA

Tyler Gage



Tyler Gage an entrepreneur, author, and speaker who uses wisdom from the Amazon and start-up success to bring innovation and inspiration to growing organizations. After graduating from Brown University, Tyler started RUNA, a social enterprise that makes energizing beverages with guayusa, a rare Amazonian leaf, and improves livelihoods for 3,000 indigenous farming families in Ecuador. With over 70 employees and 15,000 stores selling RUNA beverages in the US and Canada, RUNA has grown into one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies. Tyler was named a Forbes “30 Under 30 Entrepreneur”. His new book, “Fully Alive” was released August 2017 by Simon & Schuster.

View bio Larissa Conte Wayfinding

Larissa Conte



Larissa​ ​Conte​ is a leadership coach, rites of passage guide, and org transformation designer through her business, Wayfinding. She specializes in facilitating transformation and alignment across scales to foster power that serves.

With deep experience in the energetics and mechanics of transformation, Larissa helps clients develop inner listening, shed what no longer serves, and navigate from their center, so they can more skillfully steward creative energy in their life and companies. Her work weaves 10+ years of experience in the diverse fields of leadership coaching, organizational culture consulting, ecosystems science, ceremony design, and holistic healing. She’s worked with hundreds of leaders across startups and the Fortune 100, and is based in San Francisco.

View bio Obi Amachi Inclusion Ventures

Obi Amachi

Senior Associate, Coaching, assessment, and leadership development expert

Inclusion Ventures

Dr. Obi Amachi is a coach, trainer, inspirational speaker, and psychologist who brings out the best potential in his clients. Sought after for his interactive workshops and his management and leadership coaching, Obi works with individuals, teams, and organizations to increase individual capacities and lead to measurable cultural shifts. His coaching engagements address core leadership skills, managing potential leadership "derailers", and assisting staff to overcome self-limiting beliefs about self and others. He has coached individuals in organizations such as Presidio, Grounded Solutions Network, The James Irvine Foundation, Garces Group, and Kresge.

Obi facilitates ongoing team meetings to address expectations, conflicts, and team dynamics to further team development and service delivery. Obi develops and conducts professional development around: stages of change - how to identify and properly facilitate; identifying emotional fragility and building resilience; developing relationships; diversity; flirtation in the workplace; effective public speaking; team development; and making good decisions. He frequently assesses, prepares, and delivers leadership development and team building programming. Obi participated in Teach For America in Atlanta and received his PsyD/MBA from Widener University. Obi received his BA in Psychology and minor in Women's Studies at Duke University. He is a Certified Pennsylvania School Psychologist, an executive and individual coach, and provides group assessment and development for improved team dynamics and organizational performance. Selection of clients includes: The Presidio Institute, Equilibria Consulting,

View bio Carrissa Menendez Etsy

Carrissa Menendez

VP of People and Workplace


Carrissa Menendez is Etsy’s VP of People and Workplace. She is responsible for leading Etsy’s global People team, including talent acquisition and management, learning & engagement, Workplace, HR systems, along with the compensation & benefits teams. Since joining Etsy in 2013, Carrissa has held several roles of increasing responsibility and has scaled our global HR operations processes. Before Etsy, Carrissa advised numerous companies and senior executives on a wide range of compensation and strategic HR matters, as a consultant and also in-house through her roles at Golub Capital, AIG, and DolmatConnell & Partners (acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.). She began her career in finance with tenures at both State Street and Brown Brothers Harriman.

View bio David Osborne Team Theory

David Osborne

Founder & CEO

Team Theory

David Osborne is the Founder and CEO of Team Theory, who helps growing companies make hiring a human-oriented, effective, and pain-free process. He draws on his prior experience working with teams at the Gates Foundation, NYC Department of Education, the Obama Campaign in his daily work with the leaders of mission-driven startups. He is endlessly excited about the possibilities of what people can achieve when they work together. When he’s not working, he enjoys growing and challenging himself as part of a triathlon club in Brooklyn. And when he needs a break from humans, he enjoys spending time with his cat, Eddie.

View bio Khe Hy Quartz

Khe Hy

Entrepreneur in Residence


Khe is the creator of RadReads and Quartz’s first Entrepreneur in Residence. He spent 15 years in the financial services industry researching hedge fund investments. From 2007-2015 he was a Managing Director at BlackRock where he oversaw the New York Research Team.Khe left Blackrock in 2015 to explore projects focused on introspection, generosity, and community. RadReads emerged out of the desire to answer the question “What does it mean to live a fulfilled life?” RadReads has expanded to include keynotes, executive coaching, and digital video. Khe has spoken at BlackRock, Northwestern Mutual, Knight Capital, IEX, TEDx and Yale University. The newsletter has over 15,000 subscribers and is comprised of entrepreneurs, investors, academics and change makers.

View bio Lola Adesioye Adesioye Agency

Lola Adesioye

Cultural Analyst and Commentator

Adesioye Agency

Lola Adesioye is a British New York-based writer, commentator and broadcaster. Her opinion, commentary and features on UK, US and African social, political and cultural issues have been published in a number of international publications including the New Statesman, the Guardian, the Economist, the Huffington Post, the Sunday Times, Forbes Africa, The Independent, and many more. She also regularly provides opinion and commentary for TV and Radio such as Sky News, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post Live, the BBC, CNN, BET, MSNBC, and Channel 4 News. She has a particular interest in the contemporary black experience, class, gender, race and race-related issues.

View bio Brian Rivolta Incentive Concepts

Brian Rivolta

Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

Incentive Concepts

Brian Rivolta is Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Incentive Concepts. Recently named by Incentive Magazine as one of the 25 most influential people in the motivation industry, Rivolta leads industry relations, new business development, sales, marketing and events for Incentive Concepts. He has been responsible for expanding experiential onsite gifting concepts, adding new brand-lines to Incentive Concepts’ portfolio, and spearheading the company’s Workplace Solutions efforts. According to Rivolta, “Incentive Concepts is known for delivering the best, better. We develop partnerships with sought-after brands and provide the best service and solutions for our customers’ ever-evolving needs.” When he’s not playing chauffeur for his son, you might find him playing hockey, soccer, or golf. He has a life-long passion for horseracing and is the owner of champion thoroughbreds. Rivolta is a passionate supporter of Window World Cares and assists in planning their annual trivia night to benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

View bio Adam Bryant The New York Times

Adam Bryant

Columnist, Corner Office and Editorial Director, NYT Live

The New York Times

Adam Bryant conducts interviews with chief executives for Corner Office, a weekly feature about leadership and management that he started in 2009. In 2016, Bryant was named editorial director of NYT Live, The Times’s global conference enterprise. Bryant is the author of “Quick and Nimble; Lessons from Leading CEOs on How to Create a Culture of Innovation.” His first book, “The Corner Office; Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed,” was a New York Times best-seller.

Bryant has had many roles at The Times, including deputy editor in the Science department, business reporter, deputy business editor, deputy national editor and senior editor for features. He is also a former senior writer and business editor at Newsweek magazine.

View bio Ahmad Wright BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Ahmad Wright

Assistant Dean and Associate Director

BEAM, Stanford Career Education

Ahmad is an Assistant Dean and Associate Director with BEAM, Stanford Career Education. In his role with Stanford, Ahmad helps underrepresented students in breaking down barriers, shattering glass ceilings, and being boldly authentic in achieving the most for themselves in all spaces where they venture out, whether those spaces are ready or not. Ahmad’s professional experience includes a combined 12 years of work in higher education and the recruiting industry. Prior to his time at Stanford, Ahmad spent 6 years in academic advising at his alma mater UC Berkeley, where he earned both his M.A. in Education and B.A. in Sociology.

View bio Brad Zizmor + Dag Folger A+I

Brad Zizmor + Dag Folger

Founding Principals


For the past twenty years, A+I founders Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger have been investigating the dynamics of workplace, retail and development projects in New York City. They lead their office of 65 multidisciplinary designers through challenging projects for influential companies and brands like Squarespace, Tumblr, Horizon, and many others. Their award-winning spaces are on the cutting edge of thoughtful, well-researched and meticulously designed environments. Brad and Dag are alumni of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture.

View bio Gabriel Wilson, M.Ed Developmental Design

Gabriel Wilson, M.Ed

Founder and CEO

Developmental Design

Gabriel Wilson (M.Ed), founder & CEO of Developmental Design, is a leadership coach and organizational culture consultant, with a specialty in diversity and inclusion efforts. His work takes us to the intersection of social justice and purpose driven enterprises, design thinking, human psychology and group dynamics.

Gabriel studied adult developmental psychology and leadership through Stanford’s Masters program in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies (POLS). He was a lecturer at Stanford University for the innovative class, Designing Your Life, where he taught undergraduate and graduate students the principles of design thinking as applied to personal and professional development. He is a certified integral facilitator and an associate for Ten Directions, a developmental training program for facilitative leadership. Through his Freedom and Fairness Initiative, he explores the application of integral facilitation and theory to the field of diversity and inclusion. And, last but not least, he is a practitioner of meditation in the Zen lineage through the Two Arrows Zen Center.

Gabriel is bi-racial and bi-cultural, born to an African-American father and Brazilian mother. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now lives in the Bay Area

View bio Jules Ehrhardt Pledge for Parental Leave

Jules Ehrhardt


Pledge for Parental Leave

Jules Ehrhardt spent eight years at the heart of digital product studio ustwo in an ownership and business architect role, where he helped establish the global reputation of the studio and forge their blended model of consultancy, own-IP and venture based work. While at ustwo he founded the Pledge Parental Leave movement. Jules is an angel investor in and advisor to early-stage technology companies. Jules is currently building his next venture, BeCause, a mobile-first fundraising platform targeting the new generation of charity donors. Over a period of eight years Jules lived and worked on 4 continents.

View bio Stephen Sokoler Journey Meditation

Stephen Sokoler


Journey Meditation

Born and raised in New York City, Stephen is a lifelong entrepreneur who works hard to make a difference in the world.
Prior to that, Stephen was the Co-Founder & CEO of Altrum Honors, a company dedicated to helping organizations celebrate and inspire their employees. Through organic growth and multiple acquisitions, Stephen built the company into the industry leader with a 35% global market share. Stephen successfully sold Altrum in September 2014 and turned his focus to one of his personal passions, meditation.
In March 2015, Stephen built a team of experts representing the very best in ancient wisdom and modern science to create Journey Meditation. Journey was founded with the simple but powerful goal of helping people live happier, healthier lives. Journey has worked with Nike, Conde Nast, Warby Parker, Time Warner, Dow Jones, Humana, and WeWork and expanded from New York to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Boston.
In his free time, Stephen works closely with several non-profits including College Summit and AJC. Stephen graduated from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a degree in Finance and International Business.

Life@Work was one of those rare gatherings that combined intellectual stimulation with real relationship building.
Bob Gower, Org Design Consultant, The Ready
Live Grey created such a thoughtful program, blending elements that were super informative, truly inspiring, and genuinely heartfelt.
Emily Crooker, Project Officer, Kering Americas
Life@Work provided me with the opportunity to open up to a group of like-minded peers and share ideas and challenges that are so important to how we work today.
Carrie McComb, VP of Talent, Wyzant
Life@Work Hudson Valley and the Live Grey team curated a terrific group and provided the conditions that allowed us to explore the ideas, questions, and possibilities that can impact the lives of others for the better.
Adam Stoltz, Managing Director, Workplace Experience & Strategy, Transwestern
Being able to engage in these ideas reminds how fundamental they are to what it means to be human and it makes me want to lead by example even more.
Emiliya Zhivotovskayak, CEO and Founder, The Flourishing Center
It was completely fascinating learning more about the psychology and then as leaders how we're able to create that for self as well as teams.
Nawal Fakhoury, Learning and Employee Experience Manager, LinkedIn
Seeing a genuine spirit and desire to actually move business, organizations to a different way of being is very inspiring and hopeful.
Brett Gaudin, Head of People & Culture, Tegu

Event Topics

  • Culture Transformation Stories

    From disconnected and mechanical to heartful and enlivened, we will hear from culture leaders that turned the tide within their organizations and learn first hand from their challenges and triumphs.
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

    In our global age, we have more and more opportunities to work alongside people from backgrounds different from our own. Together we will explore how to create psychological safety and cultures of belonging in our workplaces.
  • Radical People-First Ideas that Work

    We are moving from an extractive model of value to an emergent model. Discover just how much more people can give when you empower them to learn, lead, and create. Learn from leading practitioners about making people your company's first priority.
  • New Ways Teams are Working

    From flat hierarchies to Holacracy, from remote teams to the freelance economy, organizations large and small are disrupting traditional ways of getting work done. We will experiment with different techniques and learn about the most productive new ways of working.


Day 1Compassion and Purpose

The most transformational cultures combine compassionate leadership with organizational purpose. Exploring these themes is our experiential focus of Day 1.

Welcome and Shared Agreements
Agreeing to a community contract for the next two days led by Brad Lande and Solonje Burnett-Loucas of the Live Grey Team.

Mindfulness Moment
A short meditation led by Journey Meditation.

Freedom and Fairness: Growth and Connection Through Difference
A conversation facilitated by Gabriel Wilson, M.Ed. and Larissa Conte, with Obi Amachi, Solonje Burnett- Loucas, Jules Ehrhardt, Mita Mallick, Desirée Rogers, and Ahmad Wright as participants.

Integration with snack + refreshment service
Small group reflection and snacks provided by SnackNation.

Real Talk: Culture at Uber
A short video of Liane Hornsey, CHRO at Uber, followed by a conversation with Jessica Bryndza, Global Director of People Experiences and Employer Brand at Uber and Brad Lande, CEO of Live Grey.


Movement Moment
Yoga at Work led by Lucy Lila Nelson of Integral Yoga Institute.

The Purpose Imperative
A futurecast with Trace Cohen, CEO of 214. 

Building 100-Year Strategy for Culture
A conversation with Monica Pool Knox, Microsoft Enterprise and John Reid-Dodick, WeWork.


    • Fundamental Human Needs with the Total Experiences of Work
      A breakout session facilitated by Joseph White and Erinn Cerreta-Bartko of Herman Miller.
    • Why and How to Process Social and Organizational Grief
      A breakout session facilitated by Larissa Conte of Wayfinding.
    • Fierce Collaboration
      A breakout session facilitated Tyler Gage of Runa.
    • Making Space for People
      A breakout session facilitated by Brad Zizmar and Dag Folger of A+I.

Fostering workplace Well-Being: Insights from Science and Practice
An interactive presentation by Steve Semelsberger, SYPartners.

Micro-Choices: Creating Conditions for Inclusion and Humanity to Thrive
An interactive presentation by Dacia Faison Roe & Sara Kalick, Leadfully from SYPartners.

Integration and Reflection
Small group reflection and discussion about the day.

Closing Remarks
Closing ritual led by Brad Lande and Solonje Burnett-Loucas of Live Grey.

Cocktail Reception
Everyone is invited to our reception on premesis.

* This agenda is subject to change as we continue to confirm speakers and topics.
day 1 agenda

Day 2Integration and Practice

Learning is an embodied activity. We will take new concepts and perspectives into action on Day 2, bringing them to life so that you can add them to your toolkit.

Welcome and Grounding
A grounding practice led by Brad Lande and Solonje Burnett-Loucas of the Live Grey Team.

Mindfulness Moment
A short meditation led by Journey Meditation.

Brought to you by The Ready:
Mars 2100: A Future of Work Simulation
In this immersive simulation participants role play as founding citizens of a new society on Mars. As they navigate critical decisions for building a community that can thrive in the harsh conditions they experience the discomfort of uncertainty and get an opportunity to try on and practice new ways of working. Takeaways from the experience include new perspectives on decisioning, communicating, and considering organizations as interconnected systems.


    • Fundamental Human Needs and the Total Experience of Work
      A breakout session facilitated by Joseph White and Erinn Cerreta-Bartko of Herman Miller.
    • The Modern Practice of Gift-Giving In Employee Engagement
      A breakout session facilitated by Brian Rivolta of Incentive Concepts.
    • The Gig-Based Shift + The Future of Work
      A breakout session facilitated by Nita Baum of b*free.
    • Hiring with Humanity
      A breakout session facilitated by David Osborne of Team Theory.


Brought to you by Culture Amp:
Building Culture-First Companies at Scale: A CEO’s Journey

A presentation on the power of data in workplace culture by Didier Elzinga, CEO and Founder of Culture Amp.

Beyond Gender Equality
An exploration with Schuyler Brown of Sightful.

How to Create An Everyone Culture
Using adult developmental psychology from Robert Kegan’s team at Harvard, An Everyone Culture explores real-world applications of this work in organizations. Andy Fleming of Way to Grow Inc. discusses these case studies.

Your Culture is Your Brand
A conversation between Carrissa Menendez, VP of People and Workplace at Etsy and Mark Levy, Global Head of Employee Experience of Airbnb hosted by Lola Adesioye.

The Art and Science of Culture: Reframing Work as Play
Neel Doshi, the author of Primed to Perform shares his findings.

Culture lessons from leading CEOs
A conversation with Adam Bryant, NY Times and Khe Hy, Quartz At Work.

Closing Reflection and Integration: How do we bring Humanity back to work?
Reflection and interactive audience discussion on how to apply these practices in your work.

* This agenda is subject to change as we continue to confirm speakers and topics.
day 2 agenda

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Brooklyn, NY

October 17—18, 2017


Where can I stay near 501 Union?

While planning your stay in Brooklyn, we encourage you to take advantage of these special hotel discounts exclusively available for Life@Work attendees. All three hotels are conveniently located in vibrant downtown Brooklyn, just a short bus or car ride away from the conference venue. Pricing below is not inclusive of tax. All room blocks will be released by September 16, 2017.


Hilton Brooklyn
located at 140 Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, NY
$299 per night


Hotel Indigo
located at 229 Duffield Street in Brooklyn, NY
$259-$289 per night


NU Hotel
located at 85 Smith Street in Brooklyn, NY
$239-$269 per night

When can I find out who is speaking at Life@Work?

We will release more information on the speaker lineup for Life@Work closer to the event.

Where can I submit an entry to speak at Life@Work?

If you’re interested in speaking please reach out to for more information!

What is the venue like?

501 Union combines industrial chic with a hint of modern glamour in the heart of Gowanus.

Converted from a turn of the century warehouse and workshop, the light-filled space now dazzles with retro detail. In addition to the main reception hall, the venue also features a stylish lounge and courtyard for both lavish and intimate gatherings, come rain or shine. There are eight private, unisex, and wheelchair-accessible restrooms at the venue.

How do I get to 501 Union?

501 Union is located at 501 Union Street in Brooklyn, New York. If you’re arriving from Manhattan, 501 Union is a seven-minute walk from the Carroll Street F train Subway stop.

Street parking is available in the neighborhood.

Will meals be provided at Life@Work?

Lunch is included in the price of the tickets for the two days of the conference as well as a cocktail reception the evening of the 17th. We will be sharing more details on our food sponsors closer to the event. We will also have snacks and beverages on site for your enjoyment!

Interested in volunteering at Life@Work?

Please send an email with your availability and a little bit about why you want to volunteer to We will get back to you within 24 hours.