Be part of the HR leadership conference of the year.

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Are you a passionate promoter of a future where everyone works more human? Then this is your chance to come together with visionaries, innovators, and industry experts to explore new ideas and keep pushing the Workhuman movement forward.

We invite you to apply to be a breakout session speaker at Workhuman Live 2020. Share your research, expertise, and experience with HR and business leaders who want to build more human workplaces.

What is Workhuman®? The world’s fastest-growing integrated Social Recognition® and continuous performance management platform. Our human applications are shaping the future of work by helping organizations connect culture to shared purpose. With a consistent stream of gratitude fueling unparalleled, provocative workplace data and human insights, Workhuman® Cloud is a critical software engine for global companies seeking to motivate and empower their people to do the best work of their lives. Workhuman (formerly known as Globoforce) was founded in 1999 and is co-headquartered in Framingham, Mass., and Dublin, Ireland.

What is Workhuman® Live? It all started in 2015 when the first Workhuman launched with a powerful idea – bring more humanity to the workplace. That spark started a movement, fueled each year by our annual conference. Tackling challenging topics like workplace equality, barriers to diversity and inclusion, and navigating employee emotions, this is where business leaders come together as a community to educate and inspire one another.

Workhuman Live speakers each bring their own unique perspective on the power of the human spirit. You’ll join the ranks of well-respected past speakers such as Brené Brown, Simon Sinek, Arianna Huffington, Shawn Achor, Kat Cole, Adam Grant, Susan Cain, Gary Hamel and more.

Who are we looking for? The Workhuman team is looking for experienced and engaging professionals who are passionate about sharing expertise and primary research topics in HR, leadership, and building a best place to work.

The ideal presenter adds to our Workhuman knowledge in the broader topics of well-being, connection, purpose, and communication at work. They’re familiar with available research on the value of gratitude, appreciation, and recognition in the workplace.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Recognition
  • Gratitude
  • Feedback
  • Diversity
  • Equality
  • Innovation
  • Culture
  • Mindset
  • Motivation
  • Recruitment
  • Leadership

We look for humans who are willing to partner with Workhuman to deliver the best possible content experience and relevance for our audience. To put it simply, Workhuman® Live speakers are bold, visionary, and authentic.

Submission deadline: Friday, May 31, 2019

What you need to know:

  1. A high-quality speaking proposal must be submitted by May 31, 2019. Don’t wait until the deadline to submit. Avoid the rush and stand out from the crowd.
  2. A link to a video sample is required as part of the proposal. If you don’t have a video of a past speaking engagement, please record one for your application. An application without a video sample will not be considered.
  3. Accepted speakers must be available to attend the entire conference to engage with attendees.
  4. Session evaluations from previous Workhuman events will be considered if applicable.
  5. Due to the large number of submissions and limited session slots, even submissions that meet all criteria may not be selected.
  6. All submissions will receive a reply on or about September 30, 2019.
  7. If you’re selected as a speaker, here’s what you’ll experience:

  8. Our attendance has grown 500 percent in size since the inaugural event in 2015 – and we’re expecting that number to grow even more in 2020 – so there’s a lot of opportunity for you to build and nurture your network.
  9. Workhuman will cover up to three nights’ hotel stay (room and tax only) and will provide each confirmed speaker with a complimentary pass to attend Workhuman® Live sessions, meals, and special events. All other travel and onsite expenses are the responsibility of the speaker.
  10. Stay connected to the Workhuman community beyond the conference itself through online forums and additional partnership opportunities.
  11. Frequently asked questions:

    styleCan I apply to be a keynote speaker on the mainstage?

    We do not accept submissions for keynote speakers.

    When will I know if I’ve been accepted?

    Expect to be notified of the status of your application on or about September 30, 2019.

    If I’m not accepted, can you tell me why?

    Due to the high volume of submissions, we’re unable to provide feedback for individual submissions.

    Oops, I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?

    We do not accept speaking proposals after the deadline, Friday, May 31, 2019. If you are interested in presenting at future Workhuman events and wish to receive information regarding the Call for Speakers, please send an email to

    How can I stay involved with Workhuman Live even if I don’t speak?

    • Follow Workhuman on Twitter
    • Connect with passionate humans on LinkedIn as part of the 5,000+ WorkhumanCommunity Forum
    • Get to know the Workhuman team better through its Instagram page

    I’m having problems submitting this form. Who do I contact?

    If you have any questions or problems submitting this form, please email

    Keep in mind that speaking proposals sent via email will not be considered.