A Panel discussion with today's changemakers

Manal al-Sharif

Women’s Rights Activist & Best-Selling Author

Her humanity in a nutshell:

Progressive. Activist. Revolutionary. Voice of empowerment. Leader. And all-around badass.

Why she’s the right human:

Manal al-Sharif has spent her life advocating for women’s rights and rising above repression by breaking social norms. As a result of her tireless activism, she was awarded the first Václav Havel Prize for Creative Dissent and has been named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people.

In 2011, during the Arab Spring, she threw the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into disarray by a posting a video of herself driving on social media. She was thrown in jail for nine days for “driving while female,” and released under the condition that she never drive again on Saudi lands and never speak about the experience or conduct any interviews. Ignoring these conditions, Manal continued campaigning for #Women2Drive and #IAmMyOwnGuardian with the aim to end male guardianship in her country, which finally came to fruition in June of 2018. Her best-selling memoir, “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening,” is an intimate portrayal of her life growing up in one of the most masculine societies in the world..

Why are we beside ourselves that she’s speaking as part of our Thursday keynote, “Leave Your Mark: A Panel Discussion With World-Renowned Changemakers and Trailblazers?" Because she didn’t wait for change to happen – she made it happen. And we’re all about seizing the momentum of a movement and pushing for progress, especially when it comes to bringing more humanity to work – and the world.

Stay tuned for more     groundbreaking humans who’ll join the panel!

Meet the


“Too many people are waiting to be empowered by others. But true empowerment is stepping into the power you already have.”
– Cy Wakeman

Her humanity in a nutshell:

New York Times best-selling author. Global thought leader. Host of “No Ego” podcast. Founder of Reality-Based Leadership.

Why she’s the right human:

Cy is a best-selling author, global thought leader, and beloved Workhuman Live mainstay. And anyone who’s heard her speak can see straight away her authenticity, sincerity, and passion for helping leaders end workplace drama and bring about breakthrough performances in their people. Cy has been recognized for cultivating a counter-intuitive, reality-based approach to leadership – and she does it with dynamism. She's all about personal empowerment and realizing your own potential by living beyond ego.