Sally Thornton

Sally Thornton

Founder & CEO, Forshay, Inc.

Why is Sally speaking at WorkHuman?

A recognized expert on the future of work, Sally worked with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project to support efforts to restructure workplaces to more effectively align with the lives of today’s workforce while harnessing diverse talent for future success. At WorkHuman, Sally will highlight what exactly enables us to do our best work.

About Sally:

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally founded Forshay in 2011 to connect the Bay Area’s most innovative companies with exceptional talent through executive recruiting, project-based work solutions, and practical strategies to improve how we work.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 “Fastest-Growing Private Companies” list for 2015. Prior to founding Forshay, Sally co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm and was named among the “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A recent speaker in two TEDx talks, Sally is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Sally has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, and ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Sally co-founded WorkLab in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford’s “Redesigning and Redefining Work” project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today’s workforce, so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. Sally lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She serves on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of

My Sessions

The “Future of Work” is already here, and requires fluid ways of working across multiple teams, inside and outside of organizations. Sally draws on the science of work (both behavioral science and neuroscience) to tease out what will remain true and important on how you do your best work on a team including: – Science-based […]

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