Executive Forum


An invitation-only program for HR and business leaders

Champion real change. Define the future of a more human workplace.

The Executive Forum at WorkHuman 2019 is a series of exclusive breakout sessions and unique networking events for a select group of HR leaders from around the globe. We invite you to join us to explore new research and big ideas that address the many challenges of creating innovative, high-performing teams: trust, connection, empowerment, collaboration, and courageous leadership.

The program is designed to encourage networking, invite discussion, and provide an opportunity for participants to share their own valuable experiences. We look forward to seeing you in Nashville!

This year’s featured topics include:

  • Minimizing bureaucracy
  • Increasing trust amongst team members
  • Building personal and organizational resilience
  • Cultivating courageous leadership

Come to WorkHuman 2019 and forge deep connections with other leaders who share your passion for creating a positive, inclusive workplace that inspires employees to do the best work of their lives.

For me, WorkHuman was a personally rewarding experience. As a senior leader, you don’t always get two and a half days for your own learning and development.

– Elizabeth Nieto
Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, MetLife

Executive Forum Agenda at a Glance

Monday, March 18, 2019

  • Registration
  • WorkHuman Gives Back (Optional)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Welcome Breakfast
  • General Session Keynote* with VIP Seating
  • Networking Break*
  • Leadership Breakout Session*
  • Executive Luncheon and Measuring Bureaucracy Workshop with Gary Hamel, Best-Selling Author and Management Expert
  • Integrating Trust into Strategy and Culture Roundtable with David Horsager, CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute
  • Meet and Greet with Keynote
  • General Session Keynote* with VIP Seating
  • Executive Dinner at Husk (transportation provided)

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Networking Breakfast
  • General Session Keynote* with VIP Seating
  • Networking Break*
  • Leadership Breakout Session*
  • Intimate Discussion with Kat Cole, COO, FOCUS Brands
  • Executive Luncheon
  • Dare to Lead Session with Brené Brown, Research Professor and Best-Selling Author
  • Networking Break*
  • General Session Keynote Panel* with VIP Seating
  • General Session Keynote* with VIP Seating

*These sessions and activities are open to the full audience.


View the entire agenda to see all the offerings from 100+ industry leaders across eight content tracks.

Invitation-only Executive Forum session content includes:

Measuring Bureaucracy Workshop with Gary Hamel, Best-Selling Author and Management Expert

Tuesday, March 19th 12:45 – 2:15 p.m.

In a Harvard Business Review survey, respondents stated that executives spend between 30 and 50 percent of their time dealing with in-house matters such as getting approvals and securing resources. That same study showed that executives of companies with 5,000+ employees devoted the most time to internal issues.

Gary’s keynote will feature a progressive-minded approach to building an organization fit for the future by overcoming bureaucracy. In this interactive workshop session, we’ll ask everyone to share first-person accounts of bureaucratic challenges in their organizations and participate in a frank discussion on our roles as leaders. Together, we’ll identify solutions that will make our companies more bold, open, and entrepreneurial.

About Gary Hamel


Integrating Trust into Strategy and Culture Roundtable with David Horsager, CEO, Trust Edge Leadership Institute

Tuesday, March 19th 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The top two reasons most employees leave an organization are underappreciation and not trusting the leadership. In fact, recent findings from The Trust Outlook™ show that employees care twice as much about leaders being transparent about mistakes than their openness in other areas.

Our roundtable leader, David Horsager, will share groundbreaking research about the landscape and impact of trust across divisions and around the world. We’ll discuss the power of connection and compassion with this question in mind: “How do leaders become trusted and maintain trustworthiness?” As an Executive Forum attendee, you will review leadership tools such as the S.P.A. Method™ and gain insight into additional ways to show appreciation that drive ROI in the workplace.

About David Horsager


Invitation-only Executive Forum Dinner

Tuesday, March 19th 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Join us for a unique dining experience on Tuesday evening at Husk, where Chef Sean Brock, winner of a James Beard Award, is reinterpreting Southern cuisine. This progressive dining experience is designed to continue the conversation from the day in small, intimate groups. Throughout the evening, you will enjoy a whiskey tasting highlighting spirits from Nashville distilleries, seasonal farm-to-table delicacies, and a wine-and-cheese tasting featuring local cheeses in the property’s historic carriage house. This special evening includes a Gratitude Bar, where you can experience the power of thanks by recognizing someone who has made a positive impact on your life.

The Power of Authenticity in Everyday Leadership with Kat Cole, COO, FOCUS Brands

Wednesday, March 20th 10:15 – 11:30 a.m.

This lively, interactive, and no-holds-barred session will allow attendees to inquire about Kat’s personal and professional experiences and react to her most significant lessons of leadership and innovation, all while sharing experiences of their own.

Kat will share learnings from her interesting and unusual early rise to leadership, beginning with the restaurant chain Hooters, and how she has maintained and refined her belief system to include volunteer activity in Africa. She’ll also discuss her participation on CBS’s “Undercover Boss” and how the television show taught her more about her business, her leadership style, and her employees.

About Kat Cole


Dare to Lead Session with Brené Brown, Research Professor and Best-Selling Author

Wednesday, March 20th 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 500 companies are asking the same question: “How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?”

During her 20 years of research, including the past seven studying leadership, Brené has found the answer: Daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets and practices that are 100 percent teachable.

In this intimate session, we’ll explore the actionable tools, learnings, and unlearnings that underpin brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart.

About Brené Brown


This was my first WorkHuman, and it was phenomenal. The overall experience was inspiring and energizing. The breadth and depth of relevant content grounded in research and real-world experience lends so much credibility to what HR leaders are doing every day. It’s a true testament to WorkHuman and Globoforce that they’re able to bring together so many professionals across multiple industries and cross-functional teams that hit at the heart of organizations. I was proud to be a part of WorkHuman.

– Donna Kimmel
SVP and Chief People Officer, Citrix

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