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:

  • 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.

As someone who’s always been somewhat skeptical about HR conferences, I can say that WorkHuman is the exception for me. The richness of relevant speakers and sessions would bring value to any workplace leader, and the ability to network with peers, find inspiration, and leave with practical takeaways is invaluable. In fact, I hope to come back next year with some of my company’s leadership team.

– Joe Cronin
Executive Vice President of Human Resources, ICON

Executive Forum Agenda at a Glance

Monday, March 18, 2019

  • Registration
  • WorkHuman Gives Back (Optional)

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

  • Welcome Breakfast
  • General Session Keynotes
  • Networking Break
  • Leadership Breakout Session
  • Networking Break
  • General Session Keynote

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Networking Breakfast
  • General Session Keynote
  • 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
  • General Session Keynote

*These sessions and activities are for Executive Forum attendees


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

Invitation-only Executive Forum session content includes:

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

What are you waiting for?

Say yes. Nashville – and all the humans you’ll inspire, and who will inspire you in turn – is ready to greet you.