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OPTIMA21 AGENDA

5 virtual channels. 40+ speakers.

Featured Keynotes

11:00AM EST

EMCEE

Guy Raz

Host of NPR's How I Built This podcast

11:08AM EST

Dara Treseder

SVP, Global Marketing and Communications @ Peloton

11:45AM EST

Mike Zani

CEO, The Predictive Index

12:50PM EST

Baratunde Thurston

Author, How To Be Black

3:20PM EST

Patrick Lencioni

Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Guy Raz

11:00am EST

Welcome to OPTIMA21

Join our emcee Guy Raz, the host of NPR’s How I Built This podcast on the main stage as our emcee.

Guy Raz is the host, co-creator, and editorial director of three NPR programs, including two of its most popular ones: TED Radio Hour and How I Built This. Both shows are heard by more than 14 million people each month around the world. Raz joined NPR in 1997 as an intern and has worked virtually every job in the newsroom from temporary production assistant to breaking news anchor. He is also the creator and co-host of NPR’s first-ever podcast for kids, Wow In The World.

Plan your day

Keynote

Dara Treseder

11:08-11:45am EST

Leading with Passion and Purpose Through People

Dara Treseder, Peloton’s SVP, Head of Global Marketing and former CMO at Carbon joins Guy Raz in a conversation: Being Yourself: Leadership when Life and Business Collide

Dara Treseder, SVP, Head of Marketing & Communication at Peloton is a business leader with expertise in building and leading high performing global marketing, communications, and commercial organizations. In 2020, Dara was recognized as one of the 25 Most Innovative CMOs in the world by Business Insider. In 2019, she was named a CMO to Watch by Business Insider and inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, the premier industry recognition for leaders under 40 who are making a significant impact in the industry and in their communities. In 2018, she was recognized by Forbes as a “CMO Next”—one of the 50 Marketing Chiefs Redefining the Role and Shaping the Future. Dara was also recognized in 2018 by AdAge as one of the “Women to Watch.” In 2017, she was recognized on Inc. Magazine as one of the “30 Inspirational Women to Watch in Tech.”

Keynote

Mike Zani

11:45-12:15pm EST

The Science of Dream Teams

Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index, the leading talent optimization platform, joins Guy Raz in a discussion about aligning people strategy with business strategy- and the magic behind dream teams that bring results. 

Mike Zani is the CEO of The Predictive Index, a talent optimization platform that uses over 60 years of proven science and software to help businesses align people strategy to business strategy. An avid sailor, he was coach of the 1996 US Olympic Team. 

Breakout Sessions

12:15-12:50 EST

12:15-12:50 EST

HIRE / INSPIRE

Are you a "Bosshole"? Lead with conversational capacity instead

Explore conversational capacity. This is defined as “the ability to engage in important conversations in a ‘sweet spot’ where candor and courage are balanced by curiosity and humility.” – It’s a foundational aspect of effective leadership and teamwork, one leaders, therefore, need to learn to build— both for themselves and their team.

HireInspire-1

12:15-12:50 EST

DESIGN / DIAGNOSE

Sinking Ship! Hidden dangers to avoid with your people

Balance on teams is now more important than ever- without it, your ship can sink! What happens when teams over utilize their strengths, especially during times of stress like we’ve experienced in 2020? How can you leverage teams with multi perspectives and backgrounds to execute change? This session explores the concept of “balance” on teams and how you can make sure your teams have the key ingredients for success.

DesignDiagnose-4

12:15-12:50 EST

CONSULTING

Building your consulting brand on LinkedIn

Build your personal brand on LinkedIn to generate inbound business. Justin Welsh, former SVP of Sales at Patient Pop and creator of The LinkedIn Playbook, shares tips for optimizing your profile, growing your network, and creating original content. 

Consulting-1

12:15-12:50 EST

PI EXPERIENCE

No More Mishires: Hire With Certainty Using PI

Hiring is a critical talent optimization function, and there’s too much at stake to go with your gut. In this session, we’ll discuss what’s holding companies back when it comes to recruiting and hiring top talent. You’ll hear how using PI Hire (and people data, in general) in your recruiting process allows you to hire accurately and quickly, reducing costly turnover.

PIExperience-1

Keynote

Baratunde Thurston

12:50-1:30pm EST

Deconstructing Racism in the Workplace

Creating change in your organization to deconstruct systemic racism is an ongoing effort. Baratunde Thurston joins us to discuss the changing cultural landscape with wit and candor, as we work to create a better world through better work in this powerful keynote delivered by PI’s Change@Work.

Baratunde Thurston is the co-host of TakePart Live on Pivot TV and the CEO and co-founder of Cultivated Wit. He wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet The Onion. When he’s not delivering talks at gatherings such as Tribeca Film Interactive, SXSW, and TED, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company and contributes to the MIT Media Lab as a director’s fellow. He co-founded the black political blog, Jack and Jill Politics, has advised the Obama White House, has more than 10 years experience in standup comedy.

Breakout Sessions

1:30-2:05 EST

1:30-2:05 EST

HIRE / INSPIRE

There is no such thing as "strategic HR"

Traditional HR practices are long gone, and the path forward is through understanding that people are the most important part of your business. Hear from Lars Schmidt, the author of Redefining HR and Tracie Sponenberg, Chief People Officer of the Granite Group on the future of HR, and how HR has “always been strategic” in their terms. ​​​​​

Tracie Sponenberg

1:30-2:05 EST​

DESIGN / DIAGNOSE

CEO Panel: How Harpoon, NK and NOBULL tie talent to business

How do the CEOs of Nielsen-Kellerman, NOBULL & Harpoon Brewery create high performing teams? They join us to talk through their experience running these top companies. 

DesignDiagnose-1

1:30-2:05 EST​

CONSULTING

A Talent Optimization Approach to Business Transformation

Talent optimization aims to maximize business results by optimizing employees’ performance and experience. But what does it take to achieve this ideal state? What are those organizations at the top of comparative benchmarks doing to get the people part of their businesses right?

Consulting-2

1:30-2:05 EST​

PI EXPERIENCE

Building a Dream Team with PI

When employees are unhappy, it creates a lot more work for leadership. Don’t worry – any team in your organization can become a dream team, if you have the right tools. In this session you’ll learn how PI Design helps you see and improve any team’s chance of success. Assess your team’s strategic goals and behavioral style (or “Team Type”) side-by-side — so you can know where the team is suited to succeed and where they may need to stretch.

PIExperience-3

Breakout Sessions

2:10-2:40 EST

2:10-2:40 EST

HIRE / INSPIRE

Managing Talent Through Change

Dawn Sharifan, the VP of People at Slack talks with Jackie Dube, SVP, Talent Optimization to discuss HR leadership in times of change. With the pandemic, Slack’s explosive growth, going public, and becoming one of the top communications tools in the modern workplace, the thinking around talent has changed.

HireInspire-3

2:10-2:40 EST

DESIGN / DIAGNOSE

Future-proof: Building Culture And Teams That Get It Done

Hear two experienced leaders and change agents from different ends of the business spectrum reflect on what the past year taught them about building culture and teams that stand the test of time.

DesignDiagnose-2

2:10-2:40 EST

CONSULTING

Using Talent Optimization to Uncover Client Needs

C-level executives turn to external consultants for help with a variety of people-related issues and risk areas. In this action-packed breakout session, Stacia and Matt explore the top talent trends that have executives clamoring for consultants’ expertise and insights. What can consultants do to stand out in a crowded market and deliver exceptional client value? If you want to stay top of mind for your top clients, you can’t afford to miss this

Stacia-Matt

2:10-2:40 EST

PI EXPERIENCE

Client Panel: How PI’s Talent Optimization Platform Changed Our Business

Hear what some big-name PI practitioners have to say. Can adopting a talent optimization strategy, and using PI tools, really improve a business’s bottom line? Real PI clients share their PI implementation plan, and what’s changed for them since starting talent optimization.

PIExperience-2

Breakout Sessions

2:45-3:15 EST

2:45-3:15 EST

HIRE / INSPIRE

Bringing your best [Zoom] self to work

Fine-tune the way you show up in that little rectangle on your computer screen. Glide seamlessly from your in-person self to your virtual performance. Make people LOOK FORWARD to your meeting, and inspire them to leave better than when they arrived.

HireInspire-4

2:45-3:15 EST

DESIGN / DIAGNOSE

Revenue Growth Through People: How people victories lead to business victories

As leaders, what are best practices for aligning people strategies with business strategies to reach revenue goals and the risks if you don’t have a people strategy? Discover how to focus on preparing people today and for the future for better company performance.

DesignDiagnose-3

2:45-3:15 EST

CONSULTING

The New Way to Lead Transformation

Consultants regularly make client recommendations that involve change, but those efforts are put at risk when the people part gets overlooked. Executive teams and their talent partners often lack critical data and insights that would otherwise predict and pinpoint challenges related to managing change.

Consulting-3

2:45-3:15 EST

PI EXPERIENCE

Certification Head Start: Crash Course in Talent Optimization

Learn the basics of talent optimization in under 30 minutes from “The Godfather of Talent Optimization” and PI’s Services Product Manager. Walk away from OPTIMA with the kick start you need to be officially certified in talent optimization.

PIExperience-3

Keynote

Patrick Lencioni

3:20-3:50pm EST

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, known as “the architect of organizational health” talks through the power of trust on teams.  

Patrick Lencioni is a New York Times Bestselling author of twelve business books with over three million copies sold worldwide. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Bloomberg Businessweek, and USA Today.Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to helping leaders improve their organizations’ health since 1997. His principles have been embraced by leaders around the world and adopted by organizations of virtually every kind including multinational corporations, entrepreneurial ventures, professional sports teams, the military, nonprofits, schools, and churches.

3:50-4:05pm EST

Closing Remarks

Guy Raz & mike zani

PI Partner Awards

Presented by mike zani

Awarded to top partners for their achievements this year

An unforgettable experience.

OPTIMA brings together the best minds in business to learn cutting edge strategies for designing, hiring, and inspiring high-performing teams. A Premium Ticket now comes with a free copy of The Science of Dream Teams by Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index. 

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