Mad City Agility Conference 2020

August 20th, 2020

Are you a trailblazer? Rebel? Change agent? Boat rocker? Welcome!

"Mad" is typically a reference to "mad scientist" which implies outside of the norm thinking and experimentation. That's Mad City Agility 2020 - we are focusing on revolutionary, rebellious, "mad" thinking that is required in 2020 and beyond for organizational agility.

We are about 2 decades into the agile revolution. As we enter the Roaring ‘20s of Agility let’s use the empirical data we have since the creation of the agile manifesto to forecast the future.

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Rich Sheridan

Rich Sheridan, CEO and Chief Storyteller at Menlo Innovations, is a successful entrepreneur and author of two best-selling books—Joy Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love and Chief Joy Officer: How Great Leaders Elevate Human Energy and Eliminate Fear. Rich’s passion for inspiring organizations to create their own joy-filled cultures has led him to address audiences across the world—through four continents and 18 countries (and counting) as well as throughout the United States.

What motivates Rich to travel the world, speaking to tens of thousands of people in nearly every setting imaginable? What does he share with his audiences that makes them jump to their feet with enthusiasm and return to their organizations on fire with inspiration? Simply this: joy. More specifically, that joy in your organization is not just possible but essential—essential to profitability, to productivity, to every measure of success.

Rich and his message of joyful leadership have been featured in press outlets ranging from Inc, Forbes and New York magazines to Bloomberg, U.S. News & World Report, NPR’s On Point podcast, NPR’s All Things Considered, and the Harvard Business Review. His videos for organizations such as Gemba Academy, VitalSmarts, and the Arbinger Institute continue to inspire audiences around the world.

Rich doesn’t just talk about joy in the workplace. He lives it every day at Menlo, the custom software and consulting company he co-founded in 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since then, Menlo has received worldwide notice for its unique culture, including recognition by Inc. Magazine as the most joyful company in America. Menlo has also been recognized by the Alfred P. Sloan award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility for 11 straight years and has received a lifetime achievement award for Freedom at Work from WorldBlu, as well as five revenue awards from Inc. magazine. Today people come to Menlo from all over the world—nearly 20,000 in the past seven years alone—to learn about Menlo and how they can create a culture of joy in their own organizations.


Virtual conference part of - details will be sent to registered attendees.


Thursday, August 20th, 2020 - 1pm to 5pm Central Time (US and Canada)


1:00pm to 1:15pm Welcome!

1:15pm to 2:00pm Lead with Joy and Watch Your Team Fly! Rich Sheridan

2:00pm to 2:15pm Break 1

2:15pm to 3:00pm Session 2 TBA

3:00pm to 3:15pm Break 2

3:15pm to 4:00pm Session 3 TBA

4:00pm to 5:00pm Social!

Lead With Joy and Watch Your Team Fly!

Rich Sheridan

1:15pm to 2:00pm Central Time (US and Canada)

Change is hard. But you won't create a joyful workplace by leading the way you've always led. In this talk, Rich explores his own journey to joy, focusing on how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and, by doing so, witnessed results that exceeded his wildest expectations.


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