We (Liz and Mollie) are available for keynotes, panels, or workshops. We’ve spoken for a range of clients and audiences, including the largest WeWork in the world; designers, developers, academics, and researchers at World Interaction Day; and a large trade organization.
We would love to be a part of your next event. Please email us at hello at lizandmollie.com with your event description and needs. You can also reach out to us through Penguin Random House’s Speakers bureau here.
Our speaking topics include:
How to build a culture of belonging
What if you could bring yourself out of hiding and into the organization, even the parts of yourself that don’t seem to belong on surface level? Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard. We outline the (often small) steps individuals and organizations can take to create a culture of belonging. We usually incorporate a paired activity into this presentation.
How to be an emotionally fluent leader
We all have emotions at work, but we don’t always know how to use them to our advantage. Success as a leader depends on fluently expressing emotion. In this engaging presentation, we share how emotions affect our professional lives and give leaders the tools to understand and navigate emotions at work. As our jobs become more collaborative, complex, and stressful-- as well as the center of our identities-- effectively embracing emotion will only become more important. We share practical advice and a clear-sighted toolkit for navigating emotion at work as a leader.
How both introverts and extroverts can flourish at work
Introverts and extroverts have different needs in the workplace. Extroverts tend to react to social interactions more quickly. Introverts have a higher base rate of arousal: put an introvert in a noisy open office and he’ll quickly become overwhelmed. Introverts often try to mask their introverted qualities to fit in. In this talk, we help both introverts and extroverts understand, communicate, and optimize around their own and each others' tendencies.
How to communicate better in a digital world
"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place,” writes playwright George Bernard Shaw. Effective communication depends on our ability to talk about emotions without getting emotional. We often react to each other based on assumptions we never bothered to look at more carefully. But the words people say are not always what they mean. In this talk, we look at how to talk to your co-workers about hard things, highlight major differences between groups that can lead to bungled conversations, look at how to deliver useful feedback that doesn’t sting, and walk through ways to avoid digital miscommunication.
How to create the best teams
When creating a great team at work, the “how” matters more than the “who.” The best teams have psychological safety, meaning that members feel they can suggest ideas, admit mistakes, and take risks without being embarrassed by the group. In this talk or workshop, we’ll show you how to build a team whose members feel safe throwing out ideas, taking risks, and asking questions. We’ll walk through the ways successful teams kickoff projects, onboard new team members, build trust, and deal with conflict. This workshop includes an activity where participants write their own user manual (a guide for how to work with you).