Smiley Poswolsky

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Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, international keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough (Penguin Random House) and The Breakthrough Speaker.


Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower millennial talent, and he has inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Google, Apple, SAP, Facebook, Unilever, Salesforce, SHRM, ASAE, YPO, Genentech, Deloitte, and TED.


An internationally renowned motivational speaker on the multigenerational workplace, Smiley speaks about millennials, employee engagement, and intergenerational collaboration at the world’s top companies, associations, universities, leadership trainings, and conferences. His TEDx talk has been viewed over 1.5 million times, and he has done hundreds of speaking engagements, reaching over 50,000 in 15 countries. Smiley’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, The Washington Post, Time, USA Today, Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, CNN, and the World Economic Forum, among many others.


Smiley is the former director of community engagement for the Hive Global Leaders Program, former director of the Bold Academy, mentor for StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, and a faculty member at Esalen Institute and General Assembly. He is also a counselor for Camp Grounded, a summer camp where grown ups go to unplug and be kids again. He previously worked as special assistant to the director of global operations at the U.S. Peace Corps.


In 2017, Smiley launched The Women Speaker Initiative, a community that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women and underrepresented speakers are paid competitively as compared to their colleagues. The group now has over 3,000 members.

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