Adam “Smiley” Poswolsky keynote speaker

Workplace Belonging Expert, Bestselling Author
  • Belonging in the Future of Work: Creating Human Connection and Community in the Era of Hybrid, AI, and Overwhelm
  • Engaging the Multigenerational Workforce: How to Attract, Retain, and Engage Top Talent and Communicate across Generations
  • Leading a People-First Culture Leading High-Performing Teams to Embrace Change, Transform Culture and Drive Growth in the Future of Work
  • The Power of Human Connection: How Leaders Can Build Belonging at Work
  • The Power of Well-Being at Work: Building a Care Mindset to Ignite High-Performing Teams, Deepen Relationships, Empower Well-Being, and Thrive in the Future of Work
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When companies want to increase workplace belonging, human connection, and team engagement, they call ADAM “SMILEY” POSWOLSKY.

Smiley is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, workplace belonging expert, and bestselling author of three books that have been translated into multiple languages, including most recently, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness.

Smiley shares industry-shaping insights and practical tools to attract and retain top talent across generations, create a culture of belonging, and engage high-performing teams, at world-class organizations like Apple, Google, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, and the U.S. Navy. Smiley’s TED talk has been viewed 2 million times, and he has delivered 600 keynotes in front of 250,000 people in 25 countries.

Smiley’s work has been featured in 100 media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, the Wall St. Journal, Fast Company, the New York Times, the New Yorker, and the World Economic Forum.



“Smiley was an outstanding opening keynote speaker for us. Smiley’s powerful and timely message around The Power of Human Connection and how to foster belonging in our associations and meetings, whether at the office or on Zoom, was a perfect fit. Not only were our event organizers talking about Smiley’s presentation throughout the Summit, but Smiley spent the rest of the day and evening connecting with our partners and sponsors. He stuck around for networking activities at the pool, attended a group dinner, and even got on stage during karaoke. In short, he showed up fully for PCMA and was a delight to work with.”

– Meredith Rollins, Executive Director, PCMA Foundation and Chief Community Officer, PCMA

“Smiley’s talks were fun and insightful. He shared excellent stories and practical tips for our team on how to build human connections, support compassion and empathy in the hybrid world. Feedback from our global team has been incredibly positive. As a business partner, Smiley was top-notch. It was fun and easy to work with him. He took the time to understand our audience, objectives, and tailored his narrative to meet our needs. We’d love to work with him again.”

– Veronica Rodriguez, Sr. Manager Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Xilinx

“Smiley helped our team come up with new and exciting ideas for how to recruit and retain top talent.”

– Scott Leatherman, Vice President, SAP

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