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Theme: Innovation

Fight fear, embrace change

Run the experiment


Deep Dive Session
Wednesday, Nov. 1 Location Code
9:30am-10:15am Huntington Convention Center WS/26



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Join us for a deep dive on "running the experiment" within your organization with keynote speaker Richard Sheridan. This is a chance to ask questions following the keynote session.


Join Richard Sheridan in this discussion to learn how to move your organization from one with the mindset of “that won’t work here” to “let’s run the experiment.” Find out how this simple change can ignite a culture of action and learning. In this talk, Sheridan will describe the forces at work in your organization that prevent learning. He will discuss how to eliminate a fear-based leadership model and get to one that embraces change at every turn. He will explore with you the approaches he has seen work again and again to build sustainable systems where learning is built into the work itself.

Once in the habit of learning, it is a difficult force to stop. A true learning organization takes on a life of its own, and it is exciting. Your organization needs to get into this mode, or you risk obsolescence. Sheridan’s two decades of leading joyful teams and his penchant for creating systems that sustain that joy will give you practical and simple takeaways for creating your own version of a joyful learning organization.


Menlo Innovations is a company with a mission to bring joy to people through software and technology. 


“Joy, Inc.” and “Chief Joy Officer” author Richard Sheridan is the CEO, chief storyteller and co-founder of Menlo Innovations, a company that brings joy to the world through software. When Sheridan decided to start his own company, he and his partners decided that the company’s purpose would be to bring joy to the world through software and to teach this method to others.

Sheridan was featured on the cover of Forbes magazine in 2003, sharing his “hire yourself” story with the world. Sheridan 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 worldwide. He was inducted into the Shingo Academy in 2022 for his work supporting the principles of organizational excellence.

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.