Sophie Wade Profile

Sophie Wade is a speaker, author, and authority on Future-of-Work issues. Her book, Embracing Progress: Next Steps for the Future of Work, is an Executive MBA Program textbook and required reading for several management school leadership courses. She has held senior management, strategy and finance roles around the world, working in media, technology, and venture capital for companies such as IMG and Yahoo.

Sophie is the Founder and Workforce Innovation Specialist at Flexcel Network, a Future-of-Work-focused consultancy. Sophie’s executive advisory work and transformative workshops help companies future-proof their work environments and attract, engage, and retain their multigenerational and distributed talent. Sophie has a BA from Oxford University and an MBA from top international business school, INSEAD.

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Empathy @ Work: The Essential Skill for Effective Leaders and Teams
Soft skills are rising in importance—with empathy at the core—allowing colleagues to build stronger connections, communicate better and collaborate more effectively across hierarchy levels, generations, and locations. Referencing neuroscience and behavioral psychology, Sophie explains empathy using specific examples; identifies measurement methods; describes how to understand coworkers’ emotions; and shares ways to practice empathy to enhance leadership, engagement, and productivity.

The Multigenerational Workforce: Managing Boomers, Gen-Xers, Millennials and Gen Zs Effectively
The multigenerational workforce brings a great variety of values, expectations, meanings, technology-savvy, and mindsets together. Misinterpretations and interactions at cross-purposes can occur. Sophie helps attendees understand the diverse meaning of our words, personal contexts, and the benefit of clarifying questions to bridge.

Individual differences. She shares tips to stimulate constructive communication and collaboration and utilize diverse perspectives to thrive in new faster-paced, less predictable business conditions. Sophie’s insights enable audience members of all generations to lead, manage and work effectively with a diverse team, improving interactions, productivity, and results.

Working Everywhere: How to Create and Sustain High-Performing Decentralized Teams
In tech-driven, less predictable business environments, more is now required of your workforce. Each person must be able to collaborate and contribute effectively wherever they are. Sophie explains how new mindsets, management approaches and ways of working help integrate distributed workers so they can work well together. She discusses how to include and support remote workers whether they are employees or independent contractors. Sophie shares insights about accommodating different roles, working styles, and tools so that decentralized teams can be as engaged and productive as possible.

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“At Workfront we want to bring the best to all of our customer interactions and that is why we continue to work with Sophie. Sophie brings the energy of her passion about the Future of Work and in-depth knowledge from her book to her speeches and other types of collaboration with our organization. She engages our clients with humility and authentic curiosity which matches the culture of Workfront. More than once I have heard a customer say, “Good news, Sophie Wade will be at this event!”. If you want someone to challenge and encourage your audience to embrace the future; hire Sophie”
– Alex Shootman, President and CEO, Workfront

“Sophie has the unique ability to make you feel like she’s talking directly to you, regardless of how many people are in the room. She connects seamlessly with her audience and covers complex topics with a simplicity that makes them digestible.”
– Dominic Price, Work Futurist, Atlassian

“We were thrilled to have Sophie speak at the Flex Summit. Her session was named one of the highlights of the conference many times. We got great audience feedback about how engaging her session was.”
– Amanda Maksymiw, Content Marketing Director, Fuze

“We were fortunate to have Sophie speak at our annual summit. She gave a dynamic and thoughtful presentation that kept the audience engaged throughout the session. I would highly recommend her to any group seeking an expert on multigenerational communications in the workplace.”
– Katie Evans, Director, Enterprise Marketing Communications, Upwork

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Books by Sophie Wade:

Embracing Progress: Next Steps For The Future Of Work

ENGAGEMENT, PERSONALIZATION, INTEGRATION AND CHOICE. These four Priorities are core themes for any Future-of-Work transformation. Embrace them as you take the next steps to achieve a future-proofed, talent-focused, and progressive working environment.

PROGRESS is at the heart of the American Dream and the significant ongoing workforce and workplace changes. Technological advances are enabling new ways of working that are long overdue―responding to decades of societal evolution and new understanding about what actually engages workers and increases productivity.

Sophie Wade is an authority on the Future of Work, and in Embracing Progress she shares her expertise and insights to explain the current and project work environment. She outlines how you can take the new steps to transform your company successfully, applying first principles to develop your unique plan for progress. You will learn about the four Priorities and six Pillars to focus on and evolve and how to achieve as smooth a transition as possible.

Embracing Progress will give you the tools you need to develop and execute a viable strategic plan to tackle ongoing workplace changes, allowing your company to flourish in the years ahead.

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