Smiley Poswolsky

Smiley Poswolsky

When companies want to drive culture transformation and 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 four books that have been translated into multiple languages, including The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, Friendship in the Age of Loneliness, and The Workplace Belonging Toolkit.

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.

Optimistic and inspirational, data-driven, while practical and actionable, Smiley is the perfect high-energy conference opener, or memorable closing speaker.

Smiley regularly speaks to Fortune 500 companies, international business and tech conferences, annual company meetings, leading trade associations, leadership summits, employee retreats, and top universities, all around the world.

Smiley has spoken at the world’s largest companies, like Apple, Google, Verizon, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, MetLife, Dell Technologies, and the U.S. Navy. Smiley has spoken to executives and senior leaders across industries, including in technology, healthcare, financial services, insurance, HR, IT, data, transportation, construction, CPGs, accounting, and business strategy and advisory services.

Smiley has spoken at leading trade associations and conferences like PCMA, ASAE, SHRM, AMC Institute, SAP Sapphire, Construction Industry Round Table, National Electrical Contractors Association, Professional BusinessWomen of California, National Institute of Government Purchasing, and Great Place to Work.

Smiley has lectured at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Smiley has advised senior government officials and foreign leaders about the future of work.



“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.”

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.”

Veronica Rodriquez
Sr. Manager Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Xilinx