Rebels With A Heart: August 26, 2020

Putting The Human Back In Human Resources

The recent events in recent months are quite simply mind-boggling with HR personnel in the cross-hairs of navigating every turn and supporting every employee, all while continuing to optimize the organization. Senior executive teams are also at a crossroads – from being strong, unwavering leaders, to showing their own vulnerabilities and simply being real – what are the new rules today?

Enjoy this team of experts with sage advice from their varying experience working with public entities and Fortune 500 companies to startup firms. Learn how to put the human back in the organization for everyone to feel inspired, engaged and committed again, especially in the midst of so much uncertainty on so many levels. 

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Hosted by: Derek Lundsten, President and CEO at LifeGuides

Our Panelists:

Chester Elton

Chester Elton’s work is supported by research with more than a million working adults, revealing the proven secrets behind high performance cultures and teams. He has spent two decades helping clients around the world engage their employees in organizational strategy, vision and values. In his inspiring and always entertaining lectures, Chester provides real solutions for leaders looking to build culture, manage change and drive innovation. 

Chester is co-founder of FindMojo, a global assessment company, and author of multiple award-winning New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and Anxiety at Work. His books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies.  

Chester has been called “fascinating” by Fortune and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CBS 60 Minutes, and is often quoted in Fast Company, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.  

In 2021, Global Gurus research organization ranked Chester among the world’s top leadership experts and organizational culture experts. He is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches pay-it-forward project and serves as a board member for Camp Corral, a non-profit for the children of wounded and fallen military heroes. 

Some of Elton’s clients include GE, Novartis, Duracell and Pepsi. As an executive coach, he has helped high potential leaders at American Express, Cubic, and the World Bank. 

Adrian Gostick

Leadership Author and Organizational Culture Expert, Adrian Gostick provides advice to some of the world’s largest organizations on managing change, driving innovation and leading high-performance teams. 

Gostick is a global thought leader in the fields of corporate culture, leadership, and engagement. He is co-founder of the workplace assessment company,, and author of the #1 New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers All In, The Carrot Principle, Leading with Gratitude, and the latest success, Anxiety at Work. His award winning books have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 1.5 million copies around the world. 

Gostick writes weekly on leadership strategy for Forbes, and his work has been called “fascinating,” by Fortune magazine and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times. He has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, CNN, and CNBC, and is often quoted in The Economist, Financial Times, Newsweek, and Wall Street Journal. In 2021, Adrian was ranked as a top 10 Global Guru in Leadership and Organizational Culture. 

As an executive coach, he is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s MG100 ‘Pay it Forward’ Coaching Cohort. His consulting clients include Danaher, Bank of America, Cisco, Rolls Royce, and Procter & Gamble. 

Laurie Shakur

Laurie Shakur, Head of HR with Rakuten Marketing America, develops and drives its impactful People strategy.

With responsibility for all aspects of human resources globally, she is accountable for developing a fully integrated, global HR capability specifically focused on facilitating results across the company’s core businesses, including both short-term operating plans and long-term priorities. Laurie is also a chief architect and strategist with a focus ensuring the values, culture and business-operating practices are aligned with people practices, while continuously being improved. She enjoys being a a builder of teams, relationships, scalable processes and programs.

Laurie moved to the Rakuten Marketing from being  Head of People for Rakuten Advertising.

Previously, having worked in technology, finance and utility companies, including ten years at Pacific Gas & Electric rising through the ranks in leadership, development and change management roles, she has always anticipated trends, combined with a diligent use of metrics and data. She has led change and transformed organizations through her unrivaled executive coaching and advising skills. 

Laurie holds a BBA in Marketing from Loyola University, Chicago and a Masters Certificate, Organizational Leadership from DePaul University. She has also completed several HR executive programs: Human Resources Management from Stanford University; and the Executive Leadership program at the Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth. 

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