Happy Melly Seminar Series

Pick the brains of some of the most successful business people who have ‘been there and done it’. As part of a new initiative, we’re launching the Happy Melly Seminar Series where members of our community will be able to intimately chat with industry experts, thought leaders and influencers about how they got to where they are today.

These talks will take place once a month and are are exclusive for Happy Melly members only. So if you’re not yet part of the ‘tribe’, subscribe today. Learn from a host of ‘on-hand mentors’ about past successes and failures and how they can be applied to your own experiments, increased job satisfaction, happiness at work and the ability to create and foster change in your life and in the lives of others.

Speaker Line Up

January 23rd Speaker

Lisette Sutherland, Director at Collaboration Superpowers.

20151017_m30_0281-200x300Bio: With over 10 years experience with web-based collaboration tools and online community management, Lisette’s goal is to get the best people working together regardless of location. She has spoken at numerous conferences and is privileged to collaborate regularly with Management 3.0 facilitators and members of the Happy Melly network worldwide.

Pick Lisette’s brain about … How to combat the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mentality on remote teams and learn how to build trust in new ways

February 20th Speaker

Jurgen Appelo, Creator of Management 3.0, Founder of Happy Melly

jurgenBio: Jurgen calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he’s a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Inc.com has called him a Top 50 Leadership Expert, a Top 50 Leadership Innovator and a Top 100 Great Leadership Speaker. Since 2008, Jurgen writes a popular blog at NOOP.NL, offering ideas on the creative economy, agile management, organizational change, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. His most recent book is called Managing for Happiness, which offers you practical ideas to engage workers, improve work, and delight clients.

Pick Jurgen’s brain about…His newest project – Agility Scales 

March 20th Speaker

Arie Van Bennekum, Co-Author of the Agile Manifesto, Chair of the Agile Consortium International

Arie VanbennekumBio: Arie is a pragmatic who embeds his pragmatism in structure, discipline and common sense. He has done this from his very early days in the health care and the military forces up to where he is today. This eventually led to being one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto and expert in the area of Agile Project Management, team facilitation, Agile techniques and user involvement. Over the years Arie has become an expert in international Agile transformations. He has developed models for organizational competencies, the transformation process, coaching types and other topics which facilitate an Agile transformation, a not so easy job. He has created a team around him of highly skilled Agilists with various profiles from technical development coaches to psychologists to support the human and organizational aspects of the transformation.

Pick Arie’s brain about…Agile leadership

April 17 Speaker

Bob Burg, speaker and author of best selling book, The Go-Giver

Bio: Bob is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences sharing the platform with everyone from today’s business leaders and broadcast personalities to even a former U.S. President. Bob is the author of a number of books on sales, marketing and influence, with total book sales of well over a million copies. His book, The Go-Giver, coauthored with John David Mann has sold over half a million copies and it has been translated into 21 languages. Bob is an advocate, supporter and defender of the Free Enterprise system, believing that the amount of money one makes is directly proportional to how many people they serve.

Pick Bob’s brain about…How to achieve success by coming from a place of serving and providing value to others

May 15th Speaker

Shamash Alidina, international bestselling author of the Mindfulness for Dummies series, speaker and mindfulness teacher


Bio: Shamash has been practicing mindfulness since 1998 and runs his own successful training organization. He’s the author of the Mindfulness for Dummies Series as well as the Mindful Way through Stress. Shamash has had the honour and privilege of training with the fathers of ‘Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction’, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and Saki Santorelli PhD through the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, United States. He has also trained extensively with the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales. Based in London, he runs workshops and speaks at conferences all over the world and now uses websinars to show others how to teach mindfulness. Shamash loves coaching people to live in the present moment in a calm and focused way, leading to greater health and wellbeing. And, with his strong background in science, Shamash loves the way that mindfulness has been proven to work scientifically many times.

Pick Shamash’s brain about…The power of Mindfulness and ‘Kindfulness’

June 26th Speaker

David Burkus, best-selling author and award-winning podcaster

Bio: David Burkus has delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. He’s a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review and Inc. and is an associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. David’s latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work — and reveals what does.

Pick David’s brain about…Leadership and Innovation

July 17 Speaker

Carlos Saba, co-founder of the Happy Startup School

Bio: Carlos is co-founder of the Happy Startup School, an organisation on a mission to help a new breed of entrepreneur to act with purpose and realise their dreams. Carlos has followed an eclectic and non-conventional career path. He wanted to be a space explorer, tried his hand at being a physicist, found his first serious job at a party in Soho and then ended starting a company with one of his oldest friends, Laurence. The latest instalment in this story is that Carlos and Laurence closed down the startup studio business they had been running for 12 years to focus on their own startup, the Happy Startup School.

 Pick Carlos’ brain about…Building a purpose driven startup up and trying to balance money and meaning

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