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.

August 21st Speaker

Daniel Jones, CTO of UK cloud computing and consultancy EngineerBetter

Bio: Daniel Jones helps businesses deliver value faster by adopting new technologies and practices. Perpetually impatient for a better future, Daniel has taken it upon himself to research and address the “people problems” that normally sink technology projects and organisations. Daniel is also a lapsed jiu-jitsu black belt instructor, electric car driver and general trouble-maker.

Pick Daniel‘s brain about… How incumbent working practices don’t go well with human psychology, and how we can make things better.

September 18 Speaker

Ash Sheikh is the founder of Robot Says Culture

Bio: Ash’s company’s mission is to help organizations to understand how to cultivate positive organizational culture for competitive advantage. Committed to bringing humanity into the workplace and helping people understand how to be more engaged in their own lives is what drives and motivates Ash’s work. Having spent 25 years in the IT industry in every position from technical, to management — project, programme, director, CEO — it became clear to him that the base operating system for organizational success is organizational culture, so that’s where he now places his focus.

Pick Ash’s brain about: Organizational Culture, Culture as a Strategy, Teal, Team Building, Motivation, Agile ways of working, Scaling Agile, Future Workforce, Future Organizations

October 16th Speaker

Petar Vujosevicm of GapJumpers, a leading company in the field of Bias Reduction when hiring talent.

Bio: Petar is the Co-founder of GapJumpers, a company that builds AI driven tools to hardwire better decision making and diversity in your hiring process. As a leading business development, Peter helps clients create, change and implement the business case for better talent decisions. His professional experience has seen him work across Europe, the Middle East and South America. His background in marketing and change management helps clients adopt and integrate GapJumpers within their current company processes.

Pick Petar‘s brain about…. Decision making, mental models, what not to do in sales, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion, (un)conscious bias and change management.

November 20th Speaker

Hassan Osman, virtual teams and project management expert

Bio: Hassan is currently a PMO Manager at Cisco Systems (views are his own), where he leads teams all around the world on delivering complex IT projects. He is also the Amazon Bestselling author of two books: “Influencing Virtual Teams” and “Don’t Reply All.” Prior to joining Cisco, Hassan was a management consultant at Ernst & Young LLP, where he analyzed failing programs at Fortune 100 companies, and recommended strategic plans to fix them. He was also as a research assistant at Harvard University where he studied issues related to virtual teams.

Pick Hassan’s brain about…How to effectively manage a virtual team, and how to use some cool psychology tactics that increase adoption.

In December we’ll be having a special virtual celebration. Stay tuned for more details.

January  22nd Speaker

Luke Fisher CEO of Thanksbox, revolutionising the relationship between employers and employees

Bio:  Luke is a passionate believer that people provide the only long term competitive advantage for an organisation. He loves talking about people insights, digital technologies and the future of work. ThanksBox provides a suite of digital tools to help organisations to connect with their employees. Crowdsourcing innovation, capturing feedback and recognising and rewarding their efforts, all the while aligning these actions with the culture and values of the organisation.

Pick Luke’s brain about...Organizational culture

February 19th Speaker

Jason Little, founder and author of Lean Change Management

Bio: With over 17 years of managing professional service teams, Jason Little helps organizations discover more effective practices for managing work and people. Sometimes that means plucking tools from the Agile world and sometimes that means using more traditional management practices, such as The Rockefeller Habits. Jason’s also passionate about the people side of change and focuses on bringing meaningful change into organizations that will improve the lives of people.

Pick Jason’s brain about…How to look at change less traditionally.

March 19th Speaker

Raphael is Co-founder and CEO of Bonusly, a SaaS platform that radically improves and simplifies employee recognition, rewards, and performance management.

Bio: Raphael is passionate about building tools and products that enable people to work more efficiently while interacting more meaningfully. Prior to founding Bonusly, Raphael was an early employee at SquareTrade (acquired by AllState) and LookSharp (acquired by WayUp), a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras, and an instructor for Year Up. Raphael dropped out of high school to work as a software engineer in the mid-nineties, but did eventually receive his BA in Cognitive Science from Hampshire College, where he wrote his senior thesis on Artificial Intelligence.”
Pick Raphael’s brain about…Building a culture of recognition and engagement.

April 16th Speaker

Dave is a leadership coach, enterprise agile leader and trainer with over 20 years of management experience and a reputation for facilitating the practical implementation of agile practices in large organizations.

Bio: Dave has successfully led complex organizational changes that include scaling specialized resources, implementing regulatory compliance, legacy products, and scaling agile practices across large enterprises such as OpenText, PTC, and MCAP. He is well seasoned in coaching executives, managers, and non-technical departments, as well as building up high-performing teams through teaching and mentoring. Dave joined Scotiabank in July 2016 as Agile Leader, Digital Factory and has since taken on a broader role as Enterprise Agile leader, focusing on engaging Scotiabankers across the organization to embrace agility and change.

Pick David’s brain about…Leadership Agility towards self autonomous culture.

May 17th Speaker

Shirly is an an agile coach and co-founder of WeChange. Along with her business partner Tommy Quitt they provide agile solutions using methods like Scrum, Kanban, Agile Testing, Agile product, DevOps, agile project management and such.

Bio: Shirly’s main interest is in the agile mindset and the people in the process of organization change. She mostly enjoys connecting people and working groups in global companies around the world. She’s led big quality management groups in the high tech industry for more then a decade before falling in love with agile and becoming an agile coach. She’s the author of the ‘Agile Kids’ book and also  published a personal agile coaching approach last year. The third one in on the way (but its still secret) .

Pick Shirly’s brain about.…What the indications are that we are moving in the right direction with our agile coaching?

June 18th Speaker

Emily Duncan is a New York-based writer and comedian and the Marketing Manager at Zillable, an enterprise collaboration platform.

Bio: Emily performs at festivals around North America, most recently at the 2017 New York Sketch Fest, and has contributed writing for Funny or Die and BustedTees, IFC, Mic.com, and beyond. She is currently performing in “Pluto Is Missing! A Not-So-Planetary Musical”, a family-friendly musical she co-wrote and directed, running most Sundays at The PIT through March 2018.

Pick Emily’s brain about… Working together online using collaboration platforms like Zillable to connect with your teammates and collaborators, even when you’re on opposite ends of the world.

Summer Hiatus….Take the summer to catch up on all of the seminars you’ve missed. They’re all online

September 17th Speaker

David Burkus, best-selling author and award-winning podcaster is back with his new book! Friend of a Friend – Understanding the hidden networks that can transform your life and your career.  

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…The power of our personal networks




October 22nd Speaker

Almudena Rodriguez Pardo, Business Agility Consultant at Improvement21, helping companies to successfully embed innovation and continuous improvement into their culture’s DNA.


Bio: Almudena is an experienced Agile practitioner with a strong technical background based on 22 years’ involvement in the telecommunication industry, were she gained extensive skills in large-scale Agile transformation within Ericsson Germany. Her operative activities included a wide spectrum such as SW development, quality insurance as well as product technical market support. From the very beginning of the Agile journey, she was involved in  Kaizen activities driving the company’s Agility forward. 2017 she joined Improvement21 as Business Agility Consultant, supporting companies in their Agile development worldwide.

Pick Almudena’s brain about…her experience with cross-functionality within Agile teams, applying T-shape as key for collaboration. Can we leave our area of expertise, and move from individual performance to team goals?

November 17th Speaker

Nikoletta, originally a mechanical engineer, started working on a software project eight years ago thinking it would only be a summer job & Joan, our other co-host has a computer science background.


Bio Nikoletta: After she became familiar with Agile and found that her passion, Nikolette now works with people and teams, helping them grow and achieve great success. She’s been an Agile Coach since 2014, so she can live her passion everyday.




Bio Joan: For almost 15 years he’s been a basketball coach and doing that he realized how happy he was managing people,and teams and helping them in order to attain amazing goals. It’s not a surprise that he got hooked by stuff like agile and Management 3.0 once he discovered them. He is trying to apply all these concepts since 2013, working as an agile coach focused on Kanban and new ways to unchain team creativity.

Pick Nikoletta and Joan’s brains about… Agile, teamwork, happiness, motivation and the power of mentorship!



December 10th Speaker

Joshua Miller is a creative leader and impactful executive coach and an Amazon best selling author of the book: I Call Bullshit: Live Your Life, Not Someone Else’s
Bio: Josh is a Ted Talk speaker, a Linkedin Top Influencer and contributing writer for major industry related journals like Thrive Global and Medium. 
His career experience has spanned both the advertising world and the world of leadership and organizational development. In advertising, he was the creative lead, responsible for the campaign strategy for Fortune 100 brands. Today, he is an innovator, developing and supporting executive development and change management for many of the same companies. Joshua is a Master Certified Coach trained through the International Coaching Federation and CTI (The Coaches Training Institute) and studied at Syracuse University, NYU and Stanford.
Pick Joshua’s Brain about.…Why Resolutions Are A Waste Of Time and How To Make Real Changes In The New Year

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