Our heads are still swirling with stats, strategies, and inspiration from TalentConnect. We joined 4,600 members of the global talent community in Dallas, Texas, in pursuit of our shared goals of building winning teams and changing people’s lives.
LinkedIn won our hearts with the Texas-sized welcome (and personalized bandanas), and the presenters moved our hearts and minds on topics from authentic DEI like Beyonce to negotiating tactics from a former FBI agent. Also, there was Michelle Obama. (Did we mention Michelle Obama?!)
Here are our top 5 takeaways from the 10th annual LinkedIn TalentConnect conference:
At Simplicity, the new world of work is also a new way of thinking about work and teams. It’s about on-demand, project-based work and the ability to quickly build and assemble the right team at the right time for the right work. The full-time employee (FTE) model is quickly shifting to teams with a capital T: a collection of FTEs, consultants, vendors, and agencies that flex with the speed of business.
As a [mostly F-bomb-free] Gary Vaynerchuk said in his keynote, until the robots take over and kill us all (which, let’s be honest, they might), it’s people—always people.
Patagonia’s Dean Carter really struck a chord.
He defined values as those things that you value beyond the bottom line. Patagonia’s foundational value? They’re in business to save our home planet.
Carter preached a regenerative approach toward our planet … and our people:
And then there was First Lady Michelle Obama.
She echoed many of the same themes we’d heard this week—our shared obligation to expand our networks and the importance of flexibility, authenticity, and regularly communicating with our people on a personal level—and shared other gems:
If you read nothing else, read this:
It’s no secret that there is a gap in access to equal opportunities, but the numbers are still staggering:
Those who come from wealthy neighborhoods, attend top schools, and work for top companies are 12x (TWELVE TIMES!) more likely to have a strong network. And referrals are 9x more likely to get hired.
That delta in access—what LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner calls the network gap—is what LinkedIn is striving bridge with its goal of providing equal access to opportunity.
Which brings us to the #PlusOnePledge.
It's an intention to share your time, talent, or connections with people outside your network who may not have access to the same resources you do. By taking the Plus One Pledge, you’ll help others and strengthen your own network.
It doesn’t mean not taking care of people in our networks, but it means being intentional about not precluding people outside of our networks.
Weiner asked all 4,600 of us to join him in taking the plus one pledge. To pay it forward for someone without the same access that we have. To reach back and help someone else up.
Jeff, we’ll join you.
And you, dear reader: Will you join us?
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Stephanie Chacharon loves all things digital and marketing. She’s energized by amplifying brands and founders that align with her values. As Marketing Director at Simplicity Consulting, she’s responsible for bringing the brand to life and attracting clients and consultants through its marketing and PR initiatives. Stephanie has 10+ years of B2B & B2C digital and content marketing experience—ranging from marketing strategy and execution to brand development and content creation and strategy—from start-ups to the enterprise, including Deloitte Digital, Ubermind, Slalom, Fitcode, and Microsoft. A Seattle native, she enjoys soaking up the PNW with her husband, dog, and two young boys.