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Ben Casnocha is an award-winning author and entrepreneur from Silicon Valley. He was co-author with Linked-In founder Reid Hoffman of New York Times bestseller "The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age," which has become one of the most sought-after management frameworks on how to recruit, manage, and retain entrepreneurial employees. He also co-authored with Hoffman, "The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career," the bestselling guide to the new world of work.
Casnocha founded Comcate, a leading e-government software company, aged 14 and now incubates start-ups at Wasabi Ventures. BusinessWeek named him “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs.” He’s been featured on CNN, Charlie Rose, CNBC, and in The Economist. Human Resources magazine named him one of the top trendsetters in the talent industry for Year 2015.
An accomplished traveler, Casnocha has spoken all over the world. He’s traversed alleyways in Morocco, deserts in northern Chile, and busy city streets in China to lead inspiring conversations about entrepreneurship and the future of work.
Ben speaks on the following topics:
1. The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Network Age
Based on Ben’s recent New York Times bestselling book with Reid Hoffman, founder/chairman of LinkedIn, in this keynote he explains how to recruit, manage, and retain the entrepreneurial employees your business needs to succeed in the networked age.
- What all innovative companies do with their best employees.
- Why it’s possible to rebuild trust and loyalty with your employees even though you can’t guarantee lifetime employment.
- How to manage employees who seek constant career growth by defining unique “tours of duty.”
- Why it pays to empower your employees to build their personal brands and expand their professional networks.
- How to develop an employee value proposition that resonates with millennials.
2. The Start-Up of You: Transform Your Work and Career with Entrepreneurial Thinking
Based on his #1 New York Times bestselling book, Ben presents a blueprint for how to thrive in this new economic landscape. The key: learn to think and act like an entrepreneur. Ben's premise is that you don't need to start up your own business, but you do need to adopt the mindset and learn the skill set of entrepreneurs in order to thrive in today's business environment.
Why? Start-ups – and the entrepreneurs who run them – are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead in today’s fractured world of work.
3. Millenials at Work: Crossing the Generational Divide.
Today, four generations are in the same workplace at the same time. This is unprecedented. And it introduces a host of challenges and opportunities. To bring out the best of the millennial employees, and to create a corporate culture where all generations can effectively work with each other, organizations need to rethink every aspect of how they recruit, manage, and retain employees.
Ben’s background makes him uniquely qualified to deliver this entertaining keynote: as “one of America’s top young entrepreneurs” according to BusinessWeek he speaks credibly on his own generational dynamics while also drawing upon his leading corporate experience.
What people say about Ben:
“He was phenomenal. I must have had 30 people come up to me and say ‘what a refreshing speaker’. He was just phenomenal. He had four great points and he talked from the heart. We were so happy, I would definitely recommend him.”
— University of Wisconsin Continuing Ed / Adult Learning Program
“Ben hit it out of the park. Our HR leaders are still raving about his session on the new employer-employee compact and how to recruit and manage entrepreneurial employees. We were very happy to host him at SHRM India!”
— Society for Human Resource Management India
“Ben delivered a dynamic, gripping and content-packed presentation that connected directly with the concerns and interests of our delegates. His presentation received excellent feedback from all quarters. Ben was a pleasure to work with throughout, being highly professional, flexible and considerate. He took special care to understand the goals of the conference, our needs as organisers and the desires of the paying delegates. Ben’s attention to this important detail was clearly evident in the overall success of his talk.”
— Oxford Strategic Consulting
“I’m delighted to report that the Strategy Conference was a blast! Ben did a such a great job presenting, and to boot, signing tons of books for our attendees and staff. Recently, Ben connected with me on LinkedIn and he mentioned that many of our attendees had reached out to him as well. That’s really, really cool! Thanks for making a way for us to finally bring Ben to our conference stage!”
— Society for Human Resource Management
“Ben provided a viewpoint into entrepreneurial leadership that was dead on. His keen insight into leading Generation Y workers was informational, refreshing, and inspirational. He’s a must for those who want to understand our younger workforce.”— Center for Leadership Excellence & Economic Development