Abigail Posner

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  • Director, BrandUnit, Google (Humanizing Digital)
  • Blogger, BeautySkew (Fostering curiosity, creativity, & wonder)
  • Agent of Change on Culture, Creativity, and Disruption


Today’s unprecedented speed of change is forcing companies to pivot like never before and leverage their most innovative assets -- their PEOPLE.  For centuries, our workforce has been focused on specific roles and siloed divisions, but now the path to growth will come by inspiring every employee (from leader to individual contributor) with a new path to bring different, untapped sides of themselves to work, and ultimately become more curious, creative and action-oriented.  This process of creating a more holistic person and organization is what Abigail Posner refers to as expansiveness. Tapping into her Harvard background in social anthropology, as well as her practical application in business through her work at Google, where she pioneers a focus around Humanizing Digital, Abigail provides an inspirational narrative and a roadmap for how people and organizations can embrace a new WHOLE-istic approach to business innovation and growth.

If you are looking to guide people in your organization to embrace more than a siloed vision of their roles, as well as become more vested in using their unique perspectives and skills to be more creative and innovative, then Abigail is the perfect guide to spark novel thinking and lead your people to action. Beyond her role at Google, she is a world-renowned speaker, podcaster, writer, beauty blogger, and lifestyle influencer. From appearances before packed audiences at Lincoln Center and SXSW, to speaking in over 10 countries, Abigail has shared her insights on culture, technology and leadership to audiences of thousands and proves that her own expansive approach to life has infused her work with a creative and innovative edge.

 

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I was fortunate enough to attend the DMAI Convention in Minneapolis recently and I was even more fortunate to have the privilege of listening to you speak. I found your presentation so inspirational and valuable. I love seeing strong women in leadership roles so that was very inspiring and the content of your presentation was absolute gold. I took so many notes and I feel I can take a lot of your words about creativity back and use it within my role.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Abigail Posner
  • Bank of America
  • TD Ameritrade
  • Nestle
  • Oslo Business Forum
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Coca Cola
  • L’Oreal
  • Unilever
  • Tourism Tropical North Queensland
  • IT Serve Alliance
Keynote - Tech and our deep human needs | Calcalist Mind the Tech conference [21:14] - Get Sharable Link
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Embrace Expansiveness and Fuel Individual Growth

Expansiveness is about a holistic approach to strategy and engagement that embraces all of the unique skill sets, passions and idiosyncrasies of people. It is with this deeply human focus on what makes each of us tick, where we can start to create new possibilities by weaving our different perspecti ...

Expansiveness is about a holistic approach to strategy and engagement that embraces all of the unique skill sets, passions and idiosyncrasies of people. It is with this deeply human focus on what makes each of us tick, where we can start to create new possibilities by weaving our different perspectives together.

In this presentation, Abigail Posner takes the audience on a personal journey through business and life to share how seemingly disconnected ideas/passions/experiences can create powerful connections in our brain and lead to new discoveries. Abigail will share narratives from her background in social anthropology as well as her leadership practices at Google, and provide a roadmap for how every person within an organization can tap into their unique experiences to bring forth their best ideas. And ultimately, how managers can make the most of this diversity of talent through team development.

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS

  • #Expansiveness: Understand the anthropological definition of holism and its role in business and life, and how it provides the edge necessary for individuals, teams and organizations to innovate.
  • #FollowTheLove: Source and cultivate what makes you tick – take a trip down memory lane or think about what you do after hours to discover your superpowers.
  • #SayYes: Be open to possibilities and opportunities.
  • #TapYourUniqueGifts: Consider all of your unique talents and different perspectives and how you can weave them into the work you do as a way to discover new opportunities.

Cracking Creativity: A Framework to Re-Engage Innate Creativity for Greater Productivity and Growth

At our core, we are naturally creative, but some people feel so far removed from their creative and innovative selves. Understanding the framework for easily tapping into creativity, especially in highly disruptive times, is critical to productivity and growth . Borrowing from the worlds of advertis ...

At our core, we are naturally creative, but some people feel so far removed from their creative and innovative selves. Understanding the framework for easily tapping into creativity, especially in highly disruptive times, is critical to productivity and growth . Borrowing from the worlds of advertising, product development, technology, neuroscience and anthropology, Abigail Posner reveals how we can tap into our innate sense of creativity and yield a profound difference in our professional and personal lives.

TOPIC TAKEAWAYS

  • #Seekthewhy (Shifting from Culture to Individual/ find what truly motivates your people)
  • #Lookforthelinks (make connections among seemingly unrelated things)
  • #Discoveryourmission (find and leverage your deeper purpose within your organization and your life)

Virtual & Live Presentations

Drawing upon three decades of experience in the highly creative and innovative ad and tech worlds, as well as her deep anthropological knowledge, Abigail Posner presents engaging content with an energetic delivery style that connects with audiences whether live or virtual. Virtual Narrative and Q&a ...

Drawing upon three decades of experience in the highly creative and innovative ad and tech worlds, as well as her deep anthropological knowledge, Abigail Posner presents engaging content with an energetic delivery style that connects with audiences whether live or virtual.

  • Virtual Narrative and Q&A - Abigail delivers 20-30 min of content in a conversational style, accompanied with engaging slides, and followed by a moderated conversation with the host to unpack ideas and strategies from the talk, as well as answer any viewer questions.
  • Leadership Virtual Fireside Chat - 40-60 min of open dialogue with organization leadership and moderated Q&A with viewing audience.
  • Virtual Breakout Room - 20-30min breakout session with key leadership can be added to any program for deeper dive conversation addressing how Abigail’s content can be directly applied with their teams.

  • Virtual Meet and Greet - 20-30min virtual meet and greet can be added to any program so that the viewing audience can engage with Abigail and ask specific questions as they relate to her presentation and their role within the organization.

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<p>Abigail Posner keeps the tweets of praise rolling in at CU Boulder </p>

Abigail Posner keeps the tweets of praise rolling in at CU Boulder 

Head of Strategy at Google's Brand Unit ABIGAIL POSNER shared the keys to unlocking creativity with an audience of 1,800 for the University of Colorado's Leo Hill Leadership Speaker Series. Making headlines in local news, Posner revealed her engaging and informative lessons on innovation, leadership, and the human side of tech. Posner kept the audience riveted, and tweeting praise such as: "Ready to change the world? Great presentation on and by ⁦⁩ head of brand strategy ⁦⁩"; ⁦"...fascinating insights on creativity and human nature"; "Thoroughly enjoyed hearing you last night at ." A pioneering innovator in marketing and communications, Posner's quest is to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action. At Google, she launched an industry-first thought leadership series-- Humanizing Digital-- that explores human being's emotional relationship with the digital space, and helps advertisers and marketers make sense of this relationship and convert it into strategic and creative efforts. She dives into the digital space like an anthropologist for audiences worldwide, providing people with a new lens for thinking about creativity, and new tools to spark innovation. 

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<p>Abigail Posner reveals the future, and human side, of tech</p>

Abigail Posner reveals the future, and human side, of tech

A pioneering innovator in marketing and communications, ABIGAIL POSNER'S quest is to spark novel thinking and lead people to take action. As the Head of Strategic Planning at Google, Posner helps advertisers and marketers make sense of human beings’ deep, emotional relationship to the digital space and convert those insights into strategic and creative efforts. As a speaker, she brings a fresh and cutting-edge perspective to technological innovation, branding and marketing. Posner's keynotes decode the latest digital advances and help audiences unlock the secrets to greater creativity, productivity and growth. At major conference Mind the Tech, Posner shared how technology enables people to express their deep-seated needs and desires, and how effective brands and companies are able to tap into this. Diving into the digital space like an anthropologist, Posner provides content creators and businesses with a new lens and effective tools for reaching their target audience. Her keynote generated praise on Twitter, such as: “Amazing presentation and delivery. True #inspiration,” and “Amazing talk by @aposner at #MindtheTech conference. Delivered flawlessly and in such inspiring way. I laughed, I got inspired and even cried a little.

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Abigail Posner's HWA Chat about digital intimacy

Abigail dropped by HWA and had a robust chat about creating intimate and experiential events before, during and after your conference. No matter how big your conference is, with the right strategy you can create a level of intimacy with your attendees that will resonate long after your event is over and into the next year where people will be coming back for more.

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BIOGRAPHY

For centuries, our workforce has been focused on specific roles and siloed divisions, but now the path to growth will come by inspiring every employee (from leader to individual contributor) with a new path to bring different, untapped sides of themselves to work, and ultimately become more curious, creative and action-oriented. Abigail Posner is the Director of the BrandUnit, Google’s creative think tank for agencies and brands. As a thought leader, author, manager and corporate executive, Abigail inspires people to view their business challenges and everyday behaviors through a more human lens that celebrates the multifaceted aspects of the individual. This process of creating a more holistic person and organization is what Abigail refers to as expansiveness.

Abigail has built a successful career and life by incorporating all sides of herself into her role as a thought leader at Google and beyond. Abigail’s passion began with her study of social anthropology at Harvard University. Anthropology is essentially the study of WHY people do what they do -- why they eat what they eat, wear what they wear, pray the way they do. And like other social sciences, it relies on our ability to find connections among disparate data points, themes, and behaviors.

Abigail then took her background to advertising where, as a strategist, she focused on looking at WHY people BUY what they buy and turned that understanding into advertising strategies for brands. Upon joining Google, she launched the Creative Strategy & Effectiveness teams, as well as an industry-first thought leadership series on human beings' deep, emotional relationships with the digital space: Humanizing Digital. She and her team essentially ask, WHY do we do what we do in the digital space? And they turn those insights into game-changing strategies for their clients.

Prior to joining Google, Abigail was Executive Vice President, Strategy Director at Publicis New York, where she directed strategic planning efforts for major new business pitches and provided thought leadership to key global clients, including L'Oreal, Nestlé and Coca-Cola. Before that, Abigail spent 11 years at DDB New York, where she co-directed the strategic planning department and strategic efforts for a range of clients, including PepsiCo and Unilever.

Abigail has spoken around the globe at key conferences including: SXSW, PSFK, APG,WOBI, CDX Forum, Adweek, Yale & Columbia Business Schools, and C2MTL. She has been featured in a host of publications including: The New York Times, Fast Company, Business Insider, Forbes, Advertising Age, Huffington Post, La Presse, CNBC, Mumbrella, AdNews, B&T & Globes Israel.

Abigail is a recipient of the prestigious Media Impact Award from the UN, and has sat on World Design Capital Selection Committee, Jay Chiat Awards Judging committee 2014, and on the boards of Conference Board, FAWN, Michelle Phan’s lifestyle company; Harvard’s Disruptor Foundation, Global Diversity Leadership Exchange Advisory Council and on the global board of TheSocialArchitects.

She blogs and podcasts regularly on beauty in our culture at Beautyskew.com and has published the following articles: Memes Matter: Three Lessons for Brands (B&T --Australia’s Leading publication for advertising & media,)  The Memes With Meaning: Why We Create and Share Cat Videos and Why it Matters to People and Brands (Fast Company); The Meaning of Mobile (Think with Google);  Why Beauty Matters Today (Retail Online); Contributor for Advertising Age  Why Packaged-Goods Companies Should Market to Men (Advertising Age.com);  Brand Management and Its Greater Purpose (Ad Map); and Why Your Mission Matters (Advertising Age).    

Abigail lives in NYC with her husband and 3 children.