Seth Mattison

Seth Mattison

Trend Spotter | Workforce Strategist | Management Renegade

Anticipating workforce trends is a key determinant of success. Seth Mattison — an internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy — advises many of the world’s leading brands and organizations on the key shifts happening in talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work. In his engaging and highly customized keynotes, Mattison helps leaders and human resources professionals understand today’s changing workforce.

Named to the “Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch” by MeetingsNet, Mattison blends storytelling from his own professional experience working with many Fortune 100 companies with cutting-edge research. His past clients have included MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.

Mattison is the co-founder and chief movement officer at Luminate Labs, and author of The War at Work. Many of his ideas have also been featured in top publications such as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and the Globe and Mail.


Navigating What’s Next: Insights for the Future of Work

The future of work is unfolding now and there has never been a more important moment to claim your version of it! What will we collectively create? We’re entering an unprecedented moment in the world of work. With so much in flux, everything is up for grabs as we collectively claim a future of work that best supports us all as we draft a new social contract between employees and employers.

Seth Mattison will help you and your leaders answer some of today’s most pressing questions: What does talent need today? What type of leadership will be required? How will we nurture great teams? What employment experiences will matter most? How will we activate a culture of belonging to drive high-performance? As a researcher and thought leader, Mattison will help you answer these questions and more.

As we enter a new era of work, leaders are making big bets on what’s next for their industry, the future before us, and the world at large. Navigating this defining moment while preparing to capture the opportunity will require a bold vision, the courage to change, and a commitment to contribute to the evolution of work and leadership.

Rooted in the research and bolstered by time helping high performing leaders through moments of transformation, Mattison will share insights on the biggest trends impacting the state of work today. Armed with actionable insights and practical tools, participants will be primed to lead their teams and organizations as they intentionally shape the future.

Attendees will gain:

  • Insights on the trends shaping the future of work and talent.
  • Strategies to design compelling employee experiences and high-performance
  • cultures.
  • Change strategies for growth and scale.
  • Perspective on the leadership skills and competencies of the future.

High-Performance Hybrid Culture: Insights for Elevating Culture in a Work from Anywhere World

Culture does not live in the walls of your building; it lives in the hearts of your people.

No one knows exactly what the future of work will look like, but we do know the culture drivers required to support talent working from anywhere today. Seth Mattison knows that we are never going back to business as usual. After years of experimentation, it’s clear the future of work is less about place and more about building cultures that support people’s potential, regardless of where they’re physically located.

As we enter a new era of work, leaders are faced with the challenge of reengineering their organizations to drive business performance and maintain the cohesiveness of their culture both inside and outside their four walls. The problem is, only half of organizations today are prepared to support this transformation. Are you one of them? In this session, Mattison helps leaders rethink how to best support talent and activate a high-performance culture in a work from anywhere world.

With teams mixed between essential onsite work and remote settings, new systems, processes, skills, and competencies will be required to build and maintain an inclusive and equitable culture rooted in belonging. These efforts will fuel a culture that feels engaging, participatory, and full of the human connection we deeply value.

Mattison will unpack the challenges and opportunities our hybrid environments present, along with research, case studies, and best practices for what leaders and managers can do today to effectively support and lead a work from everywhere workforce.

Attendees will gain:

  • Insight on the data of what drives real engagement with hybrid workers.
  • Frameworks for building a work from anywhere culture.
  • Strategies for supporting a culture of fairness and equity.
  • Techniques for maintaining human connection digitally.

Elevating Employee Engagement: Connecting Hearts and Minds to Drive Better Business Outcomes in the New World of Work

As the war for talent continues to wage across industries today, organizations will be forced to battle for a smaller and smaller pool of qualified candidates. Losing high-performing individuals is simply not an option when growth is the mandate.

Supporting leaders in their efforts to shape elevated employee engagement has never mattered more. Seth Mattison knows that talent needs more than a fleeting warm-fuzzy feeling and a decent paycheck to thrive today, helping leaders understand how to unlock the key drivers of engagement through purpose, meaning, vision, psychological safety, and opportunities for growth. Not only does engagement have the potential to significantly affect employee retention, productivity, and loyalty, it is also a key link to customer satisfaction, company reputation and overall stakeholder value.

“The Great Reset” has created a moment of reflection for the whole world — societal values are shifting and new expectations are emerging. Mattison will help you answer some of the most pressing questions: What does talent need today to feel deeply connected to their work and their teams? What will be required of leaders and organizations to support these shifting values and drive engagement?

In this highly interactive deep-dive discussion, Mattison will shed light on these questions and add a new perspective to the conversation today by dissecting the fundamental drivers of engagement and helping to unlock the employee experience of the future.

Attendees gain:

  • Insights on how the drivers of engagement have shifted and what matters now.
  • The four levels of employee engagement that drive productivity and performance.
  • Perspectives on the employee value proposition of the future.
  • Tools for building a culture rooted in trust and belonging.

The Heart of Leadership: The Secret and the Science to Influencing and Leading During Times of Transformation

In this moment of disruption, leadership everywhere is faced with the challenge of defining the future of work while delivering value to the enterprise today. Navigating disruption of this magnitude is often messy and regularly takes years to work through. However, Seth Mattison knows these moments also provide us with an incredible opportunity to re-assess, re-think, re-imagine, and re-design how we want to do this thing called work and the type of leadership that will be needed in this moment.

The stakes have never been higher for organizations looking to grow while competing for a smaller and smaller number of qualified potential employees who are pursuing opportunities across industries. Mattison provides leaders with the insights and surprising truths about where the world is moving next, and the type of leadership skills needed most to meet the moment.

Leaders today must have the understanding and the skill to not only connect with the rational and logical parts of people’s brains but also have the capacity to connect with their hearts to understand what drives human behaviour at the deepest level.

As traditional hierarchies are re-examined, leadership becomes less about title and tenure at the organization and more about influence, impact, and the ability to connect. Developing and cultivating our capacity to reveal our full selves every single day will become the new mandate for leadership in the modern era.

In this highly interactive deep-dive discussion, Mattison will add a new perspective to the conversation and unlock leadership potential by elevating empathy, courage, influence, and impact for a better world of work.

Attendees will gain:

  • Perspective on the neuroscience and neuroradiology of influence and change.
  • An unprecedented look at the future-ready skills and competencies to prime performance, culture, and organizational growth.
  • Strategies for activating the power of empathy and attunement to drive engagement.
  • Access to case studies from category-leading brands activating heart-based cultures to drive growth.

Gritty: Building Resilience in the Face of Resistance

Leaning into uncertainty, ambiguity, and adversity as tools for grit, growth, and resilience.

Seth Mattison defines resilience as the process of responding well in the face of adversity. As much as resilience involves “bouncing back” from difficult experiences, it can also mean profound personal growth through grit and grace. Mattison unpacks one of the most critical leadership attributes of the moment and how the past two years have given leaders the opportunity to test their mettle and find their resilience in the face of unprecedented change.

In a world of ongoing marketplace disruptions and organizational transformation, the virtues of grit and tenacity stand tall among today’s most critical leadership attributes. The most resilient leaders of high-performing organizations can adapt to changing circumstances and encourage others to do the same. As a result, their teams operate with higher productivity, engagement, and a greater sense of well-being. Resilient leaders cultivate emotional intelligence and strong relationships, and they facilitate learning and personal development through everyday experiences. More importantly, these exceptional leaders create a culture of psychological safety — the number one predictor of high-performing teams.

In this program, Mattison will unpack the leadership habits that improve team well-being, productivity, and performance and share the latest research in neuroscience and psychology for developing resilient leaders, teams, and organizations.

Attendees will gain:

  • Insights on your habits, belief systems, and the neuroscience that support and enhance resilience.
  • Lessons to cultivate positive emotions, make stress work for you, and activities that proactively build resilience.
  • Techniques for stepping out of reactivity and responding to what is most important.
  • Strategies for fostering a culture of psychological safety.