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Steve Cadigan

LinkedIn's first Chief HR Officer, board member and world renowned thought leader 

Speaker Themes

  • Culture

  • Leadership in Uncertainty

  • Future of Work

About Steve

Steve Cadigan has been at the forefront of global talent strategy and company culture for the past 30 years. Most famous for scaling LinkedIn from 400 to 4000 in 3.5 years, Steve also led the development of LinkedIn’s legendary company culture.

Speaker Biography

Success in the digital economy requires an entirely new talent strategy to attract and retain the best people. Steve helps companies reframe what they offer to employees and employees take ownership of uncertain futures. He offers strategy and insight on talent in times of disruption and uncertainty.

Steve shares insights that will help you learn how to lead differently today, how to focus your team and identify your pain points in navigating the new reality as well as their solutions. Steve will help your leaders learn how to communicate and work together as a dispersed organisation. He will teach you ways to help your teams weather a highly uncertain current reality and future. and will help you see how you can use culture as a powerful weapon to calm and focus the team and inspire resiliency.  

Steve is frequently sought out as a talent expert on global TV and has been a regular guest on Bloomberg West and CNBC. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes with his column Talent Hacking. He has been interviewed by Forbes, Bloomberg Business, SF Chronicle, Human Resource Executive Magazine, HR Magazine, Quartz, The Channel Company’s IT Best of Breed, Spain’s Expansion and El Pais, Colombia’s El Tiempo and Portafolio, and Mexico’s CNNExpansión, among others.

Steve has just released his debut book, Workquake: Embracing the Aftershocks of COVID-19 to Create a Better Model of Working. In Steve's words...


"This book has been a passion project since the beginning. My only goal is to help both employees and employers prepare for the new future of work through honest conversation and the creation of better models of working. Using stories, research, and my own thirty years of experience, I believe I have crafted a compelling vision for the human-centered future of work in Workquake. And beginning today, this message will finally be in the public’s hands!"


It is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and his publisher Amplify Publishing.

“Without a doubt, Steve Cadigan is my #1 go-to for all things HR. While I was scalingTwitter, Steve was a great partner for vigorous discussions around strategy, priorities and emergency response! He takes a machete to the noise and gets right to the heart of the issue. What I found most redeeming (and unique) was Steve really held the philosophy that all business decisions are people decisions. He is wholly convinced that people are your greatest competitive advantage, and knows you build a great organisation by helping people do their best work. He's a role model, and my HR hero.”

Janet Van Buysse, VP of Human Resources, Twitter 

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