Marcia Conner

Marcia Conner, Principal of SensifyWork
Executive Advisor, Analyst, and Best Selling Author

Marcia Conner equips people with the means to resolve their most vexing challenges. She advises executives in large companies on how to unite technologies, analytics, and human power into the energy that drives best-around-the-globe performance. Often brought in as a “fixer,” she focuses on what was recently described by a candid client as, “making work not suck.”

She quickly align collaborative strategies with organizational culture and amends skill shortages to radically change the speed of innovation. The tools she uses surface people’s extraordinary capabilities and spark discovery in quick bursts.

Former Vice President and Information Futurist at PeopleSoft, Worldwide Manager at Microsoft, and Partner at Altimeter Group, she is a member of the Telefónica Disruptive Council, a TED Mentor, a fellow of the Batten Institute at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and has contributed to Fast Company for a decade.

Marcia also keynotes public and corporate events each year, focusing on how organizations can get the most from the people-dollars they have already spent. She asks the fundamental question: why do we hire the brightest people we can find, then expect them to excel in a culture that treats them like idiots? Attendees leave with a fresh perspective, an empowered sensibility and the tools to make immediate change. At times when you may also want to create strategic initiatives focused on improving the digital literacy of your workforce, the social savvy of your leadership team, or perhaps even re-skill a department to use new social tools, my team stands up and rolls out full programs.

She is intense, light hearted, energetic, and very approachable. Her aim is always to create workplaces people are proud to work in, without feeling overwhelmed or burdened, so they look forward to contributing in ways they’ve only dreamed they could.

Marcia has published three books, the most recent being The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media, addressing modern organizational challenges such as widely dispersed employees and striking differences in work styles, particularly across generations. With case studies from 150 organizations including Mayo Clinic, Deloitte, Chevron, Telus, and the CIA, Marcia shows how to transform the workplace by harnessing experiences of colleagues working across the globe as easily as if they were side by side. Her first book, Learn More Now: 10 Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter, and Faster has sold over 110,000 copies. She is currently working on a new book about human ingenuity.

She has been quoted on the BBC, in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and World News This Morning. She lives in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountain with her tennis-pro husband, nine year-old son, and millions of raspberries.

More about Marcia on MarciaConner.com and @marciamarcia.

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