Marcia Conner, Principal of SensifyWork
Executive Advisor, Analyst, and Best Selling Author
Marcia Conner advises executives in some of the world’s largest companies to unite collaborative technologies, analytics, and human energy into the power that drives best-around-the-globe performance.
She aligns social strategies with corporate culture to radically change the speed of innovation, link decision-making, and revitalize an organization’s value chain, putting extraordinary people at its core. The collaborative tools Marcia uses introduce people’s ideas in quick bursts, in the flow of work, tapping the collective brainpower of the larger community.
In every engagement, Marcia clears out resistance and fear with solid analytics and fact-based examples of success. She has personally confronted and overcome the pressurized responsibilities senior leaders face, highlighting the leap-frogging capabilities of people working ingeniously together.
Clients span almost every industry and market, with deep experience focused on telecommunications, energy, risk management, financial services, healthcare, food and beverages, media and entertainment, government intelligence, software development, and consumer electronics. The one thing all clients have in common is that they work in what Marcia calls Octopus Organizations, complex systems with many moving arms that don’t know what the others are doing.
She is a member of Telefónica’s Disruptive Council, a fellow of the Darden School of Business, writes for Fast Company, and speaks at both public and private events throughout the year. Research topics often address workplace next, rapid talent transformation, human capital 2020, big data to drive culture change, internal social networks across the extended enterprise, real-time communication, microsharing, social learning and leadership readiness.
She has been quoted on the BBC and World News This Morning, and in The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Forbes. She was Vice President and Information Futurist at PeopleSoft, Worldwide Manager at Microsoft, Partner at Altimeter Group, and was instrumental in taking a company public in 1995.
Marcia has published three books, the most recent being The New Social Learning: A Guide to Transforming Organizations Through Social Media. She is currently working on a new book about human ingenuity. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and attended college in four countries, on three continents. She currently lives between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley (or on an airplane, depending on the day of the week). She is grounded by a mediocre tennis game, memories of whitewater canoe racing, fantasies of being a tough mudder, her husband Karl (a 2nd-career tennis pro), and her curious insightful son, Clarke.