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Jody Thompson    

Future of Work Thought Leader & Authority on Creating High Performing Work Cultures & CEO of 'CultureRx'

Jody Thompson is the CEO and Founding Principal of CultureRx®, headquartered in Minneapolis, MN. Daniel Pink recognized her as one of six business thinkers who get it, who understand how to redesign work for the future. If you are ready for a new narrative, someone who will challenge the way you think about work, you will appreciate how quickly Thompson engages your audience.

In addition to receiving accolades as a future of work thought leader and international keynote speaker, Thompson’s work receives high praise from a number of business journals. She has been featured on the covers of BusinessWeek, Workforce Management Magazine, HR Magazine, and HR Executive Magazine, as well as in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, TIME Magazine, USA Today, The New Yorker, and on Good Morning America, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, and MPR. She has co-authored two best-selling books on the modern workplace and contemporary management principles: "Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It"; and "Why Managing Sucks and How to Fix I"t.

Thompson works with select organizations to bring them to a state of sustainable high performance. For nearly 20 years she has personally facilitated the change management communication and training process in organizations across multiple industries with a variety of roles, including retail, manufacturing, government, creative professional services, financial services, healthcare, IT, publishing, and education in both the private and public sectors. Her clients consistently see increases in productivity, employee engagement, client satisfaction, improved employee health and well-being, and the ability to attract and retain the best talent from all generations.

What sets Thompson apart from others is her vision, her ability to see beyond current norms, identify macro level trends, and guide organizations along a path for success in the twenty-first century.

Speech Topics

Welcome to the Future of Work in the Autonomy Economy

This program is perfect for: The C-Suite, Executives, Managers, and Human Resources Professionals Leaders of award winning organizations Leaders of innovative organizations Leaders who are cutting edge Future of work pioneers Leaders open to evolving the way they work Leaders desiring to create a win-win-win for their company, their employees, and their customers Anyone searching for proven processes and data-driven strategies Getting a seat at the strategy table

The audience will leave with:

  • An understanding of a macro level trend impacting all organizations.
  • An introduction to the data and social science essential for moving forward and navigating uncertainty.
  • An understanding of what it will take to reignite and re-engage your workforce.
  • An deeper understanding of why organizations need to shift their mindset about the role of management in the 21st century.
  • An introduction to a proven system for motivating performance to achieve exceptional outcomes.
  • A feeling of empowerment and the motivation to create a path forward.


There is a macro level trend at play. One that provides a unique opportunity for leaders to create the path for success in The Autonomy Economy™. After hearing Jody speak, you will never think about work the same way again. Get ready to ditch your playbook, evolve your work culture, attract the talent your organization needs, and become a game changer equipped to achieve your best outcomes ever.

A Tale of Two Hybrids: Navigating Work in a Contemporary World

This program is perfect for:

The C-Suite, Executives, Managers, and Human Resources Professionals Leaders gathering data for a workforce strategy aligned with the long-term goals of their organization Leaders struggling with how to respond to their toughest talent issues Anyone seeking to make data-driven decisions Leaders willing to keep an open mind Leaders seeking to lead rather than follow the herd

The audience will leave with:

  • An introduction to unique social science perspectives around engagement, stress, and equity in the workplace.
  • Feeling inspired by what’s possible when your solutions take into account these social science perspectives.
  • An understanding of what is really needed to move forward.
  • Feeling empowered to take the next steps toward differentiating their organization with a winning human resources strategy.


The pandemic fueled a global work experiment from which we learned that if employers do not adapt and evolve, employees will opt out. In response, employers are rushing to create policy-driven workforce solutions (all office - hybrid - all remote). Are these solutions data driven? Do they address the root causes of our challenges in the workplace? Do they really respond to what today’s talent is looking for from employers.

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