Inspirational Talks
and Speakers

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Our Speakers

Founder and CEO
Rasmus Hougaard
Areas of expertise

For executive and leadership audiences looking for inspiration and ideas on how to abandon outdated management approaches and embrace “both/and” leadership – one which brings both human and performance elements together.

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of Potential Project and the author of the ground-breaking and best-selling book by Harvard Business Press, “The Mind of the Leader”. Rasmus is nominated by Thinkers 50 as one of the eight most important leadership thinkers in the world today. He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer who coaches and supports C-suite executives at global organizations such as IKEA, Accenture, Wal-Mart, and Unilever. His newest book, "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way", was published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2022.

Founder and CEO
Rasmus Hougaard

For executive and leadership audiences looking for inspiration and ideas on how to abandon outdated management approaches and embrace “both/and” leadership – one which brings both human and performance elements together.

Senior Partner and North America Lead
Jacqueline Carter
Areas of expertise

For executive and leadership audiences who want to do hard things in a human way and to operate from a revised playbook that is now more grounded in people-centered leadership qualities.

Jacqueline Carter is an international partner and leads Potential Project in North America. She works with many of our global accounts including Cisco, Accenture, Danaher, Eli Lilly and IKEA to enhance leadership and organizational performance. She is the co-author of “The Mind of the Leader” published by Harvard Business Review Press in March 2018 and of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and a faculty member of the Inner MBA. She also speaks regularly at major conferences including ATD and Work Human. Prior to joining Potential Project, Jacqueline was a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Change Leadership practice.

Senior Partner and North America Lead
Jacqueline Carter

For executive and leadership audiences who want to do hard things in a human way and to operate from a revised playbook that is now more grounded in people-centered leadership qualities.

Partner and Head of Global Accounts
Marissa Afton
Areas of expertise

For organizations seeking new ways to support their people during these challenging times and to build the resilience, agility and optimism for a new world of work. For audiences interested in gender differences in leadership and what we can learn from women leaders.

Videos
Podcasts

Marissa is a Partner and the head of Global Accounts. She is a driving force behind leadership development and change initiatives at multinational companies. She helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential to create cultural excellence and superior performance, resilience, and innovation. A mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, Marissa is recognized for her breadth of knowledge and deep experience in transforming organizations by transforming the mind. She is a sought-after speaker at leading HR and leadership conferences about the impact of mind training on high-performance cultures, as well as the mental qualities of excellent leaders. She has worked with leading companies, including Bloomberg, Cisco, Eli Lilly, LVMH, Medtronic, Pfizer, White & Case, Varian, and Verizon Media. 

Partner and Head of Global Accounts
Marissa Afton

For organizations seeking new ways to support their people during these challenging times and to build the resilience, agility and optimism for a new world of work. For audiences interested in gender differences in leadership and what we can learn from women leaders.

Partner and Global Head of Leadership Solutions
Moses Mohan
Areas of expertise

For organizations and leadership teams who want to transform their organizations and engender more sustainable human performance by building more human, “both/and” leaders.

Moses Mohan is Partner and head of Leadership Solutions at Potential Project. He is the architect of Potential Project’s cutting-edge leadership programs, blending neuroscience, behavioral psychology and contemplative practices to unlock breakthrough performance for leaders from the inside out. He partners with leading organizations such as Accenture, IKEA and Unilever to drive systemic interventions that unleash human potential at scale. A regular contributor on topics at the intersection of ancient wisdom, leadership and transformation at Harvard Business Review and Forbes, he is contributing author to the forthcoming book, Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way. Prior to joining Potential Project, Moses advised leading financial services at McKinsey and Company and the Government of Singapore on industry transformation, and was an ordained Zen Monk.

Partner and Global Head of Leadership Solutions
Moses Mohan

For organizations and leadership teams who want to transform their organizations and engender more sustainable human performance by building more human, “both/and” leaders.

Founder and CEO
Rasmus Hougaard
Areas of expertise

For executive and leadership audiences looking for inspiration and ideas on how to abandon outdated management approaches and embrace “both/and” leadership – one which brings both human and performance elements together.

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of Potential Project and the author of the ground-breaking and best-selling book by Harvard Business Press, “The Mind of the Leader”. Rasmus is nominated by Thinkers 50 as one of the eight most important leadership thinkers in the world today. He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer who coaches and supports C-suite executives at global organizations such as IKEA, Accenture, Wal-Mart, and Unilever. His newest book, "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way", was published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2022.

Senior Partner and North America Lead
Jacqueline Carter
Areas of expertise

For executive and leadership audiences who want to do hard things in a human way and to operate from a revised playbook that is now more grounded in people-centered leadership qualities.

Jacqueline Carter is an international partner and leads Potential Project in North America. She works with many of our global accounts including Cisco, Accenture, Danaher, Eli Lilly and IKEA to enhance leadership and organizational performance. She is the co-author of “The Mind of the Leader” published by Harvard Business Review Press in March 2018 and of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and a faculty member of the Inner MBA. She also speaks regularly at major conferences including ATD and Work Human. Prior to joining Potential Project, Jacqueline was a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Change Leadership practice.

Partner and Head of Global Accounts
Marissa Afton
Areas of expertise

For organizations seeking new ways to support their people during these challenging times and to build the resilience, agility and optimism for a new world of work. For audiences interested in gender differences in leadership and what we can learn from women leaders.

Videos
Podcasts

Marissa is a Partner and the head of Global Accounts. She is a driving force behind leadership development and change initiatives at multinational companies. She helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential to create cultural excellence and superior performance, resilience, and innovation. A mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, Marissa is recognized for her breadth of knowledge and deep experience in transforming organizations by transforming the mind. She is a sought-after speaker at leading HR and leadership conferences about the impact of mind training on high-performance cultures, as well as the mental qualities of excellent leaders. She has worked with leading companies, including Bloomberg, Cisco, Eli Lilly, LVMH, Medtronic, Pfizer, White & Case, Varian, and Verizon Media. 

Partner and Global Head of Leadership Solutions
Moses Mohan
Areas of expertise

For organizations and leadership teams who want to transform their organizations and engender more sustainable human performance by building more human, “both/and” leaders.

Moses Mohan is Partner and head of Leadership Solutions at Potential Project. He is the architect of Potential Project’s cutting-edge leadership programs, blending neuroscience, behavioral psychology and contemplative practices to unlock breakthrough performance for leaders from the inside out. He partners with leading organizations such as Accenture, IKEA and Unilever to drive systemic interventions that unleash human potential at scale. A regular contributor on topics at the intersection of ancient wisdom, leadership and transformation at Harvard Business Review and Forbes, he is contributing author to the forthcoming book, Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way. Prior to joining Potential Project, Moses advised leading financial services at McKinsey and Company and the Government of Singapore on industry transformation, and was an ordained Zen Monk.

Inspirational,
Not Cookie-Cutter

Our talks are different. Rather than deliver a generic PowerPoint presentation that may or may not engage your audience, our experts:

  • Tailor the content, stories and examples to the audience’s specific make-up and interests;
  • Ground the talk in Potential Project’s proprietary research on work, minds and leadership to bring unique data points and prompt new insights;
  • Engage the audience frequently and skillfully incorporate techniques for personal reflection and discovery;
  • Balance teaching aspects with practical strategies for navigating professional and personal challenges.

Whether in-person or online, the credibility and personal chemistry of our speakers shine through, creating a powerful and memorable learning experience for their audiences.

Representative Speaking Topics

Though every talk is different and unique to the organization and audience, it may be helpful to see what our speakers have been talking about recently:

  • Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way
  • Leading and Thriving in a Hybrid World of Work
  • What We Can Learn from Women Leaders
  • Mindfully Leading Virtual Teams
  • Three Mindsets for Leading in Turbulent Times
  • Overcoming Ego to Unleash Innovation
  • Developing a Resilient Mindset
  • Supercharge Your Resilience with Optimism
  • The Benefits of a Digital Detox
  • Managing Difficult Conversations with Courage and Compassion
  • Developing Acceptance in Times of Change

Podcast Interviews

Our speakers are also available to book for podcast interviews. They've been featured on a variety of podcasts covering different industries and sectors, including business, human resources, leadership, and more.

Listen to a few of our podcast features:

Rasmus on
The Gary Bisbee Show
Jacqueline on
Leadership Lab with Dr. Patrick Leddin
Marissa on
Spreadlove in Organizations
Moses on
Ekho Academy

Interested in booking one of our speakers?
Please reach out to us at speakers@potentialproject.com to get started.

The Leadership Crisis
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