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Founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, strategic leadership and the future of work

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As the founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures, a strategic leadership advisory firm, keynote speaker Steve Cadigan is a keynote speaker with enthusiasm and wisdom. Steve Cadigan delivers keynotes on rapid growth and inspires companies and organizations to develop winning talent solutions. His extensive business experience provides great insight regarding to high performance and the evolution of talent.

Keynote speaker Steve Cadigan is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest personalities when it comes to people, talent and culture. He is the founder of Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, a strategic leadership advisory firm based in Silicon Valley, and through his work Steve aims to help leaders and organizations worldwide develop winning talent solutions. Furthermore he helps break down any barriers that suffocate, limit, or create impediments to high performance and the evolution of talent. His specialties include assisting high growth companies with change management, acquisition integration, converting culture into a strategic advantage, leading and scaling in hyper-growth, and assisting organizations successfully through IPO transitions.

With over twenty-five years of leadership and executive experience in global Human Resources, Steve has practiced HR in the US, Canada and Asia-Pacific within a variety of industries. Steve has led worldwide HR efforts for more than 60 M&A transactions at three global organizations since 1998, and he has a deep understanding of business cycles, patterns, high growth, and what it takes to forge an organization’s sustainability.

Through his career, the teams, cultures and organizations he has led and helped build have been recognized as exceptional, “world class” performers by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine.

Prior to launching his own firm, Steve served as VP Talent at LinkedIn from 2009 through 2012, taking the company from a private firm of 400 employees through an IPO and into the powerhouse that it is recognized as today with over 5,000 employees. The groundbreaking work Steve did at LinkedIn as the executive responsible for culture, leadership, talent and organizational development is widely seen as THE textbook example of how a company can leverage its culture to scale profitably in record time. Steve’s work in building LinkedIn’s culture led Stanford University to build a case study about it and today, it is taught to their business students.

Earlier in his carrier, Steve served as VP of HR at Electronic Arts from 2004 until 2009 and as Global VP of HR for PMC-Sierra, based in Vancouver BC from 1998 until 2004. Prior to this, Steve was Director of HR for Cisco’s Asia Pacific region (based in Singapore) and Director of HR M&A, helping Cisco build its renowned M&A integration team, where he led over 50 acquisitions and was recognized for leading global acquisition integration practices.

Speaker Steve Cadigan holds a BA in History from Wesleyan University and an MA in HROD from the University of San Francisco. Today he is a highly sought after speaker and advisor – addressing conferences around the world and speaking at schools such as Stanford University, The Ivey School of Business in Shanghai, IESE in Barcelona and the University of Sydney. In addition to teaching, Steve advises fast growth tech companies like Twitter and some of Silicon Valley’s leading VC firms such as Andreesen Horowitz and Greylock, and serves on the advisory board of numerous companies going through rapid growth or building disruptive products in the Talent Space.

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    The Future of Work

    Today the way we work, where we work and how we think about careers is undergoing a massive transformation. As the Gig economy continues to grow, as employee turnover continues to rise, and as the average life of a company continues to shrink, there are massive consequences to the work economy. While most of the media focuses on how AI and Robots will eliminate millions of jobs, the untold story is what a “career” means is changing. More and more workers are changing jobs faster than ever AND more and more professionals are making big career pivots than ever before.

    • In this engaging seminar – Steve will review the significant changes taking place in the world of work and what it means to us as professionals, leaders and organizations.
    • This session will inspire new ideas and new ways of thinking for both professionals and organizations and offer ideas and suggestions on how to optimize for success in the future

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    The State of The Union of Work

    We are in the midst of a tidal wave of transformation in the world of work. From the growth of the Gig economy to the explosion of share work spaces like WeWork – how we work, where we work and even our relationship to work is changing in dramatic fashion. Today we have more choices on how to earn an income than ever before outside of a regular job AND we have more visibility to what is professionally possible with our unique backgrounds and experiences given this new transparent job market. And yet even with all this new choice and opportunity, engagement remains at extremely low levels in North America and around the world.

    • In this engaging talk Steve reviews the new reality of work and offers ideas and suggestions for to attract, hire and retain world class talent and teams in this new work frontier.
    • This session will review how people are thinking differently about their careers and what that means for employers.

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    How to Make Culture Your Competitive Advantage & Elevate Your Business

    In a world where turnover is increasing, and employee engagement is low, culture today means far more than just the norms of how we get along. The great companies of today have made their culture a powerful weapon in the war for top talent. Today your culture is both your employer brandand your company brand, and thus its imperative you invest and nurture your culture if you want to win today.

    • In this engaging talk Steve reviews how you can leverage your culture to attract great talent AND to thrive in this complex new reality. Steve can speak from experience as he helped architect LinkedIn’s dynamic culture which became and critical component of their success during massive growth.
    • During Steve’s talk he will review how LinkedIn built and leveraged their culture to massive competitive advantage in the war for talent against Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter among others.

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    The Future of Leadership in a Digital Economy

    The way we work today is very different than just a few years ago. What employees expect in a job and a company continues to change rapidly. How you hire, engage and lead talent in your companies has evolved a great deal. Today great leaders communicate and course correct more than they weigh information and make decisions. Great leaders today are information brokers more than decision makers.

    • In this talk Steve will share how many organizations are rethinking and reimagining the role of a leader.
    • This talk frames out how leadership has and needs to change to be effective in this fast paced, data intensive digital reality where employees have more power, voice and choice than ever before.

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    The LinkedIn Growth Story – How a small low profile company competed for talent and won against sexy giants like Google, Facebook and Apple

    Through the telling of many real-life stories and experiences Steve reviews the wild LinkedIn growth ride in the late 2000s where the company grew from 400 to 4000 employees and grew from staff in 2 countries to staff in 17 in under 4 years.

    • Steve will share many of the mistakes and the lessons LinkedIn learned during this growth spurt and how they ultimately beat some of the greatest companies in the world in the war to hire the best talent while also revolutionizing the recruiting industry.
    • Winning the war for talent against sexier brands who can pay higher salaries than you can is a timeless lesson for all leaders today.

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    The Future of HR & Recruiting

    The Future of work is here! In this session, Steve will teach you about the many changes taking place in business and the workplace that are propelling the creation of new and exciting Human Resource Strategies.

    During the session Steve will share:

    • How the HR function is evolving;
    • The many new jobs in HR such as Branding and Analytics, and
    • The many new technological tools and resources that are allowing the HR function to reveal new talent insights and help companies win today.
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