This event has ended. Visit the official site or create your own event on Sched.
Connect socially: Follow #SEAWIT20 to hear stories from sessions and to connect with other attendees. We’ll be covering all things conversational on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram so please join us! Check our FAQ page for more info.
Back To Schedule
Tuesday, August 11 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm
The Business of Friendship: Making The Most of The Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time

Log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Feedback form is now closed.
Did you know that employees who have meaningful relationships at work are seven times more likely to be engaged in their job, treat customers better, take fewer sick days, have fewer workplace accidents, share their opinions and collaborate more, and feel more committed to their current company? More importantly, those of us with friends at work will love our jobs more, feel happier, and report better health.
We spend more time interacting with our co-workers than with any other friends in our lives so it’s to our benefit that we enjoy each other as much as possible!

This fun and interactive presentation featuring Shasta Nelson, the author of The Business of Friendship: Making the Most of the Relationships Where We Spend Most of Our Time, will teach us how to develop the relationships that matter most and inspire us to build a culture of friendliness in our work—whether it’s remote or in-person.

Attendees will:

Discover the latest research on how relationships at work impact employee engagement and retention
Learn the three requirements of all healthy relationships and how they work together
Identify which of the three requirements would make the biggest positive difference in your work life

***And special feature will include a conversation with Kimberley Thompson, Manager of Diversity and Inclusion for Edwards Lifesciences, as she joins Shasta to explore how we can more intentionally foster more diverse friendships in our workplace. The research shows that most of us gravitate to friendships with those who we see as most similar to ourselves, but we’re missing a really amazing opportunity at work if we don’t diversify our connections.

avatar for Shasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson

Author & Speaker
Shasta Nelson, M.Div., a friendship expert, is a leading voice on loneliness and creating healthy relationships. She speaks across the country sharing the work that can be found in her books: Frientimacy: How to Deepen Friendships for Lifelong Health and Happiness and Friendships... Read More →
avatar for Kimberley Thompson

Kimberley Thompson

Global Diversity and Inclusion Leader
Inclusion thought leader, diversity, inclusion and equity strategist, culture changer, influencer, internal and relationship architect with over 15 + years related experience in diversity and inclusion design, management and community engagement.Currently practicing D&I in the healthcare... Read More →

Tuesday August 11, 2020 7:00pm - 8:15pm PDT