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Dan  Schawbel

Dan Schawbel

Partner & Research Director, Future Workplace


Dan Schawbel is the Founder of WorkplaceTrends.com, a research and advisory membership service for forward-thinking HR professionals at companies including Nestle, Intuit, Sodexo, Ericsson, Princeton University and Enterprise. He is also the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm, which has helped companies like American Express, NBC Universal, Ernst & Young, Deutsche Bank, Oracle, Fidelity and Monster better understand the millennial generation. Through both companies, he’s published over twenty groundbreaking research studies with over $300,000 invested and partners ranging from Randstad to Saba. The studies have been covered in over 500 media outlets including The New York Times, NBC, CNN, USA Today and Men’s Health. Read More >

He is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press), which is a #1 Barnes & Noble business bestseller and was named the #1 career book of 2013 by The Chicago Tribune. His first book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future, was a #1 international bestseller and was named the #1 career book of 2009 by The New York Post. His books have been endorsed by over 50 CEOs (Intuit, Campbell Soup), celebrities (Patti Stanger, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran), professors (Harvard, UPENN, Dartmouth, Northwestern) and bestselling authors (Daniel Pink, David bach, Harvey Mackay, Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin, Stephen R. Covey, Ken Blanchard, Dave Ramsey, Jeffrey Gitomer, Jack Canfield, Susan Cain). Combined, his books have been translated into 15 different languages and are used as textbooks at many schools including Stanford University, Boston University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The University of Texas at Austin. Both bestsellers were published before Dan’s 30th birthday.

Dan is the founder of the Personal Branding Blog, a Forbes ”Top Website for Your Career” and ranked as the #1 Job Blog by Careerbuilder. It has over 5,000 articles that have been read by over 4.8 million professionals, in 228 different countries, and is the most syndicated career resource in America, with partnerships including Yahoo!, AOL, Biz Journals, Entrepreneur Magazine and Business Insider. He is a columnist at FORBES, and a former columnist at TIME, Metro US, BusinessWeek and Mashable. In addition, he has written for The Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, CNBC.com, CBS MoneyWatch, CNN.com, Fast Company, Forbes Magazine, The Guardian, Inc., TechCrunch, Entrepreneur, The Globe And Mail, and numerous others. In total, he has written over 1,000 articles covering the workplace, careers, millennials, social media and personal branding, which have generated more than 10 million views.

He’s spoken at some of the world’s most prestigious companies including Google, IBM, Time Warner, Ericsson, CitiGroup, McGraw-Hill and Siemens, as well as some of the most notable schools, including Harvard Business School, Stanford, Cornell and MIT. In 2010, Dan was recognized as Hearst Visiting Professional at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School. In addition, he’s spoken at major conferences such as SHRM, ASTD, HCI and The Conference Board and shared the stage with everyone from Seth Godin to Ice-T.

Dan’s long list of honors include being named to the Inc. Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2010, the Forbes Magazine 30 Under 30 List in 2012 and the Forbes Top 20 Social Media Influencer List in 2013. BusinessWeek cites him as someone entrepreneurs should follow and Details Magazine cited him as one of five Internet gurus that can make you rich. He recently made Business Insider’s Top 40 Innovative People Under 40 list along with Mark Zuckerberg and Marissa Mayer.

Dan has interviewed over 1,300 people in his career, from celebrities (James Franco, Jessica Alba, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Donald Trump, Rachael Ray) to CEOs (Deloitte, Virgin, Google, Discovery, Pixar, Twitter, Instagram, Whole Foods, SAP, Contain Store) to thought leaders (Malcolm Gladwell, Tom Peters, Jim Collins, Clayton Christensen, Michael Porter) to politicians (John Kerry, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld) and even an astronaut (Chris Hadfield). In addition, he interviewed David Karp (Founder of Tumblr) for the January 2013 cover of Forbes Magazine.

He has been featured in over 1,000 media outlets such as The Today Show on NBC, Street Signs on CNBC, The Nightly Business Report on PBS, Fox & Friends on Fox News, The Willis Report on Fox Business, In The Loop on Bloomberg TV, NPR, People Magazine, The Economist and Wired Magazine. His work has also been cited in over 50 books, including Marketing 3.0 by Philip Kotler and The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick. He’s been a spokesperson for DeVry University and The National Association of Insurance Commissioners, as well as contributed thought leadership to programs created by Bank of America, Self Magazine, Intuit and The University of Phoenix. Schawbel served as the spokesperson for Philips’ 2015 employer branding campaign and currently serves as the spokesperson for Staples’ 2015 “Workplace Index” campaign.

From 2007 to 2012, Dan published Personal Branding Magazine, with a team of 20 and 150 contributing writers. In total, there were 19 issues that included exclusive interviews with Evander Holyfield, Guy Fieri, Kathy Ireland, Brooke Burke and Gary Vaynerchuk. During that time, he also hosted sold out networking events that included speakers such as Johnny Cupcakes, Kenny Florian (UFC), Larry Weber (Founder of Weber Shandwick) and representatives from The Boston Celtics, The Jimmy Fund, Harvard University, Hill Holliday and The Harpoon Brewery.

In 2007, Dan co-created one of the first social media positions in a Fortune 200 company, and the first one ever at EMC. He was known for creating EMC’s social media accounts, working across multiple departments worldwide to train and implement social strategies and helping grow their internal network to over 10,000 users before he left in 2010. For his efforts, Mashable named EMC one of the “40 best Twitter brands” and AdAge noted that “Schawbel has revolutionized the way EMC communicates and collaborates with its stakeholders.” While at EMC, Dan became Six Sigma “Green Belt” certified, leading a successful cross-functional project that increased efficiency’s in the marketing services department.

Dan entered the workforce at the age of 13, had his first internship in high school, started his first business (a web design firm) in college and graduated with eight internships in total. Work ethic was instilled in him early by his family and is still very much alive in him today.

He is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, on the advisory board of the Kronos Workforce Institute and is an advisor to Branded.Me, a website generator, and Freelanship.com, a freelance marketplace for students. Dan lives in New York, NY and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bentley University in 2006. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Speaking Reel

We Need to Start Humanizing the Process

How Millennials Are Changing Corporate America?

How Millennials Matter

How to Increase the Retention Rate Among Millennials

How to Hire Millennials: Social Recruiting

On the Steve Harvey Show

Speech Topics

Leading in the Age of Teams: The Untaught Skills Required for Success

Through conducting multiple research studies, and ongoing conversations with senior leaders from companies across multiple industries and geographies, Dan Schawbel has connected the ability to lead and work effectively in a team to organizational success. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be born a leader to become one, and the education system doesn’t teach you the skills required to thrive in today’s team-based organizational structure. With the advent of new technologies, and the complexities of managing an ever-diverse employee population, it’s becoming even more important to understand team dynamics. This presentation will both inspire and instruct you on how to become an invaluable team player and leader. Through his latest insights, and personal stories, Dan will prove that the byproduct of supporting your team is your own individual success. Read More >


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  • Master the five qualities of an effective team member
  • Leverage technology to collaborate and measure your team’s success
  • Foster strong team relationships in and out of the office
  • Lead horizontally by distributing accountability and knowledge across the team

The LeaderShift: How to Discover, Retain & Develop the Next Generation of Leaders

Over the past eight years, Dan Schawbel has helped all types of organizations unlock the secrets to recruiting, retaining and growing their young talent. As a millennial leader, mentor and researcher, he has dissected the cultural, technological and economic drivers that make these generations different. After surveying thousands of millennials, and Generation Z-ers from across the world, he has uncovered essential information about their workplace needs, learning habits and leadership styles that will impact companies now and in the future. With Gen Z entering the workplace, and millennials moving up to management positions, your company cannot afford to ignore both generations who will comprise over half of your workforce by 2020. This presentation will help you win the battle for talent, ensure that they remain productive workers and become the future leaders of your company. Read More >


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  • The unique characteristics of all four generations and how they can work in harmony together.
  • How to create a more engaging culture that embraces continuous learning, regular feedback and innovation.
  • Seven of the most effective strategies for engaging these generations from companies such as Scripps Health, Intel, Michelin, LinkedIn and GE.

The Future of Work: Top Trends Reshaping Business & How to Prepare for Them

With the increased adoption of new technologies, globalization, automation and ever-changing economic conditions, the modern workplace is in a state of flux. As a result, today's companies are facing major challenges that will affect how they do business and compete for the best talent. For the past five years, Dan Schawbel has published an annual report of the top workplace trends in Forbes, generating more than 800,000 views combined. The trends are selected based on primary research from his firm, secondary research from over 450 different sources and conversations with HR executives at Fortune 1000 companies. In this presentation, you will hear about the top workplace trends that will change the way you view your corporation, help you better prepare for the future and improve your talent management strategy. Read More >


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  • About how each trend will impact your business now and in the future.
  • What companies have successfully navigated these trends with results from their programs.
  • Tips on how you can be at the forefront of trends and be competitive in your industry.

Books & Media


Promote Yourself