Naomi Bagdonas empowers leaders to build more innovative, collaborative and joyful work cultures (and lives).

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Naomi Bagdonas is a lecturer at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, an executive coach for CXOs, politicians and celebrity clients and their leadership teams, and a bestselling author. In her executive advisory work, she facilitates interactive sessions for the boards and leadership teams of Fortune 100 companies and nonprofits. Versed in behavioral science, human perceptions and comedy, she coaches her clients for events ranging from appearances on Saturday Night Live to company All Hands meetings and political campaign speeches.

A leading expert in the intersection of humor and business, Bagdonas is the coauthor of the national bestseller Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business (and Life). Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Financial Times and on her mother's fridge.

In her spare time, Bagdonas runs a program teaching improv comedy in San Francisco County Jail, backpacks in the Sierras and fosters a revolving door of rescue dogs whom she adores and who systematically destroy everything she owns.

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Mindset reset: Notes from Session 2 of TEDMonterey

August 2, 2021

Session 2 kicked off the first full day of TEDMonterey with six speakers and one performance ready with an invitation for you to think differently, wonder ceaselessly and transform the ways you interact with the world — big and small. The event: TEDMonterey: Session 2, hosted by TED’s Helen Walters on Monday, August 2, 2021 […]

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