Reserve your free virtual spot Reserve Spot

Let’s Get Real: Strategies to Lead with Authenticity and Connection at Work


🎥 This event has ended.

Don’t miss your opportunity to join more upcoming events!

Connect directly with recruiters, hiring managers, and experts in your field and find your dream role (its FREE!).

Meet the Speakers

About Diversity Reboot Summit

More Events you Might Like

View more events

Let’s Get Real: Strategies to Lead with Authenticity and Connection at Work

What We Know, What We’re Learning

When it comes to our professional lives, where’s the line between authenticity and oversharing? In this interactive session with Lelia Gowland, speaker and author of “You Got This: The Ultimate Negotiation Guide for Professional Women”, we will: (1) Explore how authenticity evolves over time and in different settings — you don’t have to share with every single person, everywhere, in exactly the same way (2) Celebrate the stories of people and organizations who are effectively navigating authenticity at work (3) Leave motivated and inspired as we embrace our differences and create a sense of belonging and connection.

Lelia Gowland

Bridget Finkeldey

Lelia (rhymes with “Amelia”) is a sought-after speaker and writer. She works with people and organizations that want to lead with authenticity to create happier, more effective teams. Her personal journey with identity informs Lelia’s approach to authenticity. After hiding her sexual orientation for decades, she finally came out as queer at the age of 37. Lelia wrote a popular Huffington Post article ( about my experience, and the reaction to that piece solidified something she’s seen again and again: Our authenticity is medicine. Described as “the confidence fairy godmother we all need,” Lelia has delighted audiences ranging from experts in international shipping, to doctors, to fancy bartenders. In her speeches and writing, Lelia uses dynamic storytelling and personal vulnerability so we all feel less alone. We build a powerful sense of connection when we share those “real life” moments — the ones we all experience but don’t always talk about. In addition to writing her much-loved weekly newsletter on authenticity, Lelia’s written over 150 articles in national publications including Huffington Post, Forbes, and Harper’s Bazaar. As a devoted fan of teen magazines growing up, she was particularly delighted when Cosmopolitan and Marie Claire profiled her for her affirming approach. Her book You Got This: The Ultimate Negotiation Guide for Professional Women provides a “fresh and instantly applicable” toolkit for anyone ready to develop their own authentic voice in negotiation. Finally, as a New Orleans native and enthusiast, Lelia freely uses the word y’all and has an entire closet dedicated to costuming.

Hunter Canning

Bridget Finkeldey Hunter Canning is a New York based performer, public speaker and events moderator. A conscience citizen of the world, his ethos is bringing people together through all the facets of life. Be it producing live performance or creating corporate recruitment content; Hunter has a passion for bringing people together to foster growth, kindness and a true understanding of each other.

Room A