Tom Rath

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Drawing on the latest and most practical research from business, psychology, and economics, Tom focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. He challenges audiences to stop pursuing happiness and start creating meaning instead, rethink their daily interactions with the people who matter most, and to put their own health first in order to be their best every day.

Tom challenges individuals and organizational leaders to rethink what leads to employee engagement and sustainable high performance. He incorporates the latest research on health and well-being with his stories and observations from working with some of the world’s most admired employers.

Reviewing some of the most practical research from Tom’s books on strengths and leadership, this presentation focuses on how managers and leaders in particular can invest in other people in a way that benefits individual lives and improves the long-term future of the organization. Tom questions the conventional wisdom of how we look at the relationship between individuals and organizations, while suggesting a better fundamental compact for the future.

This presentation draws heavily on Tom’s New York Times bestseller Eat Move Sleep: How Small Choices Lead to Big Changes and shares some of the best ways to improve health, energy, and achievement in the workplace. Tom explores what is working and some of the changes that need to occur in order for current health and well-being programs to be more meaningful and effective.


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Tom Rath is a researcher and writer who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being.

Tom has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the past decade, starting with the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2016, his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 was listed by as the top selling non-fiction book of all time. Tom’s bestsellers include Strengths Based Leadership, Wellbeing, and Eat Move Sleep and Are You Fully Charged?. He has also written two children’s books and produced a feature-length documentary. In total, Tom’s books have sold more than 6 million copies and have made more than 300 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Tom currently serves as a senior scientist for and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent thirteen years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths, leadership, and well-being. Tom also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania, where he is a regular guest lecturer. Tom, his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

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