HR Speaker Steve Cadigan

Steve Cadigan

Former VP Talent at LinkedIn; Founder and CEO of Cadigan Talent Ventures

Every great business is built on a foundation of winning culture and talented personnel. HR speaker Steve Cadigan has helped some of the world’s fastest-growing companies identify, recruit, and retain the talent that makes them great. Organizations with an interest in the current realities and in the future of work find their ideal keynote speaker in Steve Cadigan.

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    Steve Cadigan biography

    Companies achieve the scale that their culture and people allow, as HR speaker Steve Cadigan knows better than anyone. As a speaker, Steve Cadigan offers unparalleled insights on the future of work and the keys to building world-class teams.

    Steve Cadigan built his strategic leadership advisory firm, Cadigan Talent Ventures LLC, on a foundation of industry-changing success. He helps organizations worldwide recruit, retain, and develop the talent that embraces change and fuels growth. His work with leading VC firms including Andreesen Horowitz and Greylock helps shape the way Silicon Valley operates.

    From 2009 to 2012, Cadigan served as LinkedIn’s VP of Talent. Under his leadership, LinkedIn grew from a 400-person private firm to a 5,000-employee publicly traded powerhouse. Business leaders still consult Cadigan’s work as an ideal example of how culture, leadership, and organizational structure can drive growth. Stanford University uses Cadigan’s success at LinkedIn as a case study for its business students.

    Prior to his triumph at LinkedIn, Cadigan was Cisco’s Director of HR for the Asia-Pacific region, and its Director of HR M&A. In this role, he led more than 50 acquisitions and developed talent-integration practices that continue to guide the industry. He then served as Global VP of HR at PMC-Sierra, and as Electronic Arts’ VP of HR before joining LinkedIn.

    Business schools and professional organizations seek Cadigan’s insights. As a speaker, Steve Cadigan has addressed gatherings at Stanford University, Shanghai’s Ivey School of Business, and the University of Sydney.

    Steve Cadigan Speaking Videos

    The Future of Work with Steve Cadigan
    Steve Cadigan - State of the Union

    Steve Cadigan Keynote Topics

    Today the way we work, where we work and how we think about careers is undergoing a massive transformation. As the Gig economy continues to grow, as employee turnover continues to rise, and as the average life of a company continues to shrink, there are massive consequences to the work economy. While most of the media focuses on how AI and Robots will eliminate millions of jobs, the untold story is what a “career” means is changing. More and more workers are changing jobs faster than ever AND more and more professionals are making big career pivots than ever before. In this engaging seminar - Steve will review the significant changes taking place in the world of work and what it means to us as professionals, leaders and organizations. This session will inspire new ideas and new ways of thinking for both professionals and organizations and offer ideas and suggestions on how to optimize for success in the future

    We are in the midst of a tidal wave of transformation in the world of work. From the growth of the Gig economy to the explosion of share work spaces like WeWork - how we work, where we work and even our relationship to work is changing in dramatic fashion. Today we have more choices on how to earn an income than ever before outside of a regular job AND we have more visibility to what is professionally possible with our unique backgrounds and experiences given this new transparent job market. And yet even with all this new choice and opportunity, engagement remains at extremely low levels in North America and around the world. In this engaging talk Steve reviews the new reality of work and offers ideas and suggestions for to attract, hire and retain world class talent and teams in this new work frontier. This session will review how people are thinking differently about their careers and what that means for employers.

    In a world where turnover is increasing, and employee engagement is low, culture today means far more than just the norms of how we get along. The great companies of today have made their culture a powerful weapon in the war for top talent. Today your culture is both your employer brand and your company brand, and thus its imperative you invest and nurture your culture if you want to win today. In this engaging talk Steve reviews how you can leverage your culture to attract great talent AND to thrive in this complex new reality. Steve can speak from experience as he helped architect LinkedIn’s dynamic culture which became and critical component of their success during massive growth. During Steve’s talk he will review how LinkedIn built and leveraged their culture to massive competitive advantage in the war for talent against Google, Apple, Facebook and Twitter among others.

    The way we work today is very different than just a few years ago. What employees expect in a job and a company continues to change rapidly. How you hire, engage and lead talent in your companies has evolved a great deal. Today great leaders communicate and course correct more than they weigh information and make decisions. Great leaders today are information brokers more than decision makers. In this talk Steve will share how many organizations are rethinking and reimagining the role of a leader. This talk frames out how leadership has and needs to change to be effective in this fast paced, data intensive digital reality where employees have more power, voice and choice than ever before.

    Through the telling of many real-life stories and experiences Steve reviews the wild LinkedIn growth ride in the late 2000s where the company grew from 400 to 4000 employees and grew from staff in 2 countries to staff in 17 in under 4 years. Steve will share many of the mistakes and the lessons LInkedIn learned during this growth spurt and how they ultimately beat some of the greatest companies in the world in the war to hire the best talent while also revolutionizing the recruiting industry. Winning the war for talent against sexier brands who can pay higher salaries than you can is a timeless lesson for all leaders today.

    The Future of work is here! In this session, Steve will teach you about the many changes taking place in business and the workplace that are propelling the creation of new and exciting Human Resource Strategies. During the session Steve will share 1) how the HR function is evolving; 2) the many new jobs in HR such as Branding and Analytics, and 3); the many new technological tools and resources that are allowing the HR function to reveal new talent insights and help companies win today.

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