• Ann Hiatt
  • Vickie Sokol Evans

    Vickie is the author of the best-selling “100 Life-Changing Tips” book where she shares with you her expertise as a Microsoft Certified Trainer with over 25 certifications. For over 20 years she has trained high-performing teams all over the world including at Microsoft, The New York Times, UK’s Parliament, and most notably Bill Gates’ team, among many others. She is a globally recognized digital productivity instructor and speaker, training the world’s smartest people how to use their technology to get better results in less time.


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Apr 29 2020


11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST

Online | [Ann Hiatt’s SXSW Talk] Transitioning from Post-Traumatic Stress to Post-Traumatic Growth

“The Coronavirus has thrown us all into a period of rapid reinvention where we need to reinvent ourselves, our companies and our business models quickly just to survive. As leaders you are having to pivot and make critical decisions all without an understanding of where the finish line might lie and when we will find a new-normal. I have worked directly for three of the most powerful tech CEOs of our lifetime at Amazon and Google and I have witnessed their actual paths to greatness – which were far less linear than they appear in retrospect. The common denominator between these powerhouse CEOs is that they, just like Olympic athletes, never stop training, learning, improving and pivoting. In this session I have broken down their formulas for resilience and pivoting in a way that increases your authority and respect while demonstrating humility and willingness to learn which are critical during these periods of ambiguity. In this session you will learn how to shift your mindset, hit reset and move forward into post-traumatic growth and stop feeling so lonely at the top. (This talk was originally created for SXSW 2020 before its cancellation and has been adapted to the current Coronavirus economic crisis.)

About the Speaker
Ann Hiatt received her initial business training during 15 years as the Executive Business Partner to Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) and Chief-of-Staff to Eric Schmidt (CEO and Executive Chairman at Google/Alphabet). Ann now consults with executives and companies across the globe to reverse engineer their moonshot goals and get results. Ann is a sought-after international speaker and is on several advisory boards. Ann has recently relocated from Silicon Valley to Europe and brings with her a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in business today.”

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