LAURIE OSWALD

CEO, INTERAWORKS AND CO-FOUNDER, BEST YEAR YET FOUNDATION

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AN INNOVATOR OF INDUSTRY
“ELEVATING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE AT WORK” – LAURIE OSWALD, CEO, INTERAWORKS AND CO-FOUNDER, BEST YEAR YET FOUNDATION
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LEADING THE NEXT WAVE IN BUSINESS
We are in a huge change moment equal to the Renaissance and the Industrial revolution. The way we have always done business cannot continue to work in this new environment. The focus must move away from expecting employees to serve the company with no reciprocity or at the expense of their very human experience. The new model is one in which companies recognize employee needs and support them in ways that promote both better performance and well-being.

Research shows that people want to be seen as whole human beings, not cogs in the machinery. During the pandemic, people were forced to slow down and learn new ways of working and connecting. With so much time to reflect, many took stock of their lives and decided to leave workplaces they saw as unhealthy or unfulfilling. Mental health became a bigger focus.

While we are certainly not back to stasis from the shakeup, there are some clear patterns emerging, and business leaders ignore these at their own peril.

At InteraWorks, we are all in on the new model of business that embraces a clear mind and excited heart. We design and deliver programs that elevate the human experience, providing the tools and systems needed to succeed personally and professionally. Performance improves as people are more balanced, innovative, engaged, and able to show up as their best selves every day. This impact on performance and engagement is directly connected to the bottom lines of businesses. A powerful “and”is the positive culture shift that comes with caring for people first. The implications for attracting and retaining talent, increasing innovation and engagement, and creating more alignment throughout all levels of an organization are staggering.

GLOBAL IMPACT AT ALL LEVELS
Wemay be most proud that we have been able to bring these same tools and systems to the nonprofit sector globally through our Best Year Yet Foundation. Collaborating with donors, corporate sponsors and other foundations allows us to bring all the same tools and systems to organizations who otherwise would not have access and who often need them the most. We are committed to leaving this world better than we found it.

Laurie graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. Prior to this current chapter in people development, she spent over 20 years in the corporate technology and manufacturing sectors. She has held numerous board positions and is currently a member of the Nashville Women’s Presidents Organization (WPO) Chapter and the Nashville Network of the Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC).

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