Gonnering to Discuss Why Leaders Must Embrace Fear and Vulnerability to Spur Authentic Conversations and Uncover Meaningful Opportunities
MIAMI, FL--(Marketwired - May 05, 2016) - Widen, a leading provider of digital asset management (DAM) software, announced today that CEO Matthew Gonnering will speak at the 2016 WorldBlu Summit, May 9-11 at the New World Center in Miami, Florida. Gonnering will present on Tuesday, May 10, 2:30 pm EDT, in a session titled "The Power Question at Work: Workplace Stories of Transformation." Drawing from his experiences at Widen, Gonnering will discuss why leaders must embrace fear and vulnerability to spur authentic conversations and uncover meaningful opportunities.
For 20 years, WorldBlu has been teaching business leaders how to build freedom-centered workplaces using the Freedom at Work™ model. The firm's annual summit convenes businesspeople, authors, scholars, activists, and media professionals who strive to shift organizations from a mindset of fear and control to one of freedom and possibility. The 2016 summit focuses on The Power Question: What Would You Do If You Weren't Afraid?™
Under Gonnering's leadership, Widen earned its Freedom-Centered Workplace certification from WorldBlu in June 2015. To embrace fear and vulnerability, Widen instituted a host of new practices, including a cubicle-free environment, company Fireside Chats, lunch & learns, one-on-one coaching sessions, and weekly standup meetings. Gonnering's presentation will offer experiences and insights from this process.
"You have a choice to make -- you can fall victim to fears, or you can embrace them," said Gonnering. "CEOs need to stop worrying about the perceptions of how CEOs 'should' look and act. It inhibits their ability to communicate boldly and authentically. In this talk, my goal is to show how we can all create transformational conversations by being vulnerable."
Gonnering notes that vulnerability has been a key to success at Widen, which was named one of Madison, Wisconsin's "Best Places to Work 2015" by Madison Magazine. The company's most recent employee satisfaction survey found that 97 percent of software employees would recommend Widen as a place to work.
Join Matthew Gonnering at 2:30 pm EDT on Tuesday, May 10 for "The Power Question at Work: Workplace Stories of Transformation." The session will also feature presentations by Nathan Donaldson, CEO of Boost and Boost Agile, and Ed Wesley, Director of Organizational Development and Learning at DreamHost. For more information on the WorldBlu summit, visit http://www.worldblu.com/summit/.
Widen is a content technology company that powers the content that builds your brand. Leveraging cloud-based resources, Widen delivers configurable, scalable, and cost-effective digital asset management solutions to help you easily store, search, and share your digital content. Organizations of all sizes use Widen's cloud-based DAM solution, the Media Collective, to streamline their marketing and creative workflows and make their content work harder. Widen is trusted by hundreds of thousands of users around the world at organizations like LG, F. Hoffmann-La Roche, Trek Bicycle Corporation, Cornell University, New Orleans Tourism Marketing, The Atlanta Falcons, Red Gold Tomatoes, Electrolux, and Yankee Candle. To learn more about Widen, go to http://www.widen.com.