Creating an Introvert-Friendly Workplace Culture: Developing Introvert Talent

2021 Talent Conference & Expo
Attendees will learn to think beyond hiring (and promoting) for personality in order to capture introvert talent. It starts with checking your own temperament bias.

In this extrovert-biased world of ours, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Many job candidates aren't making it past the hiring process to get the jobs they're qualified for. The reality is that if introverts don't interview in a bubbly, enthusiastic manner, they likely won't make it to the next round. And if they don't share their accomplishments with confidence and bravado, they're likely to be overlooked for positions in which they would thrive. The costs to our organizations of this lost talent are staggering to consider. Yet, emerging evidence shows that the tide is turning. In our research, a promising 38 percent of respondents said their organizations demonstrated a willingness to hire and promote introverts. And as general awareness of introversion increases, it may become less of an exclusionary factor. We will share intentional ways leading organizations are breaking down bias against introverts in their talent management practices.

Learning Objectives:

  • Hear examples of creative strategies to attract candidates who are introverts.
  • Learn to prioritize role and personality alignment over traditional extrovert-based characteristics.
  • Learn the importance of examining your unconscious bias against introverts.
  • Learn how to set up a remote and an in-office environment that brings out the best in introverts and ultimately everyone.
Date(s) & Time(s): 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler

Jennifer B.
Kahnweiler, Ph.D.

Jennifer B. Kahnweiler is a bestselling author and one of the leading speakers on introverts in the workplace. Her pioneering books, The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, The Genius of Opposites, and Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces have been translated into 18 languages. The Introverted Leader was named one of the top 5 business books by The Shanghai Daily.

Jennifer has partnered with leading organizations like Amazon, Merck, Kimberly Clark, NASA, Bosch, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. She has delivered her signature presentations from Singapore to Spain. She holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation, awarded to a small percentage of speakers, and serves as a mentor to many professional women.

A native New Yorker, Jennifer calls Atlanta, GA home.




Room: Summit 216
Session Type: 
Concurrent Session
Leadership & Navigation
Relationship Management
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