Inspirational Talks & Speakers to Create a More Human World
of Work

Our speakers help people to see and unlock their potential to thrive at work

Picture of a business man looking out a window, smiling

Our Speakers

Founder and CEO
Rasmus Hougaard
Areas of expertise
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Wise Optimism
  • Mental Well-being
  • Resilience and Agility

Rasmus Hougaard is the founder and CEO of Potential Project and the author of the ground-breaking and best-selling book by Harvard Business Press, “The Mind of the Leader”. Rasmus is nominated by Thinkers 50 as one of the eight most important leadership thinkers in the world today. He writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes and Business Insider. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and leadership developer who coaches and supports C-suite executives at global organizations such as IKEA, Accenture, Wal-Mart, and Unilever. His newest book, "Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way", was published by Harvard Business Review Press in January 2022.

Founder and CEO
Rasmus Hougaard
Areas of expertise:
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Wise Optimism
  • Mental Well-being
  • Resilience and Agility
International Partner
Jacqueline Carter
Areas of expertise
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Mindset and Mindfulness
  • Organizational Development

Jacqueline Carter is an international partner and leads Potential Project in North America. She works with many of our global accounts including Cisco, Accenture, Danaher, Eli Lilly and IKEA to enhance leadership and organizational performance. She is the co-author of “The Mind of the Leader” published by Harvard Business Review Press in March 2018 and of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2016. She is a sought-after keynote speaker and a faculty member of the Inner MBA. She also speaks regularly at major conferences including ATD and Work Human. Prior to joining Potential Project, Jacqueline was a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Change Leadership practice.

International Partner
Jacqueline Carter
Areas of expertise:
  • Compassionate Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Mindset and Mindfulness
  • Organizational Development
Partner and Head of Global Accounts
Marissa Afton
Areas of expertise
  • Leadership Development
  • Mind Training
  • Resilience
  • Mental Agility
Videos
Podcasts

Marissa is a Partner and the head of Global Accounts. She is a driving force behind leadership development and change initiatives at multinational companies. She helps leaders and organizations unlock their potential to create cultural excellence and superior performance, resilience, and innovation. A mindfulness practitioner for over 25 years, Marissa is recognized for her breadth of knowledge and deep experience in transforming organizations by transforming the mind. She is a sought-after speaker at leading HR and leadership conferences about the impact of mind training on high-performance cultures, as well as the mental qualities of excellent leaders. She has worked with leading companies, including Bloomberg, Cisco, Eli Lilly, LVMH, Medtronic, Pfizer, White & Case, Varian, and Verizon Media. 

Partner and Head of Global Accounts
Marissa Afton
Areas of expertise:
  • Leadership Development
  • Mind Training
  • Resilience
  • Mental Agility
Partner & Global Head of Leadership Solutions
Moses Mohan
Areas of expertise
  • Leadership Development
  • Mindsets
  • Change & Transformation
  • Resilience& Agility

Moses Mohan is Partner and head of Leadership Solutions at Potential Project. He is the architect of Potential Project’s cutting-edge leadership programs, blending neuroscience, behavioral psychology and contemplative practices to unlock breakthrough performance for leaders from the inside out. He partners with leading organizations such as Accenture, IKEA and Unilever to drive systemic interventions that unleash human potential at scale. A regular contributor on topics at the intersection of ancient wisdom, leadership and transformation at Harvard Business Review and Forbes, he is contributing author to the forthcoming book, Compassionate Leadership: How to Do Hard Things in a Human Way. Prior to joining Potential Project, Moses advised leading financial services at McKinsey and Company and the Government of Singapore on industry transformation, and was an ordained Zen Monk.

Partner & Global Head of Leadership Solutions
Moses Mohan
Areas of expertise:
  • Leadership Development
  • Mindsets
  • Change & Transformation
  • Resilience& Agility

Interactive, Experiential Talks

Our talks are designed to fit the context of leaders, teams or all employees.  Below are sample topics, and customization is possible. Delivery can be online or onsite.

Talks are backed by research data, and incorporate mind trainings techniques, neuroscience and practical strategies to navigate professional and personal life.

We create inspirational talks that …

  1. Are relevant and tailored to address the audience’s challenges and interests.
  2. Offer an emotional experience.
  3. Offer credibility through research and data.
  4. Provide opportunities for reflection and practical tips.
  5. Use compelling visuals and stories.
  6. Elicit frequent participation from the audience.
  7. Enable people to discover new things about themselves.
  8. Offer best-in-class content, based on attendee ratings and net promoter scores.

Sample Speaking Topics

Mindsets for Teams

We help enhance performance, innovation and resilience by helping build the right mindsets for success. Amid busyness, changing priorities and distractions, we help access more happiness and productivity at work.

Well-being and Mental Health

  • From Coping to Thriving
  • Don’t Let Stress Become Burnout
  • Transform Challenges into Possibilities
  • Turn Reactivity into Balance
  • Developing Acceptance in Times of Change
  • Supercharge Your Resilience with Optimism

Sustainable Performance

  • Developing a Resilient Mindset
  • Enhancing Emotional Agility
  • Maintaining Focus
  • Digital Detox
  • Better Sleep
  • Purpose and Values

Inner Playbooks for Leaders

Leadership begins with the mind. It’s time for leaders to unlearn management and relearn how to be human. We help leaders adopt a new playbook by offering inspiring talks based on our research with Harvard Business Review and years of experience in developing the world’s top leaders. 

  • Resilient Leadership
  • Mindful Agility
  • Selfless Innovation for an Uncertain Future
  • Managing Difficult Conversations with Courage and Compassion
  • Mental Effectiveness for Leading
  • Mindfully Leading Virtual Teams
  • Taking Care of Self and Others
  • Mindful Decision Making

Interested in booking one of our speakers?
Please reach out to us at speakers@potentialproject.com to get started.

The Leadership Crisis
2:39 min