Speaking – Ozan Varol

Think Different: The Power of Cognitive Diversity Many businesses strive to promote a diverse and inclusive workplace. But an often-overlooked aspect of the issue is cognitive diversity—which is based on differences in viewpoint or perspective. According to cutting-edge research, cognitive diversity can promote problem-solving and increase innovation by bringing a wide variety of perspectives to the table. Most businesses stifle cognitive diversity. As a result, groupthink and conformity pop up even in institutions whose lifeblood is creativity. Employees hide their best selves rather than go against the grain. In this keynote, Ozan will share a lively, anecdote-filled roadmap that business leaders can use to promote a thriving corporate culture that harnesses cognitive diversity. You’ll learn: The two reasons why most modern workplaces stifle cognitive diversity and undermine creativity How conformity led to the biggest disasters in rocket-science history (and what businesses can learn from these disasters) Why the best ideas come from great teams, not great individuals How to harness the power of diversity while maintaining team unity How businesses can promote psychological safety where employees feel free to speak up

Speaking – Ozan Varol