Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Author, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough



Author, The Quarter-Life Breakthrough

Adam Smiley Poswolsky is a millennial workplace expert, internationally renowned keynote speaker, and bestselling author of The Quarter-Life Breakthrough: Invent Your Own Path, Find Meaningful Work, and Build a Life That Matters (Penguin Random House, 2016). Smiley helps companies attract, retain, and empower millennial talent, and he’s inspired thousands of professionals to be more engaged at work, through speaking at companies like Unilever, IDEO, Salesforce, Deloitte, SAP, and TEDx, and by collaborating with purpose-driven organizations like the Hive Global Leaders Program, the StartingBloc Institute for Social Innovation, Camp Grounded, The Passion Co., Esalen Institute, and General Assembly. His writing has been published in The Washington PostFast CompanyTimeQuartzBusiness Insider, and GOOD, and his work has been featured in MashableForbesVICECNBCMarketWatch, and the World Economic Forum, among others.

Recently, Smiley launched The Women’s Speaker Initiative, a mentorship program that aims to increase the number of women and people of color speaking at conferences and companies, as well as ensure that women speakers have the tools necessary to get paid competitively as compared to their male colleagues.

He is a proud graduate of Wesleyan University, and can usually be found dancing in San Francisco, California.

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