Founder and CEO, HRManifesto, LLC, HR Bestie

Leigh Henderson
Speaking Fee: $10,000 to $20,000

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Primary Topic Category: Leadership and Management

Secondary Topic Category: Company Culture / Employee Engagement / Teamwork

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Leigh Henderson At A Glance:

Leigh Elena Henderson is the Founder and CEO of HRManifesto, LLC and considers herself a “toxic workplace survivor” after working nearly 20 years in Corporate America supporting a handful of Fortune 100 companies as an Human Resources (HR) executive. Leigh now devotes her time to helping workers thrive through approachable coaching and inspired storytelling through her social content creation, keynotes, writing, and training resources. You can catch @HRManifesto across all the socials, where Leigh strives to unify followers and create community around the shared human experience of work and help all maximize their professional success.

Founded on TikTok in June 2021 by Leigh Elena Henderson, HRManifesto emerged as a creative outlet for her to experiment with content while working on her forthcoming no-nonsense guide to exiting toxic workplaces expected for release in June 2024. Leigh brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to HRManifesto, backed with nearly 20 years of experience as a seasoned HR executive in Corporate America. Leigh’s extensive experience and academic qualifications uniquely position her to offer invaluable guidance and coaching on surviving and thriving in the modern workplace. 

Having supported five different Fortune 100 companies throughout her career, Leigh has navigated the complexities of the workplace landscape with proficiency and insight. Her educational background further solidifies her credibility, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in management from Texas A&M University, Mays Business School, as well as a master’s degree in global human resource development from the University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign. 

The story of HRManifesto is one of creativity, authenticity, and a passion for empowering others in the workplace. From its inception, Leigh has been dedicated to shedding light on the harsh realities of the workplace while providing accessible coaching and guidance through her unique power of storytelling. With a commitment to maximizing professional success and navigating workplace challenges head-on, HRManifesto continues to inspire and empower its followers with its unique blend of humor, authenticity, and focus on fostering unity and collective growth. 

  • How HR Can Better Support Employees in Unhealthy Work Environments

    Who This Talk Is For:
    This talk is designed for HR professionals who are hopeful to create a more empathetic and supportive workplace, especially in an environment that’s less than ideal or in a state of intense change. It's ideal for those who aim to leverage emotional intelligence to enhance employee relations and foster a positive work environment.

    What Audiences Will Gain:
    Key learnings for this audience include practical strategies on how to better advocate for and support employees struggling with burnout and culture mismatch. They’ll learn ways to cultivate a company culture that champions open communication, robust support, and personal growth. Leigh teaches audiences how to implement these transformative practices into your leadership style and daily interactions without any additional budget. This session will empower HR audiences to “lead outside the box” in order to drive meaningful change within their workplaces, leading to increased employee satisfaction, improved team dynamics, and a workplace where every individual feels valued and invested in.
  • Creating Healthy Workplaces: Empowering Leaders to Take Action

    Who This Talk Is For:
    The session is designed primarily for organizational leaders at all levels, including executives, managers, and supervisors, across various industries and functions. The ideal audience are people leaders and those tasked with playing a pivotal role in shaping workplace culture and fostering employee well-being.

    What Audiences Will Gain:
    Key learnings for this audience include gaining a deeper understanding of the signs and symptoms of unhealthy work environments and employee burnout, recognizing the impact of these issues on organizational performance, and learning practical strategies for creating and sustaining healthy work environments. Additionally, leaders will learn how to effectively support burned-out employees, build resilience within their teams, and promote a culture of well-being and sustainability. Ultimately, the audience will leave with actionable insights and tools to address workplace challenges, prioritize employee well-being, and drive positive organizational change.
  • Igniting Purpose and Impact: Inspiring Others to Work with Meaning

    Who This Talk Is For:
    The audience for the above keynote comprises leaders, managers, and professionals across various sectors who are passionate about cultivating purpose-driven workplaces and inspiring others to work with meaning and impact. This audience includes executives, HR professionals, team leaders, and individuals dedicated to fostering positive organizational cultures and maximizing employee engagement.

    What Audiences Will Gain:
    Key learnings for this audience include understanding the significance of purpose in the workplace, identifying alignment of personal and organizational values, communicating a compelling vision, fostering a culture of purpose and impact, empowering others to find their purpose, leading by example, creating meaningful connections, measuring and evaluating impact, overcoming challenges and obstacles, and sustaining purpose and impact over time. Leigh will transparently and vulnerably share her personal journey to discovering her purpose and working with meaning to bring approachability to the lesson. Ultimately, attendees will leave with actionable insights and strategies to inspire purposeful work and drive positive change within their organizations.
  • Toxic Workplace Rescue: Strategies for Thriving in Challenging Work Environments

    Who This Talk is For:
    This session is designed around the key takeaways from Leigh’s highly anticipated first book scheduled for June 2024 release. The audience for the "Toxic Workplace Rescue" keynote comprises individuals from various professional backgrounds who find themselves grappling with unhealthy work environments. This includes employees, managers, HR professionals, and organizational leaders seeking guidance on navigating and transforming challenging workplace cultures.

    What Audiences Will Gain:
    Key learnings for this audience will revolve around recognizing the signs and symptoms of toxicity, assessing their own work environments, developing strategies for self-preservation, building support networks, cultivating coping mechanisms, and taking proactive steps to drive positive change within their organizations. Ultimately, attendees will leave equipped with practical tools and insights to navigate and mitigate the impacts of toxic workplace dynamics, fostering healthier and more productive work environments for themselves and their colleagues.
  • Embracing Change and Building Resilience: Preparing for Future Career Challenges

    Who This Talk is For:
    The session is designed for professionals from diverse industries and career stages who recognize the need to adapt and thrive in an ever-evolving work environment. This includes individuals navigating career transitions, facing uncertainty in their current roles, and those seeking to proactively develop skills for future challenges.

    What Audiences Will Gain:
    Key learnings for this audience will center around understanding the necessity of change in career development, embracing a growth mindset to unlock success, cultivating resilience to navigate setbacks and adversity, and implementing practical strategies to foster adaptability and growth both personally and professionally. Ultimately, attendees will leave empowered with the tools and insights needed to navigate career challenges with confidence, resilience, and a proactive mindset.

The American Advertising Federation first found Leigh through her hilarious and compelling TikTok content. During Women’s History Month, we connected with Leigh to bring her incredible HR experience to our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion panel. Entertaining. Educational. And full of heart. We look forward to working with and learning from Leigh again in the future!

— Austin Sandy, American Advertising Federation District 10, Programs Chair

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