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Sally Thornton

CEO & Founder of Forshay; Thought Leader on the Future of Work

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 Sally Thornton Biography

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally Thornton is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, interim experts, and optimizing teams through increased inclusion, diversity, and belonging.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 "Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2015, and made the list again in 2019 at the squint-you-can-see-it #3377. Prior to founding Forshay, Thornton co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A speaker in two TEDx talks, Thornton is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational and diverse workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Thornton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Thornton launched WorkLabAccelerator in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford's "Redesigning and Redefining Work" project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today's workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. WorkLab uses design thinking, lean start up, and storytelling skills to design, test, and scale experiments to #MakeWorkBetter.

Thornton lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org.

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Speaking Topics
  • The Science of Work/Life Blend

    Learn what behavioral science and neuroscience shows and the steps you can take to achieve a blended “full” life of meaningful work, connections with loved ones, sleep/exercise, and ongoing learning that keeps you inspired. We make tradeoffs on how we spend our time and energy every week, and suddenly (it may feel) a year goes by. How we make decisions of where to spend our time and energy is literally making decisions of what is our life. Rather than feeling zero-sum, this talk reveals what’s possible by applying the latest neuroscience and behavioral science. Using data-driven insights, this talk is grounded in practical strategies for having the impact that matters to you on terms that work for your full life.

  • Future of Work – What Will Remain True & Important

    The Future of Work requires new frameworks in how we work and live, and this talk will go beyond how to adapt, but to actually thrive in the future work. Sally draws on the science behind work (both behavioral science and neuroscience) to tease out what will always be true so we can focus on what is, and will remain, important. She also reveals the shifts that are happening in work so we can more easily identify the disruptions and reduce the friction in work dynamics. Finally, Sally shares insights and strategies on the multi-generational workforce, the inclusion and belonging required in diverse work cultures, and how to manage the collaborative overwork that currently exists so we can do our best work.

  • Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce

    The word “Millennial” can create a reaction in each of us that is quite different, and is often based on more media impressions than science. In this talk (or workshop if desired), Sally separates the fiction from the science on generational differences, as well as human-centered truths that bind all generations. Mostly importantly, once we know the science, how do we apply it with smart strategies, language, and tactics that work to build more effective teams?

  • The Future of Inclusion & Diversity & Belonging

    The science is clear that collaborative working relationships with diverse teams propel innovative, impactful work where all employees thrive and drive the bottom line. Sally will share the scientific research on the variety of unconscious bias based on both neuroscience and social science, practical strategies for how to mitigate bias, and stories of her experience working with big companies like Airbnb to small startups in optimizing teams to do their best work.

  • Design Thinking, Applied to How We Work

    This interactive session will discuss and apply design thinking, lean start up methodology, and storytelling skills in fresh ways that you can use to align the employee experience with the customer experience. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun. Because work can be delicious, if we design it to be. Learn why Airbnb, Mozilla, Deloitte, PlumOrganics, Modsy and others (some we can’t mention – you know how it goes) are leveraging this framework not only in how they develop fantastic products for their customers, but how they build better work experiences for their own teams. (And Sally gives out chocolates.)

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  • HOW TO BOOK Sally Thornton?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sally Thornton for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sally Thornton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sally Thornton or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Sally Thornton?

    Booking fees for Sally Thornton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sally Thornton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Sally Thornton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sally Thornton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sally Thornton for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sally Thornton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sally Thornton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Sally Thornton

CEO & Founder of Forshay; Thought Leader on the Future of Work

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Sally Thornton Biography

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally Thornton is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, interim experts, and optimizing teams through increased inclusion, diversity, and belonging.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 "Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2015, and made the list again in 2019 at the squint-you-can-see-it #3377. Prior to founding Forshay, Thornton co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A speaker in two TEDx talks, Thornton is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational and diverse workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Thornton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Thornton launched WorkLabAccelerator in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford's "Redesigning and Redefining Work" project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today's workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. WorkLab uses design thinking, lean start up, and storytelling skills to design, test, and scale experiments to #MakeWorkBetter.

Thornton lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org.

Sally Thornton Videos

  • Sally Thornton's talk on "The Science of Building + Unleashing your...
    Sally Thornton discusses the "Science of Building + Unleashing your Team" at our 2019 Product Leader Summit at Spero Ventures.
  • Re-imagining the Future of Work | Sally Thornton |...
    How do you widen the aperture in your lens of work to see a bigger future for yourself? The future of work reveals that we are living longer and need...
  • Hire Like a Rocket Scientist | Sally Thornton | TEDxDavisStWomen
    Is your startup or company looking to hire a purple unicorn? Do you have gender diversity in the executive suite? In this talk you'll learn that you...

Speaker Lists Featuring Sally Thornton

Sally Thornton Speaking Topics

  • The Science of Work/Life Blend

    Learn what behavioral science and neuroscience shows and the steps you can take to achieve a blended “full” life of meaningful work, connections with loved ones, sleep/exercise, and ongoing learning that keeps you inspired. We make tradeoffs on how we spend our time and energy every week, and suddenly (it may feel) a year goes by. How we make decisions of where to spend our time and energy is literally making decisions of what is our life. Rather than feeling zero-sum, this talk reveals what’s possible by applying the latest neuroscience and behavioral science. Using data-driven insights, this talk is grounded in practical strategies for having the impact that matters to you on terms that work for your full life.

  • Future of Work – What Will Remain True & Important

    The Future of Work requires new frameworks in how we work and live, and this talk will go beyond how to adapt, but to actually thrive in the future work. Sally draws on the science behind work (both behavioral science and neuroscience) to tease out what will always be true so we can focus on what is, and will remain, important. She also reveals the shifts that are happening in work so we can more easily identify the disruptions and reduce the friction in work dynamics. Finally, Sally shares insights and strategies on the multi-generational workforce, the inclusion and belonging required in diverse work cultures, and how to manage the collaborative overwork that currently exists so we can do our best work.

  • Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce

    The word “Millennial” can create a reaction in each of us that is quite different, and is often based on more media impressions than science. In this talk (or workshop if desired), Sally separates the fiction from the science on generational differences, as well as human-centered truths that bind all generations. Mostly importantly, once we know the science, how do we apply it with smart strategies, language, and tactics that work to build more effective teams?

  • The Future of Inclusion & Diversity & Belonging

    The science is clear that collaborative working relationships with diverse teams propel innovative, impactful work where all employees thrive and drive the bottom line. Sally will share the scientific research on the variety of unconscious bias based on both neuroscience and social science, practical strategies for how to mitigate bias, and stories of her experience working with big companies like Airbnb to small startups in optimizing teams to do their best work.

  • Design Thinking, Applied to How We Work

    This interactive session will discuss and apply design thinking, lean start up methodology, and storytelling skills in fresh ways that you can use to align the employee experience with the customer experience. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun. Because work can be delicious, if we design it to be. Learn why Airbnb, Mozilla, Deloitte, PlumOrganics, Modsy and others (some we can’t mention – you know how it goes) are leveraging this framework not only in how they develop fantastic products for their customers, but how they build better work experiences for their own teams. (And Sally gives out chocolates.)

FAQs on booking Sally Thornton

  • How to book Sally Thornton?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sally Thornton for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Sally Thornton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sally Thornton or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Sally Thornton?

    Booking fees for Sally Thornton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sally Thornton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Sally Thornton?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sally Thornton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sally Thornton for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sally Thornton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sally Thornton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Sally Thornton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as The Science of Work/Life Blend , Future of Work – What Will Remain True & Important, Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce, The Future of Inclusion & Diversity & Belonging and Design Thinking, Applied to How We Work. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sally Thornton for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Sally Thornton generally travels from Lafayette, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Karen Mangia, Sara Sutton, Nadia Harris, Cheryl Cran and Libby Gill. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sally Thornton for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Sally Thornton Speaker Videos

  • Sally Thornton's talk on "The Science of Building + Unleashing your Team"
    Sally Thornton discusses the "Science of Building + Unleashing your Team" at our 2019 Product Leader Summit at Spero Ventures.
    Re-imagining the Future of Work | Sally Thornton | TEDxLosGatosHighSchool
    How do you widen the aperture in your lens of work to see a bigger future for yourself? The future of work reveals that we are living longer and need a new model for how to integrate learning,...
  • Hire Like a Rocket Scientist | Sally Thornton | TEDxDavisStWomen
    Is your startup or company looking to hire a purple unicorn? Do you have gender diversity in the executive suite? In this talk you'll learn that you don't have to be a rocket scientist to hire like a...

Sally Thornton Speaking Topics

  • The Science of Work/Life Blend

    Learn what behavioral science and neuroscience shows and the steps you can take to achieve a blended “full” life of meaningful work, connections with loved ones, sleep/exercise, and ongoing learning that keeps you inspired. We make tradeoffs on how we spend our time and energy every week, and suddenly (it may feel) a year goes by. How we make decisions of where to spend our time and energy is literally making decisions of what is our life. Rather than feeling zero-sum, this talk reveals what’s possible by applying the latest neuroscience and behavioral science. Using data-driven insights, this talk is grounded in practical strategies for having the impact that matters to you on terms that work for your full life.

  • Future of Work – What Will Remain True & Important

    The Future of Work requires new frameworks in how we work and live, and this talk will go beyond how to adapt, but to actually thrive in the future work. Sally draws on the science behind work (both behavioral science and neuroscience) to tease out what will always be true so we can focus on what is, and will remain, important. She also reveals the shifts that are happening in work so we can more easily identify the disruptions and reduce the friction in work dynamics. Finally, Sally shares insights and strategies on the multi-generational workforce, the inclusion and belonging required in diverse work cultures, and how to manage the collaborative overwork that currently exists so we can do our best work.

  • Optimizing the Multi-Generational Workforce

    The word “Millennial” can create a reaction in each of us that is quite different, and is often based on more media impressions than science. In this talk (or workshop if desired), Sally separates the fiction from the science on generational differences, as well as human-centered truths that bind all generations. Mostly importantly, once we know the science, how do we apply it with smart strategies, language, and tactics that work to build more effective teams?

  • The Future of Inclusion & Diversity & Belonging

    The science is clear that collaborative working relationships with diverse teams propel innovative, impactful work where all employees thrive and drive the bottom line. Sally will share the scientific research on the variety of unconscious bias based on both neuroscience and social science, practical strategies for how to mitigate bias, and stories of her experience working with big companies like Airbnb to small startups in optimizing teams to do their best work.

  • Design Thinking, Applied to How We Work

    This interactive session will discuss and apply design thinking, lean start up methodology, and storytelling skills in fresh ways that you can use to align the employee experience with the customer experience. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun. Because work can be delicious, if we design it to be. Learn why Airbnb, Mozilla, Deloitte, PlumOrganics, Modsy and others (some we can’t mention – you know how it goes) are leveraging this framework not only in how they develop fantastic products for their customers, but how they build better work experiences for their own teams. (And Sally gives out chocolates.)

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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