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Humor, Seriously: Why Humor is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life

Tue, September 28, 2021
Dinner Program
Naomi Bagdonas '09

Work has changed. With digital transformation, remote work, stress and uncertainty, it's harder than ever to foster connection, joy, and well-being within teams and organizations. But research shows there’s hope in humor—and that a sense of humor just might be one of the most under-leveraged assets at work and in life. Naomi Bagdonas ’09, author of the bestselling book "Humor, Seriously” teaches courses at Stanford's Graduate School of Business about the power of humor. Sharing findings from behavioral scientists, advice from world-class comedians, and stories from inspiring leaders, she will reveal how you can use humor to be more effective at work and more joyful in life. Seriously.

A corporate strategist, executive coach, and leading expert in the intersection of humor and business, Naomi Bagdonas '09 is the coauthor of the national bestseller "Humor, Seriously" and a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Bagdonas facilitates interactive sessions for boards and leadership teams of Fortune 100 companies and nonprofits, and helps leaders create cultures of levity, creativity, and inclusivity within their organizations. She advises executives and celebrities for events ranging from Saturday Night Live and The Today Show appearances to company all-hands meetings and political campaign speeches. 

Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Sports Illustrated, Forbes, Financial Times, Good Morning America, and on her mother's fridge.

In her spare time, Bagdonas runs a program teaching improv comedy in San Francisco's county jail, backpacks in the Sierras, and fosters a revolving door of rescue dogs whom she adores and who systematically destroy everything she owns.

She's a proud Claremont McKenna College grad where she studied economics and psychology as a Robert Day Scholar and whose time here set her on a trajectory for a nontraditional and very fun career (she says, "Thanks, CMC!"). She also holds a MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.


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