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Pollen presents #LikeABoss: "Authentic"

  • Solar Arts by Chowgirls 711 Northeast 15th Avenue Minneapolis, MN, 55413 United States (map)

How are bosses leading culture shifts that recognize and appreciate differences?

“Be your authentic self”—common advice we often hear in the workplace. It’s a beautiful idea, but we want to call out this idealistic notion of what it means to show up as your whole self. There can be serious, real-world realities and consequences to showing up as your authentic self. Realities that force people to code-switch, downplay their multi-dimensional identity, hide accents, change patterns of speech, arrive five minutes before a meeting to be considered “on time,” dress a certain way—all for the purpose of “fitting in.” But we ask: How are we defining what it means to fit in and who is defining it?

From small talk in the office to performance reviews to recruiting practices, what are bosses doing to break down hegemonic and often punishing work cultures and instead designing truly inclusive environments where people can actually be authentic?

Join us on April 27 to hear from some of the biggest bosses around who will share their insights and experiences with us to help navigate these workplace norms.



Leaders aren’t always bosses. Bosses aren’t always leaders. Join some of the biggest bosses around and tackle what it takes to inspire others #LIKEABOSS. As with all Pollen gatherings, this will be more than just conversations and opinion sharing. We will break down the barriers that prevent leaders from developing the managerial courage they need to perform at their best.

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration, breakfast & networking
8:00 – 10:00 AM Program

Free parking is available in the two paved lots near Solar Arts during events. Guests may park in either of the two locations noted on the Solar Arts parking map. There is also free street parking.

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Light breakfast will be provided courtesy of Chowgirls Killer Catering. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

Special thanks to Maari Cedar James, Eleni Jean Beloy, and the entire Chowgirls staff.