Our 9 Favorite Moments of TINYcon 2018

by Andrew Sumitani on Oct 1, 2018 10:44:25 PM

On September 12th, hundreds from the TINYpulse community and a world-class slate of speakers joined us at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. The view of Elliott Bay across the street was stunning, the lineup of speakers was amazing, and the sheer conference energy was electrifying. It's what makes TINYcon the most exciting time of year.

If you weren't able to make it to TINYcon 2018, or just want to relive the best moments, here's a recap of our third, biggest, and best conference to date.

9. Radical candor from Moz CEO Sarah Bird on diversity and inclusion

David Niu and Sarah Bird chat on stage for a fireside chat

It was an electrifying way to kick off a Friday morning. Sarah Bird spends a lot of time championing diversity and inclusion in the Seattle tech scene.

That is, when she's not at the helm of one of the most successful SEO software companies on the planet. Even Mr. Inbound himself, Mike Volpe, had to stop and capture the moment.

 

8. Record attendance to TINYpulse Certification

TINYcon attendees sit at round discussion tables for TINYpulse certification

This year, TINYpulse Certification went deep with two immersive learning sessions. Historically, these have been among the highest-rated segments of TINYcon.

The real credit goes to our customers who came to the table with profound experience-shares and what they did to solve deep-seated issues around the employee experience.

Another picture of TINYcon attendees at certification

 

7. The TINYcon After Party went nautical

CEO David Niu onboard  the TINYpulse afterparty cruise with TINYcon attendess

When it comes to conferences, most people would balk at the idea of getting on a boat after a full day of speaker sessions.

Not ours. Shortly after dinner, TINYcon attendees took to the high seas on a clear, crisp evening to enjoy the city skyline.

TINYcon attendees connect and network at the afterparty

View of the Seattle skyline and local ferry, from the TINYcon cruise boat

 

6. Customers shared their accomplishments with TINYpulse on an actual Wall of Wins

TINYcon attendee puts a win on the wall of wins

Nothing feeds the employee experience like simply feeling recognized at work. The hallmark of an empowering employee experience comes from acknowledging feedback and acting on it.

Traditional wisdom stops there, however. Unfortunately, organizations suffer when they fail to evangelize wins and celebrate the outcome with the company.

That's why we built a physical Wall of Wins to bring that laser focus to TINYcon. Attendees shared real live Wins from their organizations at TINYcon, all sourced from feedback collected from their own employees.

A win, photographed on the wall of wins

 

5. Kevin McMullin explained how to achieve zero employee turnover

Kevin McMullin presents during his TINYcon breakout session

Kevin McMullin runs a company of 80 employees across 30 cities —100% of them are remote. The kicker is that he has had zero attrition over the last four years, and in this session he got very tactical with how he does it.

What we didn't expect were the truly inspirational stories of "why" behind Collegewise. Tears were shed, and Kevin McMullin received some of the highest praise in TINYcon history.

 

4. TINYpulse CEO David Niu issued a challenge

TINYpulse CEO David Niu on stage at TINYcon

Our CEO David Niu kicked off TINYcon with a bit of a twist. And a brand new blazer.

On top of a warm welcome to the biggest TINYcon audience to date, David opened TINYcon with a challenge: to get out of one's comfort zone and to learn, share, and grow together.

TINYcon has always been about building lifelong contacts, meeting world class speakers, and learning for personal and professional growth.

 

3. DineAround somehow broke out into a full musical

We were surprised at first to hear that DineAround turned into a ruckus. But then we found out that there were challenges for a sing-off.

Mystery solved.

DineAround attendee Cindy Larson smiles at dinner

 A group of TINYpulsers and attendees pose for a photo-op in front of pike place market

 

2. Lisa Brummel and the Seattle Storm shipped the entire WNBA finals

Lisa Brummel celebrates the Storm Win

We were bummed to hear that Lisa Brummel wouldn't make it to TINYcon.

Seriously bummed.

But it was all worth it to see the headline that her WNBA team defeated the Washington Mystics and returned to Seattle as 2018 WNBA Champions.

 

1. Starbucks legend Howard Behar inspired with life and career lessons

One of the most profound themes of TINYcon was best summed up by Howard Behar: people don't want to be treated like human resources. They want to be treated like individuals.

Howard Behar took us through the early trials and obstacles of building Starbucks alongside Howard Schultz. He never wavered though, from the concepts and values that make us human.

It was the kind of speaking that went straight to the heart, and without any shadow of doubt the reason why Starbucks has a jealously admired culture.

  Howard Behar on stage at TINYcon 2018

Howard Behar smiles on stage at TINYcon

 

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