Claire Haidar | Ceo of WNDYR, a Digital Transformation Services and Technology Company; Future of Work Expert

Claire Haidar

Ceo of WNDYR, a Digital Transformation Services and Technology Company; Future of Work Expert

Claire Haidar
Biography

Part chaos, part rocket fuel, Claire Haidar is a technology entrepreneur, pilot and future thinker about all things human, work and play.

She believes that work is a chaotic place. This is good and ultimately positive for humanity, but it’s highly disruptive for the foreseeable future. Chaos theory defined is this: what appears to be chaotic is in fact a complex system, where a lot of micro changes are happening regularly, in a seemingly unpredictable way.

Work on a global level is adopting these exact characteristics. Claire’s deep passion lies in enabling individuals, teams and organizations to embrace behaviors that enable them to move into this new world of work.

In compelling, vibrant presentations, Claire shares her deep, highly contagious enthusiasm and belief in the power of technology to enable human acceleration, optimum organizational performance and workspaces that help the humans who work there — physically or remote — to thrive.

WNDYR — the name combines the concepts of Wondering and Wandering — has grown from a mere idea into a global company, serving customers across the globe. It has attracted an impressive diverse team and partners who all want to shift the world just a little... or maybe a lot!

Claire serves as a board member for UNICEF, talkSTEM and EQL: HER. 

She runs their family foundation along with her husband: entrepreneur and investor Mark Haidar. When not working, they are flying planes, restoring olive groves in Lebanon, sheep farming in a remote corner of Virginia, and advocating for dark sky protections in the remote corners of the world.

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Chaos Theory
A Future-of-Work-is-Now Perspective

The future of work is chaos — and that’s ultimately a good thing.  

Claire Haidar challenges audiences, leaders and organizations to think differently about the future of work and about chaos. As co-founder and CEO of the digital transformation services company WNDYR, Claire believes that technology is disrupting the way we work much as it has disrupted businesses and people’s lives — in ways we can neither fully predict or control.

Using AI and data gathered from thousands of organizations, Claire shows audiences why embracing and harnessing chaos works better than systematically trying to rein it in and shares what she’s learned about building cultures of collaboration, creativity and trust.

Remote Work
The Lessons We’ve Learnt in Building a Global, Remote Organization

The name of the startup technology company that Claire Haidar co-founded and now leads is WNDYR — a name that combines the concepts of Wondering and Wandering. It has grown from a team of three to a globally distributed team of 33 — in 24 short months. 

In this presentation, Claire shares lessons learned along the way and considers the factors that made her teams so successful — not just in spite of, but because of the decision to be a work-from-anywhere organization.  

She also considers the characteristics of organizations that are thriving in today’s already-here “future of work” world, and challenges audiences to be more curious and less certain about what works best and why.

Topics

Claire's talks can take three different forms depending on the audience: 

  • Research/evidence-based with a projection of trends into the future

  • Immediate: what is happening right now in the workplace and what does it mean for the future 

  • Human-centric: a blend of research, with a view to the future but very much touching each audience member at a personal level

Her approach to talks are: 

  • Very visual/bare slides: she leads with images 

  • embedded into stories: from her mountain biking, to her upbringing in Africa and the wild adventures she had with wild animals from elephants to snakes to black widow spiders and now most recently her experience as a pilot 

  • Practical: she wants to enable the audience to leave the talk and apply at least 1 thing the very next day in work 

  • Human: she talk about humans and how we relate to the topic at a physical, mental, emotional level

For certain audiences who want this, she is also able to facilitate breakout sessions or panel talks that bring the subject alive from a practical lens.

Her general style of presentation: 

  • She wraps all her talks into a story: either inspirational or funny 

  • Her slides are sparse which enables the audience to truly engage in what is being said 

  • She is able to speak without slides and off the cuff should anything go wrong technically 

  • She will always engage the audience wherever possible 

Her areas of passion, research and what her entire career has been built around: 

  • Humans in the workplace 

  • The evolution of work 

  • How digital systems are shaping, changing and disrupting work 

  • The increasing sense of chaos in the workplace and what to do about it 

  • Staying ahead of and aligning business and teams to constant change 

  • Change management as it relates to work systems and humans using technology 

  • The role of AI in work 

  • The role of data in workforce planning 

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