Claire is a fantastic and inspiring speaker! I had the pleasure of working with her when she moderated a panel on Digital Transformation at our Wrike Collaborate conference. It was clear Claire had invested time and research into preparing for the panel and was passionate about the topic. She led a lively and engaging discussion, which benefitted the audience because it was practical, but also thought-provoking.
Ceo of WNDYR, a Digital Transformation Services and Technology Company; Future of Work Expert
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.
Featured Keynote Programs
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.
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.
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
Claire Haider was a featured breakout speaker at our August 2020 Women's Leadership Conference. She was pleasure to partner with, and we especially appreciated how she was able to adapt from in-person to virtual, accommodate our date change, and amend her presentation for us, given world events. Our attendees remarked at how relevant her message was, particularly that continual iteration is part of the process at work.
Claire, on behalf of all of us you are a Rockstar! I have said for years, that what makes a great speaker, is not just what they do "onstage" - but what they do "off-stage" as well, doing their homework, being prepared, tech'ing, rehearsing, etc. - and you totally nailed it! You were really terrific, onstage and off! On behalf of all of us, thank you for a truly great engagement. Looking forward to the next one, which I hope is soon!
it was great. Informative and easy to digest. We love working with you!
I truly love (love) the way you interact with the clients pre-show. That is the magic, Claire and I thank you for that. You truly internalize the business objectives and do not just drop a client name into a presentation.
Both Claire and Hoot were excellent speakers for our event. Hopefully, we can work together again for next year's conference.
Thank you for sharing with us at AWI this morning. Your talents and hard work are to be commended and your message was shared with tremendous passion. I do hope to create some structure within the chaos.
Claire was great. She was a delight to work with and I thought she delivered a great presentation. A real pro.
Everyone in the room was quite simply blown away with the quality and content of the presentation! Thank you for all of the time you put into preparing and presenting!
Thank you so much for your message to our clients. You hit some very relevant topics for them to understand about Gen Z and all employees that are struggling with time and technology. We thank you so much and appreciate your wisdom and experience.