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Ann Arbor SPARK Hosts Menlo Innovations’ Rich Sheridan for “Resilient Leaders” Events

October 12, 2020 Leadership
Resilient Leader- Rich speaking at event

New Series Kicks off October 27 with “Lead with Joy and Watch Your Team Fly!”

Ann Arbor SPARK is hosting Rich Sheridan, CEO, chief storyteller, and tour guide, for a new, four-part virtual event series focused on organizational leadership. The “Resilient Leaders” series will kick off on Tuesday, October 27, noon to 1 p.m., with “Lead with Joy and Watch Your Team Fly”.

In his presentation, Sheridan will offer insight on how leaders can create a joyful workplace. He will to share his own journey to joy, focusing on how he had to learn to lead in a completely different way and, by doing do, created results. Sheridan will also share his experience leading Menlo Innovations through the COVID-19 crisis and how the company is adapting in order to emerge stronger.

“We need joy more than ever. Building a culture of joyful leadership is a pursuit available to everyone and it produces better business results,” Sheridan said. “In ‘Lead with Joy,’ I will share some very practical and inspiring ideas for starting your organizational journey to joy — actions you can take immediately and see results the next day. The good news: You don’t need to be the founder or CEO, and even a 180-year-old life insurance company can change quickly and get to joy.”

Sheridan’s unique business ethos is rooted in joy, a concept he detailed in his 2015 book, Joy, Inc.: How We Built a Workplace People Love. Sheridan’s core value is to not just design and build great software, but to create processes, workplace culture, ethic all aimed towards a single goal: joy.

In Sheridan’s Resilient Leaders series, attendees will experience a deep dive on creating a company culture that results in joy for employees and customers alike.

The next Resilient Leaders series event will be on December 3, with the series concluding with sessions in January and February. These events are free, however, registration is required. To register for the first Resilient Leaders series event, or for more information, visit For information on Ann Arbor SPARK’s events, visit

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