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#SafeSocial: Social Media's Impact on Mental Health

Social media has quickly become synonymous with the internet. Studies show the average person spends up to 6h/day on social networking sites. While social media enables connections and collaboration at an unprecedented scale, there’s also a dark side to this networked world that's laced with addiction, depression, harassment, and more. By every measure, social media is a risky behaviour like sex, drugs, or alcohol. Since it's not going anywhere, abstinence is not an option, but you can practice #SafeSocial. How is this activity we spend so much time doing actually affecting how we think and feel? What is happening out there in the social media world and how is it affecting the mental health of us and our youth? Adapted from its original TEDx talk, this talk will draw from research and experience to illustrate the current social media landscape, explain the effects it has on us every day, and provide 5 steps towards #SafeSocial.

The Hard Thing About Soft Skills: Building a People (Skills)-First Workplace

As early as 2018, LinkedIn Learning reported 92% of executives believe soft skills are equally or more important than technical skills and yet, 89% of them still found it difficult to find people with these skills. Soft skills are the most important skills to have and tend to be the hardest skills to learn. As we look to the future of work, particularly in the face of automation and AI, we must find a way to teach these critical skills more widely in our organizations and businesses. Having built up her soft skills training company, SkillsCamp, Bailey Parnell has helped dozens of organizations across numerous industries and thousands of people build soft skills like emotional intelligence, communication skills, empathy, and more. From Fortune 500 companies and startups to governments and educational institutions, Bailey has seen organizations’ highest highs and lowest lows when it comes to their people. In this talk, she shares her learnings across organizations (good and bad), the top skills that have proved the most important, as well as an enthusiastic path forward for organizations to conquer more of these skills within themselves.


Let’s Talk About Age: Navigating the Intergenerational Workforce

Age is prominent on the social location wheel, experienced by everyone, and yet often left out of the diversity conversation. Though some companies are already there, by 2025, millennials will make up nearly 80% of the workforce. On their heels is Gen Z (born after 2000), which are also in their first jobs leading to us having 4 generations in the workplace at the SAME time for the FIRST in history. As these generations eagerly grow, so does a misunderstanding and divide between them and the older generations they work alongside. How do we increase empathy between generations? How do we motivate GenY/Z while still reaching business goals? This session will explore the defining characteristics of younger generations, how to foster intergenerational understanding in the workplace, and how to successfully engage and retain these connected generations.

It All Started With A Freezie Business: Finding Entrepreneurship as a Woman in Business

The classic tale starts with a childhood business selling Freezies to other families in the neighbourhood. However, the real story is how Bailey Parnell went from actively resisting entrepreneurship to now owning multiple businesses and flying all over the world speaking and teaching people the skills they need for success. We're often told to find our passion, but we're not told how. Through the story of how Bailey came to be an entrepreneur, including the lens of being a woman in business, this talk will show all a model for finding their passion that incorporates what they love, what they’re good at, what the world needs, and what the world will pay for. The talk will engage and inspire attendees with motivating tales we can all relate to, learn from, and laugh at!

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I also deliver a variety of sessions and topics through my company, SkillsCamp. SkillsCamp is a soft skills training company that works with businesses and educational institutions to build skills like public speaking, personal branding, professionalism, or intergeneration understanding in their staff and students.