Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst Keynote Speaker

  • No.1 Sunday Times bestselling authors about a new system of work fit for the digital age
  • Co-Founders of B Corp and social enterprise Hoxby Ltd, who has delivered projects for some of the biggest businesses in the world including Unilever, AIA, Merck, Amazon and Sony
  • Co-Founders of social change community Workstyle Revolution Ltd who partner with charities including Scope, Autistica, Mind, Astriid, Working Families, Age UK and Carers UK in order to redefine intersectional inclusion at work and close the working gaps

Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst's Biography

Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst are friends, entrepreneurs, changemakers and bestselling authors.

They have been leading the conversation on an inclusive future of work for a decade, campaigning for the individualisation of work in order to improve wellbeing, step change productivity and redefine inclusion. They believe passionately that creating autonomy at work – giving everyone the freedom to choose when and where they work – could drive diversity, equity and inclusion in a way not seen before and that taking an intersectional viewpoint is central to this.

Lizzie and Alex co-founded B Corp and social enterprise Hoxby Ltd in 2015 to prove the concept and the business now consults to others wishing to work this way. They have helped thousands of workstylers around the world to set, project and respect their own workstyles, and are conducting pioneering research into the link between autonomy, productivity and wellbeing. Hoxby has delivered projects working in a workstyle way for some of the biggest businesses in the world including Unilever, Merck, Amazon, AIA and Sony.

Through the Workstyle Revolution they collaborate with charities including Scope, Mind, Autistica, Working Families, Carers UK, Age UK and Chronic Illness Inclusion, bringing these organisations together to further intersectional inclusion at an individual, employer and governmental level. They have spoken at events including Future of Work Europe, the CIPD Festival of Work, HR Week, Flexpo and Cheltenham Literature Festival, amongst others.

They love nothing more than the chance to speak to an engaged audience about a future of work that is fit for the digital age we live in and which could redefine wellbeing, productivity and society.

Their book Workstyle: A revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society was a No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller.

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Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst's Speaking Topics

  • Why flexible working doesn’t go far enough; autonomy at work in a digital age

Alex and Lizzie give a brief overview of the history of work and outlines why flexible work isn’t the future. They candidly share their personal stories, along with the macro conditions that were a catalyst for ‘workstyle’ - autonomy at work (ageing, independence and technology). They discuss Hoxby as a prototype of this way of working and what they learned, as well as the benefits this way of working can bring to wellbeing, productivity and society.

  • A new era of leadership; step changing productivity in a post-pandemic world

Aimed at managers and leaders, Alex and Lizzie outline strategies for working better in our digital, post-pandemic world, including progressive working practices (digital first, trust based and asynchronous working) and their framework for inclusive leadership for diverse and remote teams. They draw on their personal experiences of running a prototype organisation working this way for clients that include some of the biggest businesses in the world.

  • Bringing the whole human to work; improving wellbeing through working in a radically different way

Each of us is a complex and dynamic individual with a unique combination of skills, passions and circumstances. What if work could be individualised so that each person could be their true authentic self, and their work could not just fit around this but be perfected to fit perfectly alongside it? Alex and Lizzie discuss this topic, whilst bringing tools and models from their decade-long campaign for the individualisation of work in order to leave attendees inspired that there is a bright future ahead.

  • Closing the gaps; why intersectional inclusion and individualising work are the future

Alex and Lizzie identify 7 groups who are structurally excluded from work by the legacy of industrial age working practices. But closing the working gaps for these groups can only come from focussing not on the groups, but rather on the individual themselves and their intersectionality. Presenting a new viewpoint focused on intersectional inclusion, Alex and Lizzie share eye-opening statistics, frameworks and strategies including examples from their work collaborating with charities, government and employers in order to lead pioneering new projects of working in a workstyle way in order to facilitate redefined world of work, which in turn can redefine society.

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Videos of Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst

Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst | Speaker Reel
Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst | Speaker Reel
Start a Workstyle Revolution: Why flexible working isn’t working w/ Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst #40
Start a Workstyle Revolution: Why flexible working isn’t working w/ Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst #40
Workstyle revolution: where the future takes us? with Alex Hirst and Lizzie Penny
Workstyle revolution: where the future takes us? with Alex Hirst and Lizzie Penny

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Lizzie Penny & Alex Hirst

Workstyle: A revolution for wellbeing, productivity and society

Comments & Testimonials

“Their energy was infectious and their presentation fun yet thought provoking. Not only did they share their expertise but also poignant life experiences that resonated with our audience and sparked debate. I look forward to working with them again on future events.”
Verity Weedon Organiser, Future of Work Europe
“Lizzie Penny and Alex Hirst are excellent speakers who bring so much energy to their presentations. Their session on the autonomous future of work at the CIPD Festival of Work was fantastic and provided so much insight”
Rebecca Kemball Organiser, CIPD Festival of Work
“Our 170 members were fully engaged by Lizzie and Alex's workstyle concept and their warm and fun delivery. This keynote really set the scene for our conference”
Jan Holmes Organiser, Learning in Law
“The presentation was not only informative but also deeply personal and inspiring, touching upon the profound issues that led the founders to create their vision of workstyle, this ‘bringing the human’ to the discussion really resonated”
Kate Williams ABP Board
“Lizzie and Alex have such a marvellous mindset. They have enormous drive, energy and problem solving skills which shone through today”
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