ITOPiA and Creating an Introvert-Friendly Workplace

On today’s special edition of The Uplow’d, we welcome guests Jennifer Kahnweiler, author of Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces, and 84.51° Director of Consulting, Ryan Showalter, to talk about ITOPiA. This associate resource group was created specifically to provide support and resources for 84.51°’s introverted employees. We’ll talk about the unique challenges that introverts face in the workplace, and the ways that employers can fine tune their workplaces to be sure they’re taking advantage of introverted employees’ quiet strengths. 

Jennifer Kahnweiler, PhD, is a bestselling author and one of the top global leadership speakers on introverts. She has written several books on the topic of introversion, including The Introverted Leader, Quiet Influence, The Genius of Opposites, and her newest work, Creating Introvert-Friendly Workplaces. Jennifer has been a learning and development professional and leadership speaker at leading organizations including Merck, Kimberly Clark, NASA, Bosch, The American Chemical Society, Freddie Mac and the US Centers for Disease Control. 

Ryan Showalter leads the Fresh MPCL team for 84.51° to continue to drive value for Fresh clients and generate revenue growth. In 2019, he founded ITOPiA at 84.51° to focus on the dynamics of introversion in the workplace. An Ohio resident and father of three, Ryan is a graduate of DePaul University (MBA) and Denison University. 

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