Meet The Disruptors: Leslie Mizerak of DisruptHR Orlando

Who are the people that are taking the lead in disrupting the future of work?

They’re the official Disruptors (Organizers) of DisruptHR events held in cities around the world.

Each week, we’ll introduce you to one of these intelligent, inspiring, and beautiful people (okay, pick two) who have stepped up, and volunteered to organize a Disrupt HR event in their city.

Leslie Mizerak – DisruptHR Orlando (Disruptor #95)

Website – Lead Coach Mentor, LLC

LinkedIn – Leslie Mizerak

Twitter – @LeadCoachMentor

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Who are you, and what do you do in your “day job”?

Leslie Mizerak – Executive & Leadership Coach (Lover of all things Leadership) at Lead Coach Mentor, LLC

How did you first hear about DisruptHR?

It was a wonderful accident! I was surfing Twitter, I found DisruptHR, and my curiosity was piqued!

I don’t think I could fill out the Disruptors form fast enough.

Why did you decide to raise your hand and become an organizer for DisruptHR events in Orlando?

I just knew I HAD to do this; there was no question about it! It was a total gut reaction.

How many events have you organized?

We’ve held one event so far, and had about 100 attendees. We’re currently planning the Spring ’17 Disruption on March 29, 2017, and will have a Fall Disruption in October 2017.

We used a comedy club for our venue the first time, and this Spring it will be in a more educational setting. So, it will be interesting to see if there is an energy change in the audience and talkers.

What types of people/industries attended your first event?

HR Folks primarily; we had several HR leaders, talent management & L&D folks, It was a nice mix. We just had such a fun crowd!

What are you most proud of that has come out of being involved with/organizing DisruptHR events?

The sense of joy and pride that I walked away with was primarily due to the amazing audience reaction, and the fact that they could not wait to speak or come to the next one. Their energy was an amazing spark.

What kind of feedback did you receive from those who attended the first DisruptHR Orlando event?

So many, really. The thanks you from the crowd were great, but the follow up email notes from attendees and disruptors were just awesome.

Another was when both I, and my co-organizer Efrain (Ricky) Baez were speaking, and we could see the audience reactions to our topics. The affirmations were just spectacular.

If only there was a way to bottle that feeling and give it to everyone; it was what I call “empowerful”! The attendees were just amazing, and our speakers were stellar. None of them had ever done this before. They wowed me!

What is your favorite DisruptHR Talk, and why?

“Dare to be Stupid” from DisruptHR Denver, by Mary Faulkner – Head of Talent at Denver Water – was terrific.

Dare to be Stupid | Mary Faulkner | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

I encourage my clients to take risks (to step outside of their natural comfort zone) on a daily basis. I think her talk was one of those that got me excited about DisruptHR.

I loved mine too, “F the seat at the Table: Own the Table”, because it made me think differently while I was building it. I still take that with me 5 months later.

F The Seat At The Table – OWN The Table | Leslie Mizerak | DisruptHR Talks from DisruptHR on Vimeo.

Based off of the Talks and conversations at your event, what do you feel are the areas with the biggest opportunity for disruption?

I would really love to see talks on ways HR folks & business leaders can disrupt themselves, mix up their thinking about themselves, and empower themselves (versus disrupting for their business or the industry).

What excites you or frustrates you about the future of work, your career and/or DisruptHR?

So exciting – the world is our oyster!

People have opportunities to innovate and make things happen in ways that were not possible 10 – 30 years ago. Heck, we may soon have robots doing our task work, so maybe we will have time to strategize, “dare to be stupid,” and be the leaders that the world needs us to be.

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