david grady About David Grady

As a writer and speaker, David Grady has been helping organizations improve and increase employee engagement for more than 15 years. His recent TED Talk on “How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) From Bad Meetings” has been viewed more than 1.5 million times since November 2014, and his YouTube video on “conference calls gone wrong” has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media and watched by more than 1 million people across the globe.

Combining humor, common sense and a little bit of data, David’s talks at conferences and company meetings entertain, inform, and inspire employees and their leaders to rethink their “business-as-usual” habits and become actual change agents. Companies that include SAP and Xerox use David’s videos during new employee orientation.

David started his communications career almost 30 years as a newspaper reporter, writing for the Boston Globe and other New England newspapers. At 24 years old he became a trusted aide to Boston’s Mayor Raymond L. Flynn, and later served legendary Boston Mayor Tom Menino as a deputy press secretary. As a PR professional, David has ghostwritten for leaders at some of the world’s best-known technology companies, including IBM and Philips Electronics, and has driven internal communications programs and change initiatives at global financial service firms that include the Royal Bank of Scotland.

David taught internet strategy courses at Emerson College and Suffolk University in Boston when the World Wide Web was first emerging as a communications tool in the mid 1990s, and his students built and launched websites for dozens of non-profits in the Boston area. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Journalism and a Masters Degree in Communications from Suffolk University. David is currently a Certified Information Security Manager and cyber-security expert, helping a well-known global financial services firm secure its data and ward off cyber-criminals.

Recent and upcoming speaking engagements

David is available to talk at your next event about improving employee engagement and/or about information security issues, trends and best practices.

Recent and upcoming speaking engagements include:

Panelist: Cyber-security best practices, the New England Broker/Dealer and Investment Adviser Association, Inc., at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.
Closing speaker: RR Donnelley's 11th Annual FundSuiteArc User Conference, 2015
Panelist: "The Intersection of Legal and Information Security," NICSA (National Investment Company Service Association) conference.

E-mail David for more information at davidjohngrady@hotmail.com