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Sally Thornton

Sally Thornton

Keynote Speaker: CEO & Founder of Forshay; Thought Leader on the Future of Work

Sally Thornton Biography

An instigator on how to thrive in the future of work, Sally Thornton is the CEO of Forshay, a firm that focuses on how people can do their best work through executive recruiting, interim experts, and optimizing teams through increased inclusion, diversity, and belonging.

Forshay was awarded #290 on the Inc. 5000 "Fastest-Growing Private Companies" list for 2015, and made the list again in 2019 at the squint-you-can-see-it #3377. Prior to founding Forshay, Thornton co-founded and was CEO of Flexperience. Under her leadership, Flexperience grew into a nationally acclaimed firm, and was awarded “Top 100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies” in 2010 by the San Francisco Business Times.

A speaker in two TEDx talks, Thornton is a frequent keynote speaker on the future of work, women in leadership, the science of work/life blend, applying design thinking to make work better, harnessing the value of a multi-generational and diverse workforce, and talent recruitment and engagement strategies. Thornton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Forbes, YahooFinance, Huffington Post, KQED radio, NBC11 News, ABC7 News, among numerous other media publications.

Thornton launched WorkLabAccelerator in 2015, a design thinking community of action committed to making work better, based on her work with Stanford's "Redesigning and Redefining Work" project. She is committed to prototyping new workplace strategies and systems that align with the lives of today's workforce so companies can better harness talent for mutual success. WorkLab uses design thinking, lean start up, and storytelling skills to design, test, and scale experiments to #MakeWorkBetter.

Thornton lectures regularly at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She served for six years on the Advisory Council of Stanford’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the educational partner of LeanIn.org.

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Sally Thornton Videos

Forshay CEO & Founder Sally Thornton - YouTube
The Science of Individual and Team Wellbeing with Sally Thornton ...
Sally Thornton, Founder & CEO at Forshay, about her upcoming talk ...

How to book Sally Thornton?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sally Thornton for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sally Thornton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sally Thornton or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Sally Thornton?

Booking fees for Sally Thornton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sally Thornton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Sally Thornton?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sally Thornton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sally Thornton for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sally Thornton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sally Thornton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Sally Thornton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Human Resources, Business and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sally Thornton for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Sally Thornton generally travels from Lafayette, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erica Dhawan, Cheryl Cran and Heather McGowan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sally Thornton for an upcoming event.

Sally Thornton Videos

Forshay CEO & Founder Sally Thornton - YouTube
The Science of Individual and Team Wellbeing with Sally Thornton ...
Sally Thornton, Founder & CEO at Forshay, about her upcoming talk ...
Sally Thornton's talk on "The Science of Building + Unleashing your Team"
Re-imagining the Future of Work | Sally Thornton | TEDxLosGatosHighSchool

Sally Thornton Speaking Topics

  • Building Your Talent Pipeline

    Designed for startups or companies in high growth, how do we hire using the science of performance? Both individuals and teams need certain environments to do their best work, and this talk (or workshop) addresses the key questions around scaling for quality outcomes, and is tailored to your specific industry, geography, challenges, and goals.

  • Navigating Your Career

    How do you navigate your career in the future of work? Navigating your career first involves taking into consideration what is meaningful to you now and anticipating how that may change over your life's course. It also involves building your brand in ways that matter to you. Leveraging insights on the future of work gained through her work at Stanford on the science of redesigning work, Sally shares a practical framework for how to the find the four-way intersection of doing the work where you learn, the work you excel in doing, with the work the world will pay for, and the work the world needs (purpose!).

  • Women in Leadership

    Depending on the audience goals, this talk is modular and can include: 1) the economics for gender balanced leadership teams, 2) the data around women at different levels of an organization and in various industries depending on which industries are most relevant to the audience, 3) strategies and tactics for increasing the percentage of women in an organization, 4) stories that highlight the science of overcoming bias and working toward a true meritocracy at work where everyone benefits.

  • Design Thinking, Applied to How We Work

    This interactive session will discuss and apply design thinking, lean start up methodology, and storytelling skills in fresh ways that you can use to align the employee experience with the customer experience. Oh, and it’s a lot of fun. Because work can be delicious, if we design it to be. Learn why Airbnb, Mozilla, Deloitte, PlumOrganics, Modsy and others (some we can’t mention – you know how it goes) are leveraging this framework not only in how they develop fantastic products for their customers, but how they build better work experiences for their own teams. (And Sally gives out chocolates.)

  • The Future of Inclusion & Diversity & Belonging

    The science is clear that collaborative working relationships with diverse teams propel innovative, impactful work where all employees thrive and drive the bottom line. Sally will share the scientific research on the variety of unconscious bias based on both neuroscience and social science, practical strategies for how to mitigate bias, and stories of her experience working with big companies like Airbnb to small startups in optimizing teams to do their best work.

How to book Sally Thornton?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Sally Thornton for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Sally Thornton, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Sally Thornton or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Sally Thornton?

Booking fees for Sally Thornton, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Sally Thornton, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Sally Thornton?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Sally Thornton for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Sally Thornton for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Sally Thornton or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Sally Thornton or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Sally Thornton is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Human Resources, Business and Business Leadership. The estimated speaking fee range to book Sally Thornton for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Sally Thornton generally travels from Lafayette, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erica Dhawan, Cheryl Cran and Heather McGowan. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Sally Thornton for an upcoming event.

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