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The Disrupted Workforce – Reinventing Work for The New American Dream: The Stephanie Nadi Olson Story

by | Jan 31, 2024

Stephanie Nadi Olson - Disrupted Workforce Podcast

Originally posted on Podbean by The Disrupted Workforce on January 31, 2024.



DETAILS | In this inspiring conversation, Stephanie Nadi Olson, founder of We Are Rosie, one of the fastest-growing companies in the US, shares her remarkable journey from refugee roots to revolutionizing the modern workforce. Her origin story profoundly shaped her business ethos and drive to create something extraordinary. We Are Rosie is a platform of 25,000+ talented marketers redefining how marketing works through diversity, flexibility, and inclusion. Join us to learn why the next huge wave of transformation is people transformation, why more than half of the workforce will be working freelance in five years, how Generative AI will impact marketing, and how a “layer cake workforce” is redefining culture, productivity, and teams. Finally, we hold space for a heartfelt discussion on how to navigate the triggering topics that impact our ability to show up at work, including social change, global conflict, and injustice.

If you have been looking for a powerful example of how human-centered leadership can architect the Future of Work, you will love this conversation. We had goosebumps!

GUEST | Stephanie Nadi Olson is an innovator and disruptor, aiming to change the world’s perspective on the future of work and what it means to be inclusive in the workplace. Olson, a former advertising executive, founded We Are Rosie in 2018, before the pandemic made remote and flexible work mainstream. She was the company’s CEO from 2018 to 2022, overseeing its rapid growth and influence. In January 2023, Olson moved to Executive Chair of the Board of Directors to focus on propelling We Are Rosie’s mission and forecasting what’s next while leading the Board.

During her advertising career, Olson worked with big brands and major tech companies, including Microsoft and AOL, as well as start-ups. She developed a unique 360-degree view of industry practices and saw the need for transformation. Olson used this insight, as well as her life experience as the daughter of a refugee, to create the foundation for We Are Rosie, a human-centered approach to marketing that celebrates diversity and facilitates work-life harmony while creating access, opportunity, and wealth for those who choose a flexible career path.

Last year, Olson was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Advertising Hall of Achievement and was an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Southeast Award winner. She was named to the Forbes Future of Work 50 list, was one of Atlanta Magazine’s 2022 Women Making a Mark, and was named one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Most Admired CEOs. In addition, she was named a 2022 Aspen Ideas Festival Fellow. In 2021, she was named to the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women class. In addition, Olson was named AdAge Visionary of the Year 2020, was recognized by Adweek in the 2020 Creative 100, was named World Changing Woman 2020 by Conscious Company, and was awarded Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 by the Stevie Awards. We Are Rosie was recently ranked #232 on the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest-growing privately-owned companies. For more information, visit 

OVERVIEW | Are you ready to adapt yourself and your career for the most disrupted and digital workforce in history? It is estimated over 1 billion people will need to upskill by 2030, and more than 300 million jobs will be impacted by AI  — work, identity, and what it means to be human are rapidly changing. Join hosts Nate Thompson and Alex Schwartz and the TOP VOICES in the Future of Work to uncover how to meet this dynamic new reality driven by AI, hybrid work, societal shifts, and our increasingly digital world. Discover why a Future of Work Mindset is your key to prepare, navigate and thrive!

We are grateful you are here, and welcome to the TDW Tribe!