Jennifer Romolini

The Misfit’s Guide to Managing, Surviving, and Thriving at Work

Conventional career advice overwhelmingly teaches that office-politicking extroverts are best set up for success. As a result, if you’re offbeat, you’ve probably felt that the parts of your personality that seem out of sync are weaknesses you need to overcome.

But this logic is flawed, dated and untrue. What companies really need are passionate, original thinkers. Businesses need “disruptors” — Silicon Valley’s favorite word — and they need employees and managers who are too odd to understand the ways things are “supposed to work.” Fellow misfits, do not fear: You do not have to change your fundamental being in order to thrive in your career, nor to be an incredible boss — even if you don’t feel particularly bossy.

This session will help you understand:

  • How to stop feeling like a freak at work
  • How to start using your misfit nature as a strength in the workplace
  • Why you don’t need the confidence to thrive in your career and what you need instead
  • Mistakes all misfit bosses make and how to avoid them
  • How your sensitivity and empathy can make you a boss who not only succeeds but who affects real change

About Jennifer Romolini:

Jennifer Romolini is a writer, speaker, senior digital media strategist, author of the book “Weird in a World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits”. She  was formerly the chief content officer of, a site founded by television producer Shonda Rhimes. Previous to this, Romolini was the editor-in-chief of Zooey Deschanel’s HelloGiggles; the editor-in-chief of Yahoo Shine; oversaw all editorial operations for Yahoo’s Lifestyle sites, including Yahoo Health and Yahoo Food; and was the deputy editor of Lucky Magazine. In 2019, South Sound Magazine called Romolini a “media powerhouse.” Her work has appeared in The New York Times, ELLE, Vogue, Fast Company, and many others.