Six Words About Work Contest Judges


Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun, an account of the year she spent test-driving studies and theories about how to be happier. At the hugely popular Happiness Project blog that inspired her book, Rubin shares her insights to help you create your own happiness project for your personal or work life or both.

Rubin is also the author of the books Forty Ways to Look at JFK, Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill, and Power Money Fame Sex. Before turning to writing, she graduated from Yale Law School and went on to clerk for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. For more information on her books, visit her website.


David Allen

David Allen is the CEO and founder of the David Allen Company, an international productivity training and consulting firm. He has been called “One of the world's most influential thinkers” in the field by Fast Company, designated as “One of America's top 100 thought leaders” by Leadership Magazine and named one of the “Top 100 people to follow on Twitter” by PC Magazine. David Allen is the author of three books. His international bestseller, Getting Things Done (GTD®) – The art of stress free productivity, has been a perennial bestseller since its release in 2001, and is now published in over 28 languages. Time called it the “defining self-help business book of its time." GTD®, the revolutionary productivity and work/life balance methodology delineated in the book, has attracted millions of adopters.


Anne Ruddy

Anne Ruddy is the president of WorldatWork and its affiliate organizations, Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) and WorldatWork Society of Certified Professionals. WorldatWork is a nonprofit organization providing education, conferences, and research focused on global human resources issues including compensation, benefits, work-life and integrated total rewards to attract, motivate and retain a talented workforce.

Under Ruddy’s leadership, WorldatWork was recognized as a Distinguished Organization by the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005. For three years in a row, in 2008, 2009 and 2010, WorldatWork received the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility In 2009, it won the American Psychological Association’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award at the state and national levels. In 2010, WorldatWork was recognized as one of Arizona’s Most Admired Companies.


Tony Schwartz

Tony Schwartz is president and CEO of The Energy Project, a company that helps individuals and organizations fuel energy, engagement, focus and productivity by harnessing the science of high performance. Schwartz’s most recent book, Be Excellent At Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live became an immediate New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co- authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on The New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages.

Schwartz is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and also blogs regularly on the Huffington Post and on He began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for The New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller, The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.

Schwartz has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Pfizer and Ernst and Young, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency.