Amy Gallo Keynote Speaker

  • Contributing editor at Harvard Business Review
  • Co-host, The Women at Work podcast
  • Author of "Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People)", "HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict", and co-author of "HBR Guide to Building Your Business Case"

Amy Gallo's Biography

Amy Gallo is an acclaimed keynote speaker and expert in workplace dynamics, frequently addressing topics such as gender, interpersonal relationships, challenging conversations, feedback, and effective communication. She engages with individuals, teams, and organizations globally to enhance their collaboration, communication skills, and organizational culture, emphasizing the importance of embracing dissent and debate.

She is the best-selling author of Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People) and the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict, a practical guide on navigating conflict professionally and constructively. Getting Along was a contender for the Next Big Idea Club, recognized on several nonfiction book shortlists, and selected as a Book of the Month by the Financial Times.

As a prolific writer, Gallo has penned numerous articles, including the Getting Along advice column for Harvard Business Review, where she serves as a contributing editor. Her contributions have been included in multiple books covering a variety of subjects, from emotional intelligence to managing teams.

For the last four years, Gallo has co-hosted the renowned Women at Work podcast for HBR, focusing on the challenges and triumphs of women in professional settings.

Her insights and publications have earned multiple accolades. She is listed on the 2023 Thinkers50 Radar, was a nominee for the Thinkers50 Talent award, and was recognized as a 2022 LinkedIn Top Voice in Gender Equity. The Harvard Business Review Guide video series, featuring Gallo, received honors from the Webby Awards in 2023. Moreover, a five-episode Women at Work podcast series based on her book secured the 2023 Digiday Media Award for Best Podcast.

Amy Gallo is a prominent figure in keynote speaking and workshops, sharing her expertise at numerous companies and conferences. Her thought-provoking perspectives on workplace dynamics, conflict resolution, and challenging conversations are regularly sought by media outlets. Her advice has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post (The Lily), Fast Company, Marketplace, and The Austin American-Statesman, and broadcasted on WNYC, the BBC, and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

She has taught at Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania, holding degrees from both Brown and Yale University.

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Amy Gallo's Speaking Topics

  • How to Have “Smart Fights” at Work

We all want to work in an office where people are polite, considerate, and kind. But it’s possible to be too nice, failing to disagree when it’s important to do so and never surfacing new ideas or innovations. In fact, in some companies, “I don’t agree” is the same as saying “You’re an idiot.” You can’t have a diverse, inclusive, productive team without some healthy fights, and raising disagreements can be especially challenging for women when they feel pressure to be likable or accommodate others. In this talk, Amy combines management research and practical insights on difficult conversations and competition at work. You’ll learn about how teams can smartly tackle uncomfortable conversations and disagreements and how managers can make it OK for people to dissent, debate, and express their true opinions while fostering a sense of belonging.

GOALS & OUTCOMES:

- Recognize whether you -- and your counterpart -- are typically a conflict avoider or seeker

- Assess your options for addressing a disagreement

- Know when to walk away

- Prepare for and engage in difficult conversations

- Manage your emotions

- Develop a collaborative resolution

  • Navigating Conflict for Women: How to Advocate for Yourself and Be Heard

Every day we navigate offices full of competing interests, clashing personalities, limited time and resources, and fragile egos. While some of us enjoy a lively debate with colleagues and others prefer to avoid disagreements, we all struggle with conflict at work. We want strong relationships with our coworkers, bosses, and clients but that’s not always easy, especially when time is tight and resources are limited. So how can you deal with inevitable disagreements in a professional and productive way, especially as a woman? In this talk, Amy combines management research and practical insights on difficult conversations, collaborative relationships, and negotiations for women at work.

GOALS & OUTCOMES:

- A deeper understanding of the interpersonal dynamics, including gender dynamics, that affect collaboration

- Increased confidence and comfort in building strong working relationships with clients, coworkers, and employees

- Better awareness of your communication style and the impact on peers, direct reports, and clients

- An expanded repertoire of skills and abilities to negotiate, work collaboratively, build trusting relationships, and navigate competing interests

  • Giving and Receiving Feedback Even When You Don’t Want To

We all know that we’re supposed to give feedback to our colleagues and ask for it in return. But that’s often easier said than done, especially because emotions run high in these sorts of difficult conversations. In this session, Amy combines management research and practical insights.

GOALS & OUTCOMES:

- Understand the importance of a feedback-rich culture and your role in creating one

- Learn new approaches for giving and receiving feedback

- Develop increased confidence in navigating tricky feedback situations, such as disagreeing with someone more senior and giving input to a peer

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Videos of Amy Gallo

Getting Along: How to Work with Difficult People (Ugh!) | SXSW 2023
Getting Along: How to Work with Difficult People (Ugh!) | SXSW 2023
38 Smart Questions to Ask in a Job Interview: The Harvard Business Review Guide
38 Smart Questions to Ask in a Job Interview: The Harvard Business Review Guide
The 3 most difficult types of coworkers and how to deal with them | Amy Gallo for Big Think+
The 3 most difficult types of coworkers and how to deal with them | Amy Gallo for Big Think+
Thinkers50 Radar 2023 LinkedIn Live with Amy Gallo
Thinkers50 Radar 2023 LinkedIn Live with Amy Gallo
The Gift of Conflict | Amy E. Gallo | TEDxBroadway
The Gift of Conflict | Amy E. Gallo | TEDxBroadway
How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful: The Harvard Business Review Guide
How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful: The Harvard Business Review Guide

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Amy Gallo

Getting Along: How to Work With Anyone (Even Difficult People)
HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict
HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across
HBR Guide to Managing Up and Across

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