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Herminia Ibarra Keynote Speaker

  • Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
  • Author, award-winning book ‘Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader’ (2015)
  • Recipient of Thinkers 50 Leadership Award & listed in Apolitica's top 100 ‘Most Influential People in Gender Policy’

Herminia Ibarra's Biography

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, an award-winning author and renowned expert and speaker on leadership and organizational transformation.

Herminia authored ‘Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader’ (2015), which has received widespread critical praise and received the 2016 Axiom Business Book Silver Award in ‘Leadership’. She also wrote ‘Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career’ (2004).

She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, the London Business School Governing Body and the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, where she served as Chair from 2012-16. She also served on the INSEAD Board of Directors.

Herminia contributes regularly to scholarly journals and media publications and she is a highly sought-after speaker for her insights on leadership. Her work has featured in the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, amongst others. Her recent article ‘The Leader as Coach’ was awarded the 2019 Warren Bennis Prize for the best leadership article in the Harvard Business Review.

Herminia is a Fellow of the British Academy and a Judge on the Financial Times-McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. She was named four times by Thinkers 50 as a top thinker on leadership and career management. Apolitica listed her in the top 100 ‘Most Influential People in Gender Policy’ and she was awarded the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award 2018, for her research on management.

She studied an M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Speaking Topics

  • 5 Leadership Skills for Corporate Transformation – Today more than ever we need leaders who can help transform our firms – so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, and more customer-centric. Herminia Ibarra identifies five leadership skills that are vital for enduring and sustained transformation; cross-cutting, collaborating, coaching, culture-shaping and connecting.
  • Leading Cultural Change for Digital Transformation – In this keynote, Herminia Ibarra draws on diverse business case studies to show the leadership actions, not just at the top, but throughout the organization, that can make or break the success of our efforts to make our organizations more flexible, nimble, and innovative.
  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader – Leadership expert Herminia Ibarra upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—in order to change your way of thinking. Whether you are moving into a new role or leading change in your current post, Ibarra shows how you can increase your impact by (1) redefining your job (2) expanding your network and (3) being more playful.
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Videos of Herminia Ibarra

TEDx Talks | The Authenticity Paradox | Professor Herminia Ibarra | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool
TEDx Talks | The Authenticity Paradox | Professor Herminia Ibarra | TEDxLondonBusinessSchool
INSEAD | Seven lessons about Career Change with Professor Herminia Ibarra
INSEAD | Seven lessons about Career Change with Professor Herminia Ibarra
Leading through a pandemic: Using this time to rethink your career| London Business School
Leading through a pandemic: Using this time to rethink your career| London Business School

Blogs & Articles

Books by Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra Act Like a Leader cover
Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (2015)
Herminia Ibarra working identity
Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (2004)

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