Rebecca Henderson Keynote Speaker
- John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard
- Author of 'Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire' 2020
- Research Fellow, The National Bureau for Economic Research
Rebecca Henderson's Biography
It is possible to create a better, more sustainable future. But only if we act with urgency – and in concert with one another. This belief has driven Rebecca’s work for the last ten years and is at the heart of her latest endeavor: “Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire,” (Hachette, 2020) her book that spells out how business can become a critical ally in the battle to rethink capitalism. This book was short listed for the 2020 FT Business Book of the Year.
A prominent economist and influential professor -The John and Natty McArthur professor at Harvard – Rebecca is one of the world’s most articulate, insightful and persuasive scholars focused on driving large-scale change. A leading authority in organizational and strategic change for more than thirty years, today her research, teaching and speaking centers on purpose-driven capitalism and the role that business leaders at every level can play in reimagining our current system.
Rebecca inspires her students in “Reimagining Capitalism,” the most successful MBA elective course launched at HBS in the last five years. She also teaches in HBS’ Executive Education program. Additionally, she is a Research Fellow at the National Bureau for Economic Research, a sustainability advisor to several of the world’s largest companies, and a board member at Amgen and IDEXX Laboratories, both S&P 500 Companies. Now she’s bringing her ideas mainstream. “Reimagining Capitalism” offers both a new intellectual framing and a plausible path forward for a capitalism that has lost its commitment to freedom and prosperity in the single-minded pursuit of maximizing shareholder value.