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.

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Videos of Rebecca Henderson

Conversation with Prof. Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School, at CECP's CEO Investor Forum 8.0
Conversation with Prof. Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School, at CECP's CEO Investor Forum 8.0
Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson | WIRED Virtual Briefing
Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson | WIRED Virtual Briefing

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Rebecca Henderson is a provocative thinker on the purpose of business in society. In her new book, she advances the dialogue about the role of business in addressing the big social and environmental challenges of our time. Hers is an important voice in an essential conversation.
Doug McMillon president and chief executive officer, Walmart

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