Deans Conference

February 22–25, 2021 | Virtual Conference

Keynote Speakers

Keynote I: Leadership Skills for the Future

Professional photo of Herminia Ibarra crossing arms and smiling at cameraHerminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties. An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a fellow of the British Academy, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy, and the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for her research’s contribution to management practice. She is the author of best-selling books Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. Ibarra also writes regularly  in leading academic journals and business publications including the Harvard Business Review, Financial Times,Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Ibarra speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation. A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Keynote II: Adaptation Advantage: Leading in a Post Pandemic World

Heather_McGowanFuture-of-work strategist Heather E. McGowan helps leaders prepare their people and organizations for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be notable for the rapid advancement of technology tools into the domain of human knowledge work. In this world, humans must continuously learn and adapt, and with this transition comes information overload. In 2017, LinkedIn ranked her as its number one global voice for education. McGowan’s clients range from start-ups to publicly traded Fortune 500 companies, including AMP Financial, Autodesk, Biogen, Citi, Accor Hotels, AARP, The World Bank, and BD Medical. McGowan’s academic work has included roles at Rhode Island School of Design, Becker College, and Jefferson University, where she was the strategic architect of the first undergraduate college focused exclusively on innovation. In 2019 Heather was appointed as a faculty member of the Swinburne University Centre For the New Workforce in Melbourne, Australia. McGowan is the author of Disrupt Together: How Teams Consistently Innovate and The Adaptation Advantage: Let Go, Learn Fast, and Thrive in the Future of Work.