Dr. Anne Harbison is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator known for her work with some of the world’s greatest organizations and thought leaders. For the last 20 years, she has been teaching, researching, and consulting with organizations about how they can not only survive through times of great change and transition, but thrive. In this time of global upheaval, Dr. Harbison is passionate about sharing her message and methods of transforming through life’s tightropes, turmoil, and tragedy.
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Dr. Anne Harbison is an executive leadership educator known for helping some of the world’s greatest leaders transform themselves, their teams, and entire organizations through expert coaching, facilitation, and strategic consultation.
Beginning her career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, she then served as a management consultant specializing in organizational change and learning. Anne was a Principal Strategic Consultant in Gallup’s executive leadership practice, working domestically and internationally in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and government sectors.
She received her doctorate from Harvard University researching and teaching on best practices for leadership success and how we can thrive through times of great change and transition.
Anne's been a featured speaker at the Brookings Institute, The Academy of Management and the Association of Talent and Development, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Best Buy, Cargill, Toyota, Boeing among others.
A native Kentuckian, Anne lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children, and continues her work in exploring how to thrive during crisis through her book, Never Waste A Crisis, and her community, Surviving & Thriving Together.
Keynote Speaker Topics
Dare to Thrive: Leading with Courage and Compassion in a Changing World
Our world in the 2020s continues to be a shock to the nervous system. With all the upheaval and uncertainty, one thing remains true: All positive, meaningful change comes from people.
It’s the teams and leaders who understand how to lead with courage and compassion that will help carve our collective path forward. And it’s those organizations who prioritize heart, boldness, and honesty that will succeed.
Anne is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator for some of the world’s top organizations and thought leaders. She’s known for her real-life stories of dynamic and authentic leadership, and for captivating audiences through the spectrum of full human emotion. She knows the world’s top organizations need less empty hustling, and more heart, courage, and honesty. She leads them there with over 20 years of experience.
Learn why the traditional leadership status quo will no longer work for leading great organizations in the Now
Create a purposeful culture of courage and compassion where employees feel free and safe to be their authentic, talented selves
Challenge notions of cold professionalism with research-backed methods of building psychological safety
Implement strategies for fostering teams of creative and innovative individuals
Transform your organization with the secrets to thrive in the new & evolving 2020s
For Women’s Leadership Audiences:
Women Thriving Together: Naming and Claiming Our Work in the World
There are key differences between men and women as organizational leaders, and given the right resources, women pose a future-forward advantage for building more diverse, connected, and mindful winning teams.
An inspiring, enriching day of diving deep and reaching wide, Anne provides the perfect opportunity for your women’s leadership group to elevate its vision, talent, and impact in concrete and actionable ways.
Anne is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator for some of the world’s top organizations and thought leaders. She’s known for her real-life stories of dynamic and authentic leadership, and for captivating audiences through the spectrum of full human emotion. She knows the ins and outs of women’s leadership from over 20 years of experience with top organizations, and leads her audiences today with heart, courage, and purpose.
Learn not only how to nurture more women leaders within your organization, but how to have them foster the same down the line.
Find out how to provide a culture of stability, risk-taking, and confidence for individuals and teams to push the boundaries of success.
Evolve your definitions of success and leadership with challenging exercises on how to lead with courage, compassion, boldness, and honesty.
Create your fresh vision for the future, including actionable steps to implement positive change.
For General Audiences:
Never Waste A Crisis – Surviving and Thriving Through Life’s Tightropes, Turmoil, and Tragedy
For 20 years, before the coronavirus, Dr. Harbison had been researching, teaching, and consulting on how to navigate transition and change. When tough times hit, we have a unique opportunity to look up and reach out, to reinvent ourselves and our organizations. In fact, some of the greatest inventions, companies, and stories of personal triumph emerge from tumultuous times. Now more than ever, the world needs expert, compassionate guidance on how to not only survive but actually thrive together during difficult times. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information and inspiration for:
Creating stability and confidence in yourself and those around you
Challenging mind-traps that shut down learning and connection
Nurturing social community while physical distancing
Building a growth mindset for greater resilience and optimism
Envisioning a “new normal” that will inspire, equip, and sustain you
For General Audiences:
The Achiever’s Dilemma – Are you driving your Achiever or is your Achiever driving you?
Working harder, longer, faster may be the way to climb the first part of your career ladder. But is there an end in sight? Decades of drive can easily turn into a grueling treadmill of effort and exhaustion. That’s a dangerous place to be in the middle of times of upheaval. Now is the time to purposely navigate, not mindlessly execute. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information about:
The different types of Achievers: The Caretaker, The Intellect, & The Hero
How we fall back on tropes or expectations that no longer serve us
The 3 myths that trap serious Achievers: “Because I can, I should,” “Because I did, I do,” and “If I don’t, no one will.”
Why tough times are a period for being, not doing.
How to better navigate (and even grow through) difficult change and transition
For Executive & Leadership Audiences:
Land Your Brand – A Leader’s Guide to Presence and Purpose
Whether it’s a product, service or company, strong brands create an emotional bond with its customers that result in loyalty, engagement, and advocacy. They don’t only offer a product; they create an experience. Leaders are the same – but they often don’t look intentionally at what kind of experience they are creating for those around them. Based on her experience in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble (the world’s premiere brand builder), research in behavioral economics, and years working with Fortune 500 leaders, Dr. Harbison will guide leaders in a highly energizing and interactive session.
"I want to thank Anne for sharing her story and honestly, I don’t think anyone could have better captured what we are feeling as a team and what we are trying to achieve here. Thank you Anne, that was amazing"