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Joanna Barsh

2014 Speaker

Joanna Barsh is the director emeritus of the Leadership Development Program at McKinsey and Company. With over 30 years of experience in the consulting industry, Barsh has spoken at the Fortune Most Powerful Women events, Deutsche Bank’s Women on Wall Street and delivered keynotes and seminars at companies such as Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Novartis and Wal-Mart. Her groundbreaking research on women and leadership anchored The Wall Street Journal’s Women in the Economy Task Force. Her latest book, Centered Leadership: A Practical Field Guide for Leading with Positive Impact, Fulfillment, and Resilience,” is based on in-depth video interviews with over 160 men and women leaders globally. The book’s personal stories and related insights reveal the magic that happens when the five elements of centered leadership—meaning, framing, connecting, engaging and energizing—are put to work. A strong advocate for women, Barsh has been a New York City Commissioner on Women’s Issues since 2002 and a trustee of Sesame Workshop (formerly known as the Children’s Television Workshop) since 1994. In addition, she is on the International Council of Women’s Business leadership’s subcommittee on leadership, which is piloting Centered Leadership in Brazil, the Philippines and Sweden. @joba42