Keynote Speaker and Panelist
Entrepreneur, CEO, writer and keynote speaker
Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, chief executive and author. She writes books and blogs, teaches and mentors senior and chief executives, and has built and led organisations of all sizes. Her new book focuses on dealing with uncertainty including pandemics.
An acclaimed business author, Margaret has written extensively on the nature of effective leadership and challenging many of the assumptions and stereotypes that organisations have adopted.
In Wilful Blindness she examines why we ignore the obvious and the implications of choosing to turn a blind eye to potential problems. In The Naked Truth: A Working Woman’s Manifesto and Women on Top: How Female Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules for Business Success, she examines how women executives are perceived, and how they perceive themselves, how things are changing, and need to change further. A Bigger Prize looks at what it takes for individuals and organisations to be truly creative and collaborative whilst Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes looks at how organisations can identify small but significant changes to their strategy and operation, and the effects on the people and practices that can lead to large improvements. Whilst in Unchartered, she undertakes a timely examination of leaders' obsession with making predictions and plans despite indisputable evidence that complex, unpredictable systems, environments and people make it all but impossible. All of these works explore why and how companies packed full of talented, motivated and committed executives fail to spot major problems or to capture the full intellectual, innovative capacity of their people.
A regular contributor to the print and broadcast media, as well as commenting on business and leadership Margaret has presented documentaries on these subjects for Radio 4. She has also designed, taught and lectured on academic courses in the UK and US, including Harvard and the London Business School, and has presented three TED speeches.