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2019 Keynote Speaker

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Adam Grant
Saturday, 5 October
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Keynote presentation: “How non-conformists move the world”

To survive and thrive, organizations need original thinking. Yet most individuals stay silent instead of voicing their best ideas – and many leaders stifle dissent rather than encouraging it. Drawing on his blockbuster book, Originals, Adam Grant explores how we can all get better at recognizing and championing new ideas, how to overcome fear and doubt and how to build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback. 


 Speaker snapshot

  • One of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40
  • Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years
  • Presenter of TED Talks that have been viewed 11 million times

About Adam Grant

As an organizational psychologist, Adam studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. 

Adam is the author of three New York Times best-selling books that have sold over a million copies and been translated into 35 languages. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. It was also one of Oprah's riveting reads and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it was praised by JJ Abrams, Richard Branson and Malcolm Gladwell. Option B, with Sheryl Sandberg, is on facing adversity and building resilience.

Adam’s TED Talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have had more than 11 million views. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook, Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, the US Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, which honored him as a Young Global Leader. He hosts "WorkLife", a TED original podcast; writes on work and psychology for The New York Times; and has over 2 million followers on social media.

Since receiving tenure at Wharton while still in his twenties, Adam has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class he’s taught. He’s the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. A passionate feminist, he also serves on the Lean In board and the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon.