Keynote Speakers

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2019 Keynote Speakers

Adam Grant - GC19 Keynote

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. 

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Roger Martin, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Sunday, 6 October
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote presentation: "Join The Project Economy"

Roger Martin, currently the world’s #1 management thinker, believes projects are the organizing principle for work. Organizations, complex and adaptable systems that they are, can structure to leverage projects that will better connect strategy design and delivery, thereby creating value.
Rapid technological advancements and shifting customer expectations have resulted in organizations adopting new ways of working to deliver value to customers. All of this is part of a discussion labeled as the “future of work.” In this environment, organizations have evolved to become decision factories, operated largely by knowledge workers. Yet few enterprises organize these knowledge workers to enable quick, efficient decisions amidst rapid, ongoing change. Those that do, win. 

Much attention is given to the future of work, but this dialogue misses a critical element: that careers will increasingly revolve around a portfolio of projects rather than the traditional list of static job responsibilities. Those who are already working in a projectified way – consulting companies, advertising agencies and freelancers in the gig economy, among others -- are in fact part of a much larger “Project Economy” that will apply to knowledge workers at leading organizations worldwide. 
Join this fascinating discussion with Roger and learn how to be part of the future of work, and the Project Economy. 


About Roger Martin

In 2017, Roger was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers.

Roger Martin is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. 
He has published 11 books the most recent of which are Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel (Harvard Business Review Press, 2017) Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (HBRP, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013), which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by the Thinkers50. He has written 26 Harvard Business Review articles.
Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford.
A Canadian from Wallenstein, Ontario, Roger received his AB from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981.