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Sally Helgesen, an acclaimed author, speaker, and organizational consultant, is one of the world’s brand-name experts on women’s leadership. She is the author of The Female Advantage: Women's Ways of Leadership, the first book to focus on what women had to contribute to organizations rather than how they need to change and adapt. Hailed as “the classic work” on the subject, The Female Advantage has been continually in print for sixteen years and translated into 12 languages. It is used in organizations and colleges around the world.
Sally’s other books include The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time, Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the New World of Work, and Everyday Revolutionaries: Working Women and the Transformation of American Life.
Areas of Expertise
SALLY HELGESEN ON WOMEN’S LEADERSHIP
Sally has delivered keynotes and developed seminars, workshops, and leadership programs for hundreds of the world’s leading corporations, partnership firms, universities, and non-profits.
She has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College, and been visiting scholar at Northwestern University. She also worked extensively with The United Nations to build more inclusive and decentralized country offices around the world and to reinvigorate its women’s programs.
Articles about Sally’s work have been featured in Fortune, Business Week, and Fast Company, and she has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs. She is a contributing editor to Strategy + Business magazine.
SALLY HELGESEN, KEYNOTES AND SEMINARS
Women's Leadership .07
In this keynote, Sally draws upon what she has learned during fifteen years of researching the world’s best women leaders. She describes the qualities and skills that women bring to organizations. She demonstrates why these skills are precisely what organizations need today. She shows women how to identify and articulate their talents in a way that fits with their organization’s strategic mission. And she addresses the major challenges that women still face as leaders: achieving visibility, building support, and balancing conflicting demands. This address is hugely popular at women’s conferences.
Leading in 24/7
In this seminar, Sally identifies seven key trends that are transforming organizations and shows what these trends will mean for leaders in the years ahead. She demonstrates why today’s “VUCA” environment–– volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous–– requires a different kind of leader than in the past. She examines the new tasks of leadership: encouraging a network of conversations, practicing inclusion, building sustainability in a time of rapid change, creating a culture based on tolerance at the margins. She shares practical ways to put these tasks into practice. This half or full day seminar can be customized to suit a variety of audiences, ranging from industrial and technology companies to associations, educators, and non-profits.
THRIVING IN 24/7
Today’s 24/7 demands have thrown peoples’ lives out of balance and put them under extraordinary pressure. Many try to adapt by working harder, faster, and smarter, yet still find that they are falling behind. In this keynote, Sally presents six powerful strategies for taming the new world of work, and demonstrates how both individuals and companies can use them to their advantage. This topic is especially useful for HR professionals and managers whose success depends upon enabling their people to thrive in a time of constant change. Sally can adapt the topic to suit a seminar format.
Building a Web of Inclusion
In this keynote, Sally draws on her classic book, The Web of Inclusion, to show how building powerful internal and external webs can help organizations adapt to an environment in which marketing is everything, diversity is a fact of life, front-line empowerment is essential, training must be integrated into the work of every day, outside alliances are required for success, and innovative ideas can come from anywhere. Sally offers a blueprint for building powerful webs and shows how the architecture and practices of the web can enable organizations to become more flexible, responsive, and alert. She explores impediments to creating webs, and describes the skills required of web-style leaders.
Clients that have booked Sally, include:
Johnson & Johnson
Ernst & Young
The US Army College of War
Leader to Leader Institute
The World Bank
“To operate in today’s environment, you have to understand the web of inclusion. Sally’s work is essential!”
Dan Strasser, Director, Standing Joint Force Headquarters on Military Transformation
“Sally offers provocative yet practical strategies for leveraging power in the global marketplace.”
Bill Mills, VP, Talent Management, United Way of America
"Sally strikes a raw nerve on the topic of the day. Full of practical solutions and great ideas.”
Alicia Whitaker, MD Global HR, CreditSuisseFirstBoston
Nancy Hutson, Senior VP, Pfizer
Lee White, Regional Director, AARP
“Great takeaways and plenty of aha’s.”
J. Michael Keeling, President, ESOP Association
“Powerful and engaging.”
Mary Howell, Executive Vice President, Textron Corp.
“The feedback from participants was overwhelming–– Sally packed a wallop with her insights.”
Chris St.Clare, Partner & Women’s Advisory Board, KPM