Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

Management Thinker & Author, Expert in Women & Leadership at INSEAD


Professor of Leadership, Learning and Organizational behavior at INSEAD in France. Taught at Harvard Business School for thirteen years and is a member of the World Economic Forum.

Herminia Ibarra is a leadership and careers guru examining the crucial issue of why women are still not getting the top roles despite the fact that so many businesses are making it a priority. She has advice for everyone on how to actively re-invent themselves to achieve their leadership and career goals and has been named one of the Thinkers 50 top management experts.


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About Herminia Ibarra


Career

She is the Cora chaired professor of leadership and learning, and professor of organizational behavior at INSEAD and taught at the Harvard Business School for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils and the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School.

She has written many articles on leadership and career development and her research has been profiled in leading newspapers and journals. She consults internationally on talent management, leadership development, and women's careers.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

  • Specialist in women and leadership.
  • Number 29 on the Thinkers50 list of top management gurus and winner of the Thinkers50 Leadership Award 2013.
  • Author of Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, HBS Press 2015.
  • Wrote a report on the corporate gender gap for the World Economic Forum.
  • Co-authors an annual list of the 100 best performing CEOs in the world for the Harvard Business Review.

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • A native of Cuba, she received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.
  • She was ranked 28th in the 2011 Thinkers50 and climbed to No 9 in the 2013 ranking.

Languages

Herminia speaks English, Spanish and French.

Speaking Style

Educational, Interactive and Thought-provoking

Eloquent and informed, she brings an impressive range of research to the table to support her powerful calls to action.

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, and Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. Prior to joining INSEAD she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for thirteen years. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils, a judge for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and Chairs the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Business School. Thinkers 50 ranked Ibarra #8 among the most influential business gurus in the world.

Professor Ibarra is an expert on professional and leadership development. Her recent book, Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader (Harvard Business School Press, 2015), explains how to step up to a bigger leadership role. Her best-selling book, Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (HBSP, 2003) describes how people reinvent their careers.

Ibarra is the author of numerous articles in the Harvard Business Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Organization Science and writes frequently for business media including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and New York Times. She directs The Leadership Transition, an executive program designed for managers moving into broader leadership roles and speaks internationally on leadership, talent management, and women’s careers.

A native of Cuba, Ibarra received her M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow.

Speaking Topics


  • Professional and leadership development
  • Talent Management
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Identity
  • Women's careers
  • Career transition
  • Networking

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Books By Herminia Ibarra


  • Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader, Harvard Business Review Press, 2015
  • The HBR Agenda 2011: Finding Hard Ways to Measure "Soft" Leadership, Harvard Business Review
  • Are you a Collaborative Leader?, Harvard Business Review Vol. 89, July 2011
  • Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career (2003)
  • Why Men Still Get More Promotions Than Women, Harvard Business Review Vol. 88, September 2010 (Journal Articles)
  • Identity-Based Leader Development, Harvard Business School Press, January 2010 (Chapters In Book)

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