Anne Harbison

Tagline: Leadership Speaker

Talent Highlights

  • Dr. Anne Harbison is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator known for her work with some of the world’s greatest organizations and thought leaders.
  • For over 2 decades, she has been teaching, researching, and consulting with organizations about how they can not only survive through times of great change and transition, but thrive.
  • Dr. Harbison is passionate about sharing her message and methods of transformation thus equipping leaders, strengthening teams, navigating transitions and inspiring change

Keynote Topics

Leading with Courage and Compassion in a Changing World

Our world in the 2020s continues to be a shock to the nervous system. With all the upheaval and uncertainty, one thing remains true: All positive, meaningful change comes from people. 

It’s the teams and leaders who understand how to lead with courage and compassion that will help carve our collective path forward. And it’s those organizations who prioritize heart, boldness, and honesty that will succeed.

Anne is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator for some of the world’s top organizations and thought leaders. She’s known for her real-life stories of dynamic and authentic leadership, and for captivating audiences through the spectrum of full human emotion. She knows the world’s top organizations need less empty hustling, and more heart, courage, and honesty. She leads them there with over 20 years of experience.

Key Takeaways:


  • Learn why the traditional leadership status quo will no longer work for leading great organizations in the Now
  • Create a purposeful culture of courage and compassion where employees feel free and safe to be their authentic, talented selves
  • Challenge notions of cold professionalism with research-backed methods of building psychological safety
  • Implement strategies for fostering teams of creative and innovative individuals
    Transform your organization with the secrets to thrive in the new & evolving 2020s

Naming and Claiming Our Work in the World

There are key differences between men and women as organizational leaders, and given the right resources, women pose a future-forward advantage for building more diverse, connected, and mindful winning teams.

An inspiring, enriching day of diving deep and reaching wide, Anne provides the perfect opportunity for your women’s leadership group to elevate its vision, talent, and impact in concrete and actionable ways.

Anne is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator for some of the world’s top organizations and thought leaders. She’s known for her real-life stories of dynamic and authentic leadership, and for captivating audiences through the spectrum of full human emotion. She knows the ins and outs of women’s leadership from over 20 years of experience with top organizations, and leads her audiences today with heart, courage, and purpose.

Key Takeaways:


  • Learn not only how to nurture more women leaders within your organization, but how to have them foster the same down the line.
  • Find out how to provide a culture of stability, risk-taking, and confidence for individuals and teams to push the boundaries of success.
  • Evolve your definitions of success and leadership with challenging exercises on how to lead with courage, compassion, boldness, and honesty.
  • Create your fresh vision for the future, including actionable steps to implement positive change.

Surviving and Thriving Through Life’s Tightropes, Turmoil, and Tragedy 

For 20 years, before the coronavirus, Dr. Harbison had been researching, teaching, and consulting on how to navigate transition and change. When tough times hit, we have a unique opportunity to look up and reach out, to reinvent ourselves and our organizations.

In fact, some of the greatest inventions, companies, and stories of personal triumph emerge from tumultuous times. Now more than ever, the world needs expert, compassionate guidance on how to not only survive but actually thrive together during difficult times. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information and inspiration for:


  • Creating stability and confidence in yourself and those around you
  • Challenging mind-traps that shut down learning and connection
  • Nurturing social community while physical distancing
  • Building a growth mindset for greater resilience and optimism
  • Envisioning a “new normal” that will inspire, equip, and sustain you

Are you driving your Achiever or is your Achiever driving you?

Working harder, longer, faster may be the way to climb the first part of your career ladder. But is there an end in sight? Decades of drive can easily turn into a grueling treadmill of effort and exhaustion. That’s a dangerous place to be in the middle of times of upheaval.

Now is the time to purposely navigate, not mindlessly execute. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information about:

  • The different types of Achievers: The Caretaker, The Intellect, & The Hero
  • How we fall back on tropes or expectations that no longer serve us
  • The 3 myths that trap serious Achievers: “Because I can, I should,” “Because I did, I do,” and “If I don’t, no one will.”
  • Why tough times are a period for being, not doing.
  • How to better navigate (and even grow through) difficult change and transition

The Power of Leading from Within Workshop: Building Sources of Confidence, Credibility and Connection 

As a leader, true power comes from your ability to authentically connect with others and inspire them to action. Instead of ”power over” (which may come from formal authority or a commanding presence), true leadership requires us to cultivate “power with” the important networks, clients, and communities we serve. To create lasting impact, influence is just as important as authority for long-term success and career satisfaction. Beyond your title, education, or formal authority, true influence is an outcome of internal confidence with external credibility. There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to being a powerful leader. This workshop helps identify your individual “power equation” through the lens of confidence, credibility, and connection. Participants learn how to “get out of their own way” as they seek greater levels of leadership effectiveness and reach. Inspirational, educational, and actionable, Dr. Harbison’s workshops are specifically tailored to senior leaders striving to increase their contribution, impact, and legacy within the organizations and communities they serve. 


This highly engaging and interactive session will share best practices and practical guidelines for: 

  • Focusing on influence as your key leadership power
  • Recognizing that competence is only the starting point to confidence
  • Embracing the leadership touchstone of “connection” as the anchor to both personal and professional excellence 


  • Identification of your top three internal and external sources of confidence and credibility
  • Five guidelines for practicing “power with” (rather than “power over”)
  • Personal power equation (confidence+credibility+connection)
  • Next steps for putting workshop insights into practical action

Living with more Sanity, Satisfaction, and Success


  • Acknowledge both the losses and the gains that change brings
  • Understanding your personal response to change – and whether that is serving you or not in your present environment
  • Applying the “THRIVE” model to your personal change journey (Talents, Home Team, Relationship, Impact, Values, and Environment)
  • Mapping out your “Home Team” who can get you through rough patches (your Cheerleader, Devil’s Advocate, Truth-Teller, and Magic Maker)
  • Ways to partner with and support others during predictable phases or change and transformation – knowing that you are not alone! 

Anne’s workshops are delivered through a high-energy, inspirational and interactive format. There will be plenty of room for discussion, laughter, new insights about yourself and one another – AND making a plan for putting your new ideas into action. 


(3 reviews)

Travels From:

  • Minneapolis, MN

Fee Range:

  • Fees: $10,000-$20,000



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Dr. Anne Harbison is an executive leadership educator known for her work with some of the world’s greatest organizations and thought leaders.

Dr. Anne Harbison is an executive leadership educator known for her work with some of the world’s greatest organizations and thought leaders.

Beginning her career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, she then served as a management consultant specializing in organizational change and learning. Anne was a Principal Strategic Consultant in Gallup’s executive leadership practice, working domestically and internationally in the health care, manufacturing, retail and government sectors. She received her doctorate from Harvard University researching and teaching on best practices for leadership success.

Dr. Anne Harbison been a featured speaker at the Brookings Institute, The Academy of Management and the Association of Talent and Development, as well as over a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Her recent TEDx talk “How to Survive and Thrive After Loss” features the possibilities of healing and growing in community.

Dr. Anne Harbison | Leadership Empowerment

Speaking and Workshops
As an inspiring keynote speaker and workshop leader, Anne Harbison brings energy and expertise to any gathering. Her most notable events address the keys to navigating change, equipping leaders in building resilient teams, and thriving through live’s big transitions.

Team Retreats
Many groups call themselves teams, but they lack the shared identity, influence and impact that true teams deliver. Through retreats, workshops, coaching and facilitated meetings, groups shift from “me” to “we” with outstanding results.

Executive Coaching
For over ten years, Anne Harbison and her expert team have served Fortune 500 leaders in growing their talent, performance and organizational culture – creating meaningful change and lasting impact.

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