Ibarra speaks on leadership, cultural change for digital transformation, and women’s career advancement.




How to step up to bigger leadership roles


How to step up to bigger leadership roles


Today’s breakneck pace of technological change has an immense impact on leaders—and as a result, on their organizations’ capacity to transform. All too often, executives remain stuck in outdated mindsets and modes of operating, even when they recognize the need to reinvent themselves in order to step up in their careers. This interactive session upends traditional, introspective advice and says act first—in order to change your way of thinking. Whether you are moving into a new role or stepping up in your current post, in this session you will learn to change through action, not reflection, and to apply a growth mindset to our own leadership capacities.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify how to redefine your job so that your contributions are more strategic and client-centered,
• Learn how to expand your network so that you connect to and learn from a bigger range of stakeholders inside and outside your firm, and
• Understand different ways of defining authenticity in order to give yourself permission to stretch beyond your “natural” leadership styles and habitual ways of contributing.



Leadership skills for organizational transformation


Leadership Skills for Organizational Transformation


Today more than ever we need leaders who can help transform our firms – so they become more agile, more innovative, more digitally savvy, more customer-centric, more inclusive and/or more human. I have found that five leadership skills are vital for moving our organizations in this desired direction, increasing their people’s capacity to deal with today’s adaptive challenges: situations in which problems are complex, there isn’t an obvious answer, and, the brainpower and enthusiasm of many, not just the top leaders, is needed to solve them. The five skills are:

• Cross-cutting: developing networks of relationships that extend and connect to a diversity of people and groups
• Collaborating: fostering candor and psychological safety to increase team performance
• Coaching: asking questions to develop others’ potential
• Culture-shaping: proactively shaping organizational culture and mindsets, including recognizing and modifying practices that are no longer fit for purpose
• Connecting: growing in empathy and authentic leadership



How to get a more diverse pool of talent into senior leadership


How to get a more diverse pool of talent to the top

Career success is a tripod built on three legs: Key experiences that help people learn critical business, functional and organizational skills; a network of helping relationships that provide information, advice and support; and growing in confidence, credibility and reputation.

These are precisely the same three arenas in which gender and racial bias play out in organizations: access to mission-critical roles, access to a network of senior gatekeepers and biased perceptions about the capacity and potential of people who are underrepresented at senior levels. In this session, I explain how the three legs of the tripod work together to create virtuous or vicious career cycles, and how organizations can improve progression rates by tackling all three in unison.



Developing authentic sponsorship relationships


Developing Authentic Sponsorship Relationships


Getting the mission-critical roles and stepping stone assignments that pave the way to a successful career requires more than skills and drive. It requires a special kind of relationship—called sponsorship—in which mentors goes beyond giving feedback and advice to use their influence with other senior executives to advocate for proteges and ensure that they have exposure and visibility with other top decision makers.

In this session, you will learn what sponsorship is, why it matters, and most importantly, how to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships such that, over time, your relationships are more likely to blossom into true sponsorship. We will discuss the spectrum of heping relationships, ingredients of effective career conversations, how to manage universal “like me” biases and how to overcome common challenges in sponsoring relationships across differences.

Speaking Engagements

For inquiries about speaking engagements, please contact Herminia Ibarra at

The Sponsorship Spectrum – The ICAN Women Leadership Conference

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader – HR Congress

Is Authenticity Overrated? (H. Ibarra, London Business School & A. Grant, Wharton School) | DLD

What Will Leadership Look Like In The Age of AI? WIRED Smarter

The Authenticity Paradox TEDxLondonBusinessSchool

The Paradigm Shift: Worldwebforum

Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader: Take your skills to the next level London Business Forum