Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Garvey Berger
Jennifer believes that the best organizations help make people bigger, more creative, more capable; organizations can and should be places where we live on our growing edge, expanding our own capabilities as we do good work. Leadership, then, is about creating the conditions for people to be their biggest selves. Almost no one knows how to do this intuitively; leadership is a discipline as much as accounting, law, or engineering. As Jennifer says in her first book, Changing on the job: Developing leaders for a complex world (Stanford Business Books 2012), if we want organizations where people are thriving and bringing their best, we need leaders who are learning. With her Cultivating Leadership colleagues, Jennifer designs and teaches long-term leadership programs that expand not only the way leaders work but also the way they think about the world. Jennifer and Keith Johnston have written a new book about their leadership development approach, which will be published by Stanford Business books in 2014. Jennifer has worked with senior leaders in the private, non-profit and government sectors, in North America and Australasia (like KPMG, Microsoft, Lion, Wikimedia, the New Zealand Department of Conservation). Jennifer also supports leaders one-on-one as a leadership coach. Over the last decade, Jennifer has developed The Growth Edge Coaching approach. She supports clients to find their current growing edge and then make choices about how they want to grow to become better able to handle complexity, ambiguity and change. In addition to her coaching and leadership development work, Jennifer and Carolyn Coughlin certify coaches around the world in these transformational and developmental coaching approaches in their Growth Edge Coaching certification series. Jennifer speaks at leadership and coaching conferences, and she offers occasional courses for coaches at universities all over the world like Georgetown University, the University of Sydney, and Oxford Brookes University. Jennifer uses the Leadership Circle 360 and runs certification programs on the Leadership Circle in New Zealand. Jennifer has a BA in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a masters and a doctorate from Harvard University. Eschewing work/life balance for a life that feels like fun across the board, Jennifer loves to write, to throw a ball for her dogs on the beach, to fly kites with her kids, and figure out how to make whole organizations work better. Formerly an associate professor at George Mason University, Jennifer learned about deep change in 2006 when she turned down the tenure offer and moved to a small seaside village in New Zealand with her husband, two kids, and the family dog. Jennifer loves that her life is a blend of watching the sun set over the Tasman sea and having conversations that make a difference for clients all around the world.