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Charles Duhigg        

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist & Bestselling Author of "The Power of Habit"

Charles Duhigg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the bestselling author of books including 2012's "The Power of Habit" and 2016's "Smarter Faster Better."

Duhigg is a former Los Angeles Times staff writer. Duhigg was a reporter at The New York Times from 2006 to 2017. He currently writes for The New York Times Magazine and other publications.

Duhigg was one of a team of New York Times reporters who won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for a series of 10 articles about the business practices of Apple and other technology companies.

Duhigg's journalistic accomplishments have made him an in-demand speaker for organizations ranging from the UCLA School of Management to Fortune 500 companies and The Johnson Foundation to the National Association of Science Teachers. His presentations are both descriptive and prescriptive and speak to a wide range of groups from the fields of business, science, medicine, and education.

Duhigg earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Speech Topics

Willpower as key to future success

Drawing from the example of Starbucks’ staff training, Duhigg delivers a powerful and entertaining example of how companies are teaching their employees willpower and inspiring them to succeed. Not only is knowing how to instill willpower essential for companies, but also for parents and schools – and research shows that kids with self-regulatory skills have an advantage throughout their lives.

Big Data

Charles Duhigg discovered that Target, using Big Data, built a predictive model so precise it could tell when shoppers were pregnant – sometimes, even before their parents knew. Increasingly, algorithms and data drive business decisions. At the heart of these models is a basic question: why do customers habitually return to certain products and services? And how can companies influence those choices? Duhigg delivers riveting insights into how companies predict and control habits and ultimately know what customers want before they themselves do.

Power of Habit

In this keynote lecture, Charles Duhigg begins by exploring the science of habit formation, illustrating why we do what we do and how we can change it. Duhigg explains why the most powerful habits have emotional cores, and how tweaking even one habit can have staggering effects. Duhigg draws from a number of current case studies, customizing them to his specific audience.

The Science of Habit Formation

Why We Do What We Do, And How to Change It

Why Craving Exists

How the Neurology of Craving Explains Our Habits, What We Buy, and How We Learn

The Power of a Crisis

How Leaders Teach Organizational Habits Through Accident and Design

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Habits and Predictive Analytics

How Target Knows What Shoppers Want Before They Do

Consumer Habits

Why Customers Keep Coming Back for Some (But Only Some) Products Again and Again

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