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Dr. Herminia Ibarra    

Expert on Leadership and Transition; Insead Professor and Author of "Working Identity"

Herminia Ibarra is the Cora Chaired Professor of Leadership and Learning, a professor of organizational behavior and the faculty director of the Leadership Initiative, all at INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France. She also directs INSEAD’s Leadership Transition, an executive program for managers moving into bigger leadership roles. Prior to joining INSEAD, she served on the Harvard Business School faculty for 13 years. Ibarra is an authority on leadership and professional development and consults internationally on talent, leadership development and women’s careers.

Her book "Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career" (Harvard Business Review Press, 2003) shows how people reinvent themselves at work. Her articles are published in scholarly journals, including Harvard Business Review, and profiled in media including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times and the Economist.

In her current research, Ibarra examines CEO leadership and corporate performance (see “The Best-Performing CEOs in the World,” HBR January–February 2010, coauthored with Morten T. Hansen and Urs Peyer); barriers and enablers to women entering senior business leadership (“Women and the Vision Thing,” HBR January 2009, coauthored with Otilia Obodaru); and how managers transition successfully into leadership roles (“How Leaders Create and Use Networks,” HBR January 2007, coauthored with Mark Hunter).

Ibarra currently serves on INSEAD’s board of directors and is a member of the Harvard Business School Visiting Committee, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils and the Catalyst Europe Advisory Board.

Ibarra received an MA and a doctorate from Yale University.

Speech Topics


Women in leadership

Career transition


Why Command-and-Control Leadership Is Here to Stay - Forbes

by Herminia Ibarra Travelling through Zurich airport, one billboard always catches my eye. The ad for IWC luxury watches says "Engineered for men who don't ...

How Female Leaders Should Handle Double-Standards - Bloomberg

How Female Leaders Should Handle Double-Standards. Harvard Business Review. By Herminia Ibarra - 2013-02-08T13:00:40Z. IMF head Christine Lagarde ...

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