Alison Fragale

Organizational Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences Expert

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

  • Alison Fragale`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Alison Fragale`s U.S. Speaking Fee

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  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Illinois, USA

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Negotiation: It's Not Just For Cars and Houses

Negotiation – the process through which two or more people “give and take” in a relationship – is an unavoidable part of organizational life, and thus an essential part of a leader’s toolkit. Negotiations occur when responsibilities are assigned, ...

Negotiation – the process through which two or more people “give and take” in a relationship – is an unavoidable part of organizational life, and thus an essential part of a leader’s toolkit. Negotiations occur when responsibilities are assigned, people are managed, or deals are struck. Yet, the concept of “negotiating” strikes fear in the hearts of many. Alison discusses what the best (and worst) negotiators do, and the top habits that enable leaders to solve everyday challenges, both big and small, through negotiation.

Alison likens negotiation to poker or chess – you can learn some good tips to improve in about an hour, and you could spend the rest of your life fully dedicated to improving your skills in these interpersonal exchanges. Alison can present a 45-90 minute keynote, moderate a panel discussion, or conduct a longer workshop (from a half-day to two days). The session can be customized in topic focus (e.g., negotiation strategies for women, strategies for finding win-win agreements, etc.), and can also involve an experiential negotiation activity to allow audiences to put the science into practice and reflect on their approach.

Alison brings the research on negotiation to life through personal stories (both hers and her audiences’), current events, and film to create programs that are as entertaining as they are educational.

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Mind the Gap: The Psychology of the Overachieving Woman

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. –Gloria Steinem As organizations struggle to ...

I’ve yet to be on a campus where most women weren’t worrying about some aspect of combining marriage, children, and a career. I’ve yet to find one where many men were worrying about the same thing. –Gloria Steinem

As organizations struggle to retain and promote talented women, women struggle with working “the second shift” so they can “lean in” and “have it all.” Although it seems like a paradox, psychology predicts that it is the most successful women – the “overachievers” – who suffer the most, experiencing the greatest stress, anxiety, and guilt. Although issues of pay equity, glass ceilings, and dual career dramas are real, Alison suggests that the most significant obstacle to women’s success is “in their head,” and that this is a uniquely female phenomenon. The same qualities that propel women to success in the workplace actually keep them from enjoying it, and often lead them to “opt out” altogether. Alison provides tips on how women can manage the mental gap between “who I am” and “who I want to be,” leading to more success and satisfaction at work and in life.

This session can be customized in length to function as a keynote, or a longer facilitated training session (half-day to full-day).

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The Psychology of the Bad Boss- and How Not to Be One

Gather around the water cooler, and everyone has a Bosszilla story to share.  Although we may chalk up our managerial misfortune to our leader’s poor disposition or training, and vow that we would never submit others to the same mistreatment, evidence from psychology ...

Gather around the water cooler, and everyone has a Bosszilla story to share.  Although we may chalk up our managerial misfortune to our leader’s poor disposition or training, and vow that we would never submit others to the same mistreatment, evidence from psychology suggests that this is hubris.  The experience of being “in charge” actually changes how individuals think, feel, and act, often for the worse.  Combining science and stories, Alison discusses how power affects all of us, and provides tips for how leaders can lead better than they were once led, as well as how organizations can create cultures that banish poor leadership.

A customized version of this session is presented as part of the required leadership curriculum for general officers in both the U.S. Army and Air Force.  The length of session can be customized (from one to four hours) and can include breakout discussions to apply the science presented to improving and sustaining an organization’s leadership culture.

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About Keynote Speaker Alison Fragale

About Speaker Alison Fragale…

Alison Fragale educates and entertains audiences by bringing the science of psychology and organizational behavior to audiences in a relaxed, relatable way.  Alison is currently the Mary Farley Ames Lee Fellow and Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, joining the faculty in 2004. An award-winning teacher, Alison teaches and mentors MBAs and executives through her roles as teacher, coach, and facilitator.

For over a decade, Alison has served as a speaker, instructor, or consultant on leadership, psychology and negotiation for executives in numerous organizations, and has spoken before more than 200 executive groups over the course of her career.  Her clients include Lowe’s Home Improvement, ExxonMobil, Schneider Electric, Eastman Chemical, the National Multi-Housing Council, AvalonBay, Post Properties, Navy Federal Credit Union, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Navy.  Her instruction on the psychology of power and leadership is part of the required general officer curriculum in both the U.S. Army and Air Force.

Alison is passionate about bringing her knowledge of psychology – how human beings are both similar and predictable – into organizations to enhance employee well-being, efficiency, and effectiveness.  She delivers both keynote-style presentations (45-90 minutes) as well as longer experiential training and facilitation sessions (half-day to multi-day), customizing and tailoring the specific topics and activities to the specific interests of the audience.

In particular, Alison is committed to empowering women to succeed at work and in life.  She understands the demands of the female professional first hand – Beyond her career, Alison is a mom to three young children, lives in one state (IL) and works in another (NC), and is currently recovering from the role of CEO-wife, a title she held for several years.

Alison received her B.A. in Mathematics and Economics, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College, where she recently concluded a nine-year term on the Board of Visitors of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences.  She also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Alison worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc.  Based in Chicago, IL, she advised numerous companies in the automotive and financial services industries on issues of corporate strategy and change management.

Testimonials

“I have worked with Alison over the last decade and seen her engage audiences around the world at levels from senior executives to flag officers to MBA students. Alison approaches topics of negotiation, power, influence and leadership with a deep knowledge of the most relevant and current research in the area while making it tangible, accessible and most importantly, actionable for her audience. Her energy and passion for delivering insights that can help executives grow sticks with you – I have talked to participants years later who were with Alison for only an hour who talk about how her session helped them in a recent negotiation.”

SC

Former COO, 2U

“If you are looking for a speaker who is engaging, knowledgeable and personable, Alison Fragale should be on your list. She quickly establishes credibility with an audience and holds its attention with accessible stories and examples from research. We have engaged Alison for over six years and continue to be impressed by her ability to understand our business and culture, connect with our leaders and inspire personal and organizational change.”

CW

Director, Learning and Development, Avalonbay Communities, Inc.

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