Speaker Alison Fragale

Alison Fragale

Organizational Psychologist, Behavioral Sciences Expert

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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.

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  • “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.”


    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.”


    Director, Learning and Development, Avalonbay Communities, Inc.

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Customized Keynote or Experiential Training Session

Alison will design a research-based, application-focused program tailored to the unique needs of your organization. Every session is designed to achieve her four Es: Educational, experiential, entertaining, and executable. Spanning more than a decade, she has partnered with over 50 different organizations to design customized keynotes (90 minutes or less) and facilitated training sessions (half-day to multi-day).

All sessions are rooted in research from psychology and organizational behavior that informs how individuals think, feel, and act at work and in life. The exact topic and flow of the session is crafted in partnership with the client to achieve the client’s specific objectives. Commonly requested topics include, but are not limited to: Negotiation; Developing and utilizing your network; Influence without authority; Motivating employee performance; Change management; Effective problem solving and decision making. Whenever possible, programs are designed to be hands-on and experiential.

Although based in science, Alison’s style is accessible, relaxed and humorous, creating a fun and safe space for busy leaders to step back from their day-to-day demands and think deeply about what they currently do and how they can do it even better going forward.


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