Keynote Speaker Margaret Heffernan

Margaret Heffernan

CEO, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post Columnist and Author

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $40,001 - $50,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    United Kingdom (UK)

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Margaret Heffernan is an entrepreneur, Chief Executive and author. She was born in Texas, raised in Holland and educated at Cambridge University.

The former CEO of five businesses, she explores the all-too-human thought patterns – like conflict avoidance and selective blindness – that lead managers and organizations astray.

Margaret Heffernan began her career in television production, building a track record at the BBC before going on to run the film and television producer trade association, IPPA. In the United States, Heffernan became a serial entrepreneur and CEO in the wild early days of web business and was named one of the “Internet’s Top 100” by Silicon Alley Reporter in 1999.

Margaret’s book, Wilful Blindness, was shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs best business award in 2011; in 2015 the FT chose it as one of the best business books of the decade.  Additionally, Heffernan’s new book commission by TED, is called Beyond Measure and will be released May 2015.  In addition to writing books, Heffernan blogs for the Huffington Post and BNET and is a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Simmons College in Boston and the Executive in Residence at Babson College.

More About Speaker, Margaret Heffernan . . .

Margaret Heffernan is a Trustee of the London Library and sits on the Council of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and in the UK as well as one the boards of several private companies.

She was featured on television in The Secret Millionaire and on BBC Radio 4 in Changing the Rules, which won the 2008 Prowess Media Award. She has had three plays broadcast by the BBC and in 2011 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath.

She is married with two children.


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