Top Harvard Business Speakers

These keynote speakers range in fields of expertise, but one thing they have in common is their acknowledgment from the prestigious Harvard Business Review. BigSpeak’s Harvard business speakers have worked with the Harvard Business Review to solidify themselves as the top thought leaders in their industries. Whether they write for the Harvard Business Review or received a Harvard Business Review bestseller’s award, their work has been elevated through the connection.

BigSpeak’s Harvard Business speakers have incorporated their work with Harvard Business Review into their keynote addresses to bring you top research from their fields. Find your perfect Harvard Business Speaker in BigSpeak’s top list.

Business Culture

Robert Sutton

Robert Sutton is an organizational change expert, Stanford professor, and top business speaker who wrote the bestselling No Asshole Rule. In his speaking and HBR writing, he brings his organizational change expertise to various workplace problems, including office bullies, company growing pains, and creative innovation.

Shawn Achor

Shawn Achor is a happiness researcher, Founder of GoodThink Inc., and top emotional intelligence speaker who is known for his bestseller The Happiness Advantage. His studies focus on positive psychology and leadership and happiness and its place in the workforce.

Bradley Staats

Bradley Staats is an associate professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina, as well as a contributing member to the Harvard Business Review. His teaching and writing focus on the importance of lifelong learning and the role it plays in innovation and staying relevant.

Robyn Benincasa

Robyn Benincasa is an Adventure Racing World Champion, author, and top leadership and teamwork motivational speaker. She has contributed her unique perspective on team building to the writing of HBR.


Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis is a futurist, Chairman and CEO of XPRIZE, Co-founder of Celularity, and top innovation speaker. Seen as a true thought leader in innovative technologies, his cutting edge research in human longevity, immunity, and regeneration can be found in his keynotes and writing.  

Vijay Govindarajan

Vijay Govindarajan is a Dartmouth International Business Professor, Director of the Tuck Center for Global Leadership, and a strategy and innovation expert. He is best known for his idea of “reverse innovation” in which a company develops in emerging markets—rather than scaling down rich-world products—to derive long-term value.


Ben Casnocha

Ben Casnocha is a bestselling author, tech entrepreneur, and top business speaker. He has parlayed his work with HBR into speaking topics on startups, millennials, the new networking age, and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Chris Yeh

Chris Yeh is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, investor, and writer who co-authored  The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networking Age with Ben Casnocha and Reid Hoffman. His HBR writing and speaking focus on the shifting dynamics between employees and employer and what it takes to hold onto talent in an entrepreneurial workforce.


Sheila Heen

Sheila Heen is a member of the Harvard Negotiation Project, CEO of Triad Consulting, New York Times bestselling author, Harvard Law Professor, and an expert leadership speaker. She uses her expertise in negotiation and consulting to teach leaders how to better communicate with their teams and have the “difficult conversations.”

Linda Hill

Linda Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, author of three bestselling books, and a leadership speaker. Her writing and speaking focus on the power of leadership and being able to use the collective genius of your organization.

Elise Foster

Elise Foster is a Master Practitioner for the Wiseman Group, author, and executive strategy and leadership speaker. She uses her speaking, coaching, and writing to help leaders with performance management and organizational development.

Dr. Paul Stoltz

Dr. Paul Stoltz is the creator of Adversity Quotient, bestselling author, guest psychology lecturer at MIT, and leading expert on adversity and resilience. As a thought leader on the psychology behind resilience, his writing and speaking focuses on the “bounce back” and overcoming adversity within your company and personal life.

Eric McNulty

Eric McNulty is the Director of Research and Professional Programs at the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative. His expertise in leadership has contributed to his talks and writing for HBR on leading through turbulent times.

Safety and Security 

Allan Friedman

Allan Friedman is the Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives at National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the US Department of Commerce. He uses his unique experiences to educate his audiences on cybersecurity national safety.

Michael Sulmeyer

Michael Sulmeyer is the CyberSecurity Project Director at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Dr. Sulmeyer contributes his expertise on the security against the unseen such as the internet, aircraft, and robots.

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