Invite Joanne to speak at your next event

If you'd like Joanne to speak to your organization on topics including women's leadership, unconscious bias, bringing men into the conversation about closing the gender gap, the generational divide in workplaces, or the future of media, please contact

Don Walker ( or Kimberly Lilienstein (

at the Harry Walker Agency.

Recent speaking engagements include:

The World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, West Point Military Academy, the International Lean In conference and the Milken Institute global conference, as well as numerous corporations including Google, Aetna, Comcast, Boston Consulting Group, and Chevron, among others.

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 Speaking Excerpts

CNBC Squawk Box: Similarities between #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter

In conversation with anchor Becky Quick, Joanne discusses the parallels between the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter – both the missteps companies have made, and steps they can take now to transform words into action.

Forté Foundation keynote: Women's Leadership

In her keynote speech for the Forté Foundation’s annual conference for women leaders, Joanne Lipman discusses the issues women face at work. Excerpt.

CNN with Fareed Zakaria: The Respect Gap

Joanne speaks with Fareed Zakaria about the routine marginalization women face at work, from interruptions to pay gaps, and gives tips to combat the issue.

TedXPenn: "Men Aren't the Enemy"

In this Tedx talk, Joanne explains how the conversation about gender has come to alienate men – and lays out steps to ensure that men are included.

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Potential Speaking Topics:

Building Diversity into the Workplace

Joanne Lipman has traveled the globe talking with male executives about how to close the gender gap. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, men who didn’t consider sexism to be “their” issue were eager to become male allies. We are seeing a similar dynamic now, as white allies worldwide step up to fight racism. But how can workplaces translate that activism into meaningful action? As businesses grapple with institutional racism, the similarities with the #MeToo movement offer some clues – and some warnings about how to avoid missteps. In this user-friendly talk, Lipman offers meaningful, action-oriented steps to build diversity into leadership, culture and practices. 


The Future of Work in a Post-Pandemic World

In the wake of COVID-19, we have a nation of people – and companies - that are rethinking their futures. Entire job categories are being transformed; industries have to reengineer their business models; companies have to reimagine their purpose and products. Where does work go from here? This is an arena Joanne knows well. Dubbed “innovator in chief” by The New York Times, she specializes in finding the “white space” where new ideas can flourish. With lively storytelling backed by the latest studies and research, Joanne shows how people and industries are successfully transforming themselves, and teases out the lessons we can put into practice ourselves.


Women at Work: A Guide for Men

Women often talk amongst themselves about the challenges they face at work. Yet women talking to themselves is only 50% of a conversation and can at best get to half a solution. We need men to join us. In this talk, especially relevant for male-dominated industries, Lipman guides both males and females in the audience through a non-judgmental how-to toward achieving a common goal: equality. Lipman’s personal journey to the top of a male-dominated industry brings an informed perspective to the worldwide conversation of closing the gender gap in the workplace once and for all. This talk can also be paired with a workshop for employees.


After #MeToo: What Next?

The world has changed in the wake of the #MeToo movement. What comes next? In That’s What She Said, bestselling author Joanne Lipman, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, offers real-world solutions and a path forward. There’s no man-bashing here; Lipman explores how men as well as women can join together to close the gender gap. In this lively talk, she’ll offer surprising insights into issues ranging from unconscious bias to childrearing to brain differences between the genders, and offer practical tips that all of us can use, right now, to help eliminate bias in the workplace.