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Invite Joanne to speak at your next event

If you'd like Joanne to speak to your organization on topics including the power of reinvention; the future of work; women's leadership; bringing men into the conversation about closing the gender gap; and navigating change in careers or organizations, please contact

Don Walker ( or Jana Padula (

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

Sizzle reel: Joanne Lipman speaks about NEXT! and That's What She Said on air and on stage

A compilation of clips on MSNBC, CNBC, and CNN, as well as on stage at TEDx, corporate conferences, and beyond, with highlights from publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

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:

Reinvention Roadmap: Reprioritizing how we live, work  and lead

In these tumultuous times, many of us are rethinking our lives and careers. But what’s next – and how do we get there? In this revelatory talk, JOANNE LIPMAN reveals the Reinvention Roadmap, outlining the four steps you can take to supercharge creativity and change your life.

Lipman shares inspirational stories of people who have had life-changing transformations, from “Barefoot Contessa” Ina Garten, to mega-selling author James Patterson, to former Fed chief Alan Greenspan. She dives into the latest research on navigating change, and calls on her own transformative experience as both a pioneering female newsroom leader and a mom who survived breast cancer. She leaves the audience with a toolkit of actions they can take right now to grab hold of their futures.


Eureka! Making the most of your aha moments, intuitions, and gut feelings


If you’ve ever woken up in the middle of the night with a great idea, or suddenly come up with a brilliant insight in the shower, you know the power of an “aha!” moment. We owe some of the world’s greatest creative breakthroughs to those sudden flashes of inspiration, from Harry Potter to Post-It notes, from Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday.” But how can you have more of them – and how do you know what to do once you have them? In this delightful talk, JOANNE LIPMAN delves into the science of why we have “aha” moments, the stories of how they’ve changed history, and the secrets to having more of them. Listeners will learn how to hone their intuitions, and come away inspired and equipped to and tap into their own hidden creative genius.

That’s What She Said: Yes, we can close the gender gap

Women earn more than half of all college degrees, yet still lag well behind men in pay, promotions, and opportunity. It doesn’t have to be that way.  Bestselling author JOANNE LIPMAN, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, has spent years interviewing men who are trying to get this right, joining with women to close the gender gap. In this user-friendly talk, Lipman offers meaningful, action-oriented steps we all can take, backed by the latest research and real-world success stories. Her talk ends with a toolkit of specific steps that organizations and individuals can take, right now, that will help make workplaces more inclusive for all.

The Business Case for Diversity


A growing body of research proves definitively that diverse workforces boost every dimension of success: profitability, return on equity, employee retention, and customer satisfaction. Yet women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented groups continue to face roadblocks, and the backlash against diversity efforts is growing. How can organizations navigate these complex waters? Bestselling author JOANNE LIPMAN, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY and author of THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID, offers real-world solutions and a path forward. In this user-friendly talk, Lipman offers meaningful, action-oriented steps to build diversity into leadership, culture, and practices. She shares real-world success stories, and arms audiences with specific steps that organizations and individuals can take, right now, that will help make workplaces more inclusive for all.

Reinventing the Workplace: The Future of Work 

The workplace is in the midst of massive disruption. Employees are reevaluating their relationships with their jobs. Organizations have been rocked by questions about remote and hybrid work, generative AI, and social issues ranging from race and gender to climate change and mental health.  

Businesses and organizations have no choice but to reinvent themselves. But how do we get there? In this captivating talk, JOANNE LIPMAN demystifies the process. She walks through the four steps of every major transition, and explodes the stubborn myths that can derail best efforts. She reveals the secrets of great transformations – and the hidden roadblocks that can stand in the way.  She grounds her talk in real-world success stories, from Play-doh to Post-It Notes to Viagra, backed by the latest research from her breakthrough book NEXT! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work. Audiences will leave with an action-oriented toolkit, with steps that they can take today, to lead the way to the future.

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