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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 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

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:

NEXT! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work


The profound disruptions of recent years have prompted us to reprioritize how we live, work and lead. But what’s next – and how do we get there? In this lively talk, Lipman walks us through the steps of successful reinventions, drawn from the hundreds of personal interviews and scientific research papers that inform her powerhouse new book NEXT! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work. Lipman explains the four steps of every transformation and explodes the three myths that can derail progress. She brings her talks to life with vivid examples and thrilling new scientific breakthroughs from the worlds of psychology and neuroscience. She explains how any one of us can employ these insights in our own lives and work. She leaves the audience with a toolkit of actions they can take, right now, to change lives and workplaces – and to inspire innovation in others.


Five Steps to Reinvent Your Life


The ground beneath our feet has shifted in the past few years, prompting many of us to reevaluate and reprioritize our lives and work. Whether you’re looking to change careers, pick up the pieces after a personal setback, or you’re simply feeling stuck, it’s time to discover what’s next.

In this entertaining and extraordinarily action-oriented talk, Joanne Lipman explains how successful transitions happen. She reveals the five key steps that lead to transformative personal change - and explodes the three myths that can derail it. She addresses head-on the often-hidden issues of gender, racial and age bias. As a pioneering female newsroom leader, as well as a mom who has survived breast cancer, Lipman is uniquely qualified to lead an honest, no-holds-barred discussion on how to navigate great change. She doesn’t simply rely on personal experience; her insights are based on the hundreds of personal interviews and academic research papers that inform both her No. 1 bestselling book That’s What She Said, about closing the gender gap, as well as her breakthrough new book, NEXT! The Power of Reinvention in Life and Work.


Reinventing the Workplace: The Future of Work

The workplace is in the midst of massive disruption. Employees are reevaluating their relationships with their jobs. Leaders are rethinking their roles. Remote work is upending how and when we work. Social issues have become front-burner business challenges 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 by which organizations successfully change. She walks through the four steps of every major transition, and explodes the stubborn myths that can derail organizations’ best efforts. She reveals the secrets of great transformations – and the hidden roadblocks that can stand in the way. 

Lipman tailors each talk to the individual needs of specific industries and companies, illustrated with pertinent real-life examples and revelatory research. Her insights are  grounded in hundreds of personal interviews and scientific breakthroughs in fields ranging from psychology to neuroscience to management theory, all of which inform 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.


The Business Case for Building Diversity in the Workplace


In organizations across the country, we are at a transitional moment. Bestselling author Joanne Lipman, the former Editor in Chief of USA TODAY, 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. Taking the conversation a step further, she shares deep reporting and compelling anecdotes, laying out the incontrovertible business case for diversity. She offers steps that organizations and individuals can take, right now, that will help make workplaces more inclusive for all.

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