Anne Harbison

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Dr. Anne Harbison is an executive leadership educator known for helping some of the world’s greatest leaders transform themselves, their teams, and entire organizations through expert coaching, facilitation, and strategic consultation.


Beginning her career in Brand Management at Procter & Gamble, she then served as a management consultant specializing in organizational change and learning. Anne was a Principal Strategic Consultant in Gallup’s executive leadership practice, working domestically and internationally in the healthcare, manufacturing, retail, and government sectors.


She received her doctorate from Harvard University researching and teaching on best practices for leadership success and how we can thrive through times of great change and transition.


Anne has been a featured speaker at the Brookings Institute, The Academy of Management, and the Association of Talent and Development, as well as Fortune 100 companies such as Best Buy, Cargill, Toyota, and Boeing, among others.


A native Kentuckian, Anne lives in Minneapolis with her husband and three children and continues her work in exploring how to thrive during crisis through her book, Never Waste A Crisis, and her community, Surviving & Thriving Together.


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*All topics are available as keynotes or workshops*


The Power of Leading from Within Workshop: Building Sources of Confidence, Credibility and Connection 


As a leader, true power comes from your ability to authentically connect with others and inspire them to action. Instead of ”power over” (which may come from formal authority or a commanding presence), true leadership requires us to cultivate “power with” the important networks, clients, and communities we serve. To create lasting impact, influence is just as important as authority for long-term success and career satisfaction. Beyond your title, education, or formal authority, true influence is an outcome of internal confidence with external credibility. There’s no “one size fits all” when it comes to being a powerful leader. This workshop helps identify your individual “power equation” through the lens of confidence, credibility, and connection. Participants learn how to “get out of their own way” as they seek greater levels of leadership effectiveness and reach. Inspirational, educational, and actionable, Dr. Harbison’s workshops are specifically tailored to senior leaders striving to increase their contribution, impact, and legacy within the organizations and communities they serve.


This highly engaging and interactive session will share best practices and practical guidelines for: 

Focusing on influence as your key leadership power 

Recognizing that competence is only the starting point to confidence 

Embracing the leadership touchstone of “connection” as the anchor to both personal and professional excellence 


Key Takeaways: 

Identification of your top three internal and external sources of confidence and credibility 

Five guidelines for practicing “power with” (rather than “power over”) 

Personal power equation (confidence+credibility+connection) 

Next steps for putting workshop insights into practical action


Women Thriving Together: Naming and Claiming Our Work in the World


There are key differences between men and women as organizational leaders, and given the right resources, women pose a future-forward advantage for building more diverse, connected, and mindful winning teams.


An inspiring, enriching day of diving deep and reaching wide, Anne provides the perfect opportunity for your women's leadership group to elevate its vision, talent, and impact in concrete and actionable ways.


Anne is an author, Harvard Doctorate, and executive leadership educator for some of the world’s top organizations and thought leaders. She’s known for her real-life stories of dynamic and authentic leadership, and for captivating audiences through the spectrum of full human emotion. She knows the ins and outs of women’s leadership from over 20 years of experience with top organizations, and leads her audiences today with heart, courage, and purpose.


Key Takeaways:

Learn not only how to nurture more women leaders within your organization, but how to have them foster the same down the line.

Find out how to provide a culture of stability, risk-taking, and confidence for individuals and teams to push the boundaries of success.

Evolve your definitions of success and leadership with challenging exercises on how to lead with courage, compassion, boldness, and honesty.

Create your fresh vision for the future, including actionable steps to implement positive change


Never Waste A Crisis: Surviving and Thriving Through Life’s Tightropes, Turmoil, and Tragedy 


For 20 years, before the coronavirus, Dr. Harbison had been researching, teaching, and consulting on how to navigate transition and change. When tough times hit, we have a unique opportunity to look up and reach out, to reinvent ourselves and our organizations. In fact, some of the greatest inventions, companies, and stories of personal triumph emerge from tumultuous times. Now more than ever, the world needs expert, compassionate guidance on how to not only survive but actually thrive together during difficult times. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information and inspiration for:


Creating stability and confidence in yourself and those around you

Challenging mind-traps that shut down learning and connection

Nurturing social community while physical distancing

Building a growth mindset for greater resilience and optimism

Envisioning a “new normal” that will inspire, equip, and sustain you


The Achiever’s Dilemma: Are you driving your Achiever or is your Achiever driving you?


Working harder, longer, faster may be the way to climb the first part of your career ladder. But is there an end in sight? Decades of drive can easily turn into a grueling treadmill of effort and exhaustion. That's a dangerous place to be in the middle of times of upheaval. Now is the time to purposely navigate, not mindlessly execute. Organizational leaders and individuals alike will learn vital information about:


The different types of Achievers: The Caretaker, The Intellect, & The Hero

How we fall back on tropes or expectations that no longer serve us

The 3 myths that trap serious Achievers: “Because I can, I should,” “Because I did, I do,” and “If I don't, no one will.”

Why tough times are a period for being, not doing.

How to better navigate (and even grow through) difficult change and transition


Thriving Through Change Workshop: Living with more Sanity, Satisfaction, and Success



Acknowledge both the losses and the gains that change brings

Understanding your personal response to change – and whether that is serving you or not in your present environment 

Applying the “THRIVE” model to your personal change journey (Talents, Home Team, Relationship, Impact, Values, and Environment) 

Mapping out your “Home Team” who can get you through rough patches (your Cheerleader, Devil’s Advocate, Truth-Teller, and Magic Maker) 

Ways to partner with and support others during predictable phases or change and transformation – knowing that you are not alone! 


Anne’s workshops are delivered through a high-energy, inspirational and interactive format. There will be plenty of room for discussion, laughter, new insights about yourself and one another – AND making a plan for putting your new ideas into action. 

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