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Ashley Whillans

Ashley holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a tenure-track faculty member in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School, teaching the Negotiation and Motivation and Incentives courses to MBA students and Executives. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a “Rising Star of Behavioral Science” by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service Agency. Her research has been published in top academic journals and popular media press outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Her first book Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing and among other accolades was named the top 10 business books of 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the single best Ph.D. thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.

 

Ashley is an experienced keynote speaker and hosts workshops, presents lectures, and gives academic and book-related talks for working professionals worldwide. Topics she covers include but are not limited to time management, improving employee happiness and reducing burn-out, negotiations training, and designing meaningful workplace rewards.

Ashley holds a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is currently a tenure-track faculty member in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at the Harvard Business School, teaching the Negotiation and Motivation and Incentives courses to MBA students and Executives. In both 2015 and 2018, she was named a “Rising Star of Behavioral Science” by the International Behavioral Exchange and the Behavioral Science and Policy Association. In 2016, she co-founded the Department of Behavioral Science in the Policy, Innovation, and Engagement Division of the British Columbia Public Service Agency. Her research has been published in top academic journals and popular media press outlets including Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Her first book Time Smart: How to Reclaim Your Time & Live a Happier Life was published in October 2020 by Harvard Business Publishing and among other accolades was named the top 10 business books of 2020 by the Globe and Mail. Prior to joining HBS, she was a visiting scholar and guest lecturer at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Her dissertation research on time and happiness won the 2018 CAGS Distinguished Dissertation Award for being the single best Ph.D. thesis in Canada across the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences.

 

Ashley is an experienced keynote speaker and hosts workshops, presents lectures, and gives academic and book-related talks for working professionals worldwide. Topics she covers include but are not limited to time management, improving employee happiness and reducing burn-out, negotiations training, and designing meaningful workplace rewards.

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Tom Eggemeier, Permira

Review: “Permira hired Ashley to give a webinar on her recent book “Time Smart.” At this event, Ashley shared scientifically proven techniques for improving time affluence and happiness with our busy team of private equity professionals. Ashley is an engaging and thought-provoking speaker. After the presentation, we immediately begin to execute on her ideas. Her talk was a great success and encouraged our firm to make small but powerful changes to have more control over our most valuable asset—time.”

Gabriella Bergin-Cartwright, Walking on Earth

Review: “We have worked together with Ashley on several client engagements, where she delivered live sessions and Q&As on time and happiness. Ashley did a fantastic job of communicating key insights from behavioural science and translating research findings into actionable easy-to-understand takeaways, empowering people with strategies like funding time, finding time, and reframing time, to help them take more control of their health and wellbeing. It was a pleasure collaborating with Ashley and we received great client feedback from her sessions."

Kayla Evans, Boston Consulting Group

Review: "I had the opportunity to bring Dr. Ashley Whillans as a guest for a BCG Henderson Institute - People and Organizations (BHIPO) global event on Time Smart. Preparing for the event with Ashley was refreshingly smooth and surprisingly energizing; it was clear throughout that Ashley had our audience in mind... After the event, multiple colleagues reached out to me directly to thank me for having Ashley. We all agreed that her clarity, empathy, and - of course - a wealth of specialized knowledge made it a conversation that we'd take back to our teams. I highly recommend Ashley Whillans as a keynote speaker for any firm who prioritizes wellness and personal development. "

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