Rebecca Henderson

Global Authority on Sustainable Business Growth; Organizational Change Strategist and Researcher; Author, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire; Professor, Harvard Business School

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    Rebecca Henderson

    Global Authority on Sustainable Business Growth; Organizational Change Strategist and Researcher; Author, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire; Professor, Harvard Business School

    Speaker Fee Range: Please inquire for fees

    Travels From: USA

    Rebecca Henderson is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Speaker Rebecca Henderson sees the future of capitalism in environmentally sustainable business practice. The world’s largest corporations are the most affected by global instability, and the most forward-thinking offer models for other companies. Governments, too, can learn from the private sector’s enlightened self-interest. Events that seek a sustainable way forward—economically and environmentally—build their programs around Henderson’s unforgettably enlightening keynote addresses.

    Rebecca Henderson Speaker Biography

    Sustainability and profit aren’t just compatible, observes keynote speaker Rebecca Henderson: they’re mutually supportive. A stirring and enlightening sustainability speaker, Rebecca Henderson addresses corporate events and conferences worldwide.

    Few thought leaders have studied sustainable capitalism as rigorously as Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson. From energy to IT, pharmaceuticals to consumer-goods firms, entire industries are shifting toward sustainable practices to secure long-term advantages.

    Her bestselling book, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, examines companies who gain competitive advantages through sustainability. Corporations including Walmart and Unilever use efficiency, employee loyalty, supply-chain reform, and brand awareness to pursue business more responsibly. Additionally, Reimagining Capitalism was shortlisted for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award in 2020.

    Fewer than 1,000 companies produce roughly 70% of global GDP, giving them extraordinary leverage over economic and environmental practice. Therefore, Henderson argues, where governments fail to act responsibly, the private sector can exert positive pressure toward meaningful change.

    Henderson is the John and Natty McArthur University Professor at Harvard and a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Previously, Henderson taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management. There, won the 2001 Teacher of the Year award. Henderson is also a fellow of the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She sits on the boards of CERES and IDEXX Laboratories.

    Rebecca Henderson Keynote Topics

    The emergence of capitalism as the primary system for organizing economies and generating prosperity has taken root across the globe. But can it be a force for tackling the biggest challenges our burgeoning population faces, namely the threats posed by global climate change and finite resources on the planet? Rebecca Henderson believes that not only does capitalism have a role to play, but it is uniquely qualified to harness the enormous intellectual, technological, financial and motivational resources that humankind can bring to bear on these challenges. However, the framework of private enterprise, along with enlightened state and intergovernmental factors, require a fundamental re-imagination. Professor Henderson illuminates how this important debate is unfolding and its impact on the future of sustainable business.

    Driving innovation for organic growth is always challenging for companies, says Rebecca Henderson. But it is especially hard when new markets often look less profitable than existing ones and all organizations become increasingly comfortable with the status quo. Yet, leading companies are finding that the immense challenges posed by climate change and the need to use resources more efficiently provide the essential stimulus to focus and act in new ways. Professor Henderson explains how business’ commitment to solving “big problems” can unlock not only tremendous enthusiasm amongst employees, but also exactly the kind of creative thinking and commitment to work across organizational boundaries that is at the root of most significant innovation. She shares stories of companies such as Unilever that are getting it right—often using a big overarching game plan, like becoming a leader in creating sustainable solutions—to catapult the company into a new direction.

    Throughout her career, Rebecca Henderson has been fascinated by the difficulties that large, well-established companies encounter as they attempt to leverage technological innovation to reinvent themselves. In many industries, incumbents have seen new entrants come in, either entrepreneurial firms or established players from other industries, and yet they cannot respond effectively to these disruptors. Professor Henderson digs deep to uncover why it is so hard, examining the strategic, organizational and behavioral shifts that can help managers create the right conditions for discontinuous change to occur.

    Rebecca Henderson Speaking Videos

    Conversation with Prof. Rebecca Henderson, Harvard Business School
    Reimagining Capitalism with Rebecca Henderson