Esther Wojcicki
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Esther Wojcicki

The Godmother of Silicon Valley and one of the founders of Google for Education, Wojcicki gives insights on the five fundamental values that help us all become capable, successful people.

CEO, Global Moonshots in Education; Author; Corporate Culture Expert

Expertise In:

  • Creativity
  • Education
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Inspiring Lives
  • Corporate Culture

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Lecture Series
  • Non-Profits

The Godmother of Silicon Valley and one of the founders of Google for Education, Wojcicki gives insights on the five fundamental values that help us all become capable, successful people. Entities all over the world are adopting her TRICK framework -- trust, respect, independence, collaboration and kindness -- to develop a future-proof workforce.

Esther Wojcicki, known as “The Godmother of Silicon Valley” is a journalist and award-winning educator, a pioneer in the integration of technology into the classroom, and a world-renowned advocate for students and teachers. The founder of the Journalistic Learning Initiative at the University of Oregon, she is the recipient of a number of teaching awards and sits on the Board of leading educational organizations, including PBS Learning Forum and Creative Commons. Wojcicki also serves an advisor for edtech companies, non-profits, foundations, and the U.S. Department of Education. She is She is the author of Moonshots in Education (2014) and How to Raise Successful People (May, 2019). She is the mother of Susan Wojcicki (CEO of YouTube), Janet Wojcicki (Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF) and Anne Wojcicki (Founder and CEO of 23andMe) and the grandmother of nine.

Why Book Esther Wojcicki for Your Event

Dr. Wojcicki founded the Palo Alto High Media Arts Program, one of America’s largest, most dynamic and successful high school media studies programs, and a model of how to teach 21st century skills. She regularly presents on her work and methods to global audiences of educators, policy makers and business leaders, where she pushes them to think differently integrating technology and learning.

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Esther Wojcicki's Speech Topics

Leadership Development for a Rapidly Changing World

Most organizations tend to treat leadership as a skill – something singular, specific and focal based on principles of the industrial era. As such schools and corporations try to learn leadership in the same way students learn algebra in school - by sending leaders to courses where they learn the skills required to be “a leader.” This approach does not create successful leaders in a world that is moving faster than ever before. Dr. Esther Wojcicki will distinguish management from leadership and share strategies for future-proofing your leadership skills.

Service & Purpose: A Meaningful Life

To live an examined and meaningful life, you need to stop and reflect on what you are doing to make the world a better place. A meaningful life is one in which you are aware of your actions, your purpose, and your impact. You want to live with compassion. One clear way to do that is to work to make your community the best it can be. The Godmother of Silicon Valley shares her insights on how individuals and organizations can foster a culture of compassion and purpose in the 21st Century especially in this age of Coronavirus. In this series, you will be empowered to do something outside yourself to repair tears in your community. Purposeful organizations empower their members to be of service and create compassionate and successful communities.

Trust in the Age of Digital Transformation

As more corporations adopt remote working strategies there is a need to re-imagine the future of work in the Digital Age. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated organizations into the Age of Digital Transformation. We are experiencing the viral spread of fear and companies reinventing themselves with this new reality. In change management, organizational leaders and consultants put a lot of emphasis on things like clear vision, incentive systems, and metrics. This approach does not work to build a successful, resilient and future-proof enterprise. Dr. Wojcicki helps organizations build successful, resilient businesses by using her TRICK framework -- scaling trust, respect, independence, collaboration and kindness. Dr. Wojcicki’s corporate training program goes deep into interpersonal interactions and how technology integration can help organizations be successful with remote work. In this series, participants are empowered with tools that help them focus on building long-term relationships, not short-term transactions.

Leadership: Leading with Trust & Kindness

How can leaders overcome chaos in uncertain times? One of the world’s most admired leaders, Dr. Wojcicki lays out the secrets to cultivating effective and ethical leaders in her new book, How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. Her tried-and-tested formula boils down to TRICK, a catchy acronym that stands for trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness. In this series, Dr. Wojcicki covers the following topics:

  • Navigating ambiguity is an essential skill for uncertainty in all its forms.
  • Building deep trust and fostering an adaptive team culture starts with knowing the strengths each team member has and leveraging them appropriately.
  • Embracing new ways of working should be accompanied by new tools and KPIs - simply adapting old ways to be “digital” keeps us from true transformation.
  • Specific strengths and weaknesses are not relegated to certain roles and levels, so transparency and humility between team members at all levels is vital for success.

Works by Esther Wojcicki