- Corporate Culture
- Corporate Social Responsibility
- Crisis Management
- Diversity and Inclusion in Business
Audience & Industry
- Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
- Senior Management Groups
- The Professional Services Industry
- Women's Events
Fiercely optimistic and unrelenting in her mission to unleash the potential of organizations, Frances Frei is the corporate trailblazer’s secret weapon in the battle for advantage and momentum.
Ivy League professor Frances Frei is teaching Fortune 500 CEOs how to lead.
A global thought leader on diversity, strategy, and culture, the Harvard Business School professor and corporate advisor-of-choice has made a career for herself changing organizational behavior.
From initiating a gender makeover at her school’s MBA program to acting as a personal advisor to the world’s most effective executives, Frei is answering her deepest calling – to help leaders create impact.
When companies seek her direct counsel, it’s often at a point of reckoning, when a shift of mindset and attention is needed to drive real transformation. That’s when Frei gets to metaphorically bust down doors, surfacing internal barriers and biases from the top down.
Her work as a culture coach, though challenging, is done with fierce and refreshing optimism. Frei is a big believer in the concept of redemption and second chances – insisting no company's culture is beyond repair.
In June 2017, Uber brought in Frei as its first SVP of leadership and strategy, to implement her prescription for radical change. Following a tumultuous string of bad publicity and scandal, the organization looked to Frei to help instill something that she says the company had lost: trust.
After nine months working with its over 15,000 employees, Frei departed the ride-hailing company to work on a new leadership acceleration program for companies – aimed at women and underrepresented minorities – before returning to her home at Harvard Business School.
In her TED Talk How to Build (and Rebuild) Trust, Frei gives audiences an inside look at her time with Uber, and how she diagnoses and cures a fractured culture. With quick wit and a compassionate approach, she reveals to listeners the three critical conditions people need at work in order to thrive.
How to Build (and Rebuild) Trust
The Mandate to Build Trust
Leadership in Diversity
Building (and Rebuilding) Trust
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Organizational Psychologist, The Wharton School of Business; Best-Selling Author; Host: WorkLife, a TED original podcast