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Nancy Koehn

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Nancy Koehn

Harvard Historian, Author, Leadership Coach

Providing historical insights into current realities, Koehn helps leaders navigate the non-stop turbulence of the business landscape, and inspires organizations and individuals to become more resilient, more courageous, and more effective in pursuit of their mission.

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Nancy F. Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn’s research focuses on crisis leadership and how leaders and their teams rise to the challenges of high-stakes situations. Her latest book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, spotlights how five of history’s greatest leaders managed crisis and accomplished extraordinary things.

Koehn has written and supervised cases on Starbucks Coffee Company, Ernest Shackleton, Oprah Winfrey, Bono and U2, Whole Foods, Wedgwood, Estée Lauder, Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, Madam CJ Walker, Marshall Field, Dell Computer, and other leaders and organizations.

Koehn consults with many companies and speaks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and the World Business Forum. She has served as a director for Tempur-pedic, Athenahealth, Seniorbridge, and Fashion to Figure. Koehn has appeared on “American Experience,” “Good Morning America,” Bloomberg Televison, CNBC’s “Moneywheel,” “The NewsHour,” A&E’s “Biography,” CNN’s “Money Line” and many other television programs. She writes for the New York Times, the Washington Post, Huffington Post, and the Harvard Business Review Online and is a regular commentator on National Public Radio and the BBC. In 2012, Poets and Quants ranked Koehn as one of the World’s 50 Best Business School Professors.

Before coming to HBS, Koehn was a member of Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences for seven years, first as a graduate student in history and then as a lecturer in the History and Literature concentration and the Department of Economics. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before taking her MA and PhD in History from Harvard.

Koehn lives in Concord, Massachusetts and is a dedicated equestrian.

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How Great Leaders Develop Their Grit
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Five Leadership Lessons from FORGED IN CRISIS
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Nancy Koehn on How Great Leaders Say ‘No’

Nancy Koehn’s Speech Topics

  • How to Lead Courageously During a Crisis

    As the world grapples with the fear and uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it also offers a rare opportunity for business leaders to rise to the challenge. Organizations need strong and inspiring leadership to help teams navigate these turbulent and unpredictable times. 


    In this session you will learn how to:

    • Lead with transparency and honesty
    • Establish a routine to create order
    • Integrate recovery periods and tools for releasing fear
    • Prepare a long-term plan to deal with the waves of the crisis
    • Communicate strategically by incorporating learnings and collective purpose
  • Focus, Determination, and Success: Thriving in Non-Stop Uncertainty.

    The world is being tested with pandemic setbacks, ongoing ambiguity, and widespread anxiety sweeping across the globe, but there is hope for a better future ahead! Focus. Determination. Success. Nancy Koehn, a Harvard Business School historian with a wealth of real-world perspective and experience, explores these elements and guides leaders, audiences and organizations of all backgrounds on how to effectively think through the problems and uncertainties presented each day, recognize priorities, access the right set of tools at our disposal, and identify the next steps to take in becoming more courageous, resilient, and mission-focused for a brighter tomorrow.

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