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Tsedal Neeley

Keynote Speaker

Leading Expert in Hybrid, Remote, Global Work and Digital Mindset and Transformation; Harvard Business School Professor; Award-winning Author

"We will see virtual, distributed or hybrid, and global work become significant parts of work arrangements that will expand our repertoire, digital skills, and performance, promising to make us and our organizations that much better." – Tsedal Neeley

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Tsedal Neeley (@tsedal) is the Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School. Her work focuses on how leaders can scale their organizations by developing and implementing global and digital strategies. She is the global expert on hybrid work, remote work, global work, and digital mindset, and she regularly advises top leaders who are embarking on virtual work and large scale-change that involves global expansion, digital transformation, and becoming more agile.

Tsedal heads and teaches in the first-year required Leadership and Organizational Behavior course in the MBA program that focuses on how to lead effectively; the curriculum addresses group behavior and performance, organization design, change and how to align people behind a common vision. She co-chairs the executive offering, Leading Global Businesses, which helps top leaders develop emerging and mature market strategies in a global and increasingly digital economy. She also teaches extensively in executive programs such as Harvard Business Analytics Program. Tsedal is a recipient of the prestigious Charles M. Williams Award for Outstanding Teaching in Executive Education and the Greenhill Award for outstanding contributions to Harvard Business School. She serves on the Board of Directors of Brightcove, Brown Capital Management, Harvard Business Publishing and the Partnership Inc.

Her book, Remote Work Revolution: Succeeding from Anywhere (2021, Harper Collins Business), provides remote workers and leaders with the best practices necessary to perform at the highest levels in their organizations. Her award-winning book, The Language of Global Success: How a Common Tongue Transforms Multinational Organizations chronicles the behind-the-scenes globalization process of a company over the course of five years. She has also published extensively in leading scholarly and practitioner-oriented outlets such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Management Science, Journal of International Business, Strategic Management Journal and Harvard Business Review, and her work has been widely covered in media outlets such as BBC, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, and the Economist. Her HBS case, Managing a Global Team: Greg James at Sun Microsystems, is one of the most used cases worldwide on the subject of virtual work.

Prior to her academic career, Tsedal spent ten years working for companies like Lucent Technologies and The Forum Corporation in various roles, including strategies for global customer experience, 360-degree performance software management systems, sales force/sales management development, and business flow analysis for telecommunication infrastructures. A sought-after speaker with extensive international experience, she is fluent in four languages. She holds a patent for her software simulation on global collaboration and is a member of Rakuten’s Advisory Board.

Tsedal received her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering, specializing in Work, Technology and Organizations. Tsedal was named to Thinkers50 2018 On the Radar list for making lasting contributions to management, honored as a Stanford Distinguished Alumnus Scholar and was a Stanford University School of Engineering Lieberman award recipient for excellence in teaching and research.

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Tsedal Neeley’s Speech Topics

  • Developing a Digital Mindset

    Tsedal Neeley is an award-winning Harvard Business School professor and leading expert at the intersection of work, technology and organizations including remote, hybrid and global work. From organizational culture change to developing a digital mindset, Neeley speaks to how data and technology are transforming how we think, operate and create value.

  • It’s About Leading a Global and Digital Inclusive Organization

    Inclusive is global. Divides in business are real: digital, linguistic, and cultural. When your business needs to work, thrive, and lead people who are different from each other, how do you make the most of your team’s differences? In this talk, Neeley will show the policies and practices that determine success (or not) when negotiating business divides. Professor Neeley also utilizes case studies from Harvard Business School in her presentations.

  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Your Business

    The most diverse companies are the most innovative. Despite the benefits of diversity, many employees find themselves left behind when it comes to leadership roles and inclusion. In this moderated session, Neeley talks about what companies can do to implement cultural change so they can succeed and everyone can thrive.

  • The Language of Global Success

    For nearly three decades, English has been the lingua franca of cross-border organizations. However, global businesses face daily challenges with linguistic and cultural misunderstandings. So what are the best corporate strategies for leading teams in linguistically and culturally diverse companies so they can thrive? In this talk, Neeley shares how organizations can integrate language and communication effectively to set up their teams for success.

  • Remote Work Revolution

    The rapid and unprecedented changes brought on by Covid-19 have accelerated the transition to remote working, requiring wholesale migration of nearly entire companies to virtual work, leaving managers and employees scrambling to adjust. In this talk, Neeley will show organizations how to lead virtually, keep teams motivated, find the right digital tools, and maintain employees’ productivity.


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