Education: M.A. Cambridge University; honorary doctorate from University of Bath Professional Career: 13 years at the BBC, producing radio and TV drama and documentaries. Managing Director, IPPA. Managing Director, Marlin Gas Trading. Chief Executive Officer, InfoMation; Chief Executive Officer, ZineZone Corporation; Chief Executive Officer, ICAST Corporation. Author: The Naked Truth, A Working Woman's Manifesto (2004) How She Does It: How Female Entrepreneurs are Changing the Rules for Business Success (2007) Women on Top (2009) Willful Blindness: Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril (2011) - finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year; A Bigger Prize: How we do better than the Competition (2014.)
TEDWomen 2015, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDGlobal 2012
Areas of Expertise
Speaking. Writing. Playwriting. Business. Entrepreneurship. Tech
An idea worth spreading
If we were better at managing conflict, we wouldn't be so afraid of it. If we were less conflict averse, our eyes would see more, our ears hear more and we would widen and enrich the people and ideas we were prepared to engage with. Most people have far more creativity, skill, knowledge, insight and energy than they ever tap - because they are afraid of the conflict their fierce identities might provoke. But when we overcome that fear, we discover instead our great capacity for innovation and change.
I'm passionate about
Honesty. New ideas that make work joyful. The glue between people that makes them stronger, better, braver and more creative. Mistakes that change what you see. Fierce collaboration.
Talk to me about
Courage. Creativity. Music. Hope. The role that business can take as a force for good. John Updike. Complexity. Humility. Wilful blindness. Mistakes. Powerlessness.
People don't know I'm good at
Singing classical music. Directing plays.
My TED story
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