Keynote Speaker Category: Business, Disruption, Female Speakers, Leadership, Organisational Change, Resilience, Storytelling, TED Speakers, Vulnerability,


Amy Cuddy is a  a social psychologist, bestselling author, award-winning Harvard lecturer, and expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. Cuddy earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2005 and was a professor at Harvard Business School from 2008 to 2017, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management from 2006 to 2008, and Rutgers University from 2005 to 2006. She continues to teach at Harvard Business School in executive education. For more information on Amy see her full Bio Below.


  • Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
  • How to Lead with Confidence and Be More Influential
  • The Science and Social Impact of Bravery
  • Workshop on the Power of Prejudice: Exploring the Anatomy of Bias at Work


Her research has been published in top academic journals, including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science, and Psychological Science, and a range of internationally-known publications, like The Economist, The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Fast Company. She has been a guest on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, and BBC World News, among others. Cuddy also has written for The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeHarvard Business Review, and CNN.


  • 100 Women of 2017, BBC
  • Game Changer, Time
  • 50 Women Who Are Changing the World, Business Insider
  • World’s Top 50 Management Thinkers, Thinkers50
  • Top 50 Leadership Innovators Changing How We Lead, Inc.
  • Top 5 HR Thinkers, HR Magazine
  • 100 Science Stars on Twitter, Science
  • Ten Bostonians Who are Upending the Way We Live, Lead, and Learn, Boston Magazine
  • Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
  • Early Career Award, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Harvard Excellence in Teaching Award, Harvard University
  • Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum


Cuddy’s first book Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges (Little, Brown, & Co., 2015), is a New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Publisher’s Weekly, and Globe and Mail bestseller and has been published in 35 languages.

Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts (anticipated publication: 2021), delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults, a pervasive and often devastating problem, and the steps that we all must take to move toward social bravery in our daily lives and broader culture.


Amy Cuddy is a sought-after speaker, collaborator, and researcher.  Her 2012 TED Talk, “Your Body Language May Shape Who You Are,” named by The Guardian as ‘One of 20 Online Talks that Could Change Your Life,’ has been viewed more than 50 million times and is the second-most-viewed TED Talk. Focusing on the power of prejudice and stereotyping, nonverbal behavior, the delicate balance of trustworthiness and strength, and the ways in which people can affect their own thoughts, feelings, performance, and psychological and physical well-being, she speaks about how we can become more present, influential, compassionate, brave, and satisfied in our professional and personal lives. She has given keynote addresses to a wide range of audiences all over the world.

Amy has honoured with numerous awards over her esteemed career. Among the most prominent, she has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of 50 Women Changing the World by Business Insider, a Top 50 Management Thinker by Thinkers50, and one of the BBC 100 Women, honoring inspiring and influential women around the world. She has also received the Harvard Excellence in Teaching Award.

Through her writing, speaking, and impressive depth of research, she impels others to summon their best selves in approaching life’s biggest challenges with presence – by accessing their personal power.

She has rigorously researched stereotyping and prejudice, nonverbal behaviour, and presence and performance under stress over the last twenty years. Her findings along with other behavioural scientists and physiologists, reveal how the body-mind connection impacts personal success, and people’s ability to connect meaningfully with others.

Cuddy’s first book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges – a national and international bestseller published in 35 languages with over half a million copies sold – digs deeper into the impacts of self-doubt in high-stakes situations, and how small-scale changes can condition us to face our biggest challenges with confidence. It was described in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, “Presence feels at once concrete and inspiring, simple but ambitious – above all, truly powerful.” Inside the book, Cuddy shares the underlying science behind her principles, along with examples of real people who learned to flourish amid personal anxiety – including her own deeply personal story.

Early in her college career, at age 19,  Cuddy suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident. Doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity and finish her undergraduate degree. She proved them wrong, eventually going on to earn her doctorate from Princeton in 2005, and serving as a full-time professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management (2006-2008) and Harvard Business School (2008-2017). She now serves on the Harvard Business School Executive Education Faculty in the women’s leadership development program, which aims to empower women in senior leadership positions to lead with lasting impact and build strategic advantage for their companies. Her remarkable road to recovery, battle against imposter syndrome, and ultimate ascension has become a foundational part of her journey as a social scientist.

Her commitment to personal empowerment is a theme in her newer work, as well. Cuddy recently co-founded the Citizen Confidence Project, an initiative of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. Through the program, she seeks to help people reclaim their status as citizens, so that they can become more active participants in tackling some of society’s biggest problems.

Cuddy is currently writing her second book, Bullies, Bystanders, and Bravehearts, which delves into the psychological causes and consequences of bullying among adults – a pervasive and often devastating problem. Propelled by extraordinary new insights, she’ll share the concrete steps that we must all take to move toward social bravery in our daily lives and broader culture, concluding that we all have the power to become bravehearts.

With her eloquent, relatable, and warm-hearted delivery, Cuddy moves and inspires listeners through her transformational theories that show us how everyone can harness their own power and bravery. She is known to combine her wisdom and deep expertise with an honest, accessible openness. Whether she’s talking to an audience of 100 or 20,000, she creates an unparalleled intimacy with her audiences. She provides practical and profound advice to her audience also provides immediately-actionable tips for achieving greater success, with the focus on scientifically-grounded strategies for becoming more present, influential, compassionate, and satisfied in their professional and personal lives.

Ricardo did an amazing job. At the time of his keynote, people were tired after a long day, but he managed to get their attention one more time. We got especially good feedback on his session around midday. I don’t know how comfortable Ricardo is with presenting in German – that (maybe) would have been the only thing I can think of that could have elevated his presentation (but that would have just been the cherry on top of the ice cream).

Julius MeltzerXING

Thanks a lot for the creativity and resilience to manage this Inspiration Tour in such a great manner. Great leaders (and some great example of how we do not want to come across), inspirational stories, challenge our believes (loved obviously Ricardo Semler) and many insights for the future. Thanks a lot!

Head of large pharmaceutical company – Costa Rica

After the workshop I spoke to some of the business relations that we had invited. They were positive without exception. Present were, among others, a partner of a large law firm, a company that offers HR services with the aid of self-developed software and a partner of an international recruitment and selection agency. They all asked questions about specific challenges in their companies and were amazed at Semler's knowledge of their specific business model and challenges. To be repeated!

Han MesterHan Mesters, Sector Banker Business Services ABN AMRO Bank

I am leaving early tomorrow morning for 10 days in Botswana without internet so I am writing to you quickly now. Firstly, thank you for coming to SA and thank you for the time you spent with me and the effort you put into your presentation. You are a rare person and have an enormous amount to offer the world. We did get a lot of feedback and all presentations were rated. You rated highly and there were quite a few comments. When I get back I will collate these and send them to you.
Thanks you, Robert

Robert PhillipsThundermark



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