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Joanna Barsh

Director Emeritus
McKinsey & Company

Joanna Barsh

Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, Joanna Barsh is also the best-selling author of How Remarkable Women Lead and Centered Leadership. At McKinsey, Joanna served consumer-facing clients for over 30 years, helping on strategic growth and performance transformation challenges. And in 2008, Joanna launched the Centered Leadership project at McKinsey to develop men and women leaders faced with significant challenges.

Joanna is also a strong advocate for women. Invited by Mayor Bloomberg in 2002, Joanna serves on NYC’s Commission on Women’s Issues. She led ground-breaking research for The Wall Street Journal’s Women in Econ Task Force in 2011 and 2012 and for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in 2013. Joanna has spoken at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women summit, DB’s Women on Wall Street and Women in Asia summits, the EVE Programme, MAKERS2014 and at over 100 companies including American Express, Citi, ebay, Goldman Sachs, Google, Morgan Stanley, Time Warner, and Walmart. She has engaged with business and government leaders globally – notably Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the U.K., and of course, the U.S.

Joanna serves on the Genesco board and Sesame Workshop. She holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago and Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.