Author to talk about leadership

Joanna Barsh will present and sign her Centered Leadership book at Books & Books in Camana Bay this week. 

Appearing as part of the bookstore’s International Visiting Author series, Ms. Barsh, a guest of the Cayman Islands chapter of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, will give a talk on the book, and sign copies, from 6 p.m. on Thursday. 

The book, written by Ms. Barsh and Johanne Lavoie after years of studying the stories of leaders and working with Fortune 100 companies, examines why some talented people rise to the top, while others fail to reach their full leadership potential, and what distinguishes the most effective leaders.  

It points out that the answer lies in how leaders take accountability for their personal and professional growth in today’s challenging environment.  

Ms. Barsh, director emeritus at McKinsey & Company, is also the best-selling author of “How Remarkable Women Lead.” In 2008, she launched The Centered Leadership Project at McKinsey to develop men and women into leaders seeking to transform their organizations. 

She was invited by then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to serve on the city’s Commission on Women’s Issues from 2002-2013 and led 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.  

Ms. Barsh has spoken at Google Zeitgeist, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, DB’s Women on Wall Street and Women in Asia Summits, the EVE program in France and in China, MAKERS2014 and at more than 100 companies, including American Express, Citi, eBay, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Pimco, Time Warner, and Walmart.  

She is a member of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s International Council of Women Business Leaders and co-chairs the Leadership Working Group. She serves on the boards of Genesco Inc. and Sesame Workshop, and holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Chicago, and Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar. 

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