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Sheena Iyengar

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Speaker Sheena Iyengar is a choice expert organizing thoughts around positive mental training and choice management. Sheena's research is cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist and in popular books, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Today Sheena uses her years of expertise to guide companies' overall thinking to success.

Why you should book speaker Sheena Iyengar:

  • Speaker Sheena Iyengar received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” received the Best Dissertation Award.
  • She is a popular TED keynote speaker and her presentations have millions of views on various online platforms.
  • Her work is cited on a regular basis in media such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist as well as in popular books, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance.

Speaker Sheena Iyengar is a world expert on choice and decision-making. Her book The Art of Choosing received the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year 2010 award, and was ranked #3 on the Amazon.com Best Business and Investing Books of 2010. Her research is regularly cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and The Economist as well as in popular books, such as Malcolm Gladwell’s Blink and Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Dr. Iyengar has also appeared on television, including The Today Show, the Daily Show, and Fareed Zakaria’s GPS on CNN. Her TED Talks have collectively received almost four million views and her research continues to inform markets, businesses, and individuals around the world.

Dr. Iyengar is the inaugural S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division at Columbia Business School. Growing up in New York City as a blind Indian American and the daughter of immigrants, she began to look at the choices she and others had, and how to get the most from choice. She first started researching choice as an undergrad at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania where she graduated with a B.S. in Economics. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University where her dissertation, “Choice and its Discontents,” received the Best Dissertation Award. Dr. Iyengar received the Presidential Early Career Award in 2002, and in 2011 and 2019, she was named a member of the Thinkers50, a global ranking of the top 50 management thinkers. She won the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Core Teaching from Columbia Business School in 2012 and was named one of the World’s Best B-School Professors by Poets and Quants. She has also given keynotes and consulted for companies as wide-ranging as Deloitte, Google, Bloomberg, Blizzard Entertainment, J.P. Morgan & Chase, and The North Face.

In a groundbreaking, new course called “Think Bigger,” Dr. Iyengar created a six-step method for teaching people how to take advantage of lessons learned from neurological and cognitive science to put our minds to work when generating our best ideas. Her new book Think Bigger will be released in 2021

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Think Bigger

When you have a complex problem that needs solving, you need innovation, a solution that is both novel and useful. The Think Bigger Innovation Method utilizes decision-making theory, cognitive science, and industry practice to facilitate creativity and innovation. All innovation – in entrepreneurship, corporations, any field or discipline, even our personal lives – begins with a creative spark. Many of us want that next great idea, but we often forget an important part: how? Where do our best ideas come from? Think Bigger applies cognitive science to this question and provides a six-step method for innovation that is unlike any other. A core element of the method – and of the human condition – is that successful innovation, regardless of vocation or profession, depends on an innovator’s desire. Solving a problem that people are passionate about is a way to bring new meaning to your life and to improve your company, organization, or community.

Audience takeaways:

  • Learn to identify, analyze, and solve important problems of your choosing, such as social discourse, pandemic response, or supply chain logistics.
  • This format fosters both interdisciplinary teamwork and constructive interactions that draw on every individual’s experience and expertise.
  • The method focuses on defining and refining a problem while learning to deconstruct and verbalize that problem to surface and reduce bias.
  • At its heart, Think Bigger relies on structured persistence, multi-domain research, and combinatory experimentation.
Keynote by speaker Sheena Iyengar

How to Dream

Have you ever been told to grow up, get your head on straight, and stop dreaming? Have you been advised to give up what you want for what is good and right? If so, you’ve been misled. Dreaming is not the province of only the young, the romantic, and the privileged. Dreaming is not a luxury or frivolity; it is a necessity.

We need to dream, individually and collectively, to conceptualize and create better selves in better worlds. The problem is not that we dream but how we dream. When we become too attached to a particular dream, we allow it to limit our imagination and our possibilities. When we dream without defining and analyzing our desires, goals, and obstacles, we undermine our ability to act.

Audience takeaway:

  • Drawing on her extensive research on choice and her unique experience, Sheena Iyengar will guide you through an iterative process that will enable you to dream with greater hope, courage, and purpose.
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Too Much Choice

Conventional wisdom would have us believe that that the more choice, the better—that the human ability to manage, and the human desire for, the choice is unlimited.  Findings from a number of experimental and naturalistic studies challenge this assumption and demonstrate that decision-makers are less likely to make a choice when choosing from an extensive array of options.

Audience takeaways:

  • When decision-makers do choose in the presence of a greater number of options, they’re likely to choose in a manner at odds with their future financial well-being.
  •  Theoretical and practical implications for future research and policy are discussed.
Keynote by speaker Sheena Iyengar

Lead by Choice

You want to make good choices for yourself, your family, your organization. You want to be a kind of superhero when you choose, leaping over or smashing through the wall of options to get to the best one. You want to be so skilled at the art of choosing that people gather in crowds to hear about your exploits in the vast universe—and parallel universes—of choice. Sheena Iyengar can’t grant you special powers, but she can help you understand the inner workings of choice so that you can develop those powers on your own.

Audience takeaways:

  • Help you Lead by Choice as she reveals what effective leaders need to know about choice and shows you how to choose your way to success.
  • Develop and benefit from leadership skills, no matter what title or position we hold, but in order to do that, we have to learn to choose with wisdom, compassion, and humility.

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Sheena is an incredible speaker. She has both the presence and the credibility, packaged with a bit of humor. Sheena went out of her way to learn about our company and products and apply insights from her research… She took the time to address and inspire us as a team, while also making her findings relevant to the various functions within the business.

Jennifer McCusker

Sr Director, Global Talent & Org Development Blizzard Entertainment Inc

Thank you for your contribution to making the Women in Asian Business Conference in Singapore such an outstanding success. Your presentation was a highlight of the agenda. The participation rate at the conference exceeded our expectation.

Deutsche Bank

Sheena Iyengar was a big hit with the audience and really capped off our day of inspiring talks!

St. Joseph's Health Centre Foundation

My CHOICE is Sheena Iyengar! She really understands the art and science of choice and is a terrific communicator of the relevant lessons to best position companies to empower employees to increase judgment, productivity, and innovation. She customizes her presentations to incorporate data she had collected from employees… I’m a big fan.

Barry Salzberg

Former Global CEO, Deloitte
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