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Work-Life Integration Expert & Wharton Professor of Management and Leadership Development

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Stewart Friedman is an expert on work-life integration and balance. He is also the author of several business books and a professor of management and leadership development at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.Friedman, recognized by many as the world’s foremost authority on leadership from the point of view of the whole person, created the Total Leadership program while serving as the senior executive for leadership development at Ford Motor with the purpose of improving work performance and employee satisfaction. He taught leaders at all levels how to find mutual value among the domains most important to the individual. Praised by such leading lights as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Total Leadership is revolutionizing companies’ approaches to human resource management. Since his days at Ford, Friedman has presented to and consulted with major corporations seeking to replicate the strategy that transformed the American automaker and catapulted Friedman into the position of top expert on creating and maintaining a psychologically healthy corporate culture.An inspiring and provocative speaker, Friedman delivers engaging keynote addresses and conducts immersive workshops globally on leadership, building trust, creating sustainable change, and strategic human resources issues. Telling riveting stories and drawing on hard facts, he breaks through the either/or thinking that has dominated the discussion about work and life. He says “Work/life balance is the wrong metaphor,” and shows audiences how they can pursue what he calls “four-way wins” by being real (acting with authenticity), being whole (acting with integrity), and being innovative (acting with creativity). Total Leadership has demonstrated it can improve employee well-being and performance by finding harmony among the various dimensions of life.Friedman has been on faculty at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania since 1984. His courses – routinely oversubscribed in both Wharton’s full-time MBA program and its Executive MBA program – produce the next wave of innovative thinkers who then implement the Total Leadership framework in their lives and across their organizations, enabling them to mindfully address and remedy issues such as performance management, employee engagement, resilience, well-being, diversity, and inclusivity. According to The New York Times, students speak of him “with a mixture of earnest admiration, gratitude, and rock star adoration.”He has been recognized twice as one of HR’s Most Influential International Thinkers and as one of the “world’s top 50 business thinkers” three times by Thinkers50. In 2015 he won the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Award in the talent management field. He’s published 50+ articles for, including one listed first among Harvard Business Review‘s Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s 25 most influential men to have made things better for working parents and was honored by the Families and Work Institute with the Work Life Legacy Award.The author of more than 50 articles for, including one listed first among Harvard Business Review’s Ideas that Shaped Management in 2013, Friedman’s 2014 best-selling book, “Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life,” builds on another best-seller, 2008’s “Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life,” which has been translated into seven languages. Listeners from around the U.S. and Canada tune in weekly to his “Work and Life” radio show on SiriusXM.Friedman worked for five years in the mental health field before earning his doctorate in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. He currently serves on a number of boards and has advised a wide range of companies and public-sector organizations, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the United Nations, and two White House administrations.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Stewart Friedman and other top speakers and celebrities.

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