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Polly
LaBarre
Founding Member
Fast Company Magazine
For nearly 20 years, Polly LaBarre has worked to embolden and equip leaders in every realm to help make their organizations more resilient, innovative, inspiring, and accountable. A rigorous thinker, energetic storyteller, and tireless explorer of the frontiers of the business world, Polly takes audiences on an inspiring journey, bringing to life the people, organizations and ideas creating the future, to unpack the most practical and high-impact ways to innovate, adapt and succeed.

As a founding member of Fast Company magazine, Polly helped to shape the success of a magazine that changed the way leaders at all levels think about working and winning. She was a creator and host of the magazine’s agenda-setting Real Time gatherings, high-level roundtable series “Fast Talk,” and signature women’s leadership event. Now, as co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange, she has built a platform to unleash innovators, entrepreneurs, and celebrated thought leaders to make real progress when it comes to making all organizations fundamentally fit for the future.

Polly is the co-author of the bestseller, Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win. She served as a business and innovation correspondent for CNN and provided regular commentary on PBS’ Nightly Business Report. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com and the McKinsey Quarterly. Her widely syndicated blog, the Fresh MIX, convenes important thinkers, daring practitioners and agenda-setting ideas.

Polly is currently at work on a book about the future of management and large-scale change with Gary Hamel. She is on the board of advisors of TakingITGlobal, the leading online community for connecting and empowering young people to make a difference in the world. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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