Rita Gunther McGrath is a world-renowned thought leader and professor at Columbia Business School, where she directs the popular Leading Strategic Growth and Change program. She is widely recognized as a premier expert on leading innovation and growth during times of uncertainty. In her speeches and consulting, Rita works with Fortune 1,000 companies, helping boards, CEOs, and senior executives act strategically in rapidly changing and volatile environments. She has received the #1 achievement award for strategy from Thinkers50 and has been consistently named one of the world’s top ten management thinkers in its bi-annual ranking.

Rita has built today’s best-in-class innovation practices, which were integral to the “lean startup” movement. She was elected Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and Fellow of the International Academy of Management and has received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.