Rita Gunther McGrath

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Rita McGrath, Columbia Business School Associate Professor, is a globally recognized thought leader and author whose focus is on developing innovation and growth strategies during times of uncertainty. McGrath works with boards, CEOs and senior executives to think strategically, by providing practical yet imaginative strategic advice. McGrath is a sought-after speaker at exclusive events such as the Global Drucker Forum, various CEO Summits and at corporate strategy sessions in a wide variety of industry sectors around the globe. 

She is consistently ranked in the Top 10 of Thinkers50 business gurus and received the #1 Achievement Award in Strategy. McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review and she is often interviewed and cited by the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company magazine. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s “The Experts” column and blogs regularly at HBR.org.

Ian MacMillan


Ian MacMillan is the Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He is also the Fred Sullivan Professor in the Management Department. Formerly he was Director of the Entrepreneurship Center at New York University and a teacher at Columbia and Northwestern Universities and the University of South Africa. In 1999 he was awarded the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research Prize for his contribution to research in entrepreneurship.

Prior to joining the academic world, MacMillan was a chemical engineer and gained experience in gold and uranium mining, chemical and explosives manufacturing, oil refining, and soap and food production; he was also a scientist at the South African Atomic Energy Board. MacMillan has been a director of several companies in the travel, import/export, and pharmaceutical industries. He also has extensive consulting experience with such companies as Air Products, DuPont, General Electric, GTE, IBM, Citibank, Chubb & Son, American Re-Insurance, Texas Instruments, KPMG, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Fluor Daniel, Matsushita (Japan), Olympus (Japan), and L. G. Group (Korea).

MacMillan’s articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Executive, Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, and many other publications.