Sanyin lives out her life’s mission to enable greatness in others as a mom, educator, leadership coach, board director, and author. She is the founding executive director of Duke University’s Coach K Leadership & Ethics Center at the Fuqua School of Business and on faculty at its Pratt School of Engineering. The center is a leadership laboratory that develops all Duke’s Daytime MBAs, works across the University, hosts research conferences, and convenes think tanks across sectors and industries to understand the new requirements of leadership.
Sanyin prepares boards, CEOs and their teams for leading in an increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. In addition to students, she works with generals, Fortune 500 CEOs, and tech startup founders. She draws on deep expertise in leader development and culture building built on patterns of leadership across public, social, private sectors. As a coach and advisor, she works with CEOs and their successors, and conducts in-depth reviews of boards, the board-executive team relationships, and director dynamics to maximize board effectiveness. Sanyin is recognized as the world’s #1 coach by Thinkers50 (the Oscars of Management).
Her thought leadership has been featured in New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, and The Wall Street Journal. An Influencer with more than 1 million LinkedIn followers, she was recognized on LinkedIn’s Top 20 Global Influencer Voices in 2017 and 2018. She has influenced audiences from The White House to Sports Owners Summits. She authored the award-winning best-seller The Launch Book: Motivational Stories for Launching Your Idea, Business, or Next Career, which inspires readers through stories and an action plan for leveraging change using behavioral science principles.
She currently serves on the boards of the Museum of Life & Science where she chairs its Governance & Nominating Committee and The Emily Krzyzewski Center. She serves as an advisor for GV (formerly Google Ventures). She is an advisory board member for the US Congressional Award (the highest award for youth legislated and presented by the United States Congress), Ripcord (NASA originated robotic digitization company), and Sports Innovation Lab, a sports tech startup co-founded by Olympian Angela Ruggiero.
Sanyin received her MBA and BSE from Duke University.
Since March, covid19 and its consequences has dramatically changed the nature of work and our relationship with leaders. Beyond the anxiety of financial uncertainty, employees are also wrestling with personal illness or that of a loved one. Covid19 has inextricably intertwined our work and family selves and so now, for the first time in perhaps a century, grief has entered the workplace.
In times of crisis, business leaders expand their responsibilities on multiple fronts. Among this is taking on a new skill – that of being the Comforter-in-Chief. It’s not one most of us are well-equipped for because talking to someone about their grief is uncomfortable, but at times , so radically antithetical to our construct of what business leadership should be. But, in the war that batters us financially and physically, we would be remiss not to talk about emotions.
This session explores the key mindset of comforter-in-chief and strategies that we can coach ourselves and others into building this skill.
In an increasingly uncertain, complex, and interdependent world, past knowledge is not enough because assumptions are constantly changing. To prevail, we need the most powerful assets in our organizations - the human asset - to lean in on their superpowers, grow, and pivot towards the future. This session will explore the key contextual changes from leading 20 years ago and leading today and dive into actionable insights that can help individuals and their organizations lead successfully in a VUCA world.
1. In dealing with complex vs complicated problems, we need dynamic approaches.
2. No one single person has the answers - we need to understand our own superpowers and what we don't know and invite others to be co-creators of solutions.
3. The human asset remains the most powerful assets in our organizations.
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