Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Harvard Business School Advanced Leadership Initiative

Rosabeth Moss Kanter wrote her first novel at the age of 11. Not one to rest on her childhood laurels, Kanter’s ambition and fierce intellect earned her a BA in sociology and English Literature from Bryn Mawr, followed by an MA and PhD in Sociology from the University of Michigan. Her dissertation on 19th-century utopian communities set the stage for a long and incredibly distinguished career in business research and academia. Kanter taught at Brandeis, Harvard and Yale before joining the faculty at Harvard Business School as the Ernest L. Arbuckle Professor of Business and director and chair of the Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative. A prolific writer, Kanter has published numerous books on business management, gender and race in the workplace. She served as economic adviser to Michael Dukakis during the 1988 presidential election, co- founded Goodmeasure, Inc. a consulting firm that counts IBM and British Airways among its clients, and was the last academic to edit the Harvard Business Review. Kanter’s numerous accolades include 23 honorary degrees, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an award in her name, which recognizes the best in work-family research. A trail-blazer by any measure, Kanter was named one of Boston Magazine’s “50 most powerful women” and one of Good Housekeeping’s “125 women who changed our world.”

TEDxBeaconStreet 2013


Despite problems and imperfections, and amidst valid criticisms leveled by skeptics, business enterprises can contribute in significant ways to accelerating progress for communities and society, using their capabilities to innovate and solve problems.  Great companies are reinventing high school in New York, creating mobile clinics to help babies thrive in Nigeria, reducing blindness in Kenya through a better beer, keeping girls in school in Brazil, and saving bio-diversity in Peru.  By putting financial and social purpose together, they can create high performance companies and improve society at the same time.  Here’s how.

TEDxBeaconStreet 2012


From the power of presence to the power of voice, leadership expert and Harvard Business School professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter discusses the process of making a difference in the world. Kanter uses the stories of great leaders and ordinary people to reveal the six success factors that are the keys to positive change, including lining up partnerships, managing the miserable middles of change, and sharing success with others. This uplifting talk from TEDxBeaconStreet will inspire you to lead and take action.

“Show Up…. Deciding that your presence makes a difference is the first key to leadership.”

From: Six Keys to Leading Positive Change, TEDxBeaconStreet 2012

Rosabeth Moss KanterProfessor, Harvard Business SchoolWatch Rosabeth’s 2012 TEDxBeaconStreet Talk