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Polly LaBarre

Bestselling author and co-founder of the Management Lab, Polly LaBarre is a sought-after keynote speaker who specializes in building organizational resilience and unlocking human potential.

Meet Polly LaBarre

Today’s world is awash with profound change, Polly LaBarre helps leaders creatively respond to the forces buffeting their organizations. A bestselling author, speaker, and thinker who has advised top global organizations, Polly’s mission for the past 20 years has been to make every kind of organization fundamentally more resilient, innovative, and inspiring. She is also well-known for her keynote and motivational speaking. Polly LaBarre is available to be booked for corporate and private events. Contact the Mollie Plotkin Group today to inquire about Polly LaBarre’s fees.

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Organizational Innovation Expert

After graduating from Yale University, Polly Labarre was a member of the original team at Fast Company magazine, where she played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on working, leading, and winning.

However, over the past 20 years, she has been focused on something else entirely. Polly LaBarre developed and honed a framework for organizational capability and innovation. She is a co-founder of Management Lab, a firm that helps organizations accelerate change. She spent over ten years conducting experiments in “hacking management” and developing her methodology for accelerating change. 

Polly’s work is driven by three core questions:

  1. How do we support human flourishing?
  2. How do we cultivate the audacity of imagination required to tackle our most intractable problems?
  3. And, how do organizations and individuals change how they change to become endlessly resilient?


Her insights embolden and equip leaders at every level to make a meaningful impact. Polly is an inspiring and provocative voice on the big ideas and important questions that will shape the future of organizations, work, and collective progress.


Polly’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Fortune, and The Huffington Post. She is also a co-author of the bestseller Mavericks at Work: Why The Most Original Minds in Business Win. In fact, The Economist called it a “Book of the Year” and “a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great.”

In addition to frequent television appearances on CNBC, PBS’s Nightly Business Report, Good Morning America, and the Today Show, Polly has been a business and innovation correspondent for CNN where she produced regular segments on big ideas and best practices from the world of business and beyond.

How to Hire Polly LaBarre

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Polly LaBarre Booking Price

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Upcoming Engagements

Our speakers are in high demand! View their upcoming events.

Aug 08 - 09 2024

Global Leadership Summit 2024 – Keynote Speaker Carey Lohrenz – Chicago, IL

Willow Creek Community Church
Aug 18 - 21 2024

Allied Solutions CNC’24 – Keynote Speaker Lisa Bodell – BC, Canada

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Sep 04 - 06 2024

Credit Union Leadership Symposium 2024 – Keynote Speaker Samantha Radocchia – Nashville, TN

Omni Nashville Hotel
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Key Audience Takeaways

A sought-after speaker, moderator, and interviewer, Polly has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses around the world and hosted numerous events. On top of moderating or hosting, she also delivers keynotes on the following topics:


Leading in the New Work Order

A monster wave of change has set off a vast reckoning with our beliefs about every aspect of how and where work gets done. Every leader today must grapple with the inescapable imperative to create and embrace a comprehensive agenda for meaningful change in the design of work and the interconnected urgent challenges of our time – deep inequities, structural dehumanization, and environmental calamity.

In this keynote, Polly LaBarre takes leaders on a journey across this new landscape. During her speech, she will inspire the audience with fresh thoughts on leadership and equip them with powerful new approaches for this new work order.

Key Takeaways

  • How to transcend the seemingly intractable tradeoffs between performance imperatives and responsibility for people and planet.
  • How to “leader-proof” your organization.
  • Methods to cultivate an “audacity of imagination” and galvanize people around a shared sense of purpose.
  • How to design platforms for involving, equipping, and connecting people.
  • How to grow your resilience in the face of daunting uncertainty.


Roll With Change

Recipes for Reinvention & Resilience

Who hasn’t been rocked by change in the last few years? While we’ve all been forced to rethink, adjust, and adjust again, the gravitational pull of the status quo remains a stealthy enemy of innovation.

What does it take to wake up an organization’s inner insurgent? To change ahead of change?

These times demand every organization dramatically amp up its agility, inventiveness, and adaptability. Drawing on her research and work inside some of the world’s most innovative and progressive organizations, Polly LaBarre lays out actionable strategies for building a perpetual innovation engine.

Key Takeaways

  • The mindsets, practices, and behaviors that allow you to see the world differently and subvert the status quo.
  • How to engage in innovation as a practice – and where to look for future developments.
  • What it takes to create a robust architecture of collaboration for a distributed, ever-evolving cohort of innovation peers and partners.
  • How to build a resilient organizational microbiome by embedding the mindset of experimentation into everything you do.


The Human Edge

Designing Work to Create a Cultural Advantage

Today’s whirlwind of challenges – pandemic, social turbulence, economic uncertainty, looming climate catastrophe – has revealed just how inhospitable our organizations are to the human beings who work inside them. It’s not enough to ask which is the right hybrid work policy. It’s time to ask: what organizations would we design if we genuinely believed in the inherent value, fundamental goodness, and unlimited potential of every person?

Short answer: they’d be very different.

In this talk, Polly LaBarre reveals the rules for designing an organization that accesses its full creative and human potential. 

Key Takeaways

  • How to unleash, mobilize, and amplify the often unruly, but essential human qualities—imagination, energy, resourcefulness, curiosity, intuition, empathy, artistry, eccentricity, passion, and more—without losing control.
  • Ways to cultivate a culture of agency, activism, and ownership where every person makes it their job to change things for the better.
  • How to build a community of peers that amplifies belonging, contribution, and voice and involve every person in the organization as a creator, strategist, and entrepreneur.
  • How to maximize engagement by investing in wellbeing and widening the circle of care.


Designed to Flourish

Develop People, Defeat Disruption

Change is an inside-out job. It’s not about reacting to external events or chasing trends, so much as it’s about developing your adaptability – your elasticity, maturity, plasticity, openness, emotional dexterity, regulatory power, and more.

Organizations that deliberately develop that capacity in every individual shore up their resilience. In other words, when individuals in an organization thrive, the organization thrives. But how can organizations foster an environment conducive to human growth?

Polly LaBarre guides the audience through the ways top organizations invest in human flourishing and offers up a short course in “adult development.”

Key Takeaways

  • How to change your mind – cultivating consciousness, mediating mindsets, biases, blinders.
  • The means to develop intuition – learning to tune into your inner knowing.
  • How to design and run self-experiments to accelerate your growth loops.
  • Principles for adult capacity building.

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Mavericks at Work by Polly LaBarre and William C. Taylor

Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win

Mavericks at Work by Polly G LaBarre and William C. Taylor documents the shift in management style at some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies such as Google, HBO, and Southwest Airlines. These organizations have seen success departing from traditional management and taking on a new “maverick” approach.

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