HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Francesca Gino

Internationally Recognized Expert on How to Foster Talent


  • Fixing Employee Engagement
  • Fostering Rebel Talent
  • Leadership and Effective Decision Making
  • Rebel Leadership
  • Barriers to Unleashing Talent in Organizations
  • Leaders as Decision Architects



Francesca Gino is the Tandon Family Professor of business administration in the Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit at Harvard Business School. She is formally affiliated with the Program of Negotiation at Harvard Law School with the Mind, Brain, Behavior Initiative at Harvard, and with the Behavior Insight Group at Harvard Kennedy School. She is the author of Sidetracked: Why Our Decisions Get Derailed, and How We Can Stick to the Plan. In her newest book, Rebel Talent: Why It Pays to Break the Rules at Work and in Life (Dey Street Books), Gino shows us why creative rebellion is essential at work and in life, and why the most successful among us are those who break the rules.

On the first day of a new job or at the start of a new relationship, we feel energized and excited. Yet this euphoria doesn’t last. Why? Because of our human nature, Gino contends. From an early age, we are taught to follow the rules, and the pressure to fit in only increases as we age. We choose the familiar rather than the new, we fall in love with our own view, rather than broadening our perspective. We stay with the comfortable and known, rather than showing ourselves to others and keep asking questions about the world around us. But doing so comes at a steep price for our careers and personal lives. When we conform to well-accepted rules and norms rather than constructively rebel against them, we keep our doubts and disagreements to ourselves and ultimately become less happy and less successful. As leaders, we are less effective and respected. As employees, we feel dissatisfied and are more likely to be overlooked for top assignments and promotions. As partners or friends, we are checked out and unhappy. Gino has been studying how rebels can be successful in life and in the workplace for more than fifteen years. Rebel Talent provides strategies and examples for cultivating and embracing constructive deviance in the workplace and in life, and offers illuminating case studies ranging from The World’s Best Restaurant to fast food chains to corporations such as Google and Pixar. Gino encourages all of us to rebel and question the status quo so we can thrive.

Gino has won numerous awards for her teaching, including the HBS Faculty Award by Harvard Business School's MBA Class of 2015, and for her research, including the 2013 Cummings Scholarly Achievement Award, from the Academy of Management Organizational Behavior Division. In 2015, Gino was chosen by Poets & Quants to be among their "40 under 40", a listing of the world's best business school professors under the age of 40. Gino’s studies have been featured in The Economist, The New York Times, Newsweek, Scientific American, Psychology Today, and The Wall Street Journal, and my work has been discussed on National Public Radio and CBS Radio.

A prominent figure on the speaking circuit, Gino speaks around the world to audiences on a range of topics related to her research and consulting. From private conferences to company events, Gino brings forth authentic, thought-provoking content that will help foster new ways of thinking and creativity.

Currently, Gino resides in Massachusetts.

Praise for Francesca Gino:

Praise From Attendees of the Human Capital Institute 2017 HCI LLD Conference:

"Rebels are valuable to our organization. The challenge will be to identify how we can allow rebels in our highly regulated industry. We need to keep people engaged. This may be the way to do this.”

“Authentic. Paradigm shift. Lots of ideas to take back to the team at work. Thank you.”

“Completely engaged in the content. Amazing storytelling, real life examples, breaking it down so that the average person can understand. Also backed by great data and research. Excellent presentation skills and delivery. The concept of the rebel worker is a great way to describe the curious worker who challenges the status quo and offers a diverse perspective and level of engagement. My favorite presentation so far!

Praise for Sidetracked:

"We are often unaware of the many forces that affect our decisions—sometimes with devastating consequences. In Sidetracked, Francesca Gino identifies and illuminates many of these forces to help us all make decisions that we, our mothers, and our kids will be happier with."
-- Dan Ariely, Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Duke University

"This engaging, beautifully written, and thought-provoking book is a must read for anyone who wants a deep understanding of how decisions get so easily derailed, and advice on how to stick to well-thought out plans. A truly entertaining journey that will keep you turning pages through the very end."
-- Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking