HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Keith Merron

Internationally Recognized Expert on Gender Intelligence and Gender Diversity


  • Gender-Intelligent Leadership –The Competitive Advantage
  • Cracking the Code: How the Glass Ceiling is Finally Falling and Ways to Accelerate It
  • How Companies have Seized the Gender Advantage
  • The Age of Enlightened Denial: The Science of Gender and its Implications for a Changing Diversity Landscape
  • Moving Beyond Unconscious Bias and the Advancement of Women
  • Gender Intelligence: The New Era of Gender Diversity
  • The Economics of Gender Intelligence

Keith Merron is a Senior Executive Consultant at Barbara Annis and Associates, a global professional services firm dedicated to creating a breakthrough in gender relations in the workplace and developing gender-intelligent organizational cultures that understand, value, and engage the unique abilities inherent within each individual.  As an organization effectiveness and executive development specialist, he has more than 30 years of experience assisting executives and managers in business, government, and education.

He is the author of five books on human and organizational change. They include: Gender Intelligence: Breakthrough Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Improving Your Bottom Line (HarperBusiness), which Merron co-authored with Barbara Annis, Riding the Wave: Designing Your Organization for Enduring Success, Consulting Mastery: How the Best Make the Biggest Difference, The Golden Flame: The Heart and Soul of Remarkable Leadership, and Inner Freedom: Living Authentically the Life You Were Truly Meant to Live. Merron is a fantastic speaker for corporations, non-profit-organizations, associations related to diversity, and women’s organizations. He is in high demand as a speaker on the subjects of gender diversity, leadership and building organizational cultures.

In partnership with his clients, he has successfully conducted over twenty-five large-system strategic, cultural, and technical change efforts resulting in a measurable increase in organizational productivity, employee performance, and employee satisfaction. His work has positively impacted Hewlett-Packard, Freddie Mac, AmeriGroup Corporation, MedCath, Wang Laboratories, General Public Utilities, WorldCorp, California State Automobile Association, Endocare, The Healthcare Financial Management Association, as well as over 300 other companies and organizations.

Merron has worked with gender issues for well over a dozen years and has led many workshops on the subject as well as many men’s groups.  He is one of the founders of a men’s community dedicated to helping men become more healthy and whole and living their lives in a way that deeply respects differences between genders as well as the humanity that connects us all. Having designed and led over 100 seminars and workshops for leaders, Merron has helped create some of the most innovative leadership training programs in the country. His style is direct, honest, and supportive and he is noted for his ability to create memorable leadership learning experiences that have a lasting effect.

Merron received his Doctorate from Harvard University in 1985, where his studies spanned the fields of human and organization development. He has conducted research on the relationships between human development, managerial effectiveness and high performance, and has published numerous professional journal articles. Merron teaches leadership at Hult International Business School. He has two children, lives in San Rafael, California, and enjoys golf, tennis, bicycling, and pottery in his spare time.

Praise for Keith Merron:

“Keith Merron has a unique ability to share deep and inspiring wisdom about leadership in a way that inspires you and moves you to action that matters.  He gets at the core of what's important and teaches us that it’s much more about character, core values and being-ness than it is about the frenetic busyness that you see in so many of today's organizational leaders.”
— Judi Neal, President, Spirit in Business

“Your talk was superb and definitely resonated with me. Everything you discussed I agreed with and was extremely inspirational.”
—Kip Hollister, Founder and CEO, Hollister Associates, Inc.

“Keith did an outstanding job supporting not only myself but our entire group as we progressed through one of the most illuminating experiences I have ever had.”
—Judy Kennedy, Senior Vice President, Freddie Mac

“Keith went to the root of how I could view the world differently, to get the results I am seeking, both personally and professionally.”
— Henry Cassidy, Senior Vice President, Freddie Mac

“Keith encouraged me to have the courage of my own convictions.”
—Mike Andrews, Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology

"Dr. Merron guided the leadership and other members of our customer service organization through the development of a shared vision. He also established a process on how our organization could make progress towards our shared vision without his involvement including the enablement of an internal consultant. The results of Dr. Merron's guidance have been outstanding----our organization has won 3 industry recognized customer service awards while being highly cost effective. We also have a very high level of employee satisfaction and are recognized internally within our larger organization as a model organization."
—Daud Mahmud, Director, PI&E Capability Support Operations, Andersen Consulting


Praise for Gender Intelligence:

“The book appropriately focuses on the economic benefits of adopting gender intelligence and shows how to get started, as well as illustrating how and why gender intelligence benefits us all.”
— Publishers Weekly