Annmarie Neal with Karen Conway

Annmarie Neal, Psy.D.

Annmarie Neal

D r. Annmarie Neal is a world-renown business executive, thought leader, author and speaker on the topics of business strategy, innovative talent management and executive leadership with a specific expertise in organizations in transformation and where disruption of contemporary business and leadership models is required. She is internationally recognized for positioning companies to achieve growth objectives and commercial success through innovating organizational culture and reinventing executive leadership.

With over twenty years of global experience leading organizations and consulting with global business presidents and senior executives across a range of industries, she powerfully translates her expertise across multiple industries, life-cycles and geographies. She takes a decidedly business-centric and global approach translating business objectives into winning talent strategies. She thrives in the complexity of high growth businesses where fast-paced change and innovation are critical to the company’s success.

Annmarie is currently the Founder of the Center for Leadership Innovation. Previously she’s held the Chief Talent Officer role in both Cisco Systems and First Data Corporation. Additionally, she was a senior consultant with RHR International. She served on several boards of advisory, including the University of Colorado’s Business School, the Center for Work-life Policy, and TruEffect and currently serves on behalf of Executive Networks and ASTD. She is also a senior fellow with the Corporate Leadership Board.

She received her doctorate in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in management psychology, from the California School of Professional Psychology Alameda/Berkeley. She holds a master’s degree in counseling from Santa Clara University, a graduate certificate of special studies from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Boston College. She is a member of the American Psychological Association.

Annmarie is the author of Leading from the Edge (ASTD 2013). She has authored numerous book chapters, articles and blogs on the topics of business strategy, leadership, innovation and talent management. She has provided expert commentary for many publications including The Wall Street Journal.

She lives in Colorado where she enjoys skiing, swimming, running half-marathons and spending time with her 10-year old son.


Karen Conway

Karen Conway K aren Conway is a frequently requested speaker and internationally published author, with a primary focus on topics related to how collaboration and alignment across diverse stakeholders can drive industry transformation. Conway is as at ease moderating discussions on healthcare reform between former U.S. Senate Presidents Tom Daschle and Bill Frist as she is leading consensus building programs for environmentalists and oil and gas producers. A former television and radio talk show host and journalist, Conway has held executive positions in healthcare and energy with extensive experience in government and public affairs. Her firm Conway Associates created a unique approach to strategic communications based on the quality principles espoused by Dr. W. Edwards Deming and firsthand knowledge of how they contributed to the groundbreaking work of Procter & Gamble and Wal-Mart in re-inventing the consumer packaged goods value chain.

Over the past decade, Conway has devoted much of her work to healthcare. In particular, she studies the changing role of healthcare leaders and the need for greater collaboration and visibility across the entire healthcare value chain to achieve better quality patient care at a more affordable cost.

As the executive lead for industry relations at GHX, Karen Conway works internationally with standards bodies, government agencies, analyst firms, academic institutions, industry associations, the media and a community of healthcare providers and suppliers to identify opportunities to improve business and clinical performance.

Conway serves on the boards of directors of AHRMM, the supply chain organization for the American Hospital Association, and the Arizona State University Health Sector Supply Chain Research Consortium, affiliated with the W.P. Carey School of Business.

In addition to co-authoring Leading from the Edge with Annmarie Neal, Conway was a contributing author to the book “e-Business in Healthcare,” published by Springer (London) in 2007. Her work has appeared in numerous trade publications in the US and Europe, as well as in USA Today, Redbook and Parents magazines.

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