Barb is a popular speaker all around the world.  Here is feedback about some of her previous engagements.

“When we were launching our learning initiatives at Hitchwood, we knew we wanted a way to engage the interest and effort of our team members at many levels — scientific, conceptual and personal.  Barbara’s broad life experiences, well researched and produced material, excellent teaching methodologies, and humble, authentic style were just what we were looking for.    Her “Learning How to Learn” presentation provided a great spring board for a firm-wide dialogue inspiring and supporting our team’s collective and individual commitment to mastery learning and harnessing creativity through deliberate effort and practice.  In her approximately 1 hour talk, Barbara was able to offer numerous practical learning techniques, practices and insights that we could quickly grasp and operationalize.  Without hesitation, our team agreed that they would recommend Dr. Oakley’s talk to other businesses for their learning programs.”  – Hitchwood Capital Management LP, Manhattan, New York

“Faculty members on my campus marveled that Barbara Oakley’s teaching tips were based in scientific facts! The session evaluations were overwhelmingly positive and described actions that faculty planned to implement right away. I received several enthusiastic thank yous, in person and via email, for bringing Barbara to our campus.”  Carla Vecchiola, Director, Hub for Teaching & Learning Resources, University of Michigan-Dearborn

“When I attended Barbara Oakley’s lecture at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security I had no idea I was about to hear what turned out to be the best presentation I’d heard in my over 25 years in the profession. Her insights into how the brain learns were truly life changing for me, and to this day influence me in how I understand myself, my colleagues and my young children. When watching Barbara one gets the impression that she is genuinely interested in her field, her enthusiasm for her subject and the content delivered engages the audience from the beginning to the finish. After listening to her I had to learn more so I watched her YouTube videos which also do not disappoint. Barbara is an extraordinary, accomplished woman who is among the top in her field, and I’ve worked with some of the best.” – James Marsh, The Center for Homeland Defense and Security

Take a look to see where she’ll next be lighting up the stage!

“How to Make a Great MOOC,” University of Tokyo, at the Fukutake Learning Theater, June 28, 2017

On 28th June 2017 at Fukutake Learning Theater, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan,

Extended Workshop on Teaching and Learning, July 3-7 and July 13, 2017.

On 3rd July 2017 at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Columbia

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, July 10-12, 2017

On 10th July 2017 at Bogotá, Colombia

McMaster Symposium on Education & Cognition

On 27th July 2017 at Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


Virtual experiential learning, McMaster University President’s Retreat

On 25th August 2017 at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Keynote, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)

On 3rd October 2017 at Belfast, Northern Ireland

Smithsonian Institution

On 18th October 2017 at Washington, DC

Ivy Tech Community College-Northeast, Fort Wayne, Indiana, October 25-26

On 25th October 2017 at



University of São Paulo, Nov 13 – 14, 2017

On 13th November 2017 at São Paulo, Brazil

Alumni and Donor Dinner, Oakland University

On 8th March 2018 at Rochester, Michigan USA

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As the Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning, McMaster University, Dr. Oakley speaks around the world. She has given invited talks and keynotes at venues as varied as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, the Air Force Academy, the Naval Post Graduate Institute, Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Baidu Headquarters in Beijing, and for Hitchwood Capital Management LP in Manhattan. She has appeared on shows ranging from Ira Flatow’s NPR Science Friday to Bloomberg News. Her op-eds have appeared in such publications as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

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Past events

Take a look here to get a sense of where Barb's been!