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 springboard 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.”  – Hitchwood Capital Management LP, Manhattan, New York

“Faculty members on my campus marveled that Barbara Oakley’s teaching tips were based on 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.” – James Marsh, The Center for Homeland Defense and Security

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

Lecture at University of California, San Diego, on learning

On 4th August 2018 at Goldberg Auditorium, Moore’s Cancer Center, UC San Diego Health Science Campus, 3855 Health Sciences Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92037

Helping You—and the Children in Your Life—Learn STEM Subjects More Effectively (taught by a Fellow of IEEE!) 2:00 pm Eastern time

On 7th August 2018 at International webinar

Silicon Valley IEEE Computer Society

On 7th August 2018 at Silicon Valley, California


Cadence Design Systems

On 8th August 2018 at San Jose, California

Keynote speaker, district-wide professional development day for all teaching staff

On 14th August 2018 at Delta, Colorado

Norway, various institutions August 24-Sep 20, 2018

On 24th August 2018 at Oslo, Norway

Slovenia Workshop on Kids’ Learning for Parents and Teachers Sep 24-26

On 24th September 2018 at Slovenia

Keynote, Learning with MOOCs conference 2018

On 28th September 2018 at Madrid, Spain


Keynote, Gran Canaria, September 30 to October 6, 2018.

On 30th September 2018 at Canary Islands

Keynote, EnlightED, Madrid

On 3rd October 2018 at Spain


University of North Carolina

On 19th October 2018 at Charlotte, North Carolina

Educational Resource on the Fundamental Principles of Rigorous Neuroscience Research: Workshop organized by the NIH, Oct 22-23

On 22nd October 2018 at Bethesda, MD

Keynote: Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Conference, Niagara College

On 24th October 2018 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada

Keynote, Learning How to Learn conference, Kyiv (November 1-5)

On 1st November 2018 at Ukraine

6th International Conference on MOOCs, Innovation and Technology in Education -MITE 2018, Nov 29-30

On 29th November 2018 at Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Webinar, Association of Educational Therapists, Dec 4-5, 2018

On 4th December 2018 at

Keynote, Blå Stjärnan Akademin, “Learning, communication and clinical problem solving: Caregivers taking care of their patients and themselves” Jan 19-20

On 19th January 2019 at Gothenburg, Sweden


Speaking for IE Business School, January 22-27, 2019

On 22nd January 2019 at Madrid Spain

2019 University of Kentucky Economics Teaching Workshop

On 13th April 2019 at Lexington, Kentucky

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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!