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!

IE University, Madrid, Sep 26-28, 2017

On 26th September 2017 at Madrid, Spain

Keynote, Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC)

On 3rd October 2017 at Belfast, Northern Ireland

City University of Dublin

On 5th October 2017 at Dublin, 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



Autodesk Leadership Summit (Oct 31 – Nov 2)

On 31st October 2017 at San Francisco, California, USA

University of São Paulo, Nov 13 – 14, 2017

On 13th November 2017 at São Paulo, Brazil

Opening Keynote, Colorado Association of School Boards Conference

On 2nd December 2017 at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO

Texas A&M University at Qatar Feb 19-22, 2018

On 19th February 2018 at Doha, Qatar

Alumni and Donor Dinner, Oakland University

On 8th March 2018 at Rochester, Michigan USA

OU-Windsor Teaching and Learning Conference, opening keynote

On 2nd May 2018 at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

Keynote and workshop, SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology, May 23-24, 2018

On 23rd May 2018 at Buffalo, New York

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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!