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!

Keynote, IMAT (April 1-2)

On 1st April 2019 at Valencia, Spain


Research presentation, AERA Annual Conference April 5-9

On 6th April 2019 at Toronto, Ontario


Keynote/fireside chat April 8-10 ASU-GSV Summit

On 9th April 2019 at San Diego, California


2019 University of Kentucky Economics Teaching Workshop

On 13th April 2019 at Lexington, Kentucky

Keynote, Delta-Schoolcraft ISD

On 16th April 2019 at Escanaba, Michigan

“Learning How to Learn” for The New Zealand Initiative

On 1st May 2019 at Auckland, NZ


Keynote, Queensland Secondary School Principal Association Conference, May 22-24, 2019 (Keynote on May 24, 9am – 10:15am)

On 22nd May 2019 at Brisbane, Australia

Holland Park State High School, (12-1 speech for students, 3:30 – 5:30 PD for teachers)

On 23rd May 2019 at Bapaume Road Holland Park West, Queensland, Australia

Course Hero Annual Education Summit, July 18-19

On 18th July 2019 at Redwood City, California

Learning How to Learn, keynote and workshops, Weber State University

On 18th September 2019 at Ogden, UT

Workshops & keynotes on learning, ESIC October 1-15, 2019

On 1st October 2019 at Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid, Spain

Speaking for ESIC Business School in Valencia, Barcelona, and Madrid, October 6-19

On 6th October 2019 at

Kickoff keynote for the Science of Learning Conference, co-sponsored by Harvard, MIT, and the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives, November 22-24

On 22nd November 2019 at Boston, Massachusetts

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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!