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!

Sounding Series speaker, January 24, 2018 (3:00 – 4:30 pm)

On 24th January 2018 at Oakland University, 242 Elliott Hall


Keynote, All Hands Meeting, Microsoft Western Europe

On 6th February 2018 at Monaco

Amos Fetzer and Alice Fetzer Memorial Lecture, Nebraska Wesleyan, Feb 9 (workshop on online learning Feb 8)

On 9th February 2018 at Lincoln, Nebraska

Keynote, Middle College National Consortium Annual Conference

On 13th February 2018 at Newport, California

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

On 19th February 2018 at Doha, Qatar

Keynote, V International Symposium on Applied Innovation, 1-2 March

On 1st March 2018 at Valencia ,Spain

Coursera Annual Conference, March 6-8, 2018

On 6th March 2018 at Tempe, Arizona


Keynote, World’s Fair Nano, San Francisco March 10-11, 2018

On 10th March 2018 at San Francisco, California


Keynote, Cornell University’s Provost Seminar on Teaching

On 12th April 2018 at Ithaca, New York

Latin American Heads Conference, April 18th to 20th, 2018

On 18th April 2018 at Bogotá, Colombia


University of Nebraska Distance Education Innovation in Pedagogy and Technology Symposium, Keynote, May 8th, 2018

On 8th May 2018 at Lincoln, Nebraska

Shanghai-Taipei MOOCs, several events May 11-20 timeframe

On 11th May 2018 at

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

On 23rd May 2018 at Buffalo, New York

Keynote, SEA Homeschoolers Conference 4:00 pm

On 13th July 2018 at Atlanta, Georgia

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

On 14th August 2018 at Delta, Colorado

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

On 30th September 2018 at Canary Islands

Keynote: Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Conference, Niagara College

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

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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.

If you're interested in having Barb headline an event at your institution or for your organization, please reach out through the following contact:


Past events

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