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!

Kelvin Grove State College

On 23rd January 2020 at Brisbane, Australia

Sydney Grammar School

On 4th February 2020 at Sydney, Australia

East Asia Cambridge School Conference, April 18-19, 2020

On 18th April 2020 at Wuxi, China

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

On 22nd April 2020 at Pohang, Korea

Greg Tang’s MATH PLUS Conference

On 15th July 2020 at Kansas City, Missouri

Western Michigan University

On 17th September 2020 at Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Keynote on learning All-German Congress for Protestant Schools

On 24th September 2020 at Dresden, Germany

University of Szeged, week of Oct 5

On 5th October 2020 at Szeged, Hungary

Keynote ResearchEd, October 23-24

On 23rd October 2020 at Halifax, Nova Scotia

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Dr. Oakley has given invited talks and keynotes at venues as varied as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, UCLA, the University of Tokyo, the University of Sao Paulo, the Air Force Academy, Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, Baidu Headquarters in Beijing, the Financial Times in London and 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!