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!

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

Various talks, Lahore University of Management Sciences, June 10-15

On 10th June 2019 at Lahore, Pakistan

Course Hero Annual Education Summit, July 18-19

On 18th July 2019 at Redwood City, California

Professional Development Workshop, Southwestern College

On 12th August 2019 at Chula Vista, California

Professional development, Tower Hill School

On 27th August 2019 at Wilmington, DE

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

On 18th September 2019 at Ogden, UT

Keynote Sam Houston State University Digital Education Summit, Sep 19-20

On 19th September 2019 at Hunstville, TX

Various keynotes, Almaty and tentatively Astana (now Nur-Sultan), Kazakhstan, Sep 25-Sep 29

On 25th September 2019 at

Keynote, EdCrunch, October 1-2

On 1st October 2019 at Moscow, Russia

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

On 6th October 2019 at

Oct 20-Nov 17 Talks for IE Business School, Spain

On 20th October 2019 at Madrid and various locations, Spain

Touro College

On 20th November 2019 at New York, New York

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!