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Bespoke speeches and presentations

Working with Professor Laura Empson

Through my speeches and presentations, I educate as well as entertain, while inspiring and supporting professionals to achieve their objectives.

I don’t give standard, off-the-peg keynote speeches. Instead I find out what is behind a client’s invitation. What are they hoping to achieve from my speech? How will my expertise resonate particularly with the audience?

If relevant and practical, I interview key people in the client’s firm to find out more about their preoccupations and concerns.

This careful preparation enables me to highlight the data and insights from my almost 30 years of research which will resonate most powerfully with my audience.

Selected speaking engagements

Allen & Overy

Leading autonomous followers: Decoding leadership dynamics

British Academy of Management

Collegiality in the time of Corona: What business schools can learn from professional service firms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Strategy for growth: Making change happen

Harvard Law School

Unleashing the power of partnership: Optimising governance in professional organizations

Houses of Parliament (UK)

Merging professional organizations: Cultural integration and culture change

IFIAR (International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators)

Governance in the accounting sector: Challenges and change


Taking responsibility: Becoming a leader in an accounting firm

London Business School

Insecurity and professionals: Vulnerabilities, opportunities, and the gig economy

Thomson Reuters

Power, politics, and prima donnas: Leadership in professional service firms.