Polly LaBarre

Polly LaBarre

Keynote Speaker: Founding Member of the Fast Company Magazine, Co-Founder of the Management Lab & Co-Author of "Mavericks at Work"

Polly LaBarre Biography

All change goes against the rules. Polly LaBarre arms leaders with a Maverick Manual to hack the status quo and ramp up originality, invention and game-changing disruption. The true work of leadership, she says, is inspiring, unleashing, and amplifying human creativity, passion, and resourcefulness - creating a cultural DNA where the response to change happens almost as fast as change itself. Co-author of Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win and founding team member of Fast Company magazine, Polly is co-founder of Management Lab, the think-and-do tank where she consults with top global brands. Polly is also a top speaker who leaves audiences with actionable lessons from organizations and leaders who are transforming their cultures and industries by breaking the rules and harnessing the human element. She inspires people to engage and reimagine the challenges they face, become fearless experimenters, and rethink the work of leadership.

Along with her partners at the Management Lab (MLab), Polly has developed a pioneering method and platform for changing how large organizations change. They run large-scale, real-world experiments in “hacking management” to build the deep organizational capabilities crucial for thriving in a creative, disruptive world: adaptability, innovation, and inspiration.

In addition to running global “management hackathons,” MLab has also built the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), the world’s largest community of management innovators, created a clearinghouse of management hacks and innovation stories, and launched a series of events.

Polly has traveled the world to work with the courageous contrarians, management mavericks, and pioneering progressives who are inventing the future of organizations and business. While these are organizations of every stripe that hail from every realm of endeavor, they do share a common credo: that the most winning organizations are animated by an utterly distinctive and deeply-felt point of view – a set of ideas with the power to fundamentally reshape the sense of what’s possible; that work is personal, values rule, freedom is a bigger game than power, and nobody wins unless everybody wins.

Early in her career, as part of the founding team of Fast Company magazine, Polly played a central role in the remarkable success of a magazine that recast the conventional wisdom on power, competition, work, leadership, innovation, and change. The magazine introduced the world to a new universe of organizations and leaders whose management models were as distinctive as their business models were disruptive.

Polly is the co-author of the award-winning book Mavericks at Work: Why the Most Original Minds in Business Win, which was a New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and BusinessWeek bestseller. Published in over 20 territories, Mavericks was a “Business Book of the Year” for the Financial Times, the Miami Herald, and The Economist, which called the book "a pivotal work in the tradition of In Search of Excellence and Good to Great." CNN, CNBC, and GMA all created series around the book.

Polly’s writing has appeared in a variety of publications, including Fast Company, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review online, Fortune.com, the McKinsey Quarterly, and she has served as business and innovation correspondent for CNN.

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Polly LaBarre Videos

Polly LaBarre | Building the Capacity to Change
Polly LaBarre | Leadership is Not About Your Job Title
Polly LaBarre | ParadigmShift

How to book Polly LaBarre?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Polly LaBarre for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Polly LaBarre, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Polly LaBarre or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Polly LaBarre?

Booking fees for Polly LaBarre, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Polly LaBarre, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Polly LaBarre?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Polly LaBarre for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Polly LaBarre for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Polly LaBarre or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Polly LaBarre or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Polly LaBarre is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Business Leadership and Innovation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Polly LaBarre for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Polly LaBarre generally travels from New Haven, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Randi Zuckerberg, Libby Gill and Josh Linkner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Polly LaBarre for an upcoming event.

Polly LaBarre Videos

Polly LaBarre | Building the Capacity to Change
Polly LaBarre | Leadership is Not About Your Job Title
Polly LaBarre | ParadigmShift

Polly LaBarre Reviews

  • Polly was exceptional as was the support offered by the AAE team! I hope to work with you all again!
    Southern New Hampshire University - Sep 17 2018

  • 5 stars across the board. Thank you so much for helping me put on a great event. I found the support from All American to be timely, helpful and generally on point. Thank you!
    Optimizely - Dec 13 2016

Polly LaBarre Speaking Topics

  • THE HUMAN EDGE: Designing work to create a cultural advantage

  • LEADING IN THE NEW WORK ORDER

  • DESIGNED TO FLOURISH: Develop People, Defeat Disruption

  • ROLL WITH CHANGE: Recipes for Reinvention & Resilience

  • Moderator, Interviewer, Emcee and Sense-Maker

    Polly LaBarre brings a world of experience to the stage when she engages panels and guests to explore the important issues facing business. For nearly two decades, she has designed and hosted events, led panels, interviewed celebrated thinkers and doers on stage and on television, and earned accolades for her ability to connect the dots and draw out deep insights during the course of an event. At Fast Company, Polly co-created and hosted Real Time, the magazine’s 600+-person signature events; developed and hosted the Women’s Leadership Summit; and created and moderated the televised Fast Talk series. She has moderated and hosted a number of high profile events, including: IBM’s Centennial event (keynoter, interviewer, and panel leader); HSM’s World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum (emcee and panel leader); SXSW panel leader; NYU Social Innovation panel leader; Wavelength events (interviewed and moderated panels with progressive CEOs and leaders from the social innovation world); PopTech (series of interviews with thought leaders and sense-making for live stream); CNN interviewer/moderator. Whether hosting, interviewing one-on-one or moderating a panel discussion, Polly LaBarre has a talent to create a lively, informative and memorable occasion.

How to book Polly LaBarre?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Polly LaBarre for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Polly LaBarre, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Polly LaBarre or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Polly LaBarre?

Booking fees for Polly LaBarre, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Polly LaBarre, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Polly LaBarre?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Polly LaBarre for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Polly LaBarre for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Polly LaBarre or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Polly LaBarre or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Polly LaBarre is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Authors, Business Leadership and Innovation. The estimated speaking fee range to book Polly LaBarre for live events is $20,000 - $30,000, and for virtual events $10,000 - $20,000. Polly LaBarre generally travels from New Haven, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Randi Zuckerberg, Libby Gill and Josh Linkner. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Polly LaBarre for an upcoming event.

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