11 Mar 2014

HBS Associate Professor Amy Cuddy Named Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum


BOSTON—Harvard Business School (HBS) associate professor and Hellman Faculty Fellow Amy Cuddy has been named a 2014 Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum.

Amy Cuddy

The Forum of Young Global Leaders (FYGL) was created in 2004 by and with an endowment from Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, as an independent foundation to work in close partnership with the World Economic Forum.

The honor, bestowed annually, recognizes a group of 250 top leaders in business, government, academia, and the media--all below the age of 41--for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Young Global Leaders typically engage with leaders outside their community, often serving as advisors to international organizations, governments and private institutions. They initiate new dialogues and platforms for action to address global challenges such as climate change, disease prevention, the improvement of education, and the eradication of poverty. They develop authentic relationships with global peers far outside their traditional professional networks, giving them unique perspectives into world affairs and resulting in personal friendships that allow them to bring about positive change. Throughout Young Global Leaders’ six-year tenure, they are fully involved and integrated into the World Economic Forum’s meetings, initiatives, and research.

“I recently taught a group of Young Global Leaders in a program and was very impressed by them,” said Cuddy.” They're incredibly creative and motivated people who are striving to make a positive impact in the world. It is an enormous honor to join such a talented group of leaders.”

“Young Global Leaders are not just exceptional people in their own right. They are leaders that already have a track record in improving the state of the world,” says David Aikman, managing director and head of the New Champions at the World Economic Forum.

Past inductees include Tarun Khanna, Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor at Harvard Business School; Laura Alfaro, Warren Alpert Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School; Marissa Mayer, chief executive officer of Yahoo; and Larry Page, cofounder and CEO of Google.

A member of the HBS faculty since 2008, Cuddy is a member of the School’s Negotiation, Organizations & Markets Unit, where she teaches MBA courses on the psychology of persuasion, power, and negotiation, and in numerous HBS Executive Education programs. The video of her 2012 TED talk has attracted nearly 16 million viewers, making it one of the five most watched TEDs talks of all time.

Cuddy holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Princeton University and BA in social psychology from the University of Colorado.


Cullen Schmitt

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