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Rita Gunther McGrath Professor, Columbia Business School
Rita McGrath is a best-selling author, a sought-after advisor and speaker, and a longtime professor at
Columbia Business School. Rita is one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation and is
consistently ranked among the top 10 management thinkers in the world, including the #1 award for
strategy by Thinkers50. McGrath’s recent book on strategic inflection points is Seeing Around Corners:
How to Spot Inflection Points in Business Before They Happen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). Rita is
the author of four other books, including the best-selling The End of Competitive Advantage (Harvard
Business Review Press, 2013).
Since the onset of the pandemic, Rita has created workshops, strategy sessions and keynotes, applying
her tools and frameworks to strategy under high levels of uncertainty to specific issues organizations are
facing. As Rui Barbas, the Chief Strategy Officer for Nestle USA said, “You were incredibly insightful and,
despite the virtual setting, there was lots of engagement and comments from leaders sharing eyeopening observations and building on your examples throughout. You delivered the inspiration and
illustration desired and it was exactly the right focus and challenge for this team. Appreciate your time
throughout the process to align on content and delivery. The future-focus theme was the perfect close
to our leadership summit.”
Rita’s work is focused on creating unique insights. She has also founded Valize a companion company,
dedicated to turning those insights into actionable capability. You can find out more about Valize at
McGrath received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and has degrees with
honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is active
on all the main social media platforms, such as Twitter @rgmcgrath.