Amy Wilkinson

Founder of Wilkinson Innovations, Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Author of The Creator’s Code
Amy Wilkinson
  • Former JP Morgan and McKinsey executive as well as former White House senior policy advisor
  • Lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and former senior fellow at the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University
  • Entrepreneurial advisor to executives and leaders around the world including recent speeches for Microsoft, IBM and TD Ameritrade
  • Shares the six essential leadership skills necessary to build a great business

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Amy Wilkinson is founder of Wilkinson Innovations, author of The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, and Lecturer at Stanford Graduate School of Business. She advises executives and emerging leaders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success.

Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She has also served in the White House as a senior policy advisor to the United States Trade Representative and a White House Fellow. 

Fascinated by how leaders must reinvent their approaches to excel in an entrepreneurial age, Wilkinson interviewed 200 of today’s top entrepreneurs including the founders of Airbnb, LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Yelp, Dropbox, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Chipotle, Under Armour, Spanx, Jetblue, and Revolution Foods to distill what it takes to go from start-up to scale in our rapidly changing economy. She conducted this work while a senior fellow at Harvard University and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Ewing Marian Kauffman Foundation awarded Wilkinson a grant for her groundbreaking research on high growth entrepreneurs.

Wilkinson has been a keynote speaker for corporations, institutes, and universities around the world. Recent speaking events include the World Economic Forum at Davos, Consumer Electronics Show, NASSCOM (India’s Leadership Forum), Microsoft, IBM, TD Ameritrade, National Governor’s Association, and Federal Reserve Board of Governors. 

She is an expert for The Wall Street Journal. Wilkinson and her work have been featured by CNN, Fox News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV & Radio, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fortune, Forbes, Inc. TIME, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

Wilkinson earned BA, MA, and MBA degrees from Stanford University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow.

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What Does it Take to Build a Great Business?

The Six Essential Skills for Extraordinary Leaders. What does it take to build a great business? Amy Wilkinson shares six essential skills for injecting an entrepreneurial thought process into your business, jump-starting innovation, and creating a culture that identifies and seizes opportunities that leapfrog the competition. From curiosity and a focus on the future, to making small bets and creating a network, her six powerful skills are an eye-opening look at the possibilities around us, and she outlines real-world examples of them at work using case studies based on her more than 200 high-impact interviews with both the leaders currently changing the world and the entrepreneurs who will be changing it tomorrow. Insisting that anyone can adapt and apply these skills – whether you’re an innovative manager or an aspiring entrepreneur, she shows organizations how to grow and compete at home and abroad by thinking differently. Wilkinson opens audiences’ eyes, engages their imaginations, and provides the rare insight needed in a world of rapid global change.

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