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I would like to personally thank you for joining The Strategic Execution Conference. Your session was very well received and I heard many positive comments about the notes attendees took away from your session. You are such a natural speaker and we felt as though you were having a conversation with us instead of speaking on a stage to hundreds.
Mary Simpkins, IPS Learning, Vice President, Marketing 

Rita is an exceptional instructor. She takes complex topics and makes them understandable and applicable. Her presentations are so informative, full of examples and case studies which always elicits lively discussions. Her handouts, tools, and slides enhance her classes so much that time flies, literally!
Krys Moskal Amdurer, Pearson, VP Pearson People Development

Rita, I want to express our appreciation and warm-felt thank you for your outstanding presentations and support. We have had numerous requests for your return as well as having provided your info to many associations for further engagement. Early feedback has been very positive. Some written comments: “One of the definite must-attend conferences. I left feeling that my time was well spent and with ideas that I could implement or adjust to my organization.” “This is my 9th DigitalNow and, after having seen so many rock star quality speakers, I have high expectations — so when I say you blew me away in 2010… Well done.” “This was definitely one of your top conferences from a content standpoint. You know it was good when you can’t wait to get back to work and make some changes.”
Don Dea, Co-founder, Fusion Productions, DigitalNow Conference

Rita was a brilliant and engaging speaker – lots of value to senior executives from large companies, and always a pleasure to work with.
Dr. Peter S. Temes, Founder and President, ILO Institute

Dear Rita, I really would like to express my thanks and admiration for the extraordinary two-day strategy and leadership workshop. With all your enthusiasm, professionalism, energy level, fast reactions to all concerns and relevant examples, we have achieved what I thought was maybe a too ambitious objective: a relevant, action–oriented, transformational event.
Doris Bigio, Managing Director, Doris Bigio Management Development

Dear Rita, On behalf of the Chief Executives Organization and the 2009 Financial Seminar participants, we want to thank you for your outstanding contribution to the education program. The Financial Seminar proved to be a great success, and you certainly were a critical part of that outcome. Your panel…on Government Intervention in the Economy: What to Expect, was insightful, and we felt privileged to have your “insider’s” knowledge shared with the membership.
Andrew Kahn, CEO Financial Seminar Chairman

The Outstanding Directors Exchange (ODX) session you moderated on the board’s role in strategy was a real highlight of our conference. We love the way you tie academic research to actionable takeaways. Thank you for your time, leadership and enthusiasm.
Heather Wolf, Outstanding Directors Program Director

I am the Executive Director of The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM). We invited Rita McGrath to give a keynote address to our 2nd Innovation Symposium in New York City from 6-9 December 2009. Rita’s speech on “Growth in Uncertain Times” was extremely well received by our delegates who were particularly impressed with her style of presentation and the insights they gained during her 40 minutes. Rita has a very relaxed and engaging presentation manner and she includes interesting stories that people can relate to, rather than lots of charts and graphs. I would have no hesitation in recommending Rita as a keynote speaker for any innovation related event.
Iain Bitran, Executive Director
The International Society for Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM)

Professor McGrath was a guest on our radio Program New Construction Strategies. She was fantastic because she not only knew the material, but delivered it in a concise and articulate way that was easy to understand. She was focused and to the point. The reason we invited her on the program was because I had the pleasure of sitting in a webinar she did for HBR and she delivered that in the same concise way. You can’t go wrong hiring Prof. McGrath to speak at your event.
Ted Garrison, Certified Speaking Professional
Industry Expert and Construction Business Visionary
Host of Internet Radio Program: New Construction Strategies

Rita, it has been a real pleasure to work with you. You really listened to “your customer,” and adapted extremely well to the framework we had in mind. As a result, you made a very consistent and powerful tandem with Tony, just as if you had been working together since ever! The audience really appreciated the result and the comments afterwards were excellent. Your key messages have been very-well received by GDF SUEZ Senior Executives.
Nadine LeMaitre, President
GDF SUEZ University

Rita is a delight to work with. Incredibly sharp, very thoughtful, personable and highly organized – I have yet to meet another speaker who carries their own clicker, a spare clicker, spare batteries for the spare clicker… She is genuinely interested in her audience, her material is absolutely world-class and she enjoys and excels at Q&A. Rita’s opening talk was a great way to set up this year’s Business of Software Conference, her material both stimulating and directed at the needs and interests of the group. Brilliant minds aren’t always the easiest ones to work with, Rita is a shining exception.   I would add her voice is so calm and authoritative that Rita should think about a second career doing satellite navigation voices.
Mark Littlewood
Business of Software, produced by the Business Leaders Network

We were delighted with Rita’s presentation at the CIPD Annual Conference & Exhibition 2013. The feedback from our delegates was fantastic – they found Rita’s presentation thought-provoking, full of great new ideas, and very relevant to their work and they loved her clear and energetic delivery.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

I want to thank you personally for joining our IT Leadership Conference. Getting the chance to meet you and to listen to your address with my leadership team was the highlight of my day. Your keen insights into strategy building—and avoiding creative destruction—were a perfect fit with our conference focus. Based on continuing feedback this evening, my leaders especially connected with your messages about rethinking assumptions and asking ourselves the necessary provocative questions.
Esat Sezer, Senior VP and CIO
Coca-Cola Enterprises

I first met Rita McGrath at a Columbia Business School Executive Ed program, Leading Strategic Growth and Change.  I found her topic very relevant to our industry and her presentation very concise.  At my invitation, Rita was our keynote speaker at our Annual Convention with an audience of about 350 luxury hoteliers and executives from around the world.  Rita did a great job of getting the message across in 45 minutes, as she is a great speaker and connects well with the audience.  Rita speaks from her heart and does not use notes.  It is very conversational.  In our post-event survey, Rita’s  presentation was ranked the highest of all external speakers.
Ted Tang, President & CEO
Leading Hotels of the World

Your keynote remarks were a highlight for our attendees of our gathering.   The insights you shared about your findings in End of Competitive Advantage, especially the case studies and client conversations were timely and actionable.  I know our G50 members were looking forward to following up to what they heard and reading your book.
Moises Naim, Founder and Chairman
Group of 50

On behalf of the Panel on the Future of Higher Education, I want to extend our heartfelt thanks for your presentation yesterday.  The immediate feedback from panel members, as well as audience observers, was extremely positive.  The growth outliers you described in your book, and the way you related their characteristics to higher education during your presentation was very useful.
Dr. James Griesemer, Dean Emeritus
Daniels College of Business, University of Denver

I want to thank you very much for presenting at the CEO meeting. Your presentation was both interesting and challenging. I was delighted to learn of the level of engagement from the senior executives who have not met together in this type of forum previously. I hope that it will be possible to promote similar events to this group in future as I am convinced that there is a need to stimulate greater strategic thinking at this level within this sector.
Eamon Shackleton, CEO
Insurance Institute of Ireland

Many thanks to you Rita! Your message was relevant, informative and thought-provoking. You were terrific! We’ll definitely work together again.
Bob Weidner, CEO
Metals Service Center Institute

Thanks so much for an amazing session. You “wowed” our audience with your stories and insights.
Tom Hood, CEO
Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants (MACPA)

Thank you for your talk today. In Canada, you say “you know where the puck is going.” Thanks for sharing your wisdom with us today.
Annette Vershuren, Chair & CEO, NRStor Inc.
From the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Toronto Chapter

We were absolutely delighted that you led our facilitated session of the Ventas Senior Leadership offsite meeting. In our quest to achieve and sustain excellence, our team gleaned tremendous insights and motivations from your discussion. We especially benefitted from understanding the common characteristics of the diverse set of companies that have produced consistent superior returns over long periods of time. I often recall your presentation when considering what behaviors to reward, and ideas to discourage, at Ventas.
Debra Cafaro, Chairman & CEO, Ventas, Inc.