“The art of real conversations are messy and uncommonly productive.” –Meredith Haberfeld
Change Agent. Speaker. Igniter of Action.
Meredith is a dynamic public speaker with special expertise in creating thriving workplaces and organizations, and igniting the people who lead them unleash the best work. Her talks challenge conventional thinking and inspire individuals and businesses to view challenge more honestly, and creatively. Recent (lucky) audiences have included those at SXSW, C2 and WorkHuman.
Meredith also teaches at educational institutions like MIT and The Esalen Institute among others, and is a frequent expert for media outlets including The New York Times, BusinessWeek, CNN, Forbes and Wall Street Journal.
As Founder and CEO of ThinkHuman, Meredith helps transform businesses via services including culture building, CEO coaching and leadership development. Meredith and her team work with fast-growth, entrepreneurial-spirited organizations that are making things that are good for the world. Companies Meredith works with include SoulCycle, Betterment, Spotify and Flatiron Health to create thriving people-centric cultures.
Meredith’s professional journey began with a degree in molecular biochemistry from Reed College, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. It seems an unlikely start for a corporate change agent, until you consider her thesis topic: the impact of stress hormones on the health of immune cells. Meredith has long been fascinated with the inner workings of the human brain and how environmental factors can impact performance. Or, more importantly: How the right environmental factors can inspire excellence.
Later, as senior vice president at Paradigm Direct, Meredith managed a team of more than 60 employees and helped grow the firm into a $200 million company. The “on-the-court MBA” she earned during those years has been instrumental in Meredith’s work at the helm of ThinkHuman: she understands firsthand the challenges and organizational demands of clients.
Meredith began consulting for outside organizations because she wanted to share her discovery that, with the right culture, leadership and tools, companies can unleash unique possibilities both internally and in the world at large.