Margaret Wheatley, President emerita of The Berkana Institute, is an internationally acclaimed author and organizational consultant since 1973, authority on leadership and organizational behavior.
She has worked with an unusually broad variety of organizations, with audiences ranging from large corporations to government agencies, healthcare institutions, public schools and colleges, professional associations and monasteries, all wrestling with a common dilemma: how to maintain their integrity and effectiveness as they cope with the relentless upheavals and rapid shifts of these chaotic times.
She co-founded The Berkana Institute in 1992, a charitable global foundation that works in partnership with a rich diversity of people around the world, most of them in developing countries, who strengthen their communities by working with the wealth already present in their traditions and environment.
She has served in a formal advisory capacity for leadership programs in England, Croatia, Denmark, Australia and the United States, and through her work in Berkana with leadership initiatives in India, Senegal, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil and Europe.
Her path-breaking book "Leadership and the New Science" (1992), translated into 20+ languages, has been credited with establishing a fundamentally new approach to how we think about organizations. She is also the author of "A Simpler Way" (1996), "Turning to One Another" (2002), "Finding Our Way" (2005), "Perseverance" (2010), "Walk Out, Walk On" (2011) and "So Far From Home" (2012).
In 2003 The American Society for Training and Development honored her for "distinguished contribution to workplace learning and development", dubbing her "a living legend". She has worked as Professor of Management at the Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University, and Cambridge College.
Margaret Wheatley holds a BA in History from the University of Rochester, an MA in Communications and Systems Thinking from New York University, a Ph.D in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University, and several honorary doctorates from universities all over the world.