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Thinkers50 2019

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Every two years, Thinkers50 hosts a unique event in central London: a gathering of the very best minds in management thinking for a vibrant day of debate, discussion and networking. The day culminates with a celebratory gala evening, the highlights of which are:

PRESENTATION of the Thinkers50 Distinguished Achievement Awards

ANNOUNCEMENT of the new Thinkers50 Ranking of the world’s leading management thinkers

Since its launch in 2001, Thinkers50 has established itself as the most influential ranking of its kind and the Thinkers50 biennial gala has been dubbed “The Oscars of management thinking” by the Financial Times.

HISTORIC VENUE For 2019 Thinkers50 will once again take up residence at the iconic De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden, central London. Dating back to 1775 this historic building was once home to the original Freemason’s Tavern and, since becoming a hotel in 1909, has hosted the world’s leading politicians, royalty and celebrities. With grand Georgian architecture, ornate ceilings and art deco interiors, the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms is an exceptional venue for the Thinkers50 gala event, in the heart of London’s West End.

I was lucky enough to be honored by the Thinkers 50 last year with their lifetime achievement award. If the phrase “time of my life” had not been invented, I would have invented it on the spot. First the turnout: “Everybody was there” is only the slightest exaggeration. Stars in my field whose work I had admired and used for decades, most of whom I’d never met “F2F,” were present–by the dozen. My head was literally twirling from one old/new colleague to another…

Read the full Letter from Tom Peters

Tom Peters

Lifetime Achievement Award

It’s the Oscars of Management Thinking. Period. Exclamation point.

Whitney Johnson

bestselling author, Disrupt Yourself!

I want to thank Des and Stuart for creating this whole movement that Thinkers50 represents. As they have said, ideas truly do change the world. I have seen that with my own eyes all throughout my career. I also believe that management thinking unlocks value in every field, not just business.

Michael Porter

Harvard Business School

Thinkers50 is the world’s premier organisation for management thinkers who are more interested in speaking to real business people than to academics. Its biennial award event is a magnificent venue for sharing and celebrating their difference-making ideas. It is not to be missed!

Roger Martin

former dean, Rotman School of Management, THINKERS50 #1 RANKING

Thinkers50 are true partners. Their unique global network is hugely powerful and they have played a key role in enabling us to develop our brand so quickly.

Ricardo Viana Vargas

Executive Director, Brightline Initiative

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