Alyson Meister

Leadership specialist in diversity and change. 


Thinkers 50 Radar Class of 2021. 


Shortlisted for the 2021 Thinkers50 Award for Leadership. 


Leads IMD’s Future Leaders program.


Research on how individuals develop and manage their multiple identities, how they become leaders, and the identity dynamics between individuals and groups in organizations. Most recent research surrounds inclusion at work, and how feeling marginalized, stereotyped or mislabeled impacts stress, well-being and job performance.


With an HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (at Western University) in Canada and PhD from Melbourne University, she is a global nomad who has lived and worked on five continents. Now a professor of leadership and organizational behaviour at IMD. Specializes in leading diversity and change, and supporting organizations to cultivate inclusive, adaptive, and resilient leaders. 


Academic articles published in leading journals, and HBR articles include “What’s Your Leadership Origin Story” and “How Women Manage the Gendered Norms of Leadership”. 


Media picks


How Future Thinking Can Derail Your Company’s Present


“Important research on how people can navigate, manage, and overcome bias throughout their careers.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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