Katy Milkman keynote speaker

Behavioral Scientist, Wharton Professor, and Co-Director of the Behavior Change for Good Initiative
  • Changing Behavior: Guiding Employee and Customer Choices for Good
  • Decision Biases: Improving the Quality of Our Everyday Decisions
  • How to Change: Adapting for a Post-Pandemic World
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Katy Milkman is the James G. Dinan Professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and holds a secondary appointment at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Her research explores ways that insights from economics and psychology can be harnessed to change consequential behaviors for good, such as savings, exercise, student achievement, vaccination and discrimination. To that end, she co-founded and co-directs the Behavior Change for Good Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania.

In 2021 Katy was named one of the world’s top 50 management thinkers and the world’s top strategy thinker by Thinkers50. The New York Times also named her bestselling book How to Change: The Science of Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be one of the eight best books for healthy living in 2021.

Katy is the former president of the Society for Judgment and Decision Making, a TEDx speaker, an APS Fellow, and the host of Charles Schwab’s popular behavioral economics podcast, Choiceology. She has published dozens of research articles in leading academic journals such as Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and her findings are regularly covered by major media outlets. She is an associate editor at Management Science, where she has handled manuscripts about behavioral economics since 2013.  She has worked with or advised numerous organizations on behavior change, including The White House, Google, Walmart, Humana, the U.S. Department of Defense, 24 Hour Fitness and the American Red Cross.

Katy frequently writes op-eds about topics related to behavioral science, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist and Scientific American.  She is a repeated recipient of excellence in teaching awards from Wharton’s undergraduate and MBA divisions, and in one particularly proud moment was voted Wharton's “Iron Prof” by the school’s MBA students for a PechaKucha-style presentation of her research.

Katy received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University (summa cum laude) in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and her Ph.D. from Harvard University's joint program in Computer Science and Business.


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Overall, Katy was incredible. She was really fun and engaging, and her content landed incredibly well with the team. It spurred a lot of dialogue after on how the team could apply her principles to the work we do in our organisation - which was the exact result we were looking for. - Microsoft


Katy was fantastic. Her command of the subject matter is unparalleled, and her speaking style drew in the entire audience. Very engaging despite being 100% virtual. - Deloitte


Katy was FANTASTIC! Our audience really enjoyed her content with our attendee survey giving her a 90% "top two" score. In addition, Katy was a real pleasure to work with preparing for and at the event. I know our speaker manager was just raving about her. - 1st Global

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