Speaker Fred Harburg


Kellogg School of Management
Clinical Professor of Executive Education, Executive Director of the Kellogg Executive Leadership Institute (KELI)

Fred has enjoyed the privilege of serving as an internal and external organizational architect for many of the world's leading multi-national firms. He is a keynote speaker, executive coach, writer, and organizational consultant. He designs and implements engagements that create coaching capability, accelerate organizational transformation, bolster productive learning cultures and develop effective leaders.

Fred grew up in the New Mexico desert and has a compelling personal history in highly demanding, intensely challenging, corporate, military and athletic settings.

He served as the Chief Learning Officer and President of Motorola University, was the Senior Vice President for Leadership and Learning at Fidelity Investments and was Chief Learning Officer at Williams Energy. He began his career as an officer and pilot in the US Air Force. He flew international diplomatic missions including some that directly supported the White House. He served on the academic faculty at the USAF Academy in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership. Notably, he also served as flight instructor for some of the first female pilots at the Academy.

Fred was on the faculty of The Center for Creative Leadership; is a guest lecturer at MIT and Harvard Business School; is a senior fellow at PathNorth and the Trinity Forum; and led the International Leadership curriculum at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was Organizational Development Consultant to the President of Saturn Corporation for this historic startup. For 7 years Fred served on the Editorial Board and wrote the Strategic Leadership column for Chief Learning Officer Magazine. He is on several other boards and does extensive international business consulting.

Fred, his wife Susan, and their three children have been privileged to live and work in a variety of locations including five fruitful years abroad, in Spain and Switzerland. They are active outdoor enthusiasts and deeply enjoy fine arts and music. In 2010 Fred was 8th in the World Indoor Rowing Championships for his age group.

Education B.S., United States Air Force Academy

MBA, University of California, Los Angeles

Academic Positions Chief Learning Officer and President, Motorola University-present

Faculty of International Leadership, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy-present

Other Professional Experience Chief Learning Officer, William's Energy

Officer and Pilot, U.S. Air Force

Organizational Development Consultant, Harburg Consulting LLC

Editorial Board, Chief Learning Officer Magazine

Faculty, Center for Creative Leadership

Academic Faculty, United States Air Force Academy

Education Academic Positions Other Professional Experience

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