Minette Norman is an inclusive leadership consultant and keynote speaker who spent the first thirty years of her professional career in the software industry. What she ultimately discovered was that she was far more interested in human interaction and workplace culture than technology. She also recognized how rare it is for leaders to foster an environment that leverages everyone’s talents, ideas, and diverse viewpoints. Starting her own consulting practice was prompted by her desire to help as many organizations as possible embrace a model of inclusive leadership with a strong foundation of psychological safety.
A highly sought-after speaker, Minette has inspired audiences around the world to challenge the status quo and embrace a new model of leadership focused on human connection, empathy, and curiosity. Minette’s professional recognition includes being named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” in 2017 by the San Francisco Business Times and as “Business Role Model of the Year” in the 2018 Women in IT/Silicon Valley Awards.
With Dr. Karolin Helbig, Minette has coauthored a book about psychological safety for leaders, The Psychological Safety Playbook: Lead More Powerfully by Being More Human.
Minette lives in Marin County in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband. She is an avid hiker, knitter, and reader.
About The Boldly Inclusive Leader
Organizations have made public commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, yet their leaders rarely have the skills to lead inclusively. Leadership consultant and former Silicon Valley executive Minette Norman is committed to changing that by sharing some of the most important things she’s discovered over the decades she spent in the corporate world, such as
• every human being needs to feel they belong,
• teams thrive when everyone feels safe enough to share their unique ideas and experiences,
• innovation is a group activity,
• empathy and compassion are leadership superpowers, and
• leaders set the tone by what they say, do, reward, and tolerate.
This is not a book about quick fixes or paying lip service to the hot topic of inclusion. This is for leaders who want to boldly transform the workplace and are willing to leave their comfort zones. As a leader, you will learn to maximize your team’s potential and appreciate that inclusive leadership is an ongoing journey. As Minette shows, there is no flipping a switch or a neat, three-step formula. Inclusive leadership takes commitment and practice, but the rewards are enormous.