Alison Maitland participated as a keynote speaker at our Advance event on the topic “The future of work”. From the very first sentences, she captured the audience with her concrete, humourous and factual reasoning. She showed a deep understanding not only of organisations and how they evolve, but also of people and how they behave and what their needs are in the workplace. She connected these insights to people’s everyday life as well as to business performance. It was an eye-opening speech that disclosed new horizons not only for Advance as a Swiss-based Association of Companies but also for each company member. I will use the learning in my company as well.
CEO IKEA AG – Switzerland
Alison recently facilitated a client event for us on Achieving Balanced Leadership, involving a panel and audience discussion. She has excellent knowledge of the topic and supported me in shaping the event as well as doing a wonderful job of facilitating on the day. She was credible, engaging and comfortable at challenging and keeping the audience on their toes! I wouldn’t hesitate to work with Alison again and recommend her highly.
Partner, Eton Bridge Partners
One does not often witness a fully engaged room full of lawyers, accountants, and property services professionals listening without distraction. Thanks to Alison, I witnessed such an impact at the recent annual RBS gathering of our professional services clients. The feedback has been uniformly excellent.
Alison’s core principles as represented in “Future Work” have a broad reach across all organisations trying to evolve their strategies in the modern workplace. Her thinking and rationale is compelling and relevant. I also like Alison’s professionalism and empathy in tailoring her content to a particular audience. She is a strong and empathetic listener, not at all assumptive or intellectually adrift, and has a strong and collaborative personal style that allows her to really connect with her audience. She also has an authoritative and thoughtful style of delivery and articulation of the challenges and solutions, driven by her own in depth subject matter expertise and experience.
I would certainly choose to work with Alison again.
Managing Director, and Head of Professional Services, RBS
Alison Maitland provides imaginative insights into how 21st century organizations work. She’s a passionate speaker about modern, inclusive leadership, an astute facilitator of senior executives, and one of the smartest business writers of her generation.
Executive Director, The Conference Board Europe
It is my pleasure to endorse the work of Alison Maitland. I was introduced to her a number of years ago through Why Women Mean Business, an excellent book. After reviewing her recent publication, Future Work, we decided the topic and her handling of it was critical to the conversation here at Freddie Mac and she joined us for both a presentation and a follow-up workshop with interested practitioners. What a treat! The ideas are eye-opening, stimulating, and guaranteed to provoke ongoing discussion.
As a scholar and speaker, Alison made a positive impression on all of us. I recommend her without reservation as a thought leader in the field of future workforce trends and as a thought partner for those working to implement change in their organizations.
Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Freddie Mac
As keynote speaker at our Conference ‘Women in Business: Leadership Redefined’, Alison brought her expertise in the field of gender, leadership and future forms of work to an international audience (in Greece), inspiring them to rethink approaches and leader behaviours, to move business beyond the crisis. Alison’s depth of knowledge and ability to ‘feel the pulse’ of her audience enables her to engage people in insightful dialogue and meaningful discussion around key issues of leadership in the 21st century, ensuring the success and impact of any event.”
Secretary General, Board of the British Hellenic Chamber of Commerce
At our May 2012 annual conference here in Dublin we were delighted to have Alison’s participation as chair of our key opening panel discussion. For an audience of employment lawyers we had chosen the controversial topic: ‘Is there a future for the Employment Lawyer?’ Alison ably steered the panel through that minefield, combining this with coordination of electronic voting and live twitter feeds, ensuring attendees came away suitably challenged to continue the debate.”
Chair, Dublin conference committee, European Employment Lawyers’ Association
Alison’s presentation at the 2012 edition of the JUMP Forum in Brussels was brilliant and very clear. Her analysis of the future of work and its impact on gender balance in the workplace was inspiring and enlightening. On behalf of JUMP, I thank her for her contribution to the success of our event.
Founder of JUMP