Amy Wilkinson is a Lecturer in Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, founder and CEO of Ingenuity, and author of “The Creator’s Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs.” She advises executives, investors, and startup founders around the world on how to master the skills that underlie entrepreneurial success. Wilkinson’s career spans leadership roles at McKinsey & Company, J.P. Morgan and as founder of Alegre, a foreign-based export company. She has also served in The White House as a Senior Advisor to the United States Trade Representative and a White House Fellow.
Fascinated by how leaders must reinvent their approaches to excel in an entrepreneurial age, Wilkinson interviewed 200 of today’s top entrepreneurs including the founders of Airbnb, LinkedIn, eBay, PayPal, Yelp, Dropbox, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Chipotle, Under Armour, Spanx, JetBlue, and Revolution Foods to distill what it takes to go from start-up to scale in our rapidly changing economy. She conducted this work while a senior fellow at Harvard University and public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation awarded Wilkinson a grant for her groundbreaking research on high growth entrepreneurs.
Wilkinson has been a keynote speaker for corporations, institutes, and universities around the world. Recent speaking events include the Google, Microsoft, IBM, Porsche, BMW, Hearst, MRM McCann, Oracle, TD Ameritrade, World Economic Forum at Davos, Milken Global, NACD, CES, TEDx, National Governors Association, and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
She is an expert on leadership and small business for The Wall Street Journal and Chairman of the Board of consumer technology company Grover. Wilkinson earned BA, MA, and MBA degrees from Stanford University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2015 Eisenhower Fellow.