Thought Leaders

Heleo’s thought leaders span the fields of innovation, science, health, and business. They are journalists, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and historians. Their ideas engage, inspire and motivate readers to make changes in their lives and the world.

Aaron Dignan

Heleo Influencer

Aaron Dignan is the founder of The Ready, an organization design and transformation firm that helps institutions like Johnson & Johnson, Charles Schwab, Kaplan, Microsoft, Lloyds Bank, Citibank, Edelman, Airbnb,... Read all

Adam Alter

Heleo Influencer

Adam Alter is an Associate Professor of Marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business, with an affiliated appointment in the New York University Psychology Department. Adam is the... Read all

Adam Grant

Prescient Professor

The youngest professor at Wharton to earn tenure (and, not to mention, the school’s highest-rated teacher), Adam Grant is an expert on motivation, success, and leadership. His first book, Give... Read all

Alex Hutchinson

Sweat Scientist

Alex Hutchinson is National Magazine Award-winning journalist who writes about the science of endurance for Runner’s World and Outside, and frequently contributes to other publications such as the New York Times and the New Yorker. A... Read all

Alexa Clay

Chief Misfit

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher interested in informal and underground economies. A graduate of Brown and Oxford, she is the founder of Wisdom Hackers, a public interest philosophy... Read all

Alexandra Solomon

Heleo Influencer

Dr. Alexandra Solomon is a licensed clinical psychologist at The Family Institute at Northwestern University and a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. In addition... Read all

Amy Cuddy

Power Presenter

Amy Cuddy, author of the New York Times bestseller Presence, is an internationally recognized expert on the art and science of putting your best foot forward. Her 21-minute TED talk on “power... Read all

Angela Duckworth is an award-winning psychologist and University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology who specializes in grit, self-control, and success. In 2013, she was a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and her... Read all

Annie Murphy Paul

Heleo Influencer

Annie Murphy Paul is a journalist, author, consultant and speaker. A frequent contributor to Scientific American, The New York Times, Time magazine, and Slate, Paul is the author of two previous books,... Read all

Ben Casnocha

Titan of Talent

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing... Read all

Bradley Staats

Heleo Influencer

Bradley R. Staats is an associate professor of operations at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. His work has been featured in many publications, including Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, the New... Read all

Caroline Webb

Effectiveness Expert

Caroline Webb is a renowned executive coach and economist who has worked with hundreds of organizations to help their employees be more productive, energized, and successful – first as a Partner at... Read all

Cass Sunstein

Heleo Influencer

Cass R. Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School, where he is the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy. He... Read all

Charles Duhigg

Habit Hacker

While a journalist on assignment in Iraq, Charles Duhigg learned how the U.S. military uses behavioral science to stop riots from occurring. At that moment, his interest in habit formation was... Read all

Chris Guillebeau

Freethinking Traveler

“You don’t have to live your life in the way other people expect,” says Chris Guillebeau, who has made that quote his motivation as he teaches others how to embrace... Read all

Daniel Coyle

Master of Productivity

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race (co-authored with Tyler Hamilton), Hardball: A Season in Projects, and other books.  Winner (with... Read all

Daniel Pink

Business Brain

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books -- including his newest, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. WHEN is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal,... Read all

Darya Rose

Anti-Diet Demeter

Darya Rose, Ph.D., is the author of Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting, and creator of the award-winning blog Summer Tomato, one of TIME's... Read all

David Epstein

Heleo Influencer

David Epstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, which has been translated into 17 languages. He... Read all

Dr. David Ludwig

Obesity Warrior

David Ludwig, MD, Ph.D, is a renowned endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr.... Read all

Efosa Ojomo

Heleo Influencer

Focusing his work at the intersection of innovation and economic development, Efosa Ojomo is on a mission to use business and disruptive innovation to create prosperity in frontier and emerging... Read all

Elena L. Botelho

Heleo Influencer

Elena L. Botelho grew up in Azerbaijan and Russia in a family of mathematicians, and earned her MBA from Wharton. She has advised over 200 CEOs and boards in nearly two... Read all

Emily Esfahani Smith

Meaning Crafter

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. She writes about psychology, culture, and relationships. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New... Read all

Emma Seppälä

Compassion Connoisseur

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard... Read all

Eric Ries

Lean Startup Machine

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the New York Times bestselling author of The Startup Way and The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty... Read all

Francesca Gino

Determined Decision-Maker

Francesca Gino is a professor of business administration at Harvard Business School and is affiliated with Harvard Kennedy School of Public Policy and Harvard Law School. She is an expert... Read all

Gretchen Rubin

Happiness Expert

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including her latest bestseller, Better Than Before, which explores the science and psychology behind habits, the blockbuster bestsellers about happiness, The Happiness Project, and... Read all

Heidi Grant Halvorson

Communication Captain

Heidi Grant Halvorson studies motivation and communication. She is a social psychologist who has written 4 best-selling books, and regularly contributes to the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and other... Read all

Henry Timms

Heleo Influencer

Henry Timms is executive director of the 92nd Street Y, a cultural and community center that creates programs and movements that foster learning and civic engagement. Under his leadership, the... Read all

Ingrid Fetell Lee

Heleo Influencer

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a Brooklyn-based designer and writer with over twelve years of experience in design and branding, most recently as Design Director of IDEO's New York office. She... Read all

Jake Knapp

Performance Designer

Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures, and the creator of GV's five-day sprint process for building and testing new ideas. He has run over 100 sprints with... Read all

James Clear

Multifaceted Motivator

James Clear writes about how to use behavioral psychology to build better habits and master your mental and physical performance. Over 250,000 people subscribe to his popular email newsletter and... Read all

Jane McGonigal

Game Changer

Jane McGonigal believes gaming can change the world. A game designer, she orchestrates and implements hundreds of real-world games, simulations and secret missions for top corporations around the world, from... Read all

Jennifer Eberhardt

Heleo Influencer

Jennifer L. Eberhardt is a professor of psychology at Stanford. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard, and is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including a 2014... Read all

Jonah Berger

Virality Visionary

Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On which was a New York Times and Wall Street... Read all

Jonathan Haidt

Heleo Influencer

Jonathan Haidt is the Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University’s Stern School of Business. He obtained his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in... Read all

Jordan Harbinger

Heleo Influencer

Jordan Harbinger, once referred to as “The Larry King of podcasting,” is a Wall Street lawyer turned talk show host, social dynamics expert, and entrepreneur. After hosting a top 50 iTunes... Read all

Karen Dillon

Heleo Influencer

Karen Dillon is the former editor of Harvard Business Review magazine and co-author of 3 books with Clayton Christensen: "The Prosperity Paradox: How Innovation Can Lift Nations Out of Poverty";... Read all

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman are highly accomplished journalists who turned their investigative instincts on the confidence gap between men and women in the workplace. Shipman contributes to ABC News’... Read all

Kim Scott

Heleo Influencer

Kim Scott is the author of the NYT & WSJ bestseller Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss without Losing your Humanity. Kim led AdSense, YouTube, and Doubleclick Online Sales and Operations... Read all

Laura Vanderkam

Success Secret Sharer

Laura Vanderkam writes about how we spend our time now and in the past, and how we can all spend our time better. Her books, including I Know How She... Read all

Malcolm Gladwell

Social Science Storyteller

“It’s those who lie outside of ordinary experiences that have the most to teach us,” says Malcolm Gladwell, who’s made his career telling stories with a social science twist. A... Read all

Michael Pollan

Skeptical Foodie

Michael Pollan is an award winning journalist and author who focuses on the science of food. His books, including 2006’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, explore what we eat and why we... Read all

Michelle Gielan

Heleo Influencer

Michelle Gielan has spent the past decade researching the link between happiness and success. She is the bestselling author of Broadcasting Happiness: The Science of Igniting and Sustaining Positive Change and was named one of... Read all

Dr. Michelle Segar

Master Motivator

Leading motivation scientist and health coach, Michelle Segar has spent over twenty years researching how to create sustainable health-related behavior change. Her book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of... Read all

Mollie West Duffy

Heleo Influencer

Mollie West Duffy is an organization designer at IDEO in New York and an adjunct professor at Stanford’s New York City campus of the d.school (design school). Mollie has written for Fast... Read all

Neil Pasricha

Awesomeness Advocate

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent over five years on... Read all

Nir Eyal

Hook, Line and Thinker

The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir Eyal, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and... Read all

Peter Bregman

Heleo Influencer

For over 30 years, Peter Bregman has worked with CEOs and senior leaders to help them create accountability and inspire collective action on their most important work. He helps leaders... Read all

Richard Wrangham

Heleo Influencer

Richard Wrangham is Ruth B. Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, Harvard University. He is the author of Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human and Demonic Males: Apes and the Origins of Human Violence (with... Read all

Robert Glazer

Heleo Influencer

Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to elevate. Under... Read all

Ryan Holiday

Heleo Influencer

Ryan Holiday is one of the world's foremost thinkers and writers on ancient philosophy and its place in everyday life. He is a sought-after speaker, strategist, and the author of... Read all

Safi Bahcall

Heleo Influencer

Safi Bahcall is a second-generation physicist (the son of two astrophysicists) and a biotech entrepreneur. He received his BA summa cum laude from Harvard and his PhD in physics from Stanford,... Read all

Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Extreme Entrepreneur

Sarah Robb O'Hagan is an executive, activist, and fitness enthusiast who has served in leadership roles with global brands such as Equinox, Gatorade, Virgin, and Nike. She has been named... Read all

Scott Barry Kaufman

Creativity Connoisseur

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is a researcher, writer, professor, podcast host, and more, who specializes in the cognitive psychology of imagination and creativity. In 2013, he published Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined,... Read all

Shawn Achor

Happiness Professor

Shawn Anchor is the author of multiple best-selling books, including The Happiness Advantage. His TED talk has over 11 million views. As a lecturer at Harvard, his classes on positive... Read all

Simon Sinek

Golden Guy

Simon Sinek has unlocked the secret to how leaders make decisions and why some organizations succeed over others. His TED Talk, which explores a “golden circle” of decision-making, has over... Read all

Steven Johnson

Forward Thinker

If you want to know where good ideas come from, there’s no better person to ask than Steven Johnson, whose bestselling books (including 2010’s Where Good Ideas Come From) examine,... Read all

Susan Cain

Quiet Warrior

“I think I’ve been living this book my whole life,” says Susan Cain of her instant New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t... Read all

Susan David

Agility Advisor

Susan David, PhD, is a psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology. David... Read all

Tasha Eurich

Self-Awareness Scholar

Dr. Tasha Eurich is an organizational psychologist, researcher, and New York Times best-selling author. She is also the founder of the Eurich Group, where she’s helped thousands of leaders and teams improve their... Read all

Tim Urban

Comically Curious Commentator

Since he started writing the long-form, stick-figure-illustrated blog Wait But Why in 2013, Tim Urban has become one of the internet’s most popular writers. Urban, according to Fast Company, has “captured a level of... Read all

Tom Rath

Wellbeing Wizard

Tom Rath, author of six bestselling books, studies how humans behave in the context of well-being, health, and business. His latest bestseller, Are You Fully Charged?, presents strategies to help... Read all

Travis Bradberry

Heleo Influencer

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world's leading provider of emotional intelligence tests and training,... Read all

Virginia Heffernan

Internet Intellectual

Virginia Heffernan is a journalist and critic who writes extensively about the Internet and the intersection of culture and technology. She has served as a staff writer for The New York... Read all

Vishen Lakhiani

Consciousness Engineer

Vishen is an entrepreneur, author and speaker in education technology, company culture design and mindfulness. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company that specializes in learning experience... Read all

Whitney Johnson

Heleo Influencer

Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies... Read all

Zachary Wood

Heleo Influencer

Zachary R. Wood is a Columnist and Assistant Opinion Editor at The Guardian, a Robert L. Bartley Fellow at The Wall Street Journal, and a class of 2018 graduate of Williams College,... Read all