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.

Adam Alter

Behavior Buff

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

A world-leading psychologist and Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years, Adam Grant is an expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative... 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

Alexandra Solomon

Relationship Architect

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

Ann Shoket

Millennial Maven

Ann Shoket is a trailblazing senior media executive, magazine writer, and advocate in the lives of millennial women. As the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen and former executive editor of CosmoGIRL!, Ann has been named... Read all

Barbara Oakley

Learning Leader

Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering whose research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Dr. Oakley teaches two massive open online courses (MOOCs), including "Learning... 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

Bob Sutton

Leadership Scholar

Robert Sutton is Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Professor of Organizational Behavior (by courtesy) at Stanford. He co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (which... Read all

Bonnie St. John

Resilience Ringleader

Bonnie St. John is a celebrated keynote speaker and leadership consultant for over five hundred different companies, non-profits, and organizations. Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, she became... Read all

Bradley Staats

Learning Luminary

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

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 Bailey

Productivity Pundit

Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in ten languages. Chris writes about productivity at, and speaks... 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

Dan Harris

Meditation Maverick

Dan Harris is co-anchor of “Nightline” and the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” on ABC News. He also regularly files reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “20/20,”... Read all

Dan Buettner

Longevity Leader

Dan Buettner is the founder of Blue Zones, an organization that helps Americans live longer, healthier lives. His groundbreaking work on longevity led to his 2005 National Geographic cover story "Secrets of Living... Read all

Daniel Coyle

Greatness Guide

Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, The Talent Code, The Little Book of Talent, The Secret Race, Lance Armstrong’s War, and Hardball: A Season in the Projects. Coyle, who works... Read all

Daniel Pink

Business Brain

Named by Thinkers50 as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world, Daniel Pink is the #1 bestselling author of six provocative books on business, work, and human... 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 Burkus

Management Master

David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and associate professor of management at Oral Roberts University. His latest book, Under New Management, challenges the traditional and widely accepted... 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

Derek Thompson

Popularity Prodigy

Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about the economics of work and play, and is a weekly news analyst on NPR's "Here and Now". He is the author... 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 the Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research  and Education and the Co-Director of the Yale College Emotional Intelligence Project at Yale... 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

Fran Hauser

Mythbusting Maven

Fran Hauser is a long-time media executive, startup investor and celebrated champion of women and girls. She's held senior positions at some of the world’s largest digital media businesses, including... 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

Communication Captain

Heidi Grant 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 popular... Read all

Henry Timms

New Power Pathfinder

Henry Timms is President and CEO of 92nd Street Y, the renowned cultural and community center. More than 300,000 people visit 92Y annually, and millions more participate in 92Y’s digital... Read all

Ingrid Fetell Lee

Justice of Joy

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a Brooklyn-based designer and writer whose work focuses on the way that design affects our health and happiness. As founder of The Aesthetics of Joy, 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. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Time, and Entrepreneur, 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

Jeremy Heimans

Purposeful Participation Pioneer

Jeremy Heimans is co-founder and CEO of Purpose, a home for building 21st century movements and ventures that use the power of participation to change the world. Since its launch in 2009,... 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

Jordan Harbinger

Podcasting Prodigy

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

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

Commander of Candor

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

Leah Weiss

Heart Scholar

Leah Weiss, PhD, is a scholar, writer, and consultant specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in workplace environments. She teaches courses on mindful leadership at the Stanford Graduate... Read all

Lisen Stromberg

Culture Catalyst

Lisen Stromberg is an author, culture innovation consultant, and widely regarded speaker who empowers people and companies to reimagine the future of work through work+life success. Through her consulting business, PrismWork, Lisen and her team partner... Read all

Malcolm Gladwell

Social Science Storyteller

Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by TIME magazine and one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, Malcolm Gladwell has revolutionized the world’s understanding of decision making,... Read all

Dr. Mark Hyman

Herald of Health

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a ten-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director the Cleveland... Read all

Maxie McCoy

Sanguine Sage

Maxie is a writer and speaker obsessed with giving you the tools you need to believe in yourself. She leads audiences across the world, delivering motivational messages and practical action... Read all

Michelle Gielan

Resplendent Researcher

Michelle Gielan, national CBS News anchor turned positive psychology researcher, is the best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness. Michelle is the Founder of the Institute for Applied Positive Research and holds... Read all

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

Monica Worline

Compassion Architect

Monica Worline is founder and Chief Enlivening Officer of EnlivenWork, an innovation organization that teaches organizations how to tap into their potential for courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity... Read all

Neil Pasricha

Positivity Pro

A Harvard MBA, New York Times best-selling author, award-winning blogger, and one of the most popular TED speakers in the world, Pasricha is “a pied piper of happiness” (Toronto Star)... 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

Corporate Culture Consul

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

Robert Glazer

Master of Marketing

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

Media Maestro

Ryan Holiday is a writer and media strategist. He is the former director of marketing for American Apparel, and his creative agency, Brass Check, has advised clients like Google, TASER, and Complex,... Read all

Safi Bahcall

Loonshot Champion

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

Promoter of Positivity

Shawn Achor is the New York Times bestselling author of Before Happiness and The Happiness Advantage. After spending 12 years at Harvard University and presenting one of the top five most... Read all

Sheryl Ziegler

Motherhood Mentor

Over the last ten years in private practice in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Sheryl Ziegler has led over 10,000 face-to-face sessions focused on mommy burnout and its related issues, including anxiety,... 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

Susan Cain is the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which transformed the global conversation about introverts and stayed on the New... 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

Tiffany Dufu

Heleo Influencer

Morten T. Hansen is a management professor at University of California, Berkeley. He is the coauthor (with Jim Collins) of the New York Times bestseller Great by Choice and the author of... Read all

Tim O'Reilly

Titan of Tech

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media Inc. Considered by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world, O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on... 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

Well-being Wizard

Tom Rath is is a researcher, author, and filmmaker who studies the role of human behavior in business, health, and well-being. He has written six New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers over the... Read all

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

Disruption Dynamo

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

Conversation Cultivator

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. His... Read all