Deb Mashek keynote speaker
Deb Mashek keynote speaker

Deb Mashek

Collaboration expert

Speaker Themes

  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Corporate culture
  • Creativity & Innovation

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Dr. Deb Mashek, PhD is a social psychologist who helps business leaders navigate the relationship headwinds that tank timelines, bottom lines, and morale.

An experienced business advisor, professor, higher education administrator and national nonprofit executive, she is the author of the book Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work (even if you’d rather work alone).

Named one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Deb has been featured in media outlets including MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Reason, Business Week, University Business Insider, and The Hill. She writes regularly for ReWorked and Psychology Today.

Previously Full Professor of Social Psychology at Harvey Mudd College, Deb Mashek served as the college’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as the founding Director of the Claremont College’s Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of Heterodox Academy, a national nonprofit advancing constructive disagreement on college campuses. 

Deb is the founder of Myco Consulting LLC, where she applies relationship science to help organizations create the conditions for collaboration to thrive.  By doing together better, organizations can navigate the relationship headwinds that tank timelines, bottom lines, and well-being. A member of both the Association for Collaborative Leadership and the International Coaching Federation, Deb has been an invited speaker on collaboration and viewpoint diversity at leading organizations including the United Nations and the American Psychological Association.

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Deb provides professional audiences with a fresh lens for thinking about and improving their workplace collaborations. Moving seamlessly between data, theory, and practice, Deb drops powerful truth bombs and truth balms about the possibilities and perils of workplace collaboration.

She helps audiences:

  • Understand the key interpersonal factors that give rise to exceptional collaborations;
  • Appreciate why improving relationship quality is sometimes ill-advised;
  • Learn practical steps that individuals, teams, and organizations can take to move from collabor(h)ate to collaborGREAT.

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