|Occupation||Business owner, Educator, Author|
|Alma mater||Hartwick College (B.A.)|
Case Western Reserve University (Ph.D.)
|Notable works||Overfished Ocean Strategy;|
Nadya Zhexembayeva (Russian: Надя Жексембаева) is an author, educator and business owner. She has written three and contributed to five books about business, strategy, and sustainability. In 2009, Zhexembayeva co-authored the concept of "embedded sustainability", in 2015 introduced the term "Chief Reinvention Officer," and in 2018 published the concept of "Titanic Syndrome". She is also a member of the Academic Committee of CEDEP.
Early life and career
Zhexembayeva grew up in Almaty, Kazakhstan (then part of the Soviet Union), at the time she claims the country was "going through immense deterioration". While still at high school, Zhexembayeva started her business career selling insurance and later worked as a trainer at Association of Young Leaders, then went on to earn a Freedom Support Act scholarship that allowed her to complete two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Management and then Psychology from Hartwick College, where she was named a Faculty Scholar and John Christopher Hartwick Scholar - "the highest honor the College can confer upon a student". In 2008, she obtained her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Case Western Reserve University, where she served as associate director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at Weatherhead School of Management, where as of 2016, she continues to serve on the Board of Advisors.
Zhexembayeva served as the Coca-Cola Chaired Professor of Sustainable Development at IEDC-Bled School of Management, an executive education center based in the Slovene Alps, where, as of 2016, she continues to teach courses in leadership, strategy, change management, design thinking, and sustainability. In addition to IEDC, Zhexembayeva has taught in other business schools, including CEDEP (France) and IPADE Business School (Mexico).
As a speaker, she has shared her insights with audiences worldwide through keynotes, panel presentations, and workshops. She has delivered four TEDx talks in Austria, Slovenia, the US., and Romania .
In 2007, Zhexembayeva co-founded WE EXIST Reinvention Agency. Based on Zhexembayeva's work with the Coca-Cola Company, ENRC Plc, IBM, CISCO, Erste Bank, Henkel, Knauf Insulation, Vienna Insurance Group on reinventing products, processes, and leadership practices In Ventures magazine called Zhexembayeva ‘The Reinvention Guru’, while TEDx Navasink named her ‘The Queen of Reinvention.’
Zhexembayeva has written two books and contributed to five others that focus on strategy, innovation, and sustainability.
- Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World (2014)
- Embedded Sustainability: The Next Big Competitive Advantage (2011)
- Titanic Syndrome: Why Companies Sink and How to Reinvent Your Way Out of Any Business Disaster (2018)
- Sustainable Business: A One Planet Approach (2017)
- Practicing Organization Development: Leading Transformation and Change (2015)
- Globally Responsible Leadership: Managing According to the UN Global Compact (2013)
- Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010) (Full citation: Nadya Zhexembayeva (2010), A whole new value: Driving innovation, sustainability, and prosperity through appreciative inquiry, in Tojo Thatchenkery, David L. Cooperrider, Michel Avital (ed.) Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (Advances in Appreciative Inquiry, Volume 3) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 77 – 96)
- Handbook of Transformative Cooperation: New Designs and Dynamics (2007)
Articles and reports
- "Titanic Syndrome: Why Companies Sink and How to Reinvent Your Way Out of Any Business Disaster". The European Financial Review. February 2018.
- "Overfished Ocean Strategy". Stanford Social Innovation Review. August 2014.
- "Overfished Ocean Strategy: Powering Up Innovation for a Resource-Deprived World". The European Financial Review. July 2014.
- "Embedded Sustainability: A Strategy for Market Leaders". The European Financial Review. April 2011.
- "Developing the Global Leaders of Tomorrow" (PDF). UN PRME Report. 2008.
Interviews and podcasts
- "Conversation with Nadya Zhexembayeva on reinvention, sustainability and strategy". Ambitious Radio Podcast. August 2016.
- "Conversation with Nadya Zhexembayeva on scarcity and resource intelligence". Revolutionary Provocateur Podcast. April 2015.
- "Nadya Zhexembayeva on Innovation in a Resource-Deprived World". Triple Pundit. October 2014.
- "Innovation for Positive Sustainable Development". Positivity Strategist Podcast. December 2014.
- "Overfished Ocean Strategy by Nadya Zhexembayeva". The Entrepreneurs Library with Wade Danielson. September 2014.
- "About - Nadya Zhexembayeva". Chiefreinventionofficer.com. 29 July 2015.
- Caesar, Nicolas (6 May 2011). "Embedded sustainability – the next big competitive advantage?". The Guardian.
- "How to Move From "Bolt-On" to Embedded Sustainability". Triplepundit.com. 13 June 2011.
- "Built to Reinvent The Ten Commandments of Today's Sustainable Company" (PDF). Changethis.com. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
- "Titanic Syndrome: Why Companies Sink and How to Reinvent Your Way Out of Any Business Disaster". https://www.europeanfinancialreview.com. Retrieved 28 June 2019. External link in
- TEDx Talks (28 April 2015). "To Hold On, Let Go - Nadya Zhexembayeva - TEDxNavesink". YouTube.
- "Honors Convocation - Hartwick College". Hartwick.edu.
- "The Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit - Weatherhead". Weatherhead.case.edu.
- "Faculty - Cedep". Cedep.fr. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
- TEDx Talks (25 November 2013). "Overfished ocean strategy: Nadya Zhexembayeva at TEDxKlagenfurt". YouTube.
- TEDx Talks (30 December 2010). "TEDxLjubljanaWomen - Nadya Zhexembayeva - I Have Nothing To Say About Women". YouTube.
- TEDx Talks (1 December 2018). "How to Kill Your Own Company: Nadya Zhexembayeva at TEDxBucharest". YouTube.
- "The reinvention guru". Inventures.eu. Retrieved 13 August 2018.
- "Nadya Zhexembayeva Is the Queen of Reinvention - TEDxNavesink - Monmouth County New Jersey". Tedxnavesink.com. 16 March 2015.
- Official website
- "TEDx Talk on Why You Should Reinvent Every 3.5 Years". TEDx. April 2015.
- "TEDx Talk on How to Kill Your Own Company". TEDx. December 2018.