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Malcolm Gladwell

Journalist, best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Blink - Panelist Blurb

Malcolm Gladwell is one of the world's most celebrated and well-known thinkers. He has an incomparable gift for making big ideas in social sciences, economics and psychology understandable to businesses and general audiences alike. His bestselling books include The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, which are known not only for their incredible insight and entertaining prose, but for introducing new concepts and phrases into our everyday vocabulary. His most recent book, David and Goliath, explores the concept of the "underdog."

Gladwell was voted one of HR Magazine's Most Influential Thinkers - International 2011, an honor that recognizes the practitioners and thinkers who have had the greatest influence in the field of people strategy. Newsweek chose him for the Top 10 New Thought Leaders of the Decade, and previously, TIME magazine named him one of its 100 Most Influential People of 2005. He was chosen for Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers 2010 and 2009 list and is ranked number ten on The Thinkers 50 2011.

Gladwell's books have received equally glowing praise. The Tipping Point was named as one of the best books of the decade by customers, The A.V. Club, The Guardian, and The New York Times. Blink was named to Fast Company's list of the best business books of 2005. It was also number five on Amazon customers' favorite books of 2005, named to The Christian Science Monitor's best nonfiction books of 2005, and in the top 50 of Amazon customers' favorite books of the decade. Outliers was a number 1 The New York Times bestseller for 11 straight weeks, and was Time's number 10 nonfiction book of 2008.

Gladwell's newest book, David and Goliath, looks at the complex and surprising ways in which the weak can defeat the strong, how the small can match up against the giant, and how our goals can make a huge difference in our ultimate sense of success. Drawing upon examples from the world of business, sports, culture, cutting-edge psychology and an array of unforgettable characters around the world, David and Goliath has all the hallmarks of a classic Gladwell book: arresting, thought-provoking examples, insightful analysis, and a ground-breaking new perspective on something all around us.

Gladwell is currently a staff writer for The New Yorker. His editor describes his work as a new genre of story: an idea-driven narrative that's focused on the everyday and combines research with material that's more personal, social and historical. He has put together a collection of his best writing for his book, What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures. He was previously a reporter for The Washington Post.