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Minette Norman

If you want to tap into the power of diversity, you have to create a culture of psychological safety.

Co-author of The Psychological Safety Playbook | Former VP of Engineering Practice, Autodesk

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Minette Norman | Co-author of  The Psychological Safety Playbook  | Former VP of Engineering Practice, Autodesk
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Revolutionary leadership that sparks creativity, productivity, and success starts with Psychological Safety: a workplace where everyone feels free to ask questions and share their best ideas. A leading voice in this burgeoning field, Minette Norman offers actionable advice on how to create cultures of radical collaboration, compassionate teamwork, and increased efficiency. Her new book The Psychological Safety Playbook -- an instant #1 Amazon Bestseller in Business Health and Stress – is hailed as “a must-read for anyone who cares enough to lead” by Seth Godin. It’s packed with powerful, airtight lessons for managers and employees alike. Listen to understand, not to respond. Encourage curiosity, and see where it leads. "The world of work could be so much better for everybody," Minette says. "But that’s only possible if people feel safe to speak up, and to be themselves, and to share those crazy ideas."

As a liberal arts major, Minette joined Autodesk, the award-winning software company as VP of Engineering Practice. There, she led 3,500 software professionals in the male-dominated tech industry, where she focused on engineering practices while nurturing a collaborative and inclusive culture. Now, she’s sharing the methods she’s developed. In her dynamic presentations and interactive workshops, she helps executives and employees at every level rethink how we communicate, which accomplishments we reward, and who belongs in leadership roles. This is the first step to inspiring a creative work culture that leads to break-out innovation and leveraging diversity to achieve breakthrough success. 


At her consulting agency, Minette helps leaders build healthy, inclusive companies where everyone feels like they belong. Her first book The Psychological Safety Playbook, co-written with Karolin Helbig, Minette bridges the gap between academic research and actionable guides, emphasizing that psychological safety is about the human experience. In her second book The Boldly Inclusive Leader, out August 2023, she shows how being a compassionate leader who welcomes diversity in all its forms will transform not just the workplace, but the world.


She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times, and “Business Role Model of the Year” in the Women in IT Awards. She serves on the Board of Directors for Equalize Health, a non-profit devoted to developing medical technologies for impoverished and vulnerable communities worldwide.


“Thank you so much to Minette Norman for joining us! Her presentation was spot-on and I really appreciated how she gave some actionable takeaways that our group can implement right away.”

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“Minette was a tremendous keynote speaker at Smartling's Global Ready Conference. She established a unique bond with our audience despite the virtual format and spoke with authority on the subject matter.”


Speech Topics

Team Building
Psychological Safety The Foundation of Innovative and Engaged Teams
Psychological safety is the belief that we will not be punished or humiliated for speaking up with ideas, questions, concerns, or mistakes. Teams that have a high degree of psychological safety are the highest performing teams, the most inclusive teams, the teams that innovate, and the teams that people want to be part of.
In this keynote, Minette Norman shares her approach to creating a psychologically safe culture in which diverse perspectives and experiences are valued so that everyone can fully contribute their best work. Minette tells real-world stories about psychological safety—and its absence—in practice. She also offers practical advice to leaders for increasing psychological safety in any organization or setting, leaving them inspired and equipped to increase psychological safety in their own teams.
DEI: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Creating an Inclusive Culture Embracing All Aspects of Diversity
Many organizations do their best to hire a diverse workforce—but they often don’t put the same effort towards creating an inclusive culture. Leadership consultant Minette Norman knows that an inclusive culture is the backbone of any thriving workplace. Without it, diversity initiatives will fail. Minette’s hands-on experience as a tech leader has given her a treasure trove of actionable advice about how to build an inclusive culture from the ground up.
In this thoughtful and compassionate talk, leaders, managers, and employees will learn how to tune into their own behavior, challenge toxic norms, and create inclusive meetings where everyone can speak equally. Minette will also show you how to hire and retain diverse talent, from making sure there are equitable opportunities for advancement to understanding how to manage someone’s job performance while checking your biases at the door. Minette approaches these topics with curiosity and empathy—helping you begin a transformative journey towards putting diversity into practice.
Radical Empathy Creating Cultures of Transformative Leadership
No company today can succeed without empathy at the core of its business strategy. But empathy isn’t just about compassion and consideration for your customers. It also means making sure all your employees feel valued, heard, and appreciated. And that takes work.
In this keynote, Minette Norman outlines her approach to ‘radical empathy’: a leadership plan that shatters outdated mindsets about work. She asks audiences to see vulnerability, emotion, and compassion as strengths—even in (or especially in) male-dominated industries. Minette helps us abandon ‘us vs. them’ mentalities, engage in active listening, and make time for the challenging conversations we’ve been putting off. This is a talk to empower leaders so they can take action—and embrace a model of leadership that’s backed by emotion as much as it’s backed by economics.
Workshops & Interactive
Building a Collaborative Team How to Run Inclusive Meetings
Data shows us that increasing diversity—of gender, background, even cognitive styles—increases business performance. Simply put, more diverse organizations consistently outperform their peers. But in order for a company to tap into their diverse population, they must first have an inclusive culture—a task that may seem daunting to implement at first. Thankfully, there is a great place to start practicing inclusivity, and it's inside a process that we're already intimately familiar with: the meeting.
Meetings are not only where we spend so much of our time; they're also an embodiment of a company’s wider culture. Unfortunately, only 35% of employees surveyed in a recent HBR study felt consistently comfortable contributing in meetings. In meetings of five to ten participants, that’s only two or three people who feel empowered to contribute. Helping to facilitate meetings that are inclusive and create a sense of emotional safety is a great way for everyone to practice allyship, says transformative leadership consultant Minette Norman. In this highly interactive workshop, Norman explores what it means to model inclusivity, as well as how to create processes that uphold these standards in our organizations.
From setting a meeting agenda to asking proactive questions to inviting counter-perspectives openly, Norman shows us how we can ensure everyone's voice is heard equally and respectfully in this hands-on workshop. Participants will be blown away with how productive and fulfilling meetings can be once they learn to master their blind spots.