Sundance Author Series – Nancy Koehn

Tuesday, March 19th - 03:47:08 pm
Tree Room, 8841 N Alpine Loop Road, Sundance, 84604 UT

Nancy Koehn, November 3 • Forged in Crisis

When: November 3, Doors open at 11:30 a.m.
Where: Sundance Mountain Resort, The Tree Room
Cost: $85 per person. Includes lecture and discussion, signed copy of the author’s book, brunch in the Tree Room and gratuity. Alcohol not included. Advance reservations required.
Tickets are available online or by calling 866.734.4428.


Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn’s research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact.

Her latest book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times, is an historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights. Forged in Crisis spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

What do such disparate figures have in common? Why do their extraordinary stories continue to amaze and inspire? In delivering the answers to those questions, Nancy Koehn offers a remarkable template by which to judge those in our own time to whom the public has given its trust.

Significantly, as we follow each leader’s against-all-odds journey, we begin to glean an essential truth: leaders are not born but made. In a book dense with epiphanies, the most galvanizing one may be that the power to lead courageously resides in each of us.

Koehn is the author of numerous books, articles, and Harvard Business School cases. She writes frequently for the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Harvard Business Review Online. She is also a weekly commentator on National Public Radio and has appeared on many national television programs. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and in many other venues.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government before taking her MA and PhD in History from Harvard. She lives outside Boston and is a dedicated equestrian.