Stew Friedman


Since 1984 Stew Friedman has been teaching at Wharton, where he is the Practice Professor of Management. In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program—initiating the required MBA and Undergraduate leadership courses—and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project. Stew served in the mental health field before earning his PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan. In 2001 he concluded a two-year assignment (while on leave from Wharton) at Ford Motor, as the senior executive for leadership development. Stew is the author of Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (Harvard Business, 2014), a Wall Street Journal bestseller; Baby Bust: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family (Wharton Digital, 2013), and the award-winning national bestseller, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008). The Total Leadership program is used worldwide, including by the 92,000+ students in Stew’s MOOC.

He advises many organizations and government agencies (including the White House and Departments of State of Labor), gives high-energy keynotes, and is an award-winning teacher. The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in students. He was chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s twenty-five most influential men to have made things better for working parents and by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top fifty business thinkers.  The Families and Work Institute honored him with a Work Life Legacy Award. Follow on Twitter @StewFriedman and tune in to his show, Work and Life, on Sirius XM 111, Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School, Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (EST).

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