Thursday 17 June 2021


Matthew Barzun

Former US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and Sweden

The Power of Giving Away Power: How the Best Leaders Learn to Let Go

Drawing on his experience as an internet entrepreneur, political organiser and former Ambassador, Matthew explores the power we can create by seeing the power in others. Instead of thinking in terms of top-down or bottom-up leadership, he encourages business leaders to embrace a new mindset.

Matthew Barzun

Matthew has always been fascinated by how we can stand out and fit in at the same time. He helped countries do both when he served as US ambassador to the United Kingdom and to Sweden. He helped citizens do both as national finance chair for Barack Obama by pioneering new ways for people to have a stronger voice in politics. And he helped tech consumers do both as an entrepreneur when he joined a team of three to start up CNET Networks in the early 1990s. Barzun was raised on the East Coast, started his career on the West Coast, and settled in the middle in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, Brooke, and their three children.

"A brilliant challenge to conventions that have held back organisations for decades."

Ted Sarandos, Netflix co-CEO