Researcher & Speaker

David Maxfield in a suit
David Maxfield is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker,and leading social scientist for organizational change. For thirty years, David has delivered engaging keynotes at prestigious venues including Stanford and Georgetown Universities. David’s work has been translated into 28 languages, is available in 36 countries, and has generated results for 300 of the Fortune 500.

Dynamic Keynote Speaker
David has shared the stage with General Colin Powell, Jack Welch, Jim Collins, Daniel Pink, Patrick Lencioni, and Brené Brown at some of the world’s premier leadership conferences and organizations including:

  • Stanford University
  • Georgetown University
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • National Association of Children’s Hospitals


Bestselling Author
David is the coauthor of three immediate New York Times bestsellers: Influencer, Crucial Accountabilityand Change Anything.
Articles resulting from David’s research have been published in many notable and peer-reviewed journals including the MIT Sloan Management Review where his article “How to Have Influence” was named the Change Management Article of the Year.

Business Social Scientist
For the past thirty years, David has conducted social science research to help leaders and organizations achieve new levels of performance. Specifically, he has focused on human behavior—the underlying written and unwritten rules that shape what employees do every day.

A respected academic, David has taught at Stanford University and the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University. He is the recipient of the Motorola University’s Distinguished TeachingAward and Stanford University’s Dean’s Award for InnovativeIndustrial Education.

  • David is an incredibly talented speaker. He certainly knows how to engage an audience - his meeting room was overflowing for the whole session! Our attendees raved about his presentation long afterward.

    Anne Blouin, CLO, ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership,
  • David Maxfield is an engaging speaker who captures an audience with just the right mix of research, humor and practical relevance. Having developed and taught courses with David, I can tell you with certainty that he is among one of the most gifted teachers I have encountered in my thirty years of teaching.

    Stephen R. Barley, Stanford University,
  • David Maxfield is one of the top-rated speakers for the American College of Physician Executives. The insight and knowledge that he shares with the audience have led many to describe his course as one of the best classroom experiences they ever had.

    ACPE Conference Organizer,
  • David Maxfield is a gifted speaker who captures the attention of his audience with solid information presented in an easy manner and a slight hint of humor. He keeps his audience engaged with a balance of research, short vignettes, small group exercises and discussion with the audience.

    Bill Fernsebner, Education Specialist at OR Magazine,