Libby Gill knows change. She grew up on two continents and went to eight different schools before putting herself through college waiting tables. She started her first job in entertainment only to go through three mergers in five years, where she went from assistant in a small production company to vice president of publicity, advertising and promotion for Sony’s worldwide television group.
After heading communications at media giants Universal, Sony and Turner Broadcasting, Libby left the corporate world after nearly twenty years to become an entrepreneur. In her mid-forties when many people are slowing down, Libby founded Libby Gill & Company, an executive coaching and leadership consulting firm based in Los Angeles.
Libby now guides clients - including Avery Dennison, CA Technologies, Cisco, Comcast, Deloitte, Disney, Eli Lilly, First American Insurance, Honda, Intel, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Oracle, PayPal, Royal Caribbean, Speedo, Sutter Health, Viacom, Warner Bros., and Wells Fargo - to lead their teams through change, challenge, and chaos.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, Libby shows high-performing individuals and organizations why hope IS a strategy - if you have the right mindset, methodology and expertise. She shares the science-based concepts of hope theory to provide the structured business discipline and competitive advantage you need in today’s swiftly changing world.
In her executive coaching, leadership consulting, and keynote presentations, Libby guides you to reframe change as your biggest growth opportunity, re-energize your best performers to reach their potential, and re-invent your company culture to embrace ambiguity.
As Libby was reinventing her professional life, her personal life also underwent a major transition. She chronicled her journey of overcoming the self-perceived limitations left behind by a family legacy of alcoholism, divorce, mental illness and suicide in her bestselling book TRAVELING HOPEFULLY: How to Lose Your Family Baggage and Jumpstart Your Life.
Business leaders including Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and Dr. Ken Blanchard have endorsed Libby’s award-winning book, YOU UNSTUCK: Mastering the New Rules of Risk-taking in Work and Life. She is also the author of Hope IS a Strategy: Leading through Change, Challenge, and Chaos. Her latest book, Leadership Reckoning: Can Higher Education Develop the Leaders We Need?, will be published in Spring 2021.
A frequent media guest, Libby has shared her success strategies on CNN, NPR, the Today Show, and in BusinessWeek, Time, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and more. A former columnist for the Dallas Morning News, Libby lives in Los Angeles and is the proud mother of two fabulous millennials, one in graduate school and one in college.
“I saw Libby speak at the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association Annual
Meeting. She was absolutely fabulous – the story she tells is a perfect blend of
credible business experience, fascinating life circumstance (without being cloying
– this is tough to pull off) and helpful insight into how to reframe stagnant
perspectives and effect real change. The best part is her authentic enthusiasm
and humor - and her skillful avoidance of the type of labored, rah rah
cheerleading cliché trap that many speakers fall into. I am not alone in feeling
this way as her talk sparked a long and interesting dinner conversation among
“We’ve seen a lot of great speakers here at Disney, but Libby Gill’s presentation
on Creating a Culture of Accountability was one of the most inspiring I’ve seen
yet. She managed to blend practical business information with deep personal
insights about personal responsibility and leadership. After a very challenging
year, our group was ready to get back to work, totally re-energerized by her
“The leadership and management principles I learned from Libby have
increased my productivity, improved communication and even balanced my
often-challenging work and family schedule. She helped me become a better
“We are overwhelmed by your professionalism and dynamic delivery of your
presentation, Creating High-Passion Teams: Maintaining a Culture of Excellence
& Engagement. We consistently heard, ‘She was a dynamic speaker and I enjoyed her presentation very much.’ Please allow this to serve as a resounding affirmation for your program!”