Thought Leaders

Heleo’s thought leaders span the fields of innovation, science, health, and business. They are journalists, entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, and historians. Their ideas engage, inspire and motivate readers to make changes in their lives and the world.

Adam Grant

Prescient Professor

The youngest professor at Wharton to earn tenure (and, not to mention, the school’s highest-rated teacher), Adam Grant is an expert on motivation, success, and leadership. His first book, Give... Read all

Alexa Clay

Chief Misfit

Alexa Clay is a writer and researcher interested in informal and underground economies. A graduate of Brown and Oxford, she is the founder of Wisdom Hackers, a public interest philosophy... Read all

Amy Cuddy

Power Presenter

Amy Cuddy, author of the New York Times bestseller Presence, is an internationally recognized expert on the art and science of putting your best foot forward. Her 21-minute TED talk on “power... Read all

Angela Duckworth is an award-winning psychologist and University of Pennsylvania professor of psychology who specializes in grit, self-control, and success. In 2013, she was a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, and her... Read all

Ben Casnocha

Titan of Talent

Ben Casnocha is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and executive in Silicon Valley. He is coauthor with LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman of the recent New York Times bestseller The Alliance: Managing... Read all

Caroline Webb

Effectiveness Expert

Caroline Webb is a renowned executive coach and economist who has worked with hundreds of organizations to help their employees be more productive, energized, and successful – first as a Partner at... Read all

Charles Duhigg

Habit Hacker

While a journalist on assignment in Iraq, Charles Duhigg learned how the U.S. military uses behavioral science to stop riots from occurring. At that moment, his interest in habit formation was... Read all

Chris Guillebeau

Freethinking Traveler

“You don’t have to live your life in the way other people expect,” says Chris Guillebeau, who has made that quote his motivation as he teaches others how to embrace... Read all

Daniel Pink

Business Brain

Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books -- including his newest, WHEN: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. WHEN is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal,... Read all

Darya Rose

Anti-Diet Demeter

Darya Rose, Ph.D., is the author of Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting, and creator of the award-winning blog Summer Tomato, one of TIME's... Read all

Dr. David Ludwig

Obesity Warrior

David Ludwig, MD, Ph.D, is a renowned endocrinologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, professor of nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health, and professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr.... Read all

Emily Esfahani Smith

Meaning Crafter

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters. She writes about psychology, culture, and relationships. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New... Read all

Emma Seppälä

Compassion Connoisseur

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D is Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track. She is a frequent contributor to Harvard... Read all

Eric Ries

Lean Startup Machine

Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the New York Times bestselling author of The Startup Way and The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty... Read all

Gretchen Rubin

Happiness Expert

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including her latest bestseller, Better Than Before, which explores the science and psychology behind habits, the blockbuster bestsellers about happiness, The Happiness Project, and... Read all

Heidi Grant Halvorson

Communication Captain

Heidi Grant Halvorson studies motivation and communication. She is a social psychologist who has written 4 best-selling books, and regularly contributes to the Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, and other... Read all

Jake Knapp

Performance Designer

Jake Knapp is a design partner at Google Ventures, and the creator of GV's five-day sprint process for building and testing new ideas. He has run over 100 sprints with... Read all

James Clear

Multifaceted Motivator

James Clear writes about how to use behavioral psychology to build better habits and master your mental and physical performance. Over 250,000 people subscribe to his popular email newsletter and... Read all

Jane McGonigal

Game Changer

Jane McGonigal believes gaming can change the world. A game designer, she orchestrates and implements hundreds of real-world games, simulations and secret missions for top corporations around the world, from... Read all

Jonah Berger

Virality Visionary

Jonah Berger is a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and author of Contagious: Why Things Catch On which was a New York Times and Wall Street... Read all

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman are highly accomplished journalists who turned their investigative instincts on the confidence gap between men and women in the workplace. Shipman contributes to ABC News’... Read all

Laura Vanderkam

Success Secret Sharer

Laura Vanderkam writes about how we spend our time now and in the past, and how we can all spend our time better. Her books, including I Know How She... Read all

Dr. Michelle Segar

Master Motivator

Leading motivation scientist and health coach, Michelle Segar has spent over twenty years researching how to create sustainable health-related behavior change. Her book, No Sweat: How the Simple Science of... Read all

Neil Pasricha

Awesomeness Advocate

Neil Pasricha is the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Equation and The Book of Awesome series, which has been published in ten countries, spent over five years on... Read all

Nir Eyal

Hook, Line and Thinker

The M.I.T. Technology Review dubbed Nir Eyal, “The Prophet of Habit-Forming Technology.” Nir founded two tech companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and... Read all

Sarah Robb O'Hagan

Extreme Entrepreneur

Sarah Robb O'Hagan is an executive, activist, and fitness enthusiast who has served in leadership roles with global brands such as Equinox, Gatorade, Virgin, and Nike. She has been named... Read all

Scott Barry Kaufman

Creativity Connoisseur

Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman is a researcher, writer, professor, podcast host, and more, who specializes in the cognitive psychology of imagination and creativity. In 2013, he published Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined,... Read all

Simon Sinek

Golden Guy

Simon Sinek has unlocked the secret to how leaders make decisions and why some organizations succeed over others. His TED Talk, which explores a “golden circle” of decision-making, has over... Read all

Steven Johnson

Forward Thinker

If you want to know where good ideas come from, there’s no better person to ask than Steven Johnson, whose bestselling books (including 2010’s Where Good Ideas Come From) examine,... Read all

Susan Cain

Quiet Warrior

“I think I’ve been living this book my whole life,” says Susan Cain of her instant New York Times bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t... Read all

Susan David

Agility Advisor

Susan David, PhD, is a psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology. David... Read all

Tim Urban

Comically Curious Commentator

Since he started writing the long-form, stick-figure-illustrated blog Wait But Why in 2013, Tim Urban has become one of the internet’s most popular writers. Urban, according to Fast Company, has “captured a level of... Read all

Virginia Heffernan

Internet Intellectual

Virginia Heffernan is a journalist and critic who writes extensively about the Internet and the intersection of culture and technology. She has served as a staff writer for The New York... Read all

Vishen Lakhiani

Consciousness Engineer

Vishen is an entrepreneur, author and speaker in education technology, company culture design and mindfulness. He is the founder and CEO of Mindvalley, a company that specializes in learning experience... Read all