Stew Friedman, PhD
PhD, Organizational Psychology
Emeritus Professor of Management Practice
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Stew Friedman (PhD, University of Michigan) is an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he has been on the faculty since 1984 and since 2019 is emeritus.  In 1991 he founded both the Wharton Leadership Program and the Wharton Work/Life Integration Project.

His work focuses on leadership from the point of view of the whole person; how performance can be improved in all parts of life by creating greater harmony among them.  His research was cited among Harvard Business Review‘s “Ideas that Shaped Management” and he has written two bestselling books, Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life(HBR Press, 2008) and Leading the Life You Want: Skills for Integrating Work and Life (HBR Press, 2014). His most recent HBR Press book is Parents Who Lead:  The Leadership Approach You Need to Parent with Purpose, Fuel Your Career, and Create a Richer Life (with Alyssa Westring, 2020). In 2024, Wharton School Press published a new edition of his landmark study of two generations of Wharton students, Baby Bust, 10th Anniversary Edition: New Choices for Men and Women in Work and Family. His Work and Family – Allies or Enemies? (with Jeff Greenhaus, Oxford, 2000) was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the field’s best books. In Integrating Work and Life: The Wharton Resource Guide (1998) Friedman and his colleagues edited the first collection of learning tools for building leadership skills for integrating work and life.

He has been recognized by the biennial Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers repeatedly since 2011.  He was honored with its 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award as the world’s #1 expert in talent management and was inducted in its Hall of Fame in 2023. He was listed among HR Magazine’s most influential thought leaders, chosen by Working Mother as one of America’s most influential men who have made life better for working parents, and presented with the Families and Work Institute’s Work Life Legacy Award.

While on leave from Wharton for two-and-a-half years, Friedman was the senior executive for leadership development at Ford Motor Company, where he created Total Leadership.  Since his return to Wharton in 2001, he has taught Total Leadership and has brought it to individuals and companies worldwide. Winner of many teaching awards, he appears regularly in business media (The New York Times cited the “rock star adoration” he inspires in his students).  Friedman serves on advisory boards and is an in-demand speaker, consultant, coach, workshop leader, public policy advisor (to the U.S. Departments of Labor and State, the United Nations, and two White House administrations), and advocate for family-supportive policies in the private sector.