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  • Unlearning Silence: How to speak your mind, unleash talent, and live more fully
    Unlearning Silence: How to speak your mind, unleash talent, and live more fully
  • The Science of Speaking Up for Yourself | Elaine Lin Hering | Ten Percent Happier
    The Science of Speaking Up for Yourself | Elaine Lin Hering | Ten Percent Happier
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    Inspirational Insights- Using Your Voice to Craft the Career and Life You Want.mp4
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    Elaine Lin Hering with Ruchika Tulshyan: Finding Your Voice
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    THE DANGER OF SILENCE with Elaine Lin Hering [CC]
  • Unlearning Silence: Speaking Up at Work | Soulcast Media LIVE w/ Elaine Lin Hering
    Unlearning Silence: Speaking Up at Work | Soulcast Media LIVE w/ Elaine Lin Hering

Learn More About Elaine Lin Hering

Elaine Lin Hering is a speaker, facilitator, and writer. She works with organizations and individuals to build skills in communication, collaboration, and conflict management. She coaches women and minorities navigating executive leadership in majority-white spaces. She is a former Managing Partner at a global leadership development firm and is the author of the USA Today bestselling book, “Unlearning Silence: How to Speak Your Mind, Unleash Talent, and Live More Fully” (Penguin, March 2024). 

Lin Hering has worked with coal miners at BHP Billiton, micro-finance organizers in East Africa, mental health professionals in China, and senior leadership at the US Department of Commerce. Having worked on six continents and across industries, she is known for her cross-cultural fluency and ability to educate across power and difference. 

She has taught executive education programs at Harvard, Dartmouth, Tufts, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and served as the Advanced Training Director for the Harvard Mediation Program and as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Her clients include American Express, Capital One, Google, IBM, Merck, Nike, Salesforce, Shell, Pixar, the Red Cross, and Workday. She has spoken at conferences ranging from the World Business Dialogue in Germany to the Auschwitz Institute on Peace and Reconciliation to the Global Leadership Summit. 

Lin Hering previously taught negotiation and mediation at Monash Law School in Australia. Her research interests include unlearning silence, speaking up, and how race, gender, and nonapparent identities influence negotiation. Elaine has B.A.s in Political Science and Music from the University of California Berkeley and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Elaine Lin Hering is available to advise your organization via virtual and in-person consulting meetings, interactive workshops and customized keynotes through the exclusive representation of Stern Speakers & Advisors, a division of Stern Strategy Group®.

Elaine Lin Hering was last modified: June 14th, 2024 by Meg Virag

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Praise for Elaine Lin Hering

"Elaine changed my life. She spoke both to my work and to my soul."

President, California Community College

"I’ve already received numerous emails, texts, and IMs sharing how valuable your session was. And even better, many are readying for the book club discussion next week."

Vice President, Wells Fargo

"Elaine is so good at what she does. Her ability to connect with audiences immediately and in a human way, her masterful knowledge and unparalleled listening and reflection invite and enable others to get better."

Global Marketing Director, Nike

"Elaine is the best interviewers... [the Global Leadership Summit] has ever had."

One of the 1,800,000 Summit Attendees via Twitter/X

"Elaine was able to balance two important factors throughout the training. On the one hand, she could offer vulnerability and her own demonstrative stories/examples, which made her relatable. On the other hand, she came across as very expert and knowledgeable about the subject matter, which established trust with the audience right away."

Manager, Protect Democracy

"It was dreamy – if that’s the proper way to describe it. It was perfectly wonderful and we are extremely grateful for the experience!"

Event Organizer, Kaiser Permanente

Praise for "Unlearning Silence"

"A transformative guide that delves deep into the intricate dynamics of silence, unraveling why individuals often withhold their voices and the subtle ways they unintentionally stifle others. 'Unlearning Silence' is a masterful exploration of the intricate art of communication. Run, don't walk, to read this book. It is such a powerful exploration of voice and the courage and space to use it."

TD Magazine

"A necessary read. With empathy and clarity, Elaine unpacks what makes it so hard to honor ourselves and talk with each other. 'Unlearning Silence' offers an opportunity and tools to change things within and around us – for ourselves and those we love."

Lori Gottlieb, New York Times Bestselling Author, "Maybe You Should Talk to Someone" and Co-Host, "Dear Therapists" Podcast

"'Unlearning Silence' is the book I wish I had when I started my career. Hering not only proves why silence is toxic, but, critically, goes a step further and shows us how to speak up in a way that is safe, values aligned, and has the greatest chance of being impactful. This book is going to change the workplace for the better."

Pooja Lakshmin, MD, Psychiatrist and Bestselling Author,"Real Self-Care"

"Too often as women, we are told we are the problem. Books tell us to just be more confident. To show up and then speak up. Elaine goes deeper and shows us that the silence we've been indoctrinated by runs deep and it is what holds us back and makes us feel small. A must read for every leader."

Deepa Purushothaman, Author, "The First, The Few, The Only"

"We cannot heal our world if we do not unlearn silence. An inviting and essential read."

Alex Elle, New York Times Bestselling Author, "How We Heal"

"Whether we have been socialized to keep quiet, punished for speaking up, or feel panic at the prospect of voicing our truth, our silence deprives the workplace and the world of our ideas and crucial contributions. Elaine Lin Hering’s amazing book provides the secret recipe for breaking silence once and for all! Everyone should read "Unlearning Silence" — including a lot of men who mute themselves and look the other way when sexism and bias rear their heads."

W. Brad Johnson, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Law, U. S. Naval Academy and Co-Author, "Good Guys: How Men Can Be Better Allies for Women in the Workplace"