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Former CEO, Semco

At A Glance
  • Widely known as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership
  • As its CEO for 20 years, led the Systems Engineering & Management Company to adopt innovative management practices and advance its leadership and organizational effectiveness
  • Best-selling author of “Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace” and “The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works”
  • Reached international and corporate audiences through his guest lectures at MIT and Harvard
  • Fostered a digital community of fans with his popular TED talk “How to Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules”
  • Hosts the podcast “LeadWise,” where listeners can join his conversations with change-makers
Former CEO, Semco

Ricardo Semler is widely known as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership. As the former CEO of Semco for over 20 years, Ricardo transformed his organization to adopt innovative management practices to advance leadership and organizational effectiveness. Under his mentorship, companies from a spectrum of industries have reshaped their companies to be more dynamic, innovative and people-centric. As a result, these organizations have created wiser companies evolving into more productive and happier workforces.

As the best-selling author of the classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend, Semler advocates for leadership to rewrite their corporate narratives to be driven by values of trust, self-management and creativity. Semler has reached thousands of international and corporate audiences through his guest lectures at MIT and Harvard and fostered a digital community of fans with his popular TED Talk: How to Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules and commentary and video shorts on social media. Passionate about providing avenues of change for youth, Semler also spearheaded the Brazil-based Lumiar School which infuses radical corporate democracy into early education.

Ricardo is the host of the podcast Leadwise, where listeners can join his conversations with changemakers challenging assumptions and changing how things are done.

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