Written Bio

Pam Harper is an internationally known keynote and TEDx speaker and Founding Partner & CEO of Business Advancement Inc., a strategic growth advisory firm based in the New York City metro area. She is a trusted resource for CEOs, boards, and C-suite executives in entrepreneurial, mid-market, and Fortune 500 companies across more than 30 industries. Because of her track record of helping clients find the hidden opportunities in their situations and turning them into game-changing business growth, Pam’s insights have been featured in numerous global media including Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, and Entrepreneur. You may have seen her articles if you read Chief Executive Magazine, Pharmaceutical Executive, Life Science Leader, or FEI Daily. among others. She also hosts the widely praised podcast series Growth Igniters® Radio, launched in 2015. It has been featured in Marketplace, Seeking Alpha, MarketWatch, and other media, and was named a Top Business Podcast in the 2022 PopCon Podcast Awards and as a Top 100 podcast by Thinkers360 Thought Leaders. Her critically acclaimed book, Preventing Strategic Gridlock®, is read in business schools around the world.

Session Description

Break Orbit: Achieving Long-Term Growth in a Short-Term World

Top leadership teams often find themselves in a tough position. You are driven to keep reimagining what’s possible for long-term growth. Meanwhile investors, shareholders and other stakeholders often demand consistent short-term returns.

Instead of circling in an orbit of the status quo, you can break orbit and ignite long-term growth. The bolder the vision, the more you need to embrace paradoxical leadership.

The secret is anticipating and untangling the “knot” of three particular leadership paradoxes that can naturally emerge in any organization that is transforming for long-term growth. 

In this dynamic 45-minute session, Pam Harper takes you behind the scenes to share one top leadership team’s story as she helps them discover and untangle their paradoxical knot. 


  • What can drive mysterious pushback to even the most compelling visions
  • What is most often behind persistent attachment to the status quo
  • A model to untangle the paradoxical knot so you can lead to keep breaking orbit and creating new value

You’ll gain inspiration and insights that can help you lead for tomorrow starting today. Are you ready to break orbit for long-term growth?

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