As we reimagine the workplace and are confronted every day with the challenges of human connection in a turbulent, virtual and hybrid world, we need compassionate, empathetic leaders who focus on creating inclusive environments in which diverse teams can flourish. Minette Norman brings decades of leadership experience and a passion for connecting with people to help organizations overcome the inevitable challenges that arise in teams.


Minette will help you create healthy organizations in which diverse teams can leverage their differences to achieve breakthrough success.



Every organization is unique, with its own culture and norms. Minette will work with you to develop what your organization needs.  Sample services include:



Improving Psychological Safety in Teams (Fearless Organization scan and debrief sessions)

Decades of research point to psychological safety as the underpinning of inclusive and innovative teams that continuously learn and improve their performance. Using a survey tool based on the work of Amy C. Edmondson of Harvard Business School, Minette will hold one or more debrief sessions to explore how your team can improve conditions for learning, inclusion, and innovation.


Inclusive Leadership Workshop

Leaders set the tone for their organizations. This workshop gives leaders a new awareness of how their own behavior can contribute to a healthy, inclusive workplace where everyone has a sense of belonging and where innovation and new ideas can emerge.

Team Performance Workshop

Successful teams are teams that know how to communicate, to embrace diversity in all its forms, and to be open to new ideas. Minette will work with your organization to improve how team members interact with one another, getting comfortable with different points of view, cultures, and ways of working.

Inclusive Meetings Workshop
Meetings, where everyone spends so much of their time, embody a company’s culture. This experiential workshop helps participants gain awareness and practical skills for making all meetings more inclusive.


Individual and Team Coaching

Minette coaches individuals and teams to operate at their highest potential by leveraging their strengths, recognizing areas for growth, and becoming more skillful in navigating professional challenges. 

Marketing team meeting


Book Minette to speak at your event through The Lavin Agency. Recent topics include: The Boldly Inclusive Leader: Cultivating the Culture Your Organization Needs, Embracing Diversity: Creating Inclusive Workplaces, Transformational Leadership: The Power of Human Connection, Leading with Empathy, and An Unexpected Career: Lessons Learned Along the Way.


"Minette was a tremendous keynote speaker at our Global Ready Conference. She established a unique bond with our audience despite the virtual format and spoke with authority on the subject matter."

 Head of Marketing, Smartling

"Your inclusive meetings workshops made a huge impact. I find that the meetings I attend these days are far more intentional, inclusive, and successful than they were before."

Leadership Operations, Karat

"I just want to express my appreciation for that psychological safety debrief session. You did an amazing job of encouraging us, delivering meaning, and all the while moving us along. I can't think of a better way to spend two hours." 

Director of Engineering, Equalize Health

"You’ve really changed my perspective on inclusion. This is what great leaders and people managers do, not the side hustle example you referenced. What an ah-hah moment!"

Sr. Employee Communications Specialist, VMware

"The talk could not have gone better. I had dozens of colleagues reach out after the talk, saying things like "wow that was really well done," "I could have listened to her much longer," and "she made everyone feel comfortable right away".

 Head of Product Design, The Clorox Company


Minette Norman brings decades of leadership experience in the software industry to her consulting business, which is focused on developing transformational leaders and highly functioning teams. Minette has extensive experience leading globally distributed, multi-cultural teams and believes that when groups leverage diversity in all its forms, breakthroughs and innovation happen. Her most recent position before starting her own consultancy was as Vice President of Engineering Practice at Autodesk, where she transformed how Autodesk developed software. Responsible for influencing more than 3,500 engineers around the globe, she focused on state-of-the-art engineering practices while nurturing a collaborative and inclusive culture.

Minette is a keynote speaker on topics of transformative leadership, creating inclusive workplaces, collaboration in the workplace, fostering innovation, and challenging the status quo.

Named in 2017 as one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business” by the San Francisco Business Times, in 2018 as one of the YWCA Silicon Valley’s “Tribute to Women” Honorees, and as “Business Role Model of the Year” in the 2018 Women in IT/Silicon Valley Awards, Minette is a recognized leader with a unique perspective.


Minette holds degrees in Drama and French from Tufts University and studied at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris.

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Interviews with Minette Norman. For clips from keynote speeches, go Minette's speaker's page at The Lavin Agency

June 2018


The annual WITI conference kicked off with WITI founder Carolyn Leighton interviewing Minette Norman about her unexpected career in the software industry, followed by Minette taking questions from the audience.

November 2017


As one of the keynote speakers represented by The Lavin Agency, Minette Norman sat down to have a brief conversation about empathy with Charles Yao, Director of Intellectual Talent at The Lavin Agency.


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