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David Livermore

About Me

Social Scientist, Speaker & Author

Short Bio

The Elevator Pitch

David Livermore, PhD is a social scientist devoted to the topics of cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership and the author of several award-winning books. He is a founder of the Cultural Intelligence Center, Director of CQ Fellows, and Professor of Global Leadership at Boston University. He is a frequent advisor and speaker to leaders in Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits, and governments and has worked in more than 100 countries. 

About Dave

Name

David Livermore

Home

San Diego, California

Family

Married to Linda and proud dad of Emily and Grace.

Education

PhD in International Education (Michigan State University)

Birthplace

Rochester, New York

Citizenship

Canada & USA

Favorites

News

BBC

Writers

Kaleed Hossein, Dan Pink, Jhumpa Lahiri, Parker Palmer, and Barbara Kingsolver

Food

Thai, Indian, Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Coffee

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Favorites

News

BBC

Writers

Kaleed Hossein, Dan Pink, Jhumpa Lahiri, Parker Palmer, and Barbara Kingsolver

Food

Thai, Indian, Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate, and Coffee

"Global leadership is not primarily about geography. It’s about having the dynamic agility to lead anyone, anywhere, in any context."

Full Bio

David Livermore, PhD

David Livermore, PhD (Michigan State University) is a social scientist devoted to the topics of cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership and the author of several award-winning books, including  Leading with Cultural Intelligence, Driven by Difference, and  Serving with Eyes Wide Open. His newest book, Digital, Diverse & Dividedaddresses one of the most pressing issues of our day—how to overcome polarization in our personal and professional relationships.  

David is a founder of the Cultural Intelligence Center, Director of the Society of CQ Fellows, and Research Professor at Questrom’s School of Business at Boston University. He consults with global organizations around the world, including Harvard, Google, Coca-Cola, the US Department of Defense, BMW, Qatar Airways, the United Nations, and dozens more. He has traveled to more than one hundred countries and is a frequent speaker at conferences. He also serves on several boards and is a Fellow with the Society of Leadership Fellows, Windsor Castle, a select leadership community that meets to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing us globally.

David loves to make social science accessible to practitioners. He has been interviewed and referenced by myriad news sources, including The Atlantic , CBS News, Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, Forbes, NBC, the New York Times, USA Today,  the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal , and the South China Post

David and his wife, Linda, have two adult daughters, Emily and Grace. Emily is a litigation lawyer, and Grace is a graphic designer. Some of their favorite family activities are traveling (fortunately!) and discovering new foods together.

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