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Gorick Ng

Harvard Career Advisor, Best Selling Author & First-Generation College Graduate


Gorick Ng is the Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of The Unspoken Rules: Secrets to Starting Your Career Off Right, a book published by Harvard Business Review Press. It is a guide to help early career professionals, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, navigate the school-to-work transition and ascend to positions of leadership, based on 500+ interviews with professionals across geographies, industries, and job types. Read More >

The Unspoken Rules has been endorsed by Arianna Huffington, Cal Newport (Author of Deep Work), David Carey (Former Global President of Hearst Magazines), Edith Cooper (Board Director of Slack and Etsy and Former Global Head of Human Capital Management of Goldman Sachs), Ginni Rometty (Former Executive Chairman of IBM), Julie Zhuo (Former VP of Product Design of Facebook), Rich Lesser (CEO of BCG), and Ratan Tata (Former Chairman of Tata Group).

The Unspoken Rules is now used for employee and manager training and diversity and inclusion at companies such as Aon, GE, IBM, Kirkland & Ellis, Charles River Associates, Abiomed, Invesco, and others. It is also used by programs such as Questbridge, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, Rewriting the Code, ACE Women’s Collective, SEO, Africa.com, and others. Harvard Business School has also given Gorick’s book to every MBA student to give them an edge in the labor market.

Gorick is a career adviser at Harvard College, specializing in coaching first-generation, low-income students. He has worked in management consulting at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), investment banking at Credit Suisse, and research with the Managing the Future of Work project at Harvard Business School. He has been featured in Forbes, The Today Show, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BuzzFeed, New York Post, Fast Company, Fortune Magazine, and CNBC. He was named by Thinkers50 as one of 30 thinkers to watch in 2022. Gorick, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

The Three C's

The Unspoken Rules

The Story of Annie

Gen Z, Millenials, and How to Break the Silence

The Unspoken Rules That Lead to Top Career Success

Speech Topics

How to Manage More Effectively & Inclusively

People don't leave companies; they leave managers. Unfortunately, the vast majority of managers get zero training, leading to management through trial and error. In this session, Gorick shares the most common frustrations managers have towards their teams - and how tiny tweaks in one's management approach can help leaders help others help themselves.

How to Reach “Level 7 Ownership”

What separates star performers from the rest? An ownership mindset. In this session, Gorick demystifies what ownership looks like and sounds like, from "level 1" (how school conditions us to behave) to "level 7" (what star performers do subconsciously) in some of the most common scenarios at work, from asking for help to managing projects.

How to Take Control Of Your Career

If you want it, you have to strive for it. If what you want doesn't exist, you have to create it. If you aren't sure you can have it, you have to ask for it. In this session, Gorick shares strategies for how to take your career development into your own hands.

How to Level the Playing Field at Work by Speaking the Unspoken Rules

What drives low employee engagement and turnover? Bias, discrimination, and hidden expectations, all of which create an unlevel playing ffield between "insiders" who get ahead and "outsiders" who don't feel a sense of belonging. In this session, Gorick deconstructs common scenarios at work, from meetings to small talk, and speaks to how speaking the "unspoken rules" can create a more inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

How to Be A Leader Wherever You Are

All of us want to do purposeful work. Few of us know where to begin. In this session, Gorick shares practical strategies for making an impact, inspired by stories of professionals who've made it work.