Blythe J. McGarvie Blythe J. McGarvie is a Senior Lecturer and teaches the MBA required
curriculum course Financial Reporting and Control at Harvard Business
School. McGarvie has operated profitable business units and managed
employees in business endeavors from China to Chile, France to Finland.
She serves as a member of the boards of directors of Accenture, Viacom,
Wawa, Sonoco, and LKQ and formerly served on the boards of Travelers Insurance,
Pepsi Bottling Group and Lafarge NA. During the prior ten years, Ms.
McGarvie served as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Leadership for
International Finance (LIF Group), offering a global perspective to
clients seeking profitable growth. LIF Group offers tailor-made consulting
services and leadership seminars for corporate and academic groups. She
was a pioneering CFO, and in 1995, was one of only 10 female CFOs in the
She speaks worldwide to audiences on consumer markets, worldwide economic trends, and leadership strategy. Blythe McGarvie is a professional speaker who loves to reach audiences large or small. Her vision is that business is a positive force for strengthening the global community. She executes her vision with companies and individuals through her speeches, writings, board service and coaching.
In addition, she has developed a unique senior management consortium at LIF Group who, individually and collectively, provide selected companies with essential strategic and practical solutions for profitable growth. We invite you to explore the videos and the website. Her motto is to provide insight, influence and leadership to create high performance.
Blythe McGarvie discusses globalization and global business leadership as part of the Wall Street Journal video series America: A Portfolio of Ideas.
Blythe McGarvie is one of the world's leading authorities on finance, leadership, and decision-making in a changing world.
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Blythe McGarvie discusses globalization and global business leadership as part of the Wall Street Journal's video series "America: A Portfolio of Ideas" (press release | video).
Business Finance magazine features an article by Blythe McGarvie, "Taking Stock of your Courage Quotient" (web | PDF).
Blythe McGarvie is featured in a CFO Magazine article, "Starwood Studies Abroad," about preparing business leaders for foreign markets (web | PDF).
Blythe McGarvie is featured in an Agenda Week article, "Going Global: How Boards Can Help Companies Make the Leap" (PDF).
Blythe McGarvie is featured in an article, "Corporate Directors Share their Insights on M & A Success," by Jackie Bassett and J. R. Taylor (PDF).
FTI Journal interviews Blythe McGarvie in an article on "Pressure Points," in which corporate directors discuss the best ways to respond and a board’s proper role in helping companies compete and prosper (PDF).