Blythe J. McGarvie Blythe J. McGarvie was a full-time faculty member at Harvard Business School teaching Financial Reporting and Control, creating relevant cases and researching decision-making. 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 Fortune 500.

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.


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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 writes about the business climate in Croatia in her "Wildest Dreams in Croatia" article featured in the May 2016 issue of the New Eastern Europe journal (PDF).
The MIS Training Institute interviews Blythe McGarvie about "What Audit Committees Really Want from Internal Audits." Listen to the March 2016 podcast here.
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Blythe McGarvie is featured in the August 2015 article, "From Empathy to Heat Maps, Advice for Managing Reputation," in the National Association of Corporate Directors magazine (PDF | Link).
The American College of Corporate Directors presented its annual Distinguished Director Award to Blythe J. McGarvie on March 25, 2015 (PDF | Link).
Directors and Boards magazine (2Q 2014) features Blythe McGarvie in its cover story (PDF).
Blythe McGarvie is appointed to Sonoco's Board of Directors (PDF | Link).
Blythe McGarvie is interviewed in China Business Review. Read it in English or Chinese.
Blythe McGarvie is interviewed in the Alvarez & Marsal report, "The Changing Face of America and the Boardroom" (PDF).
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Blythe advises to "Tighten Focus on True Costs and Increase Profitability" in a February 2013 research report from Bloomberg Businessweek Research Services (PDF).
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Read Blythe's final Shaking the Globe newsletter: "A New Chapter" (PDF | HTML)
Read Blythe's insights on board leadership in "How to Be Effective in the Global Economy and the Boardroom: CFOs Offer Lessons Learned on the Journey" in CFO Journal.
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).
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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). discusses "The Director’s Role in Developing Corporate Strategy" with insights from Blythe McGarvie (PDF | HTML).
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Blythe McGarvie featured in the Directorship 100 list as among "the most renowned boardroom influentials."

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