Fred Mandell Author.Artist.Speaker.Creative Catalyst

About Fred

About Fred

Self Portrait

Fred Mandell has earned a reputation as a highly innovative business leader, author, widely collected sculptor and painter and leadership provocateur. He has helped thousands of individuals and their organizations internationally to develop their creative skills and enhance their personal and professional growth.

In 2014, Fred launched the not for profit organization The Global Institute for the Arts and Leadership (TGIAL.) Its mission is to create a more peaceful, sustainable and beautiful world by developing positive, transformational leaders through the arts worldwide. You can learn more about TGIAL by clicking on the following link:

Fred also currently teaches the highly rated arts based program at MIT Sloan School of Management entitled “The Leader as Artist.”

During his 21 year career at American Express Financial Advisors, Fred built the top sales division in the company. He went on to become the first sales leader in the 100-year history of the firm to run an investment company, which grew to over $3.5 billion under management, posting consecutive years of record earnings on his watch.

Fred’s success led to a position spearheading marketing strategy for the national network of 10,000 financial advisors where his scope of responsibility included several businesses within the company. In addition, Fred was involved in developing the global “advice strategy” for the company including the evaluation and negotiation of international acquisitions.

A highly regarded speaker and teacher, Fred’s insights have moved thousands to view their lives and work in new ways. He has been called “a great compass” and “life changer”. His keynotes have included: “Leading in a World of Uncertainty and Disruption,” “Leonardo da Vinci’s Secret: What the Great Masters of Art Can Teach Us Business Folks about Innovation, Leadership and the Bottom Line”, “Can an Organization Have a Soul?”, “Leadership Is Like Beauty: You Can’t Define It But You Know It When You See It.” The Financial Planning Association distributed his recording of “Leonardo da Vinci’s Secret” to its 30,000+ membership.

Fred’s life and work has been featured in the Public Television Series Boomers; Redefining Life After 50. In addition he has been featured or quoted in numerous national newspapers, magazine and TV media related to leadership, change and creativity, including Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, The Conference Board, Money Magazine, Boomer Media Properties, WGBH TV, Journal of Financial Planning, and publications of the Center for Innovation and Corporate Entrepreneurship. In recent years Fred has taken an active role in several organizations prominent in helping midlife adults make successful transitions in their lives. He has served on the Board of Directors of both the Life Planning Network and Discovering What’s Next. He has advised the national conference on “Increasing the Utilization of Workers Age 55+” in Washington, DC and has helped establish the Center for Productive Longevity.

As an artist Fred has been featured in the national publication Gallery Guide. He has had one person shows at: Ford Center Gallery, Minneapolis, Imagine Fine Art Gallery, Rhode Island, Wellesley Free Library, Wellesley, MA, Martins Gallery, South Africa., and has participated in numerous juried shows. His sculptures, paintings and drawings are in private and corporate collections. Most recently his bronze self portrait has been commissioned to be featured on the poster for the international conference on “The Self/Le Soi” co-sponsored by the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne. He is also author of the novel The Mourning Road and numerous short stories and poems.

Fred holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and an Ed.M. in psychology from Boston University. He has three grown children and lives in Needham, MA

To reach Fred directly send email here.