2020 Keynote Speaker



The Art of Perception


Amy Herman is a lawyer and art historian who uses works of art to sharpen observation, analysis, and communication skills. Through interactive analysis of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, Amy demonstrates how improving visual literacy can refresh participants' sense of critical inquiry, hone the skills necessary for improved performance and effective leadership, and reveal biases, assumptions, and blind spots that impede optimal decision making.

Amy developed her Art of Perception seminar in 2000 to improve medical students’ observation and communication skills with their patients when she was the Head of Education at The Frick Collection in New York City. She subsequently adapted the program for a wide range of professionals and currently leads sessions internationally for the New York City Police Department, the FBI, the French National Police, the Department of Defense, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, first responders, the military, and the intelligence community. The program has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The CBS Evening News, and Smithsonian Magazine, among others. Her TED talk, A Lesson in Looking, went live in December 2018. Ms. Herman holds an A.B., a J.D., and an M.A. in art history. Her book, Visual Intelligence, was selected for both the New York Times and Washington Post best sellers’ lists.