Annie Duke

Annie Duke is an author, a professional speaker, and a decision strategist. For two decades, she was one of the top poker players in the world, and she wrote a series of best-selling poker instruction and theory books. Ms. Duke shares her observations on decision-making and critical thinking skills on her blog, Annie’s Analysis. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study cognitive psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Duke’s bestseller Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts combines the lessons from her academic studies and her experiences at the poker table. She has told three stories for the Moth, one of which was selected as one of the organization’s top 50 stories and featured in its first-ever book. Ms. Duke co-founded Ante Up for Africa to raise money for Africans in need. She appeared on The Celebrity Apprentice, where she raised money for Refugees International. Ms. Duke co-founded How I Decide, a nonprofit that helps young people develop critical thinking and decision-making skills. She is a member of the NationSwell Council and the board of directors of the Franklin Institute.