Dr. Toby Groves is a speaker, researcher and transparency advocate.   His work focuses on critical thinking and expert judgement.  Toby performs live experiments with audiences to reveal implicit influences and raise self-awareness.  In the past, he was an executive in the financial industry and CPA and now speaks and writes for the blog Metathinking as well as professional and academic journals.

A personal note: The most important things I’ve learned haven’t been from academic pursuits.  They've come from unexpected sources, real-life events, and openness to exploring radically different perspectives.  I've certainly learned more from my failures than from my achievements.  Much of my research is based on insights from my son Caleb, who was on the autism spectrum.  My work was inspired by his transparency, abilities of self reflection and views on brain plasticity.  

Loyola Marymount University




Credit Suisse Manhattan

American Institute of CPAs

Prudential Financial

Time Warner, New York City

Federal Reserve Bank, San Francisco

Federal Reserve Bank, Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank Cleveland

Baker McKenzie Law

Louisiana State University

University of Colorado

University of Rochester

University of Texas, Dallas - Fraud Summit

Salisbury University

Institute of Internal Auditors

More than 100 events

Healthcare Financial

Management Association

Legislative Audit

State of Arkansas


Information Systems Audit and Control Association

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Dallas, Central Ohio, Chattanooga

Office of the Auditor General

State of Michigan

California Department of Motor Vehicles

Association of Government Accountants

Dynamic Aviation

SAI Global

All Star Conference-Caesars Palace (IIA)

Wolters Kluwer

GRC Summit New York City


American Title

Old Republic Title

Ohio Society of CPAs

Minnesota Society of CPAs

Maryland Society of CPAs

Illinois Society of CPAs

North Carolina Society of CPAs

Missouri Society of CPAs

Tennessee Society of CPAs

Iowa Society of CPAs

Virginia Society of CPAs

Massachusetts Society of CPAs

Mississippi Society of CPAs

Connecticut Society of CPAs

Cardinal Health

Media Financial Management Association

International Factoring Association

Central Michigan University

Fidelity National

Healthcare Business Management Assoc.

Williams Companies



Metathinking with Dr. Toby Groves is about a much deeper self-awareness of our thinking processes.  Challenging blindly-held assumptions and considering radically different perspectives.  The articles come few and far between right now, but worth it when they are released!

So very remarkable


…his discussion is not only important to auditing and governance but every industry


Incredibly fascinating

Ohio Society of CPAs

…mind boggling, and not just to the casual observer

UT Dallas, Naveen Jindal School of Management