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Erica Dhawan

World's Foremost Expert on Connectional Intelligence, Co-Author, & Strategist
  • Named a “Young Global Shaper” by World Economic Forum
  • Regularly featured on USA Today, Business Insider, and Forbes
  • Enhances professional success and leadership using connectional intelligence
  • Brings Wall Street experience and unique Bollywood flair to a dynamic look at the workforce of the future
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Erica Dhawan is one of today’s most provocative business thinkers. She helps organizations unlock the key to 21st century success: cutting through the noise created by technology to achieve unprecedented impact and meaning by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. The co-author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, she believes that the game charger is a thoroughly modern skill called “connectional intelligence,” and she shows audiences how to maximize their potential and achieve breakthrough performance by developing this crucial ability.

People typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion, and luck, but in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts are not enough. Dhawan revolutionizes how individuals and companies can combine knowledge, ambition, and human capital to forge connections on a global scale. Through keynote speaking, training, and consulting, she teaches business leaders and companies innovative strategies to drive elite performance, create increasing value for clients, deliver sustainable results, ensure future global competitiveness, and prepare the global workforce of the future. With Ivy League prowess, Wall Street experience, and Bollywood flair, her presentations integrate sound business sense with sparkling intuition — and leave audiences dancing in their seats (and often on their feet). Equal parts business strategist, motivational speaker, and innovation expert, her speaking style is personal, fresh, humor-laden, and energetic. Dhawan is a gifted presenter who is able to read a room, customize her approach and style accordingly, and draw audiences in with her storytelling and solutions to organizations’ most pressing challenges.

Renowned Global Expertise. Dhawan has spoken on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos and SXSW to companies like Fedex, Deloitte, Facebook, Pepsico, KPMG, McGraw Hill Financial, A.T. Kearney, Blakes LLP, and Working Mother Media.

She is also a frequent national media spokesperson and regularly featured in top-tier outlets like USA Today, Business Insider, Forbes, and the Associated Press. She writes about leadership in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and the Huffington Post. She was named a Young Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum and put on the shortlist for the “Thinkers50 RADAR Award,” which identifies thought leaders who are most likely to shape the future of business. Her book was named No. 1 of the Top 25: What Corporate America are Reading in the Tribune.

Creating Connections that Drive Growth. The founder and CEO of Cotential, a global consultancy that helps organizations accelerate the connectedness of their people, customers, and clients, Dhawan helps companies prepare for the global workplace of tomorrow and create environments where profitable innovation, creativity, and collaboration can flourish.

Dhawan is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, Aspen Institute Socrates Society, TEDx fellows, and World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. She taught leadership at Harvard and MIT while earning her MBA at MIT Sloan and her MPA at Harvard Kennedy School.

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