Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan

Champion of connectional intelligence, author, and thought leader

Erica Dhawan is the go-to advisor teaching leaders innovative strategies to create increasing value, tap next generation insights, deliver sustainable results and ensure future global competitiveness. Just as gamechanging as emotional intelligence was in the nineties, Erica’s work on connectional intelligence unleashes the breakthrough competitive advantage in the 21st century.

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About Erica Dhawan

Dhawan delivers as a speaker. She has:

  • inspired thousands taking the stage alongside the likes of Dr. Condoleeza Rice, Daniel Pink, and Arianna Huffington
  • spoken on Future Models of Leadership at the World Economic Forum at Davos 2012
  • speaks at major technology conferences like SXSW and Social Media Week

Corporations such as Deloitte, SAP, and Lufthansa have brought her into their leadership teams to ready themselves for the future. Google invited her as a speaker at their famous Google @Authors program to educate them on Connectional Intelligence.

Erica Dhawan has total and unshakable faith in the transformative power of connection to evolve today’s global businesses into the future.

Current / Past Roles & Positions

Through keynote speaking, training, and consulting, she teaches individuals 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. 

Awards, Accolades, Achievements & Honours

  • Erica was named the 2012 Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, which recognizes individuals for their commitment to improving the state of the world.
  • The Thinkers 50 short listed her in 2015 as a “Future Thinker”.
  • Her book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence was named No1 on the CEORead’s Bestseller List in March 2015

Speaking Style

Dhawan is a provocative voice who speaks dynamically to audiences about the new world of work, changing generations, and the rise of a new set of organizational business models critical to the global marketplace.

Background / History

Named as one of Teen People’s 20 Teens Who will Change the World and Newsweek’s 15 Students You Don't Know But Will , Erica was a change maker from an early age -- she ran global youth movements, worked on Wall Street at Lehman Brothers, helped to start an education company in India, and completed her postgraduate work at Harvard and MIT.

As a researcher at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, she focused on this key question: In our hyperconnected world, why do some companies and leaders get big things done and others not? The answer she found was through connectional intelligence.


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). Dhawan has spoken on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos and SXSW to companies like Fedex, Deloitte, Google, and Pepsico. She holds a MPA from Harvard, MBA from MIT Sloan, and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School.

Speaking Topics

  • Get Big Things Done: Unleash your Connectional Intelligence
  • How to Build a Connectionally Intelligent Organization
  • How to Maximize Value from Millennials
  • ​Preparing for the Global Workforce
  • Marketing to Millennials


"Erica was one of the best speakers we've ever had. We left with specific actions to drive more innovation across our teams." - FedEx

Books By Erica Dhawan

Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, St Martin's Press 2015

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