Erica Dhawan: Biography highlights

Ranked among the Top 50 world’s most influential management and business thinkers on the 2021 Thinkers50 list, Erica Dhawan is the world’s leading authority on 21st-century Collaboration and Connectional Intelligence.

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Erica Dhawan’s background

She challenges audiences and organizations to innovate faster and further, together. Her newest book – Digital Body Language – decodes the new signals and cues of effective collaboration and teamwork in a digital-first human workplace.

Erica Dhawan is the Founder & CEO of Cotential, a global organization that helps companies, leaders, and managers leverage 21st-century collaboration skills and behaviors to improve game-changing performance.

Erica ranked #12 motivational speaker globally according to Global Gurus 2021 list. She is also the co-author of the bestselling book Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, named #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. Dhawan was named by Thinkers50 as “The Oprah of Management Ideas” and featured as one of the Top 20 Management Experts around the world by Global Gurus.

She hosts the award-winning podcast ‘Masters of Leadership.’ Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to TED  and for companies such as Coca-Cola, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, SAP, and Cisco. Erica writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Fast Company. She has degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School.

Erica is based in Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and two children. She travels internationally for events and offers virtual keynotes and workshops.



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Erica Dhawan | Author | Keynote Speaker | Collaboration and Innovation
Erica Dhawan | Author | Keynote Speaker | Collaboration and Innovation
Erica Dhawan at Inspire 2015: “The Power of Connectional Intelligence”
Erica Dhawan at Inspire 2015: “The Power of Connectional Intelligence”

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

Miami Heat

“Erica’s presentation was an absolute hit.”

Erik Spoelstra
Head Coach

"Non-verbal cues are vital to understanding each other. Now that so much communication happens online--and with the massive shift to distance learning and remote workplaces--we need Erica Dhawan’s book more than ever. In Digital Body Language, Erica shares tips and strategies for communicating effectively on chats, emails, and video calls, so everyone can successfully share and connect in the digital age."

Sheryl Sandberg
Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

“Erica offers a profound look at how to foster inclusion and better leadership in our digital world."

Billie Jean King

“Terrific. Our leaders were very engaged and had immediate practical takeaways. Erica made a big impact.”

Mike Fucci
Chairman Emeritus
Korn Ferry

“Erica’s session was engaging, relevant, and actionable. She is thoughtful, inspirational, and smart with a contagious positive energy. All organizations and executive leaders would benefit from having her as an advisor to drive behavioral change, harness the power of networks, and think beyond traditional cohorts. She is a thought leader in the development of collaborative ways of working, improving productivity and customer engagement and experience.”

Lisa McCann
COO & Global Head of Customer Success and Delivery Services

“Erica’s presentation was absolutely perfect for our leaders. Our group was diverse and Erica was a hit with everyone! Her storytelling style of presenting along with a healthy dose of informative case studies kept everyone engaged and interested and excited about using connectional intelligence to transform our business."

George Chavel
Chairman Emeritus
AACSB International

"As a presenter at our organization's first large scale virtual conference, Erica delivered a keynote session that was not only engaging and thought-provoking, it was extremely relevant to what our organizational membership is currently experiencing. Erica's presentation took viewers outside of their home offices and truly felt like a live, in-person event."

Hannah DeBevoise
Association for Talent Development

“Erica delivered an outstanding keynote. Her message about digital body language could not be more relevant and timely than it is today.”

Bridget Dunn
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