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Erica Dhawan

Foremost Expert of Connectional Intelligence and Co-Author of Get Big Things Done

Biography

Erica Dhawan is on a mission to advise organizations and leaders to accelerate the connectedness of your workforce, become masters of connectional intelligence, “spar” in order to reach your goals more quickly, and prepare your global workforce for the future. Through Dhawan's keynote speeches and interactive presentations, she’ll do just that. Read More >

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 pragmatic solutions to your organization’s most pressing challenges, setting her apart from anyone else you’ve heard.

Dhawan is the co-author of the new book: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence. As a research fellow at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, she studied connectional intelligence as a key leadership skill for the 21st century backed by case studies across nearly every industry. Dhawan’s speeches are tailored to any audience and industry from frontline managers to senior executives to the whole organization.

Erica Dhawan speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos to companies such as Fedex, Pepsico, Deloitte and McGraw Hill Financial. She writes for Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company and the Huffington Post. She serves as a board member to Deloitte's Inclusion External Advisory Council. Dhawan is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council, Aspen Institute Socrates Society and World Economic Forum Global Shapers. Previously, she worked at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital. Dhawan has a MPA from Harvard University, a MBA from MIT Sloan and a BS in Economics from The Wharton School.  Read Less ^

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Connectional Intelligence

Speech Topics

Unleash Your Connectional Intelligence

We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability. Read More >

So, what is it? Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is helping people enlist supporters, accelerate innovation, develop strategies, and sustain solutions to big problems.

This dynamic keynote will help employees understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to professional success and leadership in the 21st century. Attendees will learn from real-life stories and leave with an action plan to become a power player in your organization. Learning outcomes include:

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence.
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results.
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times.
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers.
  • How connectionally intelligent leaders outperform the competition and create remarkable results.

Now it’s your turn to leverage the secrets of the people using connectional intelligence. It’s your turn to “Get Your Big Things Done.” You’ll be surprised at just how easy it is. Read Less ^

How to Build a Connectionally Intelligent Organization

Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) helps organizations accelerate and sustain the capability to drive breakthrough innovation and results by harnessing the power of relationships and networks. In our new world of an embedded digital, global infrastructure that connects all of our lives, the power of connectional intelligence holds exponential and previously untapped potential for breakthroughs in ways we can barely begin to imagine in the workplace. To harness CxQ, we have to work with the future workforce differently – because they are ahead of the rest of us in harnessing connective capacity. Read More >

In this keynote, Erica Dhawan shares insights into how leaders can bring out the connectional intelligence of your employees and utilize the talents that different silos, cultures, and generations all bring to the table. This is a powerful, interactive presentation for leaders who seek to breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift company culture and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce.

Learning Objectives: Read Less ^

  • Understand the resources each employee brings to the workplace.
  • Decode the connectional capacity of each generation and culture and use that knowledge to significantly improve innovation.
  • Transform workforce conflicts into growth points.
  • Create processes designed to maximize the ability to connect people, ideas, and resources for breakthrough results.

The Future of Talent: How to Maximize Value for Millennials

Millennials are the rising generation in the workforce today. Millennials expert Erica Dhawan reveals the #1 key to determining their workplace performance: Connectional Intelligence. For millennials, engagement with different kinds of connection is not just about social media – it’s embedded in all aspects of their daily life and work. This engagement enables them to realize exponential results from Connectional Intelligence (CxQ) leading them to drive growth, streamline costs and improve the overall performance of your business. The way to acquire, engage and retain top millennial talent to generate fast results is to stop with the play and perks. Instead, put their fundamentally different, powerful, radical, and disruptive Connectional Intelligence to work.

This presentation and/or workshop will decode the millennials’ employment mindset, reveal how to maximize millennials recruitment, retention and performance, and offers specific actions to unleash your millennials’ Connectional Intelligence.

Get Big Things Done in HealthCare: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

How did a rare disease patient create a knowledge network using Facebook that funded breakthrough medical research? How did a scientist use virtual reality to reduce pain of burn victims? How did a video storytelling campaign bridge scientists, doctors, providers and patients to change a company culture? The answer: Connectional Intelligence. Read More >

Connectional Intelligence is the capability to drive breakthrough innovation and outcomes by harnessing the power of relationships and networks in healthcare organizations, businesses, individuals and families. In our new world of an embedded digital, global infrastructure that connects all of our lives, the power of connectional intelligence holds exponential and previously untapped potential for healthcare breakthroughs in ways we can barely begin to imagine to improve patient outcomes, centricity and impact.

In this keynote, Strategist Erica Dhawan shares insights into how healthcare organizations can improve the interconnectivity between colleagues to drive engagement with patents by utilizing the talents that different skillsets and generations all bring to the table. This is a powerful, interactive presentation to breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift culture using technology and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce. Read Less ^

Preparing for the Global Workforce