Erica Dhawan

  • Leading Authority on 21st Century Teamwork, Collaboration, and Innovation
  • WSJ Bestselling Author
  • Named “Oprah of Management Thinkers” and GlobalGuru's Top 20 Motivational Speakers List
  • Founder and CEO of Cotential
When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth, and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. Named as one of the Top 50 Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50, she is the author of two bestselling books: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. As we continue to experience an increasingly digital world where work practices are changing at a blistering pace, Erica shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance, and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Rated #1 on the top Women Keynote Speakers list, Erica frequently appears in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos, to the U.S. Army, to companies such as Coca-Cola, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, and Cisco. She holds degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School. 
 


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Past Hosts Include:
  • World Bank
  • Sony
  • George Chavel, Chairman Emeritus, Sodexo
  • Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative
  • Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  • Lockheed Martin
  • The Association for Talent Development
  • The Miami Heat
  • Bank of America
  • The United States Army
Rave Reviews About Erica Dhawan as a Speaker
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

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Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence

We typically associate success with speed and smarts. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Collaboration expert ERICA DHAWAN argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intellige ...

We typically associate success with speed and smarts. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Collaboration expert ERICA DHAWAN argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). As radical a concept as Emotional Intelligence was in the 90s, Connectional Intelligence is turning people into superconnectors who accelerate innovation, break down silos and foster breakthrough impact.

  • This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced session will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to purposeful collaboration, resilience, and business success. Attendees will shift the notion of collaboration from more meetings and emails to productive engagement that improves speed and quality of service, increases subject matter expertise and specialist sharing across silos, reduces cross-team dysfunction and delay, and eliminates duplicative work. Attendees will learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes.

    Learning Outcomes:
    Discover new ways to lead, inspire, and communicate with diverse teams through uncertainty
    Learn how to keep cross team collaborations aligned, build trust, and foster motivation
    Gain specific actions to inspire teamwork, innovation, resilience, revitalization, and results-driven progress
    Behaviors to understand and build trust and connection, no matter the distance

Win Together: Build Resilient and High-Performing Teams in the Age of AI

This isn't your ordinary keynote; it's a front-row seat to the future of inspiration and impact in the age of AI. WSJ Bestselling Author and award winning keynote speaker ERICA DHAWAN promises not just a talk but an immersive experience, where the secrets to unlocking peak performance and team spiri ...

This isn't your ordinary keynote; it's a front-row seat to the future of inspiration and impact in the age of AI. WSJ Bestselling Author and award winning keynote speaker ERICA DHAWAN promises not just a talk but an immersive experience, where the secrets to unlocking peak performance and team spirit are revealed in the new world of work. Get ready to be captivated, motivated, and equipped with the tools to bring out the best in yourself and those around you.

Discover the exact strategies to build 21st century teams that defy the odds, whether it's how to be a better leader in the AI revolution or turn challenges into triumphs in the digital-first world. Spoiler alert: AI won't replace us, but leaders who master it will redefine the game. Globally recognized teamwork expert Erica Dhawan provides actionable insights, equipping attendees with the knowledge and strategies to not only adapt to the changing landscape but to thrive in it.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Build Trust in Times of Change: Learn proven techniques to foster trust within teams amidst constant digital and AI transformation.
  • Thrive Amid Uncertainty: Gain actionable tips to enhance engagement, minimize friction, and confidently navigate the unpredictable terrain.
  • AI as a Leadership Tool: Recognize AI as an asset rather than a threat, and harness its capabilities for organizational success.
  • Cultivate Team Spirit: Uncover strategies to enhance collaboration, experimentation, and camaraderie within your teams.

Collaborate Faster and Further, Together

Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops... sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text-messages. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other? Humans rely on body lan ...

Email replies that show up a week later. Video chats full of “oops... sorry no you go” and “can you hear me?!” Ambiguous text-messages. Is it any wonder communication takes us so much time and effort to figure out? How did we lose our innate capacity to understand each other? Humans rely on body language to connect and build trust, but with most of our communication happening from behind a screen, traditional body language signals are no longer visible - or are they? In her keynote, ERICA DHAWAN combines cutting-edge research with engaging storytelling to decode the new signals and cues that have replaced traditional body language across genders, generations, and cultures. In person, we lean in, uncross our arms, smile, nod, and make eye contact to show we listen and care. Online, reading carefully is the new listening. Writing clearly is the new empathy. And a phone or video call is worth a thousand emails. In this keynote, Erica Dhawan, author of the bestselling book Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance will supercharge your teams with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and drive innovation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand your collaboration style and the digital body language signals you may be broadcasting (even if you don't intend to!)
  • Create cultures of maniacal clarity across email, phone, IM, text, video, and even live meetings
  • Develop a collaboration strategy that fosters valuable relationships, both in-person and online
  • End cultures of useless meetings, missed deadlines, and digital misunderstandings

Concrete Empathy: A Playbook for Leading Modern Teams to Innovation

We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who expresses displeasure without giving valuable feedback. The mansplaining colleague who has no interest in the opinions of others. The team member who spends most of the meeting texting and answering emails. Why is empathy today ...

We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who expresses displeasure without giving valuable feedback. The mansplaining colleague who has no interest in the opinions of others. The team member who spends most of the meeting texting and answering emails. Why is empathy today at such a low point? Fewer face-to-face interactions, an ever-accelerating pace of change, and an increasing number of matrixed teams working remotely.

In this keynote, attendees will learn practical ways to activate Concrete Empathy to create cultures of psychological safety, employee engagement, wellbeing and innovation.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover simple ways to signal understanding and empathy across difference and distance
  • Learn rules of thumb to avoid misunderstanding, ambiguity, and conflict
  • Gain tools to foster innovation and create lasting relationships both within your organization and with clients, customers and other key stakeholders

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When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth, and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan. 
Erica Dhawan is an internationally recognized leading authority, speaker, and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration, and innovation. Named as one of the Top 50 Management Thinkers in the World by Thinkers50, she is the author of two bestselling books: Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language: How to Build Trust and Connection, No Matter the Distance. As we continue to experience an increasingly digital world where work practices are changing at a blistering pace, Erica shares innovative strategies to unlock the collective power of teams, build a culture of trust across any distance, and create authentic engagement to ensure competitiveness. Rated #1 on the top Women Keynote Speakers list, Erica frequently appears in the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal. Erica speaks on global stages ranging from the World Economic Forum at Davos, to the U.S. Army, to companies such as Coca-Cola, FedEx, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, and Cisco. She holds degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School.