Erica Dhawan Keynote Speaker

  • Leading Authority on 21st Century Teamwork, Collaboration, and Innovation
  • WSJ Bestselling Author
  • Named “Oprah of Management Thinkers” and Ranked #1 of Top Women Keynote Speakers

Erica Dhawan's Biography

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 byThinkers50, 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 US 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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Erica Dhawan's Speaking Topics

  • Keynote: 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 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 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
    • Keynote: 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 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 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 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
    • 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 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.

    Key Takeaways:

  • 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.
    • 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 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 her keynote, WSJ bestselling author and world-renowned speaker Erica Dhawan constructs a new framework for truly shifting minds and changing hearts, in the office, across any distance and with customers. Based on years of research and advising the respected companies around the world, this keynote promises a ground-breaking look into the science, frameworks, and stories of how to inspire anyone, anytime, anywhere to deliver their best results.

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    Videos of Erica Dhawan

    Erica Dhawan | Award Winning Keynote Speaker | Teamwork | Innovation | Keynote Reel
    Erica Dhawan | Award Winning Keynote Speaker | Teamwork | Innovation | Keynote Reel
    'Connectional intelligence' can help notch big achievements in healthcare
    'Connectional intelligence' can help notch big achievements in healthcare
    ICMA General Session Keynote
    ICMA General Session Keynote

    Articles, Media & Podcasts

    Books by Erica Dhawan

    Digital Body Language by Erica Dhawan
    Get Big Things Done by Erica Dhawan

    Comments & Testimonials

    Erica’s presentation was an absolute hit.
    Erik Spoelstra, Head Coach of Miami Heat
    Terrific. Our leaders were very engaged and had immediate practical takeaways. You made a big impact.
    Mike Fucci Chairman Emeritus, Deloitte
    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, COO of Facebook
    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, Sodexo
    Erica offers a profound look at how to foster inclusion and better leadership in our digital world.
    Billie Jean King, Founder, Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

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