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Erica Dhawan

    • Leading Authority on Digital Collaboration and Innovation
    • Bestselling Author of Get Big Things Done and Digital Body Language
    • Named “Oprah of Management Thinkers” 
    • Ranked #1 of Top Women Keynote Speakers of 2020
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Erica Dhawan | Award Winning Keynote Speaker | Teamwork | Innovation | Keynote Reel

Erica Dhawan | Award Winning Keynote Speaker | Teamwork | Innovation | Keynote Reel

Erica Dhawan | Author | Keynote Speaker | Collaboration and Innovation

Erica Dhawan | Author | Keynote Speaker | Collaboration and Innovation

3 benefits of working remotely | Erica Dhawan | Big Think

3 benefits of working remotely | Erica Dhawan | Big Think

Maximize your team’s power. Identify your connector type. | Erica Dhawan | Big Think

Maximize your team’s power. Identify your connector type. | Erica Dhawan | Big Think

New Leadership Secrets | Erica Dhawan | TEDxBeaconStreet

New Leadership Secrets | Erica Dhawan | TEDxBeaconStreet

Erica Dhawan Speaker Biography

When leaders want to break team silos, drive exponential growth and innovate through teamwork, they call Erica Dhawan.

Erica is an internationally recognized leading authority, author and advisor on 21st century teamwork, collaboration and innovation. Named by Thinkers50 as the “Oprah of Management Thinkers”, she is the author of two books Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence and Digital Body Language (published in 2021).

It’s 2021, the world of business is increasingly digital and work practices have changed at a blistering rate. 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.

Named to the 2022 Top 20 Motivational Speakers list by GlobalGurus,  and featured as one of the management thinkers most likely to shape the future of business, Erica frequently appears in Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and The Huffington Post. 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.  She has degrees from Harvard University, MIT Sloan, and The Wharton School.

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

Maniacal Clarity: Reimagine Leadership to Drive Impactful Innovation

We used to think of leadership as constant hustle and grit - the leader that never slept, sent profits through the roof, and embodied the classic rags-to-riches story… But this tired playbook doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did. What changed? What makes a 21st century leader and a great team now? Is it their ability to tell stories? Their decision-making skills? Their communication style?

The critical missing factor is Maniacal Clarity. This is when leaders give their teams exactly what they need to do their absolute best work and enable them to be empowered to influence anyone, anytime, anywhere. Without it, even skilled, motivated and effective teams languish, with cross-team dysfunction, duplicative work, and unhealthy internal competition. Maniacal Clarity in our modern world delivers the ability to spark overarching optimism, inspirational imagination, continuous courage and fast focus.

In her new 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.

Key outcomes include:
• Conduct your own clarity audit of your workplace and assess your own Maniacal Clarity habits
• Learn the 4 foundations of Maniacal Clarity and how to bring it to everyone around you with optimism, imagination, courage and focus
• Assess your strengths and opportunities to become a Maniacal Clarity change agent
• Develop an action plan to inspire your teams, customers, and the world around you to drive performance, teamwork and innovation


Leadership Skills for a Future Hybrid Workforce

It’s undeniable that we’re entering a new era of hybrid work. While many leaders seek to run business as usual, why settle for the usual when virtual or hybrid teams allow us to work even better? The research shows that employees can be more productive and engaged when we break silos across distances and build a culture where team members can thrive from anywhere.

Which means leaders need the skills to succeed from anywhere.

In this meticulously researched, refreshingly practical talk, top business thought leader Erica Dhawan provides leaders with a complete guide to what she calls "Connectional intelligence" - a playbook to leading a hybrid culture, packed with everyday examples and insights. 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 bottom line impact in a hybrid world. This event provides everything you’ll need to survive, thrive and innovate across a hybrid workforce—which is something all leaders and team members will need to consider themselves part of from now on.

Key Takeaways:

Address common challenges from adding new members virtually, to communicating effectively and quickly, managing performance and strike the right balance to avoid isolation and burnout
Discover how to break down silos and keep teams motivated and aligned beyond in person meetings
Build a hybrid culture where team members can thrive from anywhere
Master how to market, sell and engage clients or customers in our changing marketplace


Learn new insights and tools to accelerate the connected power of teams, become more agile and innovative, and drive breakthrough ideas and outcomes. 

We live in a world of endless meetings and emails and constant cross-team dysfunction, duplication and delays. Our collaboration skills aren’t working to unlock better value in our business. The world’s leading 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 top and bottom line impact.

This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced keynote will help participants understand the practice of using connectional intelligence as the key to collaboration success and leadership in the 21st century. 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 include:

  • Learn successful tactics to address communication overload and create authentic digital and in-person relationships
  • Discover how to break down silos and keep teams aligned, accountable, and motivated beyond in-person meetings
  • Gain specific actions to foster loyalty, respect, collaboration and innovation across all stakeholder networks regardless of physical distance
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive 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 just how easy it is.



Learn the new common-sense rules of effective collaboration on 21st-century teams. 

We all leave a digital impression on each other. If someone doesn’t text back for hours or even days, do you think they are being rude? Is using an emoji or LOL unprofessional, or creating a human connection with your team? What impression does your boss, team, or colleague think of that kind of behavior? Whether your team works on separate floors, buildings or even countries, they have to connect online in order to collaborate. These new misunderstandings are happening all day, every day. They’re reducing your employee engagement, morale, and team performance each time.

In this keynote, you will learn new rules and nuances of Digital Body Language, the new requirement to innovate faster and further together, led by collaboration expert Erica Dhawan.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Understand your collaboration style and what signals you are broadcasting (even if you don’t intend to!)
  • Create cultures of maniacal clarity in email, phone, IM, text, video mediums and even live meetings in the new normal
  • Develop a collaboration strategy to create the highest performing teams and relationships



Transform your business through the power of empathy and belonging.

We live in a culture defined by a distinct empathy deficit: The boss who constantly emails you are “wrong”—but never shows you how to correct those mistakes. The colleague who mansplains you to death in every conference call and has no interest in what you have to say. The team member who won’t stop looking at her phone as you share sensitive information during a meeting.

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 global teams working remotely.

In this keynote or workshop program, attendees will learn to activate Concrete Empathy. With a combination of engaging stories, science, and practical tools, it shows attendees how to cultivate greater empathy across teams, ultimately creating cultures of connection, collaboration and high-performance.


Psychological Safety in a Digital World

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 of psychological safety that have replaced traditional body language -- even across genders, generations, and culture. 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 new book Digital Body Language will supercharge your teams with collectively understood rules that foster connection, build trust and psychological safety and ultimately, improve our impact at work.

This dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced session will help participants understand the practice of fostering psychological safety in a hybrid world, with actionable takeaways to implement immediately in modern day video calls, emails and group discussions.

Learning Outcomes
• Understand your collaboration style and the digital body language signals you may be broadcasting that win or lose trust (even if you don't intend to!)
• Create cultures of psychological safety across email, phone, IM, text, video and even live meetings
• 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.

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