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Adam Grant

2017 Speaker

ADAM GRANT has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for six straight years. He is a leading expert on how we can find motivation and meaning, and live more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world’s twenty five most influential management thinkers and Fortune’s 40 under 40. Grant is the author of three New York Times best-selling books that have sold over a million copies, and have been translated into thirty five languages. Give and Take examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, and Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it was a number one best-seller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell. Option B, with Sheryl Sandberg, is a number one best-seller on facing adversity and building resilience.

Grant’s TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than ten million times in less than two years. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016, and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. He writes on work and psychology for the New York Times, has more than two million followers on social media, and features new insights in his free monthly newsletter, GRANTED. Grant was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, Is giving the secret to getting ahead? He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He is a passionate feminist who serves on the Lean In board and the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon. Grant earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his BA from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. @AdamMGrant