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ADP® Executive Strategy Summit
in conjunction with ADP Meeting of the Minds
March 21, 2017
Adam Grant is Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, Fast Company’s 100 most creative people in business, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40, Fortune's "40 Under 40," HR’s most influential international thinkers, and one of Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite thinkers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director, a junior Olympic springboard diver and a professional magician.
Grant is the author of two New York Times best-selling books translated into 35 languages. Originals explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller and one of Amazon’s best books of February 2016. 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. Grant is currently writing a book with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg titled Option B, which will focus on resilience and facing adversity.
He received a standing ovation for his 2016 TED talk on the surprising habits of original thinkers and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project on the success of givers and takers. Grant’s speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. His New York Times articles “Raising a Moral Child” and “How to Raise a Creative Child” have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.
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 20s, 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 has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He serves on the Lean In board and authored a New York Times series on women and work with Sheryl Sandberg, including Speaking While Female” and “Madam C.E.O., Get Me a Coffee.”
He earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. Grant’s studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.