Hitendra WadhwaProfessor, Columbia Business School, Founder & CEO at Mentora: The Institute for Leadership
As one of the top thought leaders in the field of leadership development, Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa is an award winning Professor at Columbia Business School where he has coached and guided thousands of CxO’s, business leaders and MBA students to effectively lead through times of growth and change.
Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa researches, codifies and teaches the “Inner Mastery, Outer Impact” principles that underlie his work at Columbia Business School and Mentora Institute. Hitendra is Professor of Leadership Development at Columbia Business School, where his class on Personal Leadership & Success has for many years been the most popular leadership elective, earning him the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award. He has also received the Marketing Association’s award for the Most Dynamic and Engaging Professor, and the Lear Award for Service to Students.
Hitendra is passionate about investigating the inner laws of outer success, and about using digital innovation to build scalable and sustainable models for leadership development. His groundbreaking work on leadership principles and practices has won wide acclaim in leading media including Fortune, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Psychology Today, and BBC.
In the past, Hitendra has forged a fusion between mathematics and business (Ph.D. in Management Science, MIT Sloan School), developed growth strategies for Fortune 500 companies (Consultant at McKinsey), and helped Silicon Valley build Web 1.0 (Founder and CEO of Paramark, a digital marketing company).
Hitendra has a deep and abiding interest in the world’s mystical traditions, especially in the ancient truth-seekers of the Himalayas. In his free time, he enjoys engaging in a range of activities that stimulate the mind, stir the heart and nurture the spirit.