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Organizational Psychologist & Bestselling Author
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers, Fortune's 40 under 40, and Oprah’s Super Soul 100.
He is the author of multiple #1 New York Times best-selling books that have sold over 2 million copies and been translated into 35 languages: Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves. His books have been named among the year’s best by Amazon, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and the Wall Street Journal and praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, Malcolm Gladwell, and Malala Yousafzai. His new book is THINK AGAIN: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know (February 2, 2021).
Grant's TED talks on original thinkers, givers and takers have been viewed more than 20 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He hosts "WorkLife", a chart-topping TED original podcast; writes on work and psychology for The New York Times; and serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon. He has over 3 million followers on social media and shares monthly insights in his 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 curates the Next Big Idea Club along with Susan Cain, Malcolm Gladwell, and Dan Pink, handpicking two new books each quarter for subscribers and donating 100% of profits to provide books for children in under-resourced communities. He is also the cofounder of Givitas, a knowledge collaboration platform that makes it easy to give and receive help in five minutes a day, and an angel investor in startups in HR and culture, technology, and consumer products.
Grant earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has received awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and son.
Dr. Sahar Yousef
Sahar Yousef is a cognitive neuroscientist and a lecturer at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Her 10-plus years of research on “making superhumans” sheds light on how to improve focus, memory, and overall human performance in as little as six weeks. Outside of the academic world, Yousef is the founder and managing director of Becoming Superhuman, a productivity training and consulting firm which teaches busy professionals how to get their most important work done, in less time, with less stress. Her work has been featured in Forbes and Business Insider.
Dr. Michael Gervais
High-Performance Psychologist and Host of Finding Mastery Podcast
As a sport and performance psychologist, Dr. Michael Gervais is one of the world’s leading experts on the relationship between the mind and elite performance. Over the course of a 20-year career working with world class performers and organizations, Dr. Gervais has developed a framework for the mental skills and practices that allow athletes to thrive in pressure-packed environments. Gervais’ influence can be felt across many touchpoints of popular culture. His clients include the Seattle Seahawks, world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed music artists, Fortune 50 CEO’s and MVPs from every major sport.
Dr. Gervais is the host of the popular Finding Mastery podcast that explores the psychology of the world’s most extraordinary thinkers and doers. Dr. Gervais created an online master class for the mind and co-authored the recently released Audible Original, Compete to Create, about how to train the mind.
Dr. Gervais holds a doctorate degree in psychology, specializing in sport performance, and a master’s degree in kinesiology. He completed his PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Ogilvie, often referred to as the father of American applied sport psychology.
Founder & CEO
Morgan DeBaun is the Founder & CEO of Blavity, Inc., the leading media company for Black culture and millennials.
Since launching Blavity, Inc. in 2014, Morgan has led the company to successfully acquire Travel Noire, a travel platform for Black millennials and Shadow And Act, a Black entertainment news site. Under her leadership, Blavity has launched several leading consumer summits including Summit 21 for Black women creators and AfroTech, the largest tech conference for Black innovators and founders. While scaling the company, Morgan has raised venture funding from top Silicon Valley venture firms such as GV and Comcast.
Morgan is an angel investor, St. Louis native, and a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis.
Head of Global Product
Dana Barrett is the Head of Product Marketing at Asana. A veteran product marketer in both consumer and B2B technology, Dana leads the product marketing team at Asana, working closely with product and sales to drive the company's go-to-market strategy. Prior to joining Asana, Dana led Operations and Product Marketing teams at Google and Facebook, and spent her early career at McKinsey & Company and Merrill Lynch. Dana has a BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from The Wharton School of Business.
Head of Employee Communications
& Experience, Asana
Catherine Avendaño is a strategic communications and people leader with a track record of success at hypergrowth SaaS companies. She is currently the Head of Employee Communications and Experience at Asana and previously led Internal Communications and Organizational Development at MuleSoft as their global employee base grew 3X and then underwent an IPO. She has also had the opportunity to work with Series A startups as the VP of People at Neighborly and as one of the early members of Readyforce. Prior to entering the tech world, Catherine held executive leadership roles in the education non-profit sector, focused on increasing access to higher education for underrepresented communities in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has a BA in English from UCLA and MA in Education from Stanford University.
Enterprise Customer Success
Rasha Harvey is an Enterprise Customer Success Manager at Asana, based in New York City. As an Enterprise CSM, Rasha works with Asana’s strategic customers on a wide range of product adoption and champion development initiatives. Prior to joining Asana in August 2019, Rasha worked for financial services and technology companies, including Barclays, Bloomberg, and Zenefits. He also led the 2018-2019 San Francisco Civil Grand Jury, the youngest person to lead the city’s government watchdog body. Originally from Nashville, Rasha studied at Bowdoin College and the London School of Economics.