Keynote Speaking

“Erica Dhawan is one of best speakers we have ever had.”

-Mary Haley, FedEx


Erica is one of the most sought after speakers on the modern world of work. As the world’s foremost expert on 21st century collaboration skills, Erica has shared the stage with world leaders including Arianna Huffington, Condoleeza Rice, and Bill Gates.








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

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We typically associate success and leadership with smarts, passion and luck. But in today’s hypercompetitive world, even those gifts aren’t enough. Strategist Erica Dhawan argues that the game changer is a thoroughly modern skill called Connectional Intelligence (CxQ). Virtually anyone can maximize his or her potential, and achieve breakthrough performance, by developing this crucial ability.

So, what is it? Connectional Intelligence is the ability to combine knowledge, ambition and human capital, forging connections on a global scale that create unprecedented value and meaning. 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 professional 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:

  • How anyone can excel not just through skills and smarts, but through Connectional Intelligence
  • Keys to leveraging your networks and connections, and creating contagious positive results
  • Successful tactics used to address connectional overload and in changing turbulent times
  • How leaders create deep connections of fierce loyalty and respect from their team and customers
  • How connectionally intelligent leaders outperform the competition and create remarkable 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.

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Breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift company culture and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce. Book Erica

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The modern workplace has become excessively complicated and we pay the price with unnecessary emails, phone calls and meetings. Organizations are stronger with cross functional teams, yet they deal with massive constraints, leading to endless dysfunction and delays.

Why do some organizations deliver high performance and others not? The answer is Connectional Intelligence  — the critical capability that delivers leading innovation, creates increasing value for customers and other stakeholders, capitalizes on the talent of the younger workforce and ensures future global competitiveness.

In this dynamic, engaging, high-energy, fast-paced keynote, Erica Dhawan shares insights into how leaders can bring out the connectional intelligence of your employees and utilize the talents that different silos, cultures, and generations all bring to the table.  This is a powerful, interactive presentation for leaders who seek to breakthrough generational friction, drive innovation, shift company culture and transform the untapped connectional intelligence of your entire workforce.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Insights to deliver game changing collaboration to reduce complexity and inefficiency
  • Actionable tools and prescriptive solutions to maximize cross-silo team engagement and performance
  • Tools to enhance individual and team effectiveness, achieving growth and maximizing business value

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Learn the new common sense rules of digital communication across business silos, levels, backgrounds and regions. Book Erica

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A senior manager is troubled by an email from his boss. Without knowing why exactly, he understands that the period at the end of the word “No.” carries a meaning well beyond a typical mark of punctuation. When it’s possible to be set off by a period (and rightly so), we know are living in challenging times.

In this keynote, strategist and author Erica Dhawan explains the new rules of contemporary communication critical to reducing employee misunderstandings, confusion, frustration, and even corporate crises.

Based on original research, insights and anecdotal stories, Dhawan takes a fascinating, unexpected look at the expectations, boundaries and hidden meanings in today’s largely screen-based dialogues. Learn the new common sense rules of digital communication across business silos, levels, backgrounds and regions. Less about etiquette than business strategy, nor an expose of “old school” versus “millennial” habits, Dhawan argues that communication-based slip-ups and misunderstandings often take place among peers – and that regardless of which tech platforms are in vogue, they’re here to stay…and solve.

Learning Outcomes include:

  • Provide the new, common sense rules of the subtext of modern communication
  • Share today’s digital conversational styles and signals that can help eradicate misunderstandings and frustration to foster healthy teams
  • Provide concrete examples of the anxiety, confusion and misunderstandings inherent in contemporary conversation and explain how better engagement will lead to enhanced communication

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Our attendees raved: “great keynote speaker…vibrant and passionate about the topic with great insights and stories.”  

– Janet Wigfield, Vice President, Executive Director, Conferences + Events, Working Mother Media

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