Inside the Mind of Professor Adam Grant: Moderated by Wharton School Dean Erika James

Thursday May 6, 2021
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM EDT


Event Organizer - Wharton Executive MBA Program



In this rapidly changing world, learning to question your opinions and open other people’s minds can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life.

Join us for this webinar as we go inside the mind of one of the country’s most thought provoking and creative scholars & teachers, Adam Grant.

In this discussion, Professor Adam Grant and Wharton School Dean Erika James will touch on Adam’s most recent book Think Again, as well as on his background in psychology and how it influences his work as a business school professor at Wharton.

Dean James & Professor Grant will discuss:

  • What competencies, skills and knowledge will be necessary for students going through business schools now given the disruption we’ve seen in the past year?
  • What role the current generation of students can play to shape business now – and in the future.
  • How have Wharton and other business schools evolved?
  • How does Professor Grant come up with the ideas for his books and what is the process of researching and writing a book like for him?

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Adam Grant:

As an organizational psychologist, Adam Grant rethinks how people lead, work and live. He has been Wharton’s top-rated professor numerous times, and his pioneering research has inspired people to question assumptions about motivation, generosity and creativity. His bestselling books have sold millions of copies, his TED talks have more than 25 million views, and his podcast WorkLife has topped the charts. He has been recognized as one of the world’s 10 most influential management thinkers and one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, and has received distinguished scientific achievement awards from the American Psychological Association and the National Science Foundation. Grant received his BA from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Michigan, and he is a former magician and junior Olympic springboard diver. His new book, Think Again, is a #1 New York Times bestseller.


Dean Erika James:

Erika H. James became the dean of the Wharton School on July 1, 2020. Trained as an organizational psychologist, Dean James is a leading expert on crisis leadership, workplace diversity and management strategy. Prior to her appointment at Wharton, Dean James was the John H. Harland Dean at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School.

An award-winning educator, accomplished consultant and researcher, she is the first woman and first person of color to be appointed dean in Wharton’s 139-year history. As such she has paved the way for women in leadership both in education and corporate America. Known internationally, Dean James has been quoted as an expert thought leader by the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, CNN.com and numerous other media outlets.

In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dean James is a board member of SurveyMonkey, the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC) and several organizations that align with her passion for education and advancing women in business. She is also a board member of Save the Children. Dean James holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in California.


Event Organizer - Wharton Executive MBA Program