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Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan

CEO & Founder


New York City, NY

CEO of Cotential. Strategist. Co-author of Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence







2015 Levo 100 Honoree: Transformers

Levo 100 celebrates inspiring Millennials who are transforming the world as we know it. The Transformers category recognizes those who advance civilization and teach inspiration—social activists, career coaches, nonprofit builders, and other amazing minds who enable us to be better.

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CEO & Founder


Cotential is a consultancy that helps organizations accelerates connectedness of their stakeholders to drive business results. Tapping into the power of co-creation and collaboration, Cotential is a major force of innovation. As CEO, I lead the charge to set up sustainable systems that allow companies to solve challenges through networks of people. We want to reclaim the power of human connection.

Keynote Speaker

I am a frequent keynote speaker about connectional intelligence, working with clients such as Pepsico, FedEx, Deloitte, and more. Check out this reel of some of my past engagements and press mentions.

Featured on Levo

I'm a regular contributor at Levo, where I've written articles for their Career Advice, Lifestyle, and Skills sections.

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I am the coauthor of the new book, Get Big Things Done: The Power of Connectional Intelligence, with Saj-nicole Joni. The book unlocks the 21st century secret to success. The book was ranked #1 on What Corporate America is Reading. (Macmillan, Feb 24, 2015)

Learn more here.

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Teaching Fellow / Leadership Researcher

Graduate school preparing leaders for democratic societies and contributing to the solution of public problems.



Harvard University Kennedy School of Government



MIT Sloan School of Management


BS, Economics

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Leadership Consultant

The Presencing Institute

The Presencing Institute (PI) is a global network of change makers that seek to initiate profound societal innovation and change. PI focuses on advancing social technologies and leadership skills, and making them available to change makers, innovators, and communities around the world to address the root causes of the current economic, ecological, social, and spiritual crisis.

My Thoughts on Change

"Creating something innovative that actually changes people’s lives requires courage, empathy, curiosity and community. It involves rethinking how we use our networks and employ our resources and data in the smartest way possible."

Read the full Forbes interview here.
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