Best-Selling Author & Wharton Professor
Adam Grant is Wharton’s youngest tenured professor and top-rated teacher. He has been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, BusinessWeek’s favorite professors, the world’s 40 best business professors under 40 and Malcolm Gladwell’s favorite social science writers. Previously, he was a record-setting advertising director at Let’s Go Publications, an All-American springboard diver and a professional magician.
Grant is the author of Give and Take, a New York Times best seller translated into 27 languages and named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads, FORTUNE’s must-read business books, Harvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management and The Washington Post’s books every leader should read. He has been profiled on the TODAY show and in The New York Times magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?” Grant’s forthcoming book, Originals: How Nonconformists Move the World Forward (February, 2016) examines how people can drive creative, moral and organizational progress and how leaders can encourage originality in their organizations.
Grant’s speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, Facebook, Johnson & Johnson, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum and the U.S. Army and Navy. His recent New York Times op-eds include “Raising a moral child,” which has been shared over 250,000 times on social media, and “When talking about bias backfires” with Sheryl Sandberg.
He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has been honored with the “Excellence in Teaching Award” for every class that he has taught. He has designed experiential learning activities based on The Apprentice in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills.
Grant earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has more than 60 publications in leading management and psychology journals, and his pioneering studies have increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in best-selling books such as Quiet by Susan Cain, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, Thrive by Arianna Huffington, A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.