Erica Dhawan ‘03
Harness your Potential. Own your Destiny.
Erica Dhawan ’03 is on a mission to inspire Generation Y leaders and future-thinking companies to change the world. Her Ivy League prowess, Wall Street experience, and Bollywood dance moves allow Erica to facilitate powerful workplace conversations and advise leaders on how to take ownership of their talents through innovation and creativity.
After graduating from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Erica accepted a coveted position at Lehman Brothers in New York City. On track towards undoubtable professional success, Erica soon realized that Lehman Brothers, as well as most Wall Street firms and top-level financial institutions, was not gearing itself towards the creative and tech savvy millennial employee.
At age 24, Erica founded a global volunteer network for Acumen Fund, which now boasts over 2,000 members. As a globally recognized leadership expert, Erica delivers keynotes for Fortune 500 companies and universities that focus on bridging generational differences to drive business results. Erica has been featured in articles for Forbes, Huffington Post, and USA Today.
Erica shares her personal philosophy and tips for Generation Y leaders on her popular blog at EricaDhawan.com.
ERICA’S TOP SIX TIPS ON HOW TO GET NOTICED, GET HIRED, OR GET JUST ABOUT ANYTHING YOU WANT:
1. Every time you meet someone, focus on how you can support them first.
2. Be self-aware.
3. Honor yourself and speak with confidence.
4. Don’t shy away from e-mailing anybody for a meeting.
5. Have fun with it.
6. Start with your story.