Our Mission

Our mission is to help individuals, teams and organizations achieve success by activating and expressing their highest potential in all they do.

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Our story
Hitendra Wadhwa

Founder & President

our impact

Our work is informed by Mentora Research's findings on human potential drawn from a range of scientific disciplines, studies of great leaders and movements, and behavioral experiments run by Mentora Labs.

Columbia University

Our work is based on our founder Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa’s Inner Mastery|Outer Impact model developed at Columbia Business School over the last 15 years. Hitendra teaches the school’s most popular leadership elective, Personal Leadership & Success.

Inner Mastery | Outer Impact invites you to see leadership as the discipline of bringing out the best in yourself and the best in others in all situations, in the pursuit of a common positive purpose.

Our core beliefs

What is leadership?

Leadership is the discipline of bringing out the best in ourselves and the best in others in all situations, in the service of a common positive purpose. This form of leadership applies to all roles and all moments.

Our inner core

We are at our best when we activate and express our Inner Core. This is our true self, the space of highest potential within us. When we are at our Core, we are beyond ego, attachments and insecurities.

Our five core energies

We all possess 5 Energies at our Core: Purpose, Wisdom, Growth, Love and Self-Realization. These give us 5 Inner Metrics to guide our performance, moment by moment:

Am I leading from my Inner Core by being…

  1. Committed to a noble, uplifting purpose,
  2. Calm and receptive to the truth,
  3. Curious and open to new learning,
  4. Connected with the people I work with, and those I serve,
  5. Centered in my joyful and intuitive spirit within,

…and am I doing my best to help others around me operate from their Core as well?

A library of core-actions

Each of the five Core Energies can be activated in ourselves and others through a few simple actions. These actions serve as building blocks for all leadership behaviors.

From small steps to big leaps

Every action we learn that arises from our 5 Core Energies adds to our repertoire of potential ways to respond to situations. Just like the 26 letters of the English alphabet can generate a countless number of words, ideas and books, 25 actions can generate a near countless number of leadership behaviors.

Our Team

Our team brings a distinctive mix of perspectives on leadership with their C-suite, consulting, research and training backgrounds.

Our Team of Faculty
Hitendra Wadhwa

Founder and President

Hitendra Wadhwa

Founder and President

Senior Faculty, Author

Hitendra’s mission is to discover, codify, and teach the laws of success in life and leadership which form the foundation of our work at Mentora. With an MBA and Ph.D. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and a lifelong study of the world’s mystic traditions, Wadhwa brings a mathematician’s rigor and a truth-seeker’s spirit to some of today’s most vexing questions about authenticity, success, leadership, and human potential. He has codified many of these principles in his book, “Inner Mastery, Outer Impact: How Your Five Core Energies Hold the Key to Success”, published by Hachette Book Group in 2022.

As Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School and Founder of the Mentora Institute, he has coached dozens of Fortune 100 C-suite executives and taught more than ten thousand MBAs, executives, doctors, lawyers, social activists, and educators. His class on Personal Leadership & Success at Columbia has for many years been the most popular leadership elective, earning him the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the Executive-MBA Commitment to Excellence Award.

Hitendra’s work has been covered by leading media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Forbes, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and more. Hitendra’s lessons, says the BBC World Service, “are about how to become a master of yourself before trying to be a master of the universe.” Psychology Today states, “The award-winning professor promises not how to make a living, but how to live.”

Hitendra’s webcast, Intersections, features acclaimed thought leaders and practitioners reflecting on how to dissolve cultural, disciplinary, and other boundaries to achieve our highest potential in life.

Previously, Wadhwa was a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company and the CEO/founder of a Silicon Valley start-up, Paramark, which was twice recognized as a Top-100 Internet technology company by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire.

Petra Nemeth

Executive Director, Senior Executive Coach

Petra Nemeth

Executive Director, Senior Executive Coach

Petra has been with Mentora since its inception, having helped architect Mentora’s innovative digital learning programs and directed many of the company’s marketing, strategy and content-driven initiatives. She leads Mentora’s Coaching Practice. Clients she has recently served include Harlem Children’s Zone, H-E-B, and The Holdsworth Center.

Petra brings to these roles a rich set of C-Suite experiences. A former media and entertainment executive, she has worked extensively with brands, has managed growth initiatives across multiple media platforms, and has affected organizational change from the inside out. She held the roles of President of Time Inc’s This Old House Ventures, Executive Vice President at Bertelsmann Inc., and Head of Bertelsmann Content Network. She was also Vice President, Television, in the early days of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, a consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, and an investigative TV reporter in Germany. Petra holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

In her spare time, she is passionately involved in her three kids’ school district and actively practices karate and meditation.

Raghu Krishnamoorthy

Raghu Krishnamoorthy

Senior Faculty

Dr. Raghu Krishnamoorthy is the Senior Fellow and Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s acclaimed Chief Learning Officer doctoral program. His research is centered on the future of work, the workplace, and the worker, and he has written and lectured extensively on the subject. In 2020, his research on remote worker effectiveness earned the Academy of Business Research’s best research paper award. His most recent study investigated how leadership behaviors affect employee engagement in a virtual work environment.

Raghu worked as an executive with 38 years of experience in human resources and learning prior to entering academia. He retired from General Electric after serving as the company’s chief human resources officer. He also served as the company’s Chief Learning Officer and head of talent over his 25-year tenure, which included HR leadership responsibilities at GE Aviation and GE Healthcare, as well as assignments in other geographies such as Europe and Asia. Under his leadership, Fortune Magazine named GE’s learning and development function as one of the best in the world. Additionally, Raghu has been recognized as one of the top 50 Asian American business leaders. Raghu has taught and lectured at many prestigious institutions, including Columbia University, Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and the Milken Institute.

Raghu consults with a variety of businesses on issues such as the future of work, the return to the office, virtual or hybrid working, talent management, leadership development, and learning. He is also a popular coach with executives at the C-Suite level.

Raghu earned a master’s degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. He later earned a Humphrey Fellowship from the University of Minnesota under the famed Fulbright Scholarship program. After retiring from his professional career, he acquired a master’s degree and completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.

Josh Davis

Chief Scientist

Josh Davis

Chief Scientist

Senior Faculty

As a writer, teacher, speaker, and coach, Josh studies and teaches about the mind and brain in multiple ways. He is the author of an international bestseller on time management, Two Awesome Hours: Science-Based Strategies to Harness Your Best Time and Get Your Most Important Work Done, now published in 10 languages. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, Training + Development, Psychology Today, and others. He also trains individuals in techniques derived from psychotherapy at the NLP Center of NY and coaches people to love public speaking.

Prior to joining Mentora, Josh guided the translation of research on behavior change into leadership content as the Director of Research and Lead Professor for the NeuroLeadership Institute, during a period where the organization more than quadrupled in size. He also served as a professor in the Department of Psychology at Barnard College, as well as Columbia University and New York University. He holds a bachelors in engineering from Brown University and a PhD from Columbia University, where he studied psychology and neuroscience.

In his spare time, Josh loves laughing, reading a lot of non-fiction books, and raising his kids with his wife.

Natasha Gill

Senior Director of Research

Natasha Gill

Senior Director of Research

Faculty, Executive Coach

Natasha specializes in researching and developing Mentora training content. She is passionate about following the latest science on human behavior and leadership, and exploring the inner lives and outer impact of great leaders. She also leads program design for our clients, and facilitates virtual and live training & coaching sessions. The Mentora clients she has recently served include Kantar, Ericsson, Siemens, Kraft Heinz, Accenture, Chanel, Chevron, Invesco, The Holdsworth Centre and Tata Communications.

Prior to Mentora, Natasha served as HR & Industrial Relations Manager at Canada-based Northwest Hardwoods, providing HR support to over 150 associates. This support included training and development, performance management and recruitment.

Natasha is also a CrossFit coach & athlete. She gets joy from her devotion to a path of yoga and meditation, spending time with her family and her golden retriever Rocky.

Paul Ingram

Paul Ingram

Senior Faculty

Paul Ingram is the Kravis Professor of Business at the Columbia Business School. His PhD is from Cornell University, and he was on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University before coming to Columbia. He has held visiting professorships at Tel Aviv University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches on management and strategy benefit from his research on organizations in the United States, Canada, Israel, Scotland, China, Korea and Australia. His research has been published in more than seventy articles, book chapters and books. His publications have received numerous distinctions, including the Gould Prize from the American Journal of Sociology, and best paper awards in the areas of Organization and Management Theory, and Collective Behavior and Social Movements.

Ingram’s current research examines the intersection between culture and social networks. Recent papers investigate questions such as the role of value similarity to foster business networks, determinants and outcomes of individuals’ fit in organizational cultures, and influences on ethical decision making. He has served as President of the College of Organization Science of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS). He has served as an Associate Editor for Academy of Management Discoveries, a consulting editor for the American Journal of Sociology, a senior editor for Organization Science, an Associate Editor for Management Science and on the editorial boards of Administrative Science Quarterly and Strategic Organization.

Paul’s undergraduate degree is from Brock University where received the Governor General’s Award as the top graduating student. In 2004 he received the Distinguished Graduate Award from Brock’s Faculty of Business. At the Columbia Business School, Paul has received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, won the Commitment to Excellence Award, voted by graduating EMBA students seven times, and thrice been chosen by graduating EMBA students to deliver the keynote speech at their commencement ceremony. He has consulted on issues of leadership, organizational design and strategy to leading companies in the finance, health care, insurance, energy, arts, legal, education, and consumer products industries.

Jake DeBerry

Senior Director, Client Development

Jake DeBerry

Senior Director, Client Development

Jake architects solutions with Mentora’s clients, designing and facilitating transformation journeys.

Prior to joining Mentora, he was a Lab Lead at Deloitte where he would design & facilitate executive-level workshops that would lead to breakthrough on pervasive, complex and emotionally-laden challenges. Jake served as the VP of Corporate Solutions at NeuroLeadership Institute, focused on helping companies apply neuroscience to their business, leadership and talent strategy.

He spent 8 years at CEB, where he built the membership business and advised executives in the HR, Legal & Sales functions. This included opening their Singapore office and eventually relocating to Hong Kong to support an integration and focus on the Greater China market. Jake’s work led to CEB publishing new research that was specific to the Asian market, which was profiled in HBR, among other outlets. Jake graduated from University of Virginia with a BA in Economics and Psychology. He is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in business development in the Andes of Peru.

His explorer’s mindset has enabled him to live across 5 continents, though he now lives in New York City with his partner and son. In his spare time he is either found with a book, guitar or exploring the great outdoors, from mountain climbing to scuba diving, and everything in-between.

Sofie Nordstrom

Senior Director, Head of Strategic Development

Sofie Nordstrom

Senior Director, Head of Strategic Development

Sofie leads Mentora’s practice in Europe, and helps drive firm-wide strategy and growth.

As a purpose-driven business and strategic solutions architect, Sofie has used her leadership and entrepreneurial skills to develop and deliver influential projects and commercial partnerships across the Nordics, Europe, UK, Middle East, CIS, and Japan.

This international focus – combined with outstanding communication and cultural expertise – has established her as a trusted adviser to senior decision-makers ranging from global corporate leaders and institutional investors to academic policy heads and major media outlets.

At the core of Sofie’s approach to business and life is a strong commitment to bringing out the best in organisations, leaders, colleagues, and partners. This is reflected in a collaborative management style, a passion for continuous learning and determination to deliver results that make a tangible and positive difference to the companies, communities, and individuals she works with.

Her recent achievements include:

  • Curating international dialogue and collaboration as the co-founder of the EU-Japan EPA Forum, arguably the most influential gathering of senior business executives, topic experts and policy stakeholders involved in shaping the investment landscape across Europe and Japan.
  • Developing and facilitating cross-border business opportunities as head of NordBright, a London-based global boutique consultancy that delivers country-to-country advice on investment, human talent, strategy, and emerging global issues.
  • Promoting innovation and transformative thinking through the collaborative exchange of ideas. Sofie has contributed to research projects and staged high-level Round Tables funded by the Danish government, industry associations and leading private sector companies. She is also the curator and co-founder of the Ei3 Summit, a pending leadership summit aimed at turning Europe into a sustainable economic powerhouse fuelled by investments in technology and human capital.

Sofie holds an MSc in International Management from Kingston University London with Distinction and a Postgraduate Certificate in Brand Management from London School of Business and Finance.  In addition, she has completed a Non-Executive Director and Investor Relations course at The London Stock Exchange Group.

Anna Raverat
Anna Raverat

Senior Consultant

Anna Raverat

Senior Consultant

Senior Faculty

An Organisation Development Practitioner for 22 years, Anna designs and leads strategic change initiatives in all sectors. Her current clients include Google, Asylum Support Appeals Project (ASAP), Founders Pledge, and Channel 4.

In addition to capability building with teams and leaders, Anna facilitates complex partnerships with multiple organizations from different sectors. For example, the Modern Slavery Policy and Evidence Centre (MSPEC), a consortium of the central UK government, 3 universities, the Alan Turing Institute, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.

Anna grew up in the Yorkshire Dales and currently lives in London with her three children. She has recently taken up Shaolin Kung Fu and absolutely loves it.

Pratyush Rajvanshi

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Pratyush Rajvanshi

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Faculty

Pratyush leads strategic initiatives at Mentora Institute and the development of programs and partnerships at Mentora Foundation. He is passionate about emerging approaches to leadership and organizational design that are rooted in the harmony of our inner and outer well-being. He enjoys engaging with businesses and non-profits to jointly explore this theme in their unique context.

In the past, Pratyush has led transformation in diverse contexts that include working onboard merchant ships, serving as a management consultant at McKinsey, and later advising start-ups and mid-sized companies on strategy and people development. He has also designed and facilitated youth leadership programs and actively supported rural community development initiatives. He holds a Bachelor’s in Marine Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.

In his spare time, Pratyush is part of a service community at the Sabarmati Ashram—where Mahatma Gandhi started his ‘Experiments with Truth‘. He likes to meditate and reflect on wisdom from the past and present, meet people and travel to experience fresh perspectives on life.

Nailah Wagner

Executive Coach

Nailah Wagner

Executive Coach

Faculty

Nailah is passionate about empowering clients to navigate difficult leadership and career challenges, turn setbacks into successes, and achieve professional fulfillment and growth. As a coach, Nailahalso has a reputation for establishing nurturing and lasting relationships as both a trusted advisor and confidante. The Mentora clients she has recently served include General Electric, Harlem Children’s Zone, Kraft Heinz, Morgan Stanley, and Tata Communications. She also serves as a guest lecturer in Professor Hitendra Wadhwa’s award-winning Personal Leadership & Success course at Columbia Business School.

Prior to joining Mentora, Nailah worked as an Executive MBA career coach at Emory University Goizueta Business School. She also has extensive corporate experience having worked in brand management with Campbell Soup Company, and in Sales with Whirlpool Corporation where she managed key territories including New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles. Nailah received her BA in Public Policy from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MBA from Columbia Business School in New York.

In her spare time, Nailah enjoys exploring different cultures, visiting new countries, hiking to waterfalls, and cooking with her husband and three young daughters.

Jen Kluczkowski

Jen Kluczkowski

Faculty

Jen is passionate about strengthening human connection and potential. As an associate faculty, she facilitates learning journeys that invite people to lead from their Inner Core and empower others to do the same.

She has founded and operated MINDFRESH, a global organization responsible for leading thousands of virtual and on-site mindfulness sessions from tech companies in Tel Aviv to Fortune 100s in New York City.

She was an early stage team member at Pandora, opening the New York office and becoming the top national salesperson before exiting the company following the IPO to study the Science of Yoga.

Jen is an 800-Hour Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga and Meditation teacher with numerous trips to India under her belt to study harnessing and focusing the mind with masters.

She lives in NYC with her husband and two sons, whom she considers to be her wisest teachers.

Dan Burrier

Chief Engagement Officer

Dan Burrier

Chief Engagement Officer

Dan is a business, branding and leadership strategist, writer, speaker and ordained Zen priest. A lifelong student of human nature, technology and marketing, Dan has been able to apply these learnings in a variety of business settings. As Chief Engagement Officer at Mentora, Dan is responsible for working with our teams to guide, shape and manage all client touchpoints and engagements. “How we engage with each other and with our clients should itself be a model for great leadership.”

Prior to joining Mentora, he served as Co-President, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Ogilvy & Mather; Worldwide Creative Director on Apple Inc. at BBDO; and CEO of COMMON. He has guided brand and organizational behavior, market positioning and messaging for Apple, IBM, Motorola, Cisco Systems, Communities in Schools, Vodafone and a bevy of social-impact startups and nonprofit organizations. His writing has appeared in Harvard Business Review, among others.

In his spare time, Dan interweaves his duties as husband, father, surfer, ultra-marathoner and student of Zen.

Derrick Huang

Executive Advisor, Strategy and Innovation

Derrick Huang

Executive Advisor, Strategy and Innovation

Senior Faculty

Derrick helps individuals and organizations build lasting capabilities – his primary areas of focus are strategic problem solving, high impact data-centric decision making, executive-level communication, and disciplined innovation and execution. He often takes on the role of change agent within organizations as well as an executive coach for C-level executives and their teams. He has served clients across multiple industries, including high tech, retail/CPG, healthcare, insurance, finance, and education. His recent engagements have focused on helping companies develop new market strategies and building the requisite new capabilities. Examples include helping clients build internal innovation labs to run startup-like “fast-fail, fast-learn” experiments and leading organization-wide digital transformations that include culture change, in addition to technology and capability shifts.

Derrick began his career as a technologist at various Internet start-ups, designing and developing software, leading project teams, and selling software products and services to a variety of Fortune 500 clients. Derrick was also a consultant at McKinsey & Company, leading initiatives on innovation, competitive intelligence, strategic decision-making, and wargaming. His 15+ years of professional experience in management consulting, venture capital, and software development have given him a unique and broad perspective on strategy and operations, best practices in innovation and organizational transformation. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

In his spare time, Derrick can occasionally be found at a poker table, but his primary passion is exploring every nook and cranny of NYC with his wife and two children.

Judy Calabrese

Office Manager

Judy Calabrese

Office Manager

Judy has over 20 years of experience as an administrative assistant in the corporate world, including a decade at McKinsey & Company.

She jumped at the opportunity to work with Mentora because Mentora’s values and beliefs are the same values and beliefs that Judy holds dear. Through this work, she hopes to help change the world one person at a time.

In her spare time, Judy can be found shuttling her two young sons to their activities, playing with the beloved family dog, and dreaming of the beach, her favorite place to be.

We strive to live the principles and values we teach our clients – to do everything in service of our purpose, to be honest, open, supportive and genuine in all we do, and to create an environment where we all feel safe being this way. If this sounds like the kind of place that would energize and inspire you, then have a look at our open positions.

If you are interested in Mentora but do not see a job posting that is the right fit for you, send us an email at careers@mentora.institute with more about your background and interests, and do include your resume, and we will be in touch.

 

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Our Culture is our Mission

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The culture we strive for at Mentora is the same as what we strive to build for our clients: to be inspired every day with our mission, to connect human-to-human and spirit-to-spirit, to partner in growing each other to our full potential, and to seek out the truth in all matters.