Bestselling author, Wharton professor, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
Adam Grant has been Wharton’s top-rated professor for seven straight years. As an organizational psychologist, he studies how we can find motivation and meaning, and lead more generous and creative lives. He has been recognized as one of the world's 10 most influential management thinkers and Fortune's 40 under 40.
He is the author of three New York Times best-selling books: Give and Take, Originals, and Option B. His books have sold over a million copies, been translated into 35 languages, and been praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, Bill and Melinda Gates, and Malcolm Gladwell. Grant's TED talks on original thinkers and givers and takers have been viewed more than 16 million times.
He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience's favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NBA, the Gates Foundation, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He hosts WorkLife, a TED original podcast; writes on work and psychology for The New York Times; and has over 3 million followers on social media. He shares monthly insights in his newsletter, GRANTED. Grant was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, "Is giving the secret to getting ahead?"
He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics. He has designed experiential learning activities in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He serves on the Defense Innovation Board at the Pentagon.
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 earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses and lifeguards. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and son.