IPL Management Team
Hitendra Wadhwa is IPL’s Founder and President. Hitendra Wadhwa is Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School, where he teaches MBA and Executive Education courses on Personal Leadership, Driving Strategic Impact and Leading from the Inside Out.
At IPL, Hitendra consults with and provides executive education to a number of organizations. Through a partnership between IPL and Columbia Business School, Hitendra was the first leadership faculty at a top school to launch an online executive education program in 2012.
We welcome you to read more about his background here.
As Managing Director of the Institute for Personal Leadership India, Deepanshu Sharma manages content development and program delivery operations and is responsible for evangelizing the IPL proposition across Asia Pacific. As a senior faculty member at IPL, he augments IPL's Inner Mastery/Outer Impact approach to leadership with his own practical experiences to help both organizations and individuals achieve their highest potential.
Deepanshu joins IPL after investing 25 years in the ever-evolving technology industry in India, where he held several leadership positions for global brands such as Apple Computer, Microsoft Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices.
Deepanshu holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a post-graduate diploma in Marketing and is also a certified Coach. He can be reached at deepanshu (at) personalleadership (dot) com. (Except, of course, when beyond the reach of wifi and cellular while on the occasional road trip with his wife and two daughters in search of good food, music and family fun.)
Petra Hoehn Nemeth is Executive Director at IPL. She oversees IPL's content and brand strategy as well as its partner initiatives. In the past, Petra has built integrated, cross-platform brands in her roles as President of This Old House Ventures (a Time Warner company), Executive Vice President and Head of U.S. Operations of Bertelsmann Corporate Network and VP Television of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Petra holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University. She can be reached at petra (at) personalleadership (dot) com.
Dan Burrier serves as a Senior Faculty member and Executive Director at IPL. He is a branding and personal leadership strategist, writer, speaker and ordained Zen priest. A lifelong student of human nature, technology, marketing and things just as they are, Dan has had the good fortune to have been able to apply these learnings in a variety of business settings.
As Worldwide Creative Director on Apple Computer at BBDO; co-President, Chief Creative Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at Ogilvy & Mather; 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.
In other hours of any given day, Dan interweaves his duties as husband, father, surfer, ultramarathoner, student of Zen and 2nd-season blue-ribbon winning garlic farmer. “It is on the far far unexplored edges of what we know--when we push there and beyond--that we discover what we are truly capable of.” He can be reached at dan (at) personalleadership (dot) com.
Julie Hussain serves as Senior Director of Learning and Technology at IPL. She develops and manages client relationships to bring Personal Leadership training to organizations. Prior to joining IPL, she worked at Deloitte Consulting LLP in their Human Capital group as a senior consultant and at the Corporate Executive Board as an associate director of research. She brings 12 years of work experience in talent strategies and learning & development. Julie received her BA in Psychology from Yale University and her MBA from Columbia Business School. She can be reached at julie (at) personalleadership (dot) com.
Jake DeBerry is Director of Corporate Solutions & Sales for North America. Jake has over 12 years of international business development experience with diverse clientele, from the largest companies in the world to rural artisan associations. Prior to IPL, Jake was the VP of Corporate Solutions at NeuroLeadership Institute, a research and training organization applying neuroscience to the field of leadership. He spent 8 years at Corporate Executive Board (CEB), partnering with HR, Sales, and Legal executives to improve their functional priorities. Jake served in the Peace Corps for 2 years and received his BA from University of Virginia in Economics and Psychology. He can be reached at jake (at) personalleadership (dot) com.
Natasha Gill is the Director of Research at IPL. She collaborates with Prof. Wadhwa in researching & developing new Personal Leadership content. In the past, she has managed recruitment, learning & development and performance management at Northwest Hardwoods, a Weyerhaeuser company. Natasha received an M.B.A. from the Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, and a B.Ed. from D.S. College of Education, Chandigarh.
Puja Gupta is Director, Programs and Technology at IPL. She leads the team that manages IPL’s online executive education programs and the development of new learning tools. Prior to IPL, she worked in the education sector on program and curriculum design and online strategies for higher education institutions. She has also worked as a marketing analyst with the Discovery Channel and run an art gallery. Puja did an MS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelors Degree in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi.
Utkarsh Narang serves as the Director of Operations at IPL. He manages the production of IPL's video content and online programs. Utkarsh has a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy and ran his own physiotherapy clinic for 10 years before joining IPL.
Judy Calabrese is IPL’s Office Manager. In the past, she worked in the Administrative Team at McKinsey & Company in the firm’s New Jersey office. She can be reached at judy (at) personalleadership (dot) com