IPL was founded by Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School.

We are a team of professionals who are passionate about Personal Leadership and who come from organizations like BCG, McKinsey and Deloitte Consulting, with academic training from institutions like Columbia, MIT, Wharton and Yale, with valuable experience in executive roles, coaching, leadership development, strategy consulting, media and digital platforms. 

Prof. Wadhwa is an outstanding teacher who brings principles, and his team does a wonderful job of taking students through a unique learning experience that provides a pathway to lifelong growth.
— Norris West, Director of Strategic Communications, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Hitendra Wadhwa

Hitendra Wadhwa

Hitendra Wadhwa is Founder and CEO of the Institute for Personal Leadership. He is also Professor of Practice at Columbia Business School, where he teaches MBA and Executive Education courses on Personal Leadership, Strategy Consulting Skills, and Marketing Strategy. He consults with and provides executive training at a number of organizations, and his recent clients include American Express, Bayer, Best Buy, Estee Lauder, Godrej Group, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, S&P, SAP. Prof. Wadhwa is the recipient of Columbia Business School’s Lear Award, and the Most Dynamic and Engaging Professor Award from the Columbia Marketing Association. In the past, he has been a Consultant at McKinsey & Company, and the Founder and CEO of Paramark, a technology startup that was twice recognized as one of the top 100 Internet Technology companies by Technologic Partners/Venture Wire. Prof. Wadhwa earned an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in Management Science from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He can be reached at hitendra (at) personalleadership (dot) com.


Petra Hoehn Nemeth

Petra Hoehn Nemeth

Petra Hoehn Nemeth oversees IPL's content and brand strategy as well as its partner initiatives. She has built integrated, cross-platform brands in her roles as President of This Old House Ventures, 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.


Rod McCowan

Rod McCowan

Rod McCowan serves as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Personal Leadership and Guest Lecturer at Columbia Business School. Rod is also Founder and Principal of the Accelerance Group, a strategic advisory and executive coaching firm that helps visionary CEOs and leadership teams build innovative and high-performing organizations that drive dramatic impact. Rod spent most of his early career leading complex, large-scale organizational performance improvement and turnaround efforts, alternating between global CHRO, strategy consulting, and international general management roles at Herman Miller, Inc., Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, and VeriSign, Inc.  President Bush (41) selected Rod as a White House Fellow, and President Clinton appointed him as the Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office of Management in the U.S. Department of Education. Rod holds an MAR in Social Ethics from Yale Divinity School and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was twice selected a Kennedy Fellow. He can be reached at rod (at) personalleadership (dot) com.


Julie Hussain

Julie Hussain

Julie Hussain serves as Director of Business Development and Associate Faculty at IPL. In addition to her business development responsibilities, she provides training at a number of organizations, and her recent clients include Unilever and the Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center. She also provides executive coaching to our online program participants. 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 10 years of work experience in talent strategies and learning & development. Julie holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University. She can be reached at julie (at) personalleadership (dot) com.


Derrick Huang

Derrick Huang

Derrick Huang serves as Associate Faculty at IPL. Derrick comes with 15+ years of work experience in Management Consulting, Venture Capital, and Software Development. He has worked with McKinsey & Company as a consultant, leading initiatives on War Gaming, Competitive Intelligence, and Strategic Decision-making; served clients in the Mobile/Telecom, Hi-tech/Consumer Electronics, and Healthcare/Pharmaceutical sectors. Over the last several years, he has developed and delivered training programs in Disciplined Innovation, Strategic Decision-making, and Digital/Mobile strategy for both large corporate and entrepreneurial audiences. Derrick holds an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached at derrick (at) personalleadership (dot) com.


Unnati Narang

Unnati Narang

Unnati Narang serves as Director of Marketing and Communications at IPL. An alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and Delhi School of Economics, Unnati has worked with various organizations such as Times of India, Hindustan Times and the Reserve Bank of India. She has written extensively on themes based on HR, Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Career Development. She is also the author of a fiction novel ‘If At All’ and an anthology ‘Drenched Soul’ published by Serene Woods. She can be reached at unnati (at) personalleadership (dot) com. 


Utkarsh Narang

Utkarsh Narang

Utkarsh Narang manages Production of the Online Programs at IPL. After receiving his Masters in Physiotherapy, he worked as a Physiotherapist for the last 10 years, running his own practice, before moving to IPL. He can be reached at utkarsh (at) personalleadership (dot) com.


Judy Calabrese

Judy Calabrese

Judy Calabrese is IPL’s Office Manager as well as the Executive Assistant to Prof. Wadhwa. She has in the past worked at McKinsey & Company as Administrative Assistant supporting a range of consultants. She can be reached at judy (at) personalleadership (dot) com.