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Srikumar Rao

Elite Coach and Speaker

Srikumar S. Rao is renowned as an elite coach, speaker, and author specializing in personal transformation and professional success. Born in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1951, Rao’s educational journey took him from Delhi to Rangoon and Kolkata before graduating as a physics major from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He then pursued an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, followed by a Ph.D. in Marketing from Columbia Business School in New York in 1980.

Rao’s professional background includes executive roles at Warner Communications and the Continental Group, where he worked on notable projects such as the advertising strategy for “The Exorcist.” Subsequently, he transitioned to academia, serving as a marketing professor at institutions like Baruch College and the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University.

In 1994, Rao created the groundbreaking course Creativity and Personal Mastery (CPM), which he initially taught at Long Island University before moving it to Columbia Business School. CPM focuses on effecting personal transformation and has garnered widespread acclaim, attracting students from prestigious business schools worldwide. Rao’s teachings have been featured in various publications, and he has authored several best-selling books, including “Are You Ready to Succeed” and “Happiness at Work.”

Rao’s impact extends beyond academia and literature; he is also a sought-after speaker and coach, guiding entrepreneurs, professionals, and senior executives toward success and fulfillment. His latest endeavors include the launch of “The Quest For Personal Mastery” course with Mindvalley, aimed at helping participants overcome limiting beliefs and achieve greater resilience and success in life. Through his innovative teachings and insightful guidance, Rao continues to inspire individuals to unlock their full potential and lead more fulfilling lives.