— UPCOMING EPISODE OF INTERSECTIONS —
Being a Changemaker | Building a Principled World
With Magda Wierzycka, Among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women”
Thank you so much for teaching from a place of spiritual connectedness, purpose, passion, and the pursuit of constant growth. I will always be grateful to you for allowing such a beautiful moment to unfold just as it was meant to. I look forward to learning more.
I think your series is fabulous and wonderfully helpful at this time. Thank you!
I have been watching your programs most Thursdays. Your inspiring messages have helped to sustain me and many others through these tough times. Your willingness to share your personal story and vulnerabilities are especially remarkable and uplifting.
What does it take to rise from humble beginnings and ascend to great heights of business success? What should one do when one has deep love for one’s community, and yet finds it ridden with critical ethical and social problems? And how can one be a changemaker and seek to build a more principled world in a time of increasing uncertainty and polarization?
Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Magda Wierzycka, self-made billionaire, changemaker, and among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women,” live on Intersections this Thursday, October 7 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).
Magda’s story is a powerful testament to the indomitable spirit that resides within each of us. Her rise from her humble beginnings to the highest echelons of African business, and then her transformation into a trailblazing reformer of business and society, is the stuff that legends are made of.
Born in Poland, Magda and her family escaped the country during the collapse of its communist regime, spent months in Austrian refugee camps, and eventually immigrated to South Africa, when she was only 12, with limited resources, and little understanding of the local language or culture. Persevering through years of social and political uncertainty, Magda went on from being a product development and investments actuary at Southern Life, launching a venture capital business, to becoming the Founder and Executive Chairman of Sygnia, one of the largest financial services companies in the country. She is also a leading anti-corruption activist, speaking out against exploitation, bribery, and fraud—or as she refers to it, “being on the right side of the equation.” In 2020, Forbes magazine listed her among “Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.”
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What human qualities do we really seek in our colleagues, friends, family, and even more so, in our own selves? Could personality-building be the purest art form, and if so, what human qualities represent its essence? How can we engage in personality-building and learn to fully express all dimensions of our personality in our everyday thoughts, speech and actions? This webcast offers a soul-stirring escape into the world of Indian Sufism (also known as Universal Sufism), as taught by the legendary Hazrat Inayat Khan, who started "The Sufi Order in the West" in the early part of the 20th century.
Join Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa in a conversation with Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine, legendary Sufi teacher, live on Intersections on Thursday, September 2 (11 am ET | 8 am PT | 5 pm CET | 8.30 pm IST).
Shaikh-al-Mashaik Mahmood Khan Youskine is a descendant of an ancient family of Sufi saints, poets and musicians. Through his father, Shaikh-ul-Mashaik M.P. Maheboob Khan and Uncle, Pir-o-Murshid Jagirdar Muhammed Ali Khan, brother and cousin-brother respectively of the famous Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mahmood learned Indian Sufism from within, both in theory and practice. Since then, Mahmood has fully devoted himself to the preservation and enhancement of the Indian, mystical and musical tradition of his Father and Uncles, thus becoming profoundly involved in Sufi mysticism and culture—and the general question of the spiritual dimension in modern life, its observance and particular requirements. In 2018, on behalf of the King of the Netherlands, Mahmood was granted the rank of a knight-officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau for his services to Sufism.
Mahmood deeply values and seeks to promote the memory of his first cousin Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, the World War II heroine and famous British spy, whom he knew well and of whom he preserves fond recollections. For a century short of seven years of involvement in Inayatian Indian Sufism, “Arch Shaikh” Mahmood Khan may be regarded as having an exceptional position within the Sufi world. He is the only as yet living family member who has personally and very intensely worked with the Hazrat Inayat Khan’s brothers and his Inayatide cousins, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the current Sufi leader and his American nephew, Pir Zia Inayat Khan Maulabakhsh.
“It is the continual inclination to produce beauty which helps one to develop art in the personality…[How] readily man is inclined to learn outer refinement, and how slow many souls are to develop that art inwardly…[Outer] manner is meaningless if it is not prompted by the inner impulse towards beauty.” — Hazrat Inayat Khan
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What fundamental differences separate high-performance cultures from the rest? What molds and keeps such groups together, even through the most unfavorable conditions? Where does trust building really start, and how can teams be harmonized and kept fully aligned with their core purpose at every step?
Listen to some powerful, actionable ideas from celebrated author Daniel Coyle in a stimulating conversation with Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa, exclusively on Intersections.
Daniel Coyle is the New York Times bestselling author of The Culture Code, which was named Best Business Book of the Year by Bloomberg, BookPal, and Business Insider. Coyle has served as an advisor to many high-performing organizations, including the Navy SEALs, Microsoft, Google, and the Cleveland Guardians. His other books include The Talent Code, The Secret Race, The Little Book of Talent, and Hardball: A Season in the Projects, which was made into a movie starring Keanu Reeves. In his latest book, The Culture Playbook, Daniel distills everything he has learned into sixty concrete, actionable tips and exercises that will help your team build a cohesive, positive culture.
“Solving hard problems with people you admire is a very special experience in life.”—Daniel Coyle
In this Intersections episode, Daniel reveals:
In this Intersections episode, Prof. Hitendra Wadhwa and Dr. Raghu Krishnamoorthy offer critical insights on:
In the post-pandemic era, trends such as the “Great Resignation,” hybrid work and employee well-being are creating a paradigm shift in organizational culture. These trends require us to go back to the basics to redefine the model of what it means to be an exceptional leader. The way we lead today needs to evolve to embrace the new future of work, workers and the workplace.
Based on Dr. Wadhwa’s recently published book, Inner Mastery, Outer Impact, we examine how Inner Mastery could provide the foundation on which leaders can tackle these shifts for their organizations — as they manage people and drive performance, equip their managers with new skills and tools to tackle the accompanying challenges, and help employees operate in an ever-changing landscape of continued disruption.
Raghu Krishnamoorthy is a seasoned global executive with 35+ years of experience in driving business outcomes as a Human Resources professional. He retired from General Electric (GE) as the CHRO in early 2019, after 25 years with the company — doing work that spanned three continents, several multi-billion-dollar lines of business, and exciting corporate leadership roles. At Mentora, Raghu serves as an Executive Director and Senior Faculty, driving pragmatic, application-oriented solutions for Mentora clients in learning and transformational change.
Raghu is often sought out to share his expertise at leading universities and forums including Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, the Economist and the Milken Institute. He has recently taken on the role of Director of the “Chief Learning Officer Executive Doctoral Program” at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has won the best paper award at the Academy of Business Research August conference. He was also named one of the top 50 Asian Americans in the world of business in 2009.
How is ancient wisdom influencing and advancing modern science to improve public health and happiness? How are scientists being able to tell that stress accelerates the aging process, cutting short the deeply purposeful lives we were meant to live? How can we bring more grace in not just our epic moments but in our everyday moments of stress as well?
Listen to some powerful insights on how to master stress and cultivate more joy in our lives, and how this impacts our present and our future, from renowned health psychologist, Elissa Epel, in an exclusive conversation with Dr. Hitendra Wadhwa on Intersections Podcast.
Elissa Epel is a renowned health psychologist, and an international expert on stress, well-being, and optimal aging. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is Vice Chair of Psychology and directs the Aging Metabolism Emotions Center. She studies the environmental, psychological, behavioral, and social factors that impact cellular aging (such as telomeres, inflammation, and mitochondria), and how self-care practices such as meditation and positive stress can promote psychological and physiological thriving. She uses science as a north star, guiding us in the context of other sources of contemplative wisdom.
Elissa co-wrote the New York Times best-seller The Telomere Effect with Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn (translated into 30 languages) and recently also released her new book, The Stress Prescription. Her research has been featured in venues such as TEDMED, 60 minutes, National Public Radio, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and science documentaries.
In this episode, Elissa reveals:
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Does the heart have an intelligence of its own, and if so, how can we learn to harness it? What does it truly mean to lead with an open heart, and what do we stand to gain from it? What are some ordinary practices we can inculcate today that can potentially bring extraordinary impact, both in our own lives and that of others?
In this Intersections episode, Dr. Doty reveals:
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