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Anita Sands, Dr.

Board director, Author, and Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University.

As a speaker, Anita is renowned internationally for engaging audiences with her thoughtful and inspiring insights and has been described as a force of nature and an agent of change who brings fresh perspectives, energy and wit to all her presentations. Audiences all over the world have been wowed by her informative talks on issues such as the growing influence of technology, the power of belonging, and leadership in times of ambiguity and change.

Anita Sands is a U.S. based board-director, author, advisor and speaker who currently serves as the James Wei Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship at Princeton University.

A former Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Master’s in Public Policy and Management as well as a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics.

Anita spent ten years in C-suite positions in financial services in Canada and the U.S. before pivoting into the tech sector seven years ago. Her current portfolio includes serving on the board of directors of three public companies—ServiceNow, iStar and Pure Storage—and two private companies, ThoughtWorks and NuBank.

She is also a regular contributor to Forbes.com in the areas of leadership and strategy. As a partner at Propel Performance Group, she advises organizations and leaders around the world on how to thrive in conditions uncertainty, disruption and change.

Always in high demand as an international speaker, Anita is renowned for engaging audiences with her thoughtful, witty and practical insights on the implications of three major trends:

· Technology’s influence on companies and society
· Leadership and Strategy in times of Ambiguity and Change
· Diversity, Inclusion and the power of Belonging

Anita has been honored on many occasions and has been listed as one of the Top 40 under 40; the Wall St. 50; the Silicon Valley 50; as well as the Business 100 by Irish America Magazine. In addition, she received the “Fearless Leader” award from 2020 Women on Boards and was named one of the “Directors to Watch” by Directors & Boards magazine.

She is also proud of the fact that she holds a diploma in piano from the London School of Music and is a former national public speaking champion. Hailing originally from Ireland, Anita resides in New Jersey where she and her husband John are parents to toddler Rosie and five wonderful millennials.

  • Technology's influence on companies
    and society
  • Leadership and Strategy in times of
    Ambiguity and Change
  • Diversity, Inclusion and the power of
    Belonging

Anita truly “stole the show” with an inspiring and insightful address to our Independence Day Lunch audience of over 600 business leaders. She was followed by the then Speaker of the US House of Representatives who rightly said that she is a very hard act to follow. Mark Redmond, Chief Executive American Chamber of Commerce Ireland

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