He is the author of two New York Times bestselling books translated into 35 languages. Originals
explores how individuals champion new ideas and leaders fight groupthink; it is a #1 national bestseller praised by J.J. Abrams, Richard Branson, and Malcolm Gladwell.Give and Take
examines why helping others drives our success, and was named one of the best books of 2013 by Amazon, Apple, the Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal—as well as one of Oprah’s riveting reads andHarvard Business Review’s ideas that shaped management. His third book, Option B
with Sheryl Sandberg, is on resilience.
Adam’s TED talks on original thinkers
and givers and takers
have been viewed more than 7 million times. He received a standing ovation at TED in 2016 and was voted the audience’s favorite speaker at The Nantucket Project. His speaking and consulting clients include Facebook, Google, the NBA, Merck, Goldman Sachs, Pixar, the U.S. Army and Navy, and the World Economic Forum, where he has been honored as a Young Global Leader. He writes on work and psychology for theNew York Times, where his articles on raising moral
and creative children
have each been shared over 300,000 times on social media.
Adam was profiled in The New York Times Magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?
He was tenured at Wharton while still in his twenties, and has received the Excellence in Teaching Award for every class that he has taught. He is the founder and host of the Authors@Wharton
speaker series, and co-director of Wharton People Analytics
. He has designed experiential learning activities in which students have raised over $325,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation while developing leadership, influence, networking and collaboration skills. He is a passionate feminist who serves on the Lean In
board and the Defense Innovation Advisory Board
at the Pentagon.
Adam earned his Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, completing it in less than three years, and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He has earned awards for distinguished scholarly achievement from the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation. His pioneering research has increased performance and reduced burnout among engineers and sales professionals, enhanced call center productivity, and motivated safety behaviors among doctors, nurses, and lifeguards. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as Quiet
by Susan Cain, Drive
by Daniel Pink, and David and Goliath
by Gladwell. He is a former magician and Junior Olympic springboard diver, and lives in Philadelphia with his wife, two daughters, and son.