Rajshree Agarwal, PhD

Personal and Purposeful Leadership

As we ascend to leadership positions in organizations, we move from being excellent as individual contributors to helping shape organizational environments where others can also excel. In this breakout session, Rajshree Agarwal will rely on her research, executive engagement, and personal experiences to provide conceptual frameworks to guide your personal development as a leader. Starting with your own interests, abilities, and aspirations, you will learn to develop collaborative trade relationships wherein you and your team members deliver on your unique value propositions by being aligned to a common objective and creating strong organizational systems for success. 


Rajshree AgarwalRajshree Agarwal is the Rudolph Lamone Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and the director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland, College Park. Agarwal conducts research on the evolution of industries, firms, and individual careers, as fostered by the twin engines of innovation and enterprise. Her scholarship integrates across a disciplinary lens to shed light on strategic innovation for new venture creation and firm renewal. Her teaching applies the same principles to discuss how individuals can engage in personal leadership, develop win-win relationships, and create a virtuous spiral between one’s aspirations and abilities. 

Agarwal has received numerous awards for her scholarship and mentorship, including the University Scholar Award at the University of Illinois and the Distinguished Scholar-Teacher Award at the University of Maryland.

Agarwal received her PhD in economics from the University of Buffalo.