Raman Chadha

“There is no exit strategy for The Junto Institute.”

The most frequent question I get is where did I get the idea for Junto. It was born from the convergence of three unique experiences:

  • learning about the psychology of founders and CEOs through a long career in entrepreneurship

  • discovering how adults learn and how to design curricula for them from years in higher education

  • studying and practicing emotional intelligence, leadership, and cognitive science

Soon after we launched in 2012, I believed we had something meaningful that could change companies and their founders. But I never thought we would start seeing the outcomes we have in such a short time. Every day, I’m in awe of what our Alumni, Apprentices, Mentors, and Program Partners say about Junto. I’m further honored when approached by their employees, co-founders or loved ones who comment on how much growth they’ve witnessed.

In my role, I facilitate many of our sessions, lead our growth and expansion efforts, and do everything I can to keep fulfilling our mission. I believe I’m at my best working on strategic matters, interacting with our amazing Tribe, and continuously improving what we do and how. What I love the most about my daily work is watching our Apprentices and Alumni flourish and have epiphanies, and also hearing about Tribe members who build meaningful relationships with one other.

Obviously, I don’t know what the future holds for Junto. But one thing is for sure: there is no exit strategy for The Junto Institute because I hope it’s part of my legacy. That’s why I put everything I have on a daily basis into making it as remarkable as it can be.

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