A Master of Pivots

Ravi's journey as a rock star, aviator, cultural diplomat for the US Department of State, and keynote speaker is an inspiring example of how to pivot and succeed in an ever-changing world.

He is the first American-born descendant of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty. However, Ravi pursued his passion for music and in 1997 became the guitarist of triple-Grammy-nominee, Hanson, performing at the White House and Madison Square Garden, on Saturday Night Live and the Today Show, and many more.

Following the global financial crisis of 2008, he pivoted and became a pilot and aviation speaker helping the industry reverse a shrinking pilot population. Upon being diagnosed with a condition affecting his balance, he pivoted again in 2015 and became a cultural diplomat for the US Department of State, creating cultural programs in Russia, Iraq, Lebanon, and Indonesia that united young adults from traditionally opposed cultures and religions.

A highly respected keynote speaker on education, generational, and cultural issues, Ravi is also a philanthropist partnering with Shanti Bhavan Children's Project educating the poorest of the poor in India, an advocate for global education through his own organization Ravi Unites Schools, and the author of PIVOT: Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow (for educators and parents) and PIVOT: Empowering Yourself Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow (for workforce and business leaders).

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Advisory Board

Bob Moje VMDO

Bob Moje: Founding principal of VMDO Architects. For over 36 years, he has been involved with the planning and design of educational facilities for institutional clients. His personal mission is to create learning environments that enrich the lives of students and leave an indelible mark on school communities.

Mary Luehrsen: Executive Director of the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation and Sr. Executive of NAMM overseeing the organization’s federal level policy development and government relations efforts effecting access to music education and global commerce in the music industry.

Jeffery Sexton: 30 year career with US  Dept. of State Foreign Service, holding public affairs and cultural diplomacy posts in India, Pakistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Korea, China, and Hong Kong after serving six years in the U.S. Army in Germany as a Soviet military analyst.

Mary Beth Pelosky: Expert in educational policy and leadership including fellowships with Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL), US State Dept./ConSed Brazil Principal Exchange, and George Mason’s Confucius Institute (China); and a former public school principal, administrator, and teacher.