Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow
- Tailored for K-12 education leadership conferences/convocations (school boards, superintendents, principals, school districts, etc.).
Based on his acclaimed book, PIVOT - Empowering Students Today to Succeed in an Unpredictable Tomorrow, Ravi dives into how our education philosophy needs to pivot in order to teach Generation Alpha—the first truly global generation—how to navigate an ever-changing world. Ravi's unique story and experiences showcase how “pivoting” is the essential skill to lifelong learning, staying relevant, and consistently recognizing opportunities and turning them into realities.
With 40% of jobs about to be automated and 65% of youth destined for jobs that don't yet exist, students must learn to build multi-cultural networks, create global opportunities, and be entrepreneurial in ways that benefit the greater good. Especially in the age of Artificial Intelligence and ChatGPT, we need an educational system that inspires curiosity, nurtures talent, provokes critical thinking, and fosters communication (Ravi's "four pillars" of lifelong learning). Only then can students grow into passionate and compassionate global citizens armed with the skills needed for the future of work.Click to Read More
Born into one of the world’s most influential families but rejecting the obvious choices presented to him, Ravi takes the audience on his exciting journey as a rock star, entrepreneur, aviator, and cultural diplomat, and shows how education empowered him to take on the world (literally) and pivot as needed.
Using humor, stories that resonate and make you think, and statistics that make you question what you thought, Ravi will shift your perspective on how public education can empower students to cross cultural boundaries, engage in civil discourse, and overcome generations of implicit biases. This will lead to personal and professional success while also putting society on a path to equity, unity, and ultimately world peace.
Outstanding! Ravi's message is powerful, and his purpose is inspirational.
ACHE | Association of Continuing Higher Education - see full review here
Ravi's journey is a testament to the positive impact each one of us can make building connections and relationships.
ASCD | Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development - see full review here
To refer to Ravi as just a speaker would be a great disservice. He is a true talent.
NYSCOSS | New York State Council of School Superintendents - see full review here
Ravi was magic...true learning took place.
NMSBA | New Mexico School Boards Association - see full review here
In my 30 years with TACE, Ravi is by far the best speaker that we've presented.
TACE | Texas Administrators of Continuing Education - see full review here
Ravi delivered the highest-rated keynote speech we’ve had in years for our annual conference of school administrators and school board members.
ISBA | Indiana School Boards Association - see full review here
Our members said that Ravi was one of the very best keynote speakers they’ve ever heard.
CASE | Colorado Association of School Executives - see full review here
One of the most powerful presentations I have heard in my 30-plus years of doing this work.
OSBA | Oregon School Boards Association - see full review here
An experience of a lifetime. Lives are forever-changed through Ravi's storytelling.
LACC | Los Angeles Community College District - see full review here
Ravi's work to break down cultural barriers is nothing less than deeply inspiring.
WASBO | Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials - see full review here
The best keynote we have ever had.
AASA | The School Superintendents Association - see full review here
Ravi was the highlight of the conference. Attendees gave him the highest rating.
Accenture - see full review here
Ravi was a hidden gem...the best keynote in a long time!
ABHES | Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools - see full review here
Ravi will inspire, motivate and make your attendees rethink their business strategies, and their personal beliefs for the better.
IAHSP | Intn'l Assoc. of Home Staging Professionals - see full review here
They were hanging on your every word. So great, and so important.
US Embassy in Lebanon | Department of State - see full review here
A charismatic, dynamic speaker who captivates audiences from his opening line to his last.
OCA | Ohio Counseling Association - see full review here
A powerful message that connects with people regardless of age, demographic, or region.
KASB | Kansas Association of School Boards - see full review here
- Get a free student presentation with any education leadership keynote.
- Add-on professional development workshop for educators
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In addition to a keynote, Ravi offers a free presentation for students at a local high school or a workshop/breakout session for a subset of the keynote audience. This can be done in person within 24 hours of the keynote or virtually on a different day.
The student presentation focuses on "Pivoting Your Passion into Your Profession" while also having a positive impact on society.
In the workshop/breakout session, Ravi guides attendees to develop "lesson plans" that incorporate the four main education concentrations highlighted in the keynote and his book: Inspiring Curiosity, Nurturing Talent, Provoking Critical Thinking, and Fostering Communication. Then, participants develop strategies to execute plans during the year, discuss them for feedback and suggestions, and share personal anecdotes that reinforce the benefit to students.
Closing the Gap between Graduates' Expectations & Employers' Needs
- Tailored for Corporate Leadership and Higher Education Leadership conferences/convocations (corporate retreats and meetings, private universities, community colleges, adult and continuing education, etc.).
Increasingly, employers are finding that Millennial and Gen Z graduates are unable to move beyond entry-level jobs without significant re-training. Juxtaposed is a talent pool of new graduates drowning in student debt because they were promised that obtaining degrees would land them lucrative jobs. Both sides have been failed by a higher education "industry" that seems to have forgotten that it is in the business of education, not job placement. Moreover, the recent focus on legacy admissions and affirmative action has highlighted the need to reverse this recipe for disaster ... the future of higher education depends on it.
Ravi unpacks the disconnect between classroom and workforce, why it happens, and how employers and higher education leaders can close the gaps. His unique global experiences derived from growing up in a highly educated immigrant "Wall Street" branch of the family that created the world's largest democracy, combined with his pursuit of an alternative education and career, exemplifies how long-term success depends more on broad exposure and real-world learning than job placement. Ravi helps corporations mold the potential and idealism of Millennial and Gen Z employees into strong leadership skills and shows higher education institutions how to better prepare younger Gen Z and Gen Alpha students for long-term successful careers.Click to Read More
Born into one of the world’s most influential families but rejecting the educational and career opportunities presented to him, Ravi takes the audience on his exciting journey as a rock star, entrepreneur, aviator, and cultural diplomat, and shows how higher education both failed and empowered him to take on the world (literally) and pivot as needed.
Using humor, stories that resonate and make you think, and statistics that make you question what you thought, Ravi shows employers and employees how to meet in the middle, harness the positive traits of each, and advance shared goals and vision for the benefit of everyone.
Turning Passion into Profession
- Tailored for students (middle & high school, university)
In this presentation, Ravi encourages attendees to pursue their passions regardless of preconceptions or obstacles. However, following one's dream is not about rebelling against one’s parents, school, or traditional values. It is about collaborating with these influences while broadening horizons and learning to “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi). A child’s talents, strengths, and interests often differ from their culturally traditional path. As they become teenagers, those same interests can become aspirations that are then in conflict with the expectations of any given family, society, or culture. Ironically, it is this very difference that can give a young adult "the edge,” enabling him or her to achieve greater success. Moreover, in the age of automation and globalization, the perceived security of a traditional career is no longer the reality.
Using his own story of growing up in a family of politicians and bankers but ultimately pursuing a career in music, Ravi tells the story of how he earned the support of his parents, engineered his own very successful career, and as an adult, made his family extremely proud by not just living his dreams, but also by contributing positively to the world around him.
Ravi simply offers more than other keynote speakers
- Keynote titles and content can be customized to best support the event's theme.
- Presentations are delivered live or virtually (virtual keynotes can be delivered live, or pre-recorded with multiple camera angles and fully produced so you just have to "plug and play").
- Ravi is fully insured (professional & general liability), and fully vaccinated and boosted
- Writes an article for the client's newsletter or magazine
- Participates in client's social media campaigns and custom video teasers
- Interviews several attendees in advance to prepare
- Attends social events (schedule permitting, live events)
- Closes keynote with a song—optional, but a highlight with audiences
- Hosts an online "post-keynote virtual mixer" (if we cannot hang out at the hotel bar!)
- Stays connected with and available to attendees via email