Dolly Chugh is an award-winning social psychologist and the Jacob B. Melnick Term Professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. Her research focuses on the “psychology of good people” and has been published in many top managerial and academic publications. Chugh teaches courses in leadership, management, and negotiations to MBA students at the Stern School of Business and runs a book club with incarcerated students through the NYU Prison Education Program. Chugh’s first book The Person You Mean to Be: How Good People Fight Bias (HarperBusiness) is an inspiring guide on how to confront difficult issues including sexism, racism, inequality, and injustice so that you can make the world (and yourself) better.
Many of us believe in equality, diversity, and inclusion. But how do we stand up for those values in our turbulent world? The Person You Mean to Be is the smart, "semi-bold" person’s guide to fighting for what you believe in. Using her research findings in unconscious bias as well as work across psychology, sociology, economics, political science, and other disciplines, Chugh offers practical tools to respectfully and effectively talk politics with family, to be a better colleague to people who don’t look like you, and to avoid being a well-intentioned barrier to equality. Being the person we mean to be starts with a look at ourselves.
Chugh’s TED Talk was named one of the 25 Most Popular TED Talks of 2018 and currently has more than 4.5 million views. Her newsletter, Dear Good People, offers readers a monthly five minute read with actionable, evidence-based advice on topics like racism and bias and has been covered by TED.com and The Wall Street Journal. Chugh’s work has been covered on The TODAY Show, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the 10% Happier Podcast, NPR, and many other media outlets.
Chugh has been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics (a list that included Pope Francis, Angelina Jolie, and Bill Gates) by Ethisphere Magazine, a finalist for the Faculty Rising Star Pioneer Award by the Aspen Institute, and the recipient of the prestigious New York University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award (whose past recipients include Bryan Stevenson). As one of the most highly rated business school professors at New York University, she received the 2020 NYU Distinguished Teaching Award and the Stern School of Business Teaching Excellence Award in 2015.
Currently, she resides in New York.
Praise for Dolly Chugh:
“Stern has a collaborative culture, and it has been great to see the creativity, business results, and relationships that can grow in that environment. One professor in particular has made a major impact on my leadership style — Dr. Dolly Chugh, in our Management department. Professor Chugh models leadership. She also encourages us to think big in terms of the jobs we take after Stern, and provides concrete tools to help us achieve that.”
--Executive coach Lenore Champagne-Beirne, MBA Mama, Medium
“Dolly Chugh’s Leadership In Organizations helped prep me for my summer internship experience and see ways to craft the role that would provide the most value for both myself and Women Make Movies.”
--Film producer/director Ronica Reddick, 2016 Best MBAs, Poets & Quants
“This semester I took a course in Managerial Skills, taught by the illustrious Professor Dolly Chugh. … The class was not really about hard skills — it was about personal development. The words “growth” and “journey” frequently populated the course learnings, and yet I take away an additional one-word meaning: humanity. … The other most important thing I learned this semester was to really embrace the growth mindset. It was never expected that I have it all figured out — just that I develop awareness of my current position and try to build on it. It was expected, though, that I translate that awareness and growth mindset to my whole life even outside of class.”
--The Human Side of the Working World, Pleading Inzanity
“[Dolly Chugh] advised us to identify our short-term and long-term priorities and to put people or things in place to help us align our actions to those priorities. This advice has been so valuable at school because there are so many interesting things going on all of the time that I’ve had to find a way to say no to the things that don’t align with my priorities. It’s not easy for me to say no but it has become a lot more manageable because I know that I’m saying no in order to stick to what matters most to me in life.”
--McKinsey consultant Jennifer Wynn, Women at Business School, Financial Times
“The fireside chat with Dolly was excellent; truthfully, it far exceeded my expectations. I received so much positive feedback from teachers and staff and administrators. Everyone spoke about how much they learned and how inspired and hopeful they left the session. Thank you again, Dolly, for helping to facilitate such a meaningful experience for our community.”
--Dr. Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent for HR & Leadership Development, Chappaqua Central School District
Praise for The Person You Mean to Be:
“Dolly Chugh helps us identify our ‘platform of privilege’ and guides us on how we can use this and other tools to create positive change. She encourages us to accentuate our strengths and to manage our weaknesses, and forces us to focus on being better and stronger in everything we do.”
--Billie Jean King, social justice pioneer and tennis champion
“In authoritative yet accessible prose, social psychologist Dolly Chugh outlines how we can all make the indispensable shift from being ‘believers’ who live under the ideal of inclusion to being ‘builders’ who live up to that ideal. This book is both guide and gift.”
--Kenji Yoshino, author of Speak Now: Marriage Equality on Trial; Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law
“Dolly Chugh applies the power of a growth mindset to work on equity and inclusion at a time when it is much-needed. The Person You Mean to Be is essential reading.”
-Carol Dweck, bestselling author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
“This is a book for anyone who thinks of themselves as a pretty decent human being but who knows, deep in their heart, they could be better. A cocktail of stories and science that gets you thinking and, more important, gets you acting.”
--Angela Duckworth, founder and CEO of Character Lab, and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
“Dolly Chugh has written the most important and actionable book on reducing bias that I have read. Using powerful and enduring findings from research on bias, she explains the reasons we fail to be the person we mean to be and provides prescriptions for managing the pitfalls of our humanness. This deeply personal book is a must-read.”
--David Thomas, president of Morehouse College and author of Leading for Equity and Breaking Through
“Finally: an engaging, evidence-based book about how to battle biases, champion diversity and inclusion, and advocate for those who lack power and privilege. Dolly Chugh makes a convincing case that being an ally isn’t about being a good person—it’s about constantly striving to be a better person.”
--Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
“Never has an author made it so easy to see our blind spots and the downsides of our best intentions. Dolly Chugh’s brilliant lens reveals the invisible, uncomfortable truths of ordinary privilege, yet offers a light that inspires and guides each of us to be the moral, inclusive leader we hope to be.”
--Liz Wiseman, New York Times bestselling author of Multipliers and Rookie Smarts