HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Dolly Chugh

Award-Winning Social Psychologist


  • The Psychology of Good People
  • Unconscious Bias: The Basics and The Implications
  • Why Thinking of Ourselves as Good-Ish People Instead of Good People is the Key First Step to Acknowledging Our Bias and Working to Be Better
  • How to Find Your “Ordinary Privilege”
  • How to Overcome Our Blind Spots to See, Recognize, and Address Bias When It Happens Around Us
  • The Best Ways to Start a Conversation with Other People About Bias
  • How to Make the Workplace a More Diverse and Welcoming Place for All Employees
  • How to Recognize the Narrow Confines of Our Social and Professional Networks, and How We Can Expand Them


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Dolly Chugh is an award-winning, tenured professor at the New York University Stern School of Business. She studies implicit bias and unintentional unethical behavior (“bounded ethicality”).  Chugh teaches MBA courses in leadership, management, and negotiations, and is the faculty chair of the LAUNCH Orientation program. She studies socially charged issues like race and gender, and brings these normally undiscussed issues into the MBA classroom. Her goal is to engage business students in important societal issues and to equip them to do the same with others. 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 has published more than 20 articles and book chapters on these topics in top managerial and academic publications, such as the Harvard Business ReviewPsychological ScienceSocial Justice Research and The American Economic Review. Her work has appeared in Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and What Works by Iris Bohnet, as well as a recent White House Council of Economic Advisors Issue Brief. She has appeared live on the Melissa Harris-Perry Show on MSNBC, and her research is regularly featured in numerous media outlets, including National Public Radio, NBC News, Scientific American, Forbes, The Washington Post, CosmoGirl, The New York Times, The Economist, The Huffington Post, The Financial Times, and The Stanford Social Innovation Review. Her first-authored Sunday New York Times Op-Ed, titled “Professors Are Prejudiced, Too” (with Katherine Milkman and Modupe Akinola), was in that weekend’s Top 20 most-emailed/read/tweeted articles.

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 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