Alexander (Zander) Grashow is a recognized authority on leadership development, business evolution and personal development. He is a renowned facilitator, speaker, and advisor to leaders around the world, with a broad reach into the global business, philanthropic, entrepreneurial and creative communities. Consequently, has been a confidential advisor to presidents, activists and change agents in their most critical moments of transition.
For the last two decades, Zander has created programs that are uplifting, challenging and highly interactive, focused on the principle that the capacity to adapt and evolve is vital to each of us. He has shown repeatedly that these capacities can be internalized quickly and deployed effectively to create great new value, well-being and contribution.
Believing that we are responsible for creating and manifesting the future we desire, Zander has dedicated significant time and attention to building social entrepreneurship programs. He created the leadership curriculum at Acumen and the Coro Leadership Center which has trained over 600 Fellows and over 60,000 people online. Zander has also worked closely with large scale philanthropists, decisions makers and Fortune 100 CEOs to help scale and focus their philanthropy. Annually, he leads the Leveraging your Influence for Good Program in partnership with Virgin Unite on Necker Island. Zander has been named a NorthStar in Virgin’s Global Constellation of collaborative communities to change the world.
Zander has also been at the forefront of harnessing private capital to help solve global problems and become greater forces for good. He partnered with prominent business leaders including Richard Branson, Jochen Zeitz, Paul Polman and Mohamed Yunus to facilitate the creation of the pioneering “business elders” initiative to foster more socially responsible business. Alexander continues to be an advisor to this group, The B team. He also serves as an advisor to a number of leading impact investing firms; as Entrepreneur in Residence at Armonia LLC and Advisor-in-Residence at Encourage Capital, he provided strategic and team development as well as implementation-advice for their clients.
More recently, Zander redesigned and served as the lead moderator for the Clinton Global Initiative. On behalf of InterAction, he then went on to convene the CEOs of the world’s 50 largest nonprofits for a confidential retreat to discuss the evolution of their organizations amidst the challenges of the 21st Century.
With a deep commitment to share what works, Alexander co-authored Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing the World from Harvard Business School Press. He was also co-author of the Harvard Business Review article entitled “Leadership in a Permanent Crisis.” For the last decade, Alexander has taught executive programs at Harvard, NYU, Duke, and LSE.
For a decade, Alexander helped build and was the CEO of Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA), a consulting, training and diagnostic firm delivering the Adaptive Leadership framework. During his tenure CLA grew to offices and programming in 5 continents, developed the next generation of master practitioners and worked at the centre of some of the most dynamic societal and business adaptations.
As Chair of Britdoc Inc., Alexander helps supports great filmmakers in their work by brokering advantageous partnerships, building innovative business models, developing new global audiences, and sharing knowledge. Britdoc is shifting the narrative around our understanding of critical issues and is known for producing the Academy Award-winning CitizenFour, Virunga, Bully and the recent Whose Streets? movie.
He also co-founded and is the Board Chair of the US Africa Children’s Fellowship which helps contribute to the potential of children by providing educational tools and resources for communities. The program has supported over 270 Schools in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Ghana.
Zander founded Good Wolf Group in 2015 as the next evolution in leadership, business and personal development practice. He performs his work with a mix of logic, creativity, truth and grace. This comes from his study of economics and fine arts and his insatiable curiosity. He lives in Brooklyn NY with his children, is a practicing artist and continually finds great happiness in new and live music.