Rishad Tobaccowalla

--- Sr. Adviser, Publicis Groupe, Chairman, The Tobaccowala Foundation ---

Guest lecturing is rewarding in that it allows me to stay abreast of what the next generation is thinking and what the top academics are concerned about and it allows me to give back and share my wisdom with tomorrows society leaders.
As a globally renowned speaker, you have inspired so many of us. What motivates you to indulge in these speaking engagements?

To help people grow themselves, their teams and their companies. To help people thrive and remain relevant in transformative times.

You were named by BusinessWeek as a top business leader for your pioneering innovation work, and TIME has dubbed you as a top ‘Marketing Innovator’. What advice do you have for educators in applied disciplines that are training the next batch of industry?

I would advise students to never forget to be students for life. Spend an hour a day learning for the rest of your life to remain relevant. Try to do one new thing a day to keep you out of a rut.

What advice would you give industry folks who want to give back to the academic community in some way?

Giving back to academy is among the most impactful things you can do because you are scaling your wisdom and sowing seeds of growth for the future.

Rishad Tobaccowalla Bio:

Rishad Tobaccowala is a Senior Adviser to the Publicis Groupe where he has worked for 37 years including serving on the Management Board and as its Chief Strategist and Chief Growth Officer. Rishad is also the Chairman of the The Tobaccowala Foundation which helps thousands of people in India with education and healthcare. Rishad's first book 'Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data' will be published in India on December 26 2019, in the US on Jan 28 2020 and the rest of the world on Feb 20 2020.

Spotlights
I love talking about my work, life, and perspectives. It's a very engaging and fulfilling experience for me to be able to connect with people openly and honestly on that level.
- Adeet Deshmukh
Guest lecturing is rewarding in that it allows me to stay abreast of what the next generation is thinking and what the top academics are concerned about and it allows me to give back and share my wisdom with tomorrows society leaders.
- Rishad Tobaccowalla
There is a distance between the world of academia and industry-- giving back to students with a professional's perspective tightens that distance and gives students invaluable direction for their future.
- Jared Nicol
The divide between the industry and academia is widening. The next generation of graduates are being armed with knowledge and skills that are irrelevant by the time they graduate. Professionals must collaborate with professors and cultivate classrooms where everyone benefits.
- Richie Etwaru
Bringing in communication professionals to guest lecture in my classroom is an excellent way to bring the material home and to further inspire students and to educate them on the various opportunities in our industry.
- Michelle Truelson
One of the biggest challenges for college professors is insuring that real-world demands of work and of professions are represented. Most professors have career experience working as teachers and researchers and don’t necessarily have detailed understanding of the needs of other professions. At the same time, we are expected to help prepare the next generation to move into business and professions. Guest lectures can be one solution to this challenge. Industry experts, corporate leaders, and business professionals can help insure that class content is relevant to the world of work.
- Matthew Seeger, Ph.D.
Most rewarding experience for me is getting students excited about a career in Consumer Insights, and seeing the value of anthropological thinking to consumer research
- Timothy Malefyt, Ph.D.
I am very motivated to share my life and professional experiences with students, so that I can bring some insight into the world of entrepreneurship, which is the most scary, grueling yet rewarding career path there is.
- Gaye Tomlinson
Speaking provides an opportunity for me to teach and share information that can change lives.
- Karen I. Wilson, Ph.D.
Guest lecturing provides an opportunity to connect with community at-large
- Mugdha Yeolekar, Ph.D.
I like talking about PR because it’s something everything thinks they understand - but they really don’t know how it is different from advertising or marketing. I break it down in simple terms and make the tactics and theories very digestible.
- Andrea Holland