Anita Sands

James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Keller Center
University Administrative Fellowship Mentor

Anita Sands is a U.S. based board-director, author, and speaker. A former Fulbright Scholar, she holds a Masters in Public Policy and Management as well as a Ph.D. in Atomic and Molecular Physics.

Anita spent a decade in leadership positions in financial services in Canada and the U.S. specializing in innovation and enterprise transformation. She then pivoted into a portfolio career and serves on the boards of directors of three pubic companies – ServiceNow, iStar and Pure Storage – and private companies ThoughtWorks and NuBank. She is also the incoming James Wei Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Keller Center.

Anita is a regular contributor to on the topic of leadership and strategy, and along with her colleagues at Propel Performance Group, advises organizations and leaders around the world on how to thrive in conditions of ambiguity and change. 

Described as a ‘force of nature’ with unique perspectives, Anita is always in high demand as an international speaker and is renowned for engaging audiences with her thoughtful, witty and practical insights on the implications of topics related to technology, leadership and diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Hailing originally from Ireland, Anita splits her time between New York, San Francisco and Dublin. 

"My career path hasn’t exactly been straight, nor what you’d call traditional. It has brought me from the east coast of Ireland to the west coast of the United States, with stops in Pittsburgh, Toronto and New York. My career has spanned physics, public policy, academia, financial services and technology – and I’m only halfway through! I am excited to work with, mentor, and support graduate students as they explore diverse paths and pursuits."

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