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Mount Holyoke College
Weissman Center for Leadership

Lead by Choice

Event Details

Sheena Iyengar
Lead by Choice
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
7:00 PM
Gamble Auditorium, Art Building
Free and open to the public

You want to make good choices for yourself, your family, your organization. You want to be a kind of superhero when you choose, leaping over or smashing through the wall of options to get to the best one. You want to be so skilled at the art of choosing that people gather in crowds to hear about your exploits in the vast universe—and parallel universes—of choice. Sheena Iyengar can’t grant you special powers, but she can help you understand the inner workings of choice so that you can develop those powers on your own. In particular, she
can help you Lead by Choice as she reveals what effective leaders need to know about choice and shows you how to choose your way to success. Sheena believes that all of us can develop and benefit from leadership skills, no matter what title or position we hold, but in order to do
that, we have to learn to choose with wisdom, compassion and humility.

Student Leadership Seminar

Navigating Your Future
Sheena Iyengar
Wednesday, April 4
4:15 PM
Willits-Hallowell Conference Center
Free and open to all students
Registration required


Sheena Iyengar, award-winning author and Professor of Business at Columbia University's School of Business, knows firsthand how the power of choice can transform lives. When she was three years old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited disease of retinal degeneration. By 6th grade, Sheena had lost the ability to read, and by 11th grade, she had lost her sight entirely and could only perceive light. She was told by her high school guidance counselor that she shouldn’t bother applying to college; no matter what, she would eventually end up on SSI. Not only did Sheena choose to go to college, she graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in economics and a B.A. in psychology. She then earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford. The following year, her dissertation, “Choice and Its Discontents,” received the prestigious Best Dissertation Award for 1998 from the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Social Scientists for her work on cultural differences in decision making. In 2005 she was invited to a fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ. She has written for, Slate and strategy + business, and has been a guest on CNN, CNBC, CBS Sunday Morning News and The Today Show. (View full bio of Sheena Iyengar)