As an MIT alum and former president of two MIT alumni clubs, I understand the responsibility you bear to bring relevant programs to your alumni. Career progression is a common hurdle for many graduates, even those from the most prestigious schools. Despite our intelligence and education, many of us ask ourselves,


“I am already successful. How can I become even MORE successful?”


“I am ‘smart’. Why am I not MORE successful?”


I have a one-hour presentation in which I provide game-changing insights as to why this happens, and how each one of your alumni can become more successful – data-based, with real-life stories and fluff-free (the MIT way). I want to explore speaking to your alumni club, and sharing my findings with your fellow alumni that will aid them in their success journeys. Here is more information.

From Collapse to Enlightenment: About 10 years ago, I had a stunning business failure. I wondered why an MIT grad like me had this stunning collapse. What followed was a decade of in-depth research, introspection, and numerous interviews spanning a broad range of successful and unsuccessful individuals, CEOs, Nobel laureates, students, and professionals from many walks of life, and consultation with psychologists.

The Journey of Discovery: Through this journey, I identified 18 unique factors that profoundly impact the ‘smart’ – individuals recognized for their intelligence either by themselves or others. I developed a bespoke assessment tool, backed by psychology experts, and used it to validate these factors across hundreds of participants. Addressing these 16 factors can empower each ‘smart’ person to elevate their success – leverage the enablers and mitigate the disablers.

Untapped Potential – The Intelligence Paradox: Our world has numerous highly intelligent individuals who are yet to achieve their potential or achieve the success their intellect promises. This includes those who think they are already successful. Society overlooks this issue but that does not make the issue go away. I overlooked it too, until I encountered it first-hand.


“A highly intelligent mind is far too precious to waste.”

Preventing the Waste of Intelligence: My mission is to foster brilliant minds, steer them away from classic pitfalls, and show each one of them how they can become much more successful. 

“The world in which more ‘smart’ people are more successful will make the world a much better place for all human beings.”

A Commitment to the Cause: With plans to deliver hundreds of these talks worldwide, a book in the works, a new podcast, and an online game to help individuals increase their smartness, I am deeply committed to this mission.

I’m happy to deliver this talk via Zoom or another virtual platform, or in-person if it works for both of us.

Read on…




I am on a mission to make more ‘smart’ people more successful.





TITLE: Here’s How ‘Smart’ People Can Become More Successful

Despite our intelligence and education, many of us ask ourselves, “I am ‘smart’. Why am I not MORE successful?” Some others ask, “I am already successful. How can I become even MORE successful?” Ram is an MIT alum who did.

After 10 years of digging, he found 18 factors that influence the success of highly intelligent people. During his talk, he will share those factors with you. During his talk, he’ll share these factors and provide game-changing insights as to why this happens, and how each one of you can become more successful. You will learn:

  1. The biggest differences between successful and unsuccessful ‘smart’ people.
  2. The top three disablers of ‘smart’ people.
  3. Gender differences between ‘smart’ men and women when it comes to becoming more successful.
  4. What prevents some ‘smart’ people from taking action to become more successful?
  5. How you can become more successful, irrespective of how ‘smart’ you are.
  6. The relative enablers (and disablers) of your alumni compared to the alumni of other top schools.

Every alum will receive a FREE assessment ($200 value) that pinpoints which of the 18 factors are enabling or disabling his/her greater success. Ram will create a composite profile of all our alumni who take the assessment so you can see which factors impact success across our alumni community, and see how your assessment report compares to that of your fellow alumni. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights into your path to success.



Increased attendance:

  1. The topic – Many alumni will attend this event because this game-changing talk could help them become more successful, and propel their careers– personal and relevant.
  2. Free assessment – Alumni will sign up to take the ‘Intelligence, Smartness & Success’ assessment ($200 value) for FREE, and identify their enablers and disablers – practical insights they can act upon.
  3. Club alumni composite – Sharing your club’s alumni composite will increase attendance as many will want to compare their individual reports with the composite (peers) report. 

Provide alumni insights for future programming:

We can provide composite profiles of your club’s members who take the assessment, which can inform future event planning – where they are already strong, and where your future programming could help them. Alumni insights are hard to get… I know, from running two alumni groups.


  • Ram, your talk was fuc*ing awesome! – Michigan Ross MBA
  • I wish I had listened to your talk 15 years ago. My career would be in a much better place today! – IIT Graduate
  • I found your talk both engaging and entertaining, definitely thought provoking.  – UC Berkeley Grad
  • You raised several interesting points, which challenged my earlier views on strengths vs. weaknesses.  – MIT Grad
  • Great talk Ram! I found it engaging and very informative! – MIT Grad
  • That was a fascinating and enlightening presentation. Ram, great job! – MIT, Harvard MBA Grad
  • Thank you for a great session today, very insightful and especially helpful for myself as I rejoin the workforce after grad school (MBA). – MIT, Yale Grad

“Your talk was gratifying to our audience and the feedback was solid and aspirational.”

Luis Patino

General Manager, Univision Los Angeles

“Ram is a passionate speaker who speaks from his heart. His talk was intriguing and his insights enlightening – not obvious to many people.”

Chris Requena

Founder, Boston New Technology Group

“This was one of the best entrepreneur talks I have been to in years…”

Jeff Desocio

President, AIMC

“Ram is one of the smartest and nicest people I know. He’s superb at conceptualizing new ideas and business models.”

Richard Guha

Former CEO, Alliant Energy


I have worked in the business for over 30 years and reached several highs and lows. I have two master’s degrees, one from MIT, a business degree, an extensive network, knowledge and skills, extensive travel, experiences, and constant learning… and enjoy teaching and mentoring people.

I speak from experience, and tell you ‘what you need to hear’ – fluff-free, straight talk, MIT-style.

Like many of you, I’ve had successes and failures in life. I have spent tens of thousands of dollars on well-known personal development ‘gurus’ (whom you may have paid as well!). I had one significant failure that almost bankrupted me. I’ve spent 10 years introspecting, talking to friends, personal development ‘gurus’, and accomplished people, to figure out why I had failed. Then, it dawned on me… I WAS THE OBSTACLE – I was impeding my own success – because of my ‘silent killers of success’. I set out to identify, understand and ‘eliminate’ them. I then realized that millions of others have many of the same ‘silent killers of success’ – even very intelligent, smart, and successful people.

I reflected, researched and figured out why many ‘smart’ people do not achieve the level of success they expect, or success commensurate with their high intelligence – and how they can become more successful.

I have identified 18 factors that uniquely identify the ‘smart’ people. Each one of the factors can either enable or disable the individual’s greater success. I developed a unique assessment that identified any individual’s enablers and disablers. I have 500+ such individuals who have taken the assessment. I have analyzed the data. I have culled some very useful insights you can use to become more successful. I have put together worksheets and tools for you to leverage your enablers more, and mitigate your disablers.

I then wrote a book – iSmart & SuccessfulThe Playbook for Translating Ambitions into Achievements, and developed the online iSmart & Successful Game that can improve your smartness every time you play the game. I am also launching the iAchiever Podcast, on which you can listen to experts, successful people and  unsuccessful people. 

I am on a mission, and will do more to help more ‘smart’ people become more successful!

MONEY magazine, in a two-page spread, called me “The Comeback Kid”  because I have successfully reinvented myself many times. MIT Sloan listed me as an accomplished alum. I have made (and lost) millions – seen many highs and lows.

 I write and speak from experience, tell you what you ‘need to hear’ fluff-free, MIT-style!




Ram has Spoken at…



  1. MIT Chinese Alumni Group (worldwide) - click here
  2. Harvard Business School Alumni Association of Southern California - click here
  3. University of Chicago Booth School of Business Alumni Clubs of Los Angeles, Orange County & San Diego - click here
  4. Wharton Club of Chicago - click here
  5. MIT Club of Southeastern Michigan
  6. Michigan Ross Alumni Association of Ann Arbor & Southeastern Michigan (co-hosted by MIT, Wharton, HBS and Yale) - click here
  7. IIT Alumni Association of Greater Houston
  8. Harvard Club of Australia (co-hosted by MIT & Ivy League alumni clubs of Australia) - click here
  9. Brown University Club of Orange County, California
  10. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Alumni Club of Houston - click here
  11. Northwestern University Kellogg School of Business Alumni Club of Chicago (West) - click here
  12. Dartmouth Club of UK
  13. MIT Club of Washington DC - click here
  14. University of California Berkeley Haas Alumni Network - San Francisco & East Bay, California
  15. Wharton Club of New Jersey - click here
  16. MIT Club of Southern Nevada



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“I thoroughly enjoyed the interview with Ram. I had scheduled twenty minutes but continued for over an hour because his questions were so engaging”

Dr. Ellen Langer

Professor of Psychology, Harvard University

“I loved being interviewed by Ram! He asked incredibly insightful questions. As an added benefit – I learned so much from him during our discussion. Along with being a great interviewer, he is an amazing thinker!”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith

World's #1 Leadership Thinker & Coach

“An interview with Ram is a treat. He asks thoughtful, probing questions and the conversation develops as a real dialogue. I’d sign up to talk with him any time! Business Thinking Radio is one of the great podcasts”

Sally Helgesen

World's Premier Women's Leadership Expert


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