Dr. Chitra Anand

Doctoral Researcher, Innovation and Culture Change Keynote Speaker | Intrapreneurialism Expert

Dr. Chitra Anand is an award-winning communications & marketing executive. With over 20 years in the technology industry, she has spent time as the Chief Brand and Communications Officer for Microsoft Canada, Director of Marketing at TELUS Corporation and Director of Operations at Open Text.


Projects she guided at Microsoft and TELUS have been awarded IABC Gold Quill Awards, Canadian Public Relations Society Awards of Excellence, the Corporate IT Hero award by the Information Technology Association of Canada and the Business for the Arts Awards.


Currently, Dr. Anand is a Managing Director with Clariti Strategic Advisors™, a boutique Investment Bank. Her focus is on advisory mandates which have relevance in the environmental, social, governance (ESG) and social impact arenas, with particular emphasis on the technology and healthcare verticals.


Dr. Anand is at the forefront of an important new movement in the workplace: intrapreneurship. Intrapreneurs are the people within your organization who possess an entrepreneurial spirit, driving innovation, creative thinking, and new ideas.


She has keynoted several events, AGMs, and conferences where her talks reveal how to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship within organizations, as well as how to stay on the cutting edge of market trends, technology, and consumer behaviour. Her writing has been featured in The Globe and Mail and HuffPost, and she teaches several courses at Humber and Sheridan College. Dr. Anand is the author of the book The Greenhouse Approach: How to Cultivate Deliberate Innovation in Organizations, which is available on Amazon. This book is now a main source of reading for the Forbes School of Business MBA program.


In 2022, Dr. Anand was named a “Changemaker” by The Globe and Mail, Canada’s leading national newspaper, highlighting 50 prominent leaders who are bold and innovative, based on their ideas, accomplishments, and impact.


Dr. Anand has been named as a “bridge builder” for women in tech by The A-List; a yearly publication that features 50 prominent Indo-Canadians who through various career and community efforts have helped foster relations between Canada and India.



Dr. Anand earned her MBA from The Kellogg School of Management and completed her Doctorate at Bradford University in the UK.

Want to learn more about Dr. Anand’s work and research discoveries? Grab a copy of her popular management and leadership book, The Greenhouse Approach: Cultivating Intrapreneurship in Companies and Organizations


The Trust Trifecta: Humanity. Reciprocity. Trust.


Over the past several decades, we have become a more untrustworthy society. This has been an upward trend, however 2020 has accelerated this with a set of implications that has exposed a set of flaws. This includes flaws in institutions, businesses, governments, and media.  It has left many of us in an existential crisis. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, we are in a “cycle of distrust.” This is a result of an epidemic of misinformation which has led to a wider spread of mistrust amongst societal institutions and leaders around the world. Distrust is now a default emotion.


Businesses have an opportunity to step up and intervene in a new kind of leadership, where trust is at the core. The fact of the matter is business partners who trust each other spend less time and energy focused on self-preservation. When trust is present both sides achieve better economic outcomes. Dr. Anand has hypothesized and tested a trust trifecta: HUMANITY. RECIPROCITY. PRACTICE. During this session — which provides an immersive intersection of music and content — she will share insights into the impact of the intersection of these notions that, when met in this specific order, we can all benefit from the outcomes.

Greenhouse Thinking | An Art of Creating New Possibilities


Greenhouse Thinking is about challenging the ideas that have created the world we live in by exploring the realm of possibility in developing alternatives. Dr. Anand’s research has shown how many of the problems we face are systemic. She believes that the changes we need to make to solve these problems are actually quite simple and pragmatic.


While we know that innovation is the key to value creation, many organizations get stuck in the process of actually getting there. They become complacent, which increases the risk of becoming irrelevant. The Greenhouse mindset shift that Dr. Anand shares in this presentation will offer audiences the following learning objectives:


  • A framework for healthy dissent and debate that can help boost true innovation amongst team members
  • How to leverage the power of first principles thinking in order to uncover fundamental truths that will set you on the path of innovative thinking
  • How leaders can apply the guiding principles of Greenhouse Thinking within their organization to drive a new paradigm of thinking
  • Methods for unlearning learned behaviours, why and how we can challenge our current thinking.

Women in Leadership


While the world is evolving, women are still lagging behind when it comes to leadership roles in corporations. Today only 26% of women are in CEO roles at Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Anand believes that the “women in leadership problem” is not a male or female problem, but rather a human problem. This problem comes about due to biases we bring as a result of language, culture, and learned behaviors. Dr. Anand believes it can be solved by applying a new lens to the way we look at these environments.


While many would say that it is a difficult time for women in leadership, Dr. Anand would argue that there is no better time to be a woman. By taking a proactive approach to shaping your environment, possibility and opportunity will follow. In this presentation, she shares insights from her time spent in corporate environments. Dr. Anand provides audiences with foundational tools and strategies that can be applied to navigate complex environments.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Tactics to help develop your own narrative, and practice your principles
  • A lens to lead your interactions with a problem-solving mindset
  • How to have an authentic conversation based on facts in order to drive the right outcomes

The Future of Marketing: Trends, Technology, and Consumer Behaviour


How has technology changed the way we buy? What are the prospects for retail stores? How can we reach increasingly challenging markets?


In this comprehensive talk, Chitra Anand looks at the future of marketing. The old-school methods of print advertising and general campaigns are no longer sustainable.


The surge of information and the digital space has given rise to new mediums of communication. 

We are interacting differently; we are referral-based buyers; we have greater access to information and influencers; and the power has shifted from businesses to consumers.


What is the impact of this, how do we make sense of it in a meaningful way? 

What trends can we predict and how will this impact the role of marketers? 

Anand lays it all out and provides hands-on, feasible solutions for this next gen of sales and marketing.

ESG | The Future of the Environment & Climate


Dr. Chitra Anand outlines the biggest factors over the next three years in the industry, marketplace & culture, likely and unlikely, but possible scenarios, intersections and implications for all of us now.  In her previous roles, Chitra focused on advisory mandates in the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) and Social Impact arenas, with particular emphasis on the Technology and Healthcare verticals.  Over the past 5-7 years ESG has become a hot topic which is top of mind of many leaders. These areas of focus include how human activities will be shaped; from food consumption to buying behaviours, these patterns will be changed by new business creating business models -Big bold moves are required by businesses and ESG will create a new kind of asset class where old and new worlds will collide.   Dr. Anand will dive deep into this and look at the macro forces that are impacting this.


Outcomes for this talk include understanding the tipping points that are driving these changes.


Tipping Point 1. Information Age: Information is more accessible than ever before. This has therefore created a generally more educated and informed population around these types of issues. This has driven the need for organizations to be more transparent and ESG focused – Understand the implications of this and how organizations can readjust their business practices.


Tipping Point 2. Global Pandemic: The Global Pandemic has been an accelerator of what was inevitable on my different fronts. It has helped rise in the surge of social issues in our society. Issues such as healthcare, gender equality, climate change and accessibility are front and centre.


Tipping Point 3. ESG: Investors need to think and understand this discourse and the priorities around these things in a post pandemic world. How does this change companies and organizations from an overall impact perceptive? With he world moving quickly, we need to spot its signals and get ahead of it to be effective as leaders, stakeholders, practitioners, customers and citizens.


What is mental toughness and how do we harness this as a superpower?


Mental toughness is a term that is gaining more and more momentum both in the workplace and in our daily life.  Mental toughness is an umbrella term that entails positive psychological resources, which are crucial across a wide range of achievement contexts and in the domain of mental health and business.  


Mental toughness has been studied as an important individual difference factor that allows individuals to deal effectively with challenges and to persist under pressure.  High pressure and stress is a constant and has been for hundreds of years and mental toughness is the gateway to overcome and sustain a new paradigm of performance.  


Dr. Anand through her decades of research has uncovered some fundamentals of mental toughness – the core ingredients and ways we can start to turn this into a practice.  It is the process through which we do things on a more regular basis through the acknowledgment and dedication of this.  Through this critical talk Dr. Anand will help us understand how high stress situations are in fact a stimulus for growth.  She will unpack how the journey and the process to an end goal no matter how challenging will enable us to uncover the fundamentals of mental fitness.  She will help us train our brains and mindset in a way that will start us to reframe how we endure situations in the business world and life through ideas such as neuroplasticity;  As a broad concept, has emerged in the context of sports training.  These are a set of attributes that allow a person to become a better thinker and performer through the ability to cope with difficult training and difficult competitive situations and emerge without losing confidence.


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