Ravishankar Gundlapalli PhD

Dr. Ravi’s vision and life purpose are to bring the transformative power of mentorship to 100 million people in the world. Dr. Ravishankar Gundlapalli is the Founder and CEO of MentorCloud, an online mentoring platform for enterprises and academic communities to rapidly grow capabilities and performance of people through guided mentorship connections at scale. Dr. Ravi is a globally recognized thought leader on mentoring and learning. Ravi is the author of "The Art of Mentoring," Dr. Ravi is a frequently invited speaker on the topic of mentoring at global conferences that include, Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on the USA, International Mentoring Congress in Spain, Women Economic Forum in Egypt, World Woman Summit in USA, Horasis India Meeting in Switzerland, Delivering Change Forum in India, YPO Innovation Week (Guatemala), World Demographic Forum in Switzerland, Global Diaspora Forum in Washington DC (at the invitation of then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton), and National Entrepreneur Week in Mexico, Igniting the Genius Within at ISB, India. For his work, Dr. Ravi has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Forbes India, Knowledge@Wharton, and in multiple podcasts and radio shows in US and India, and also in two books, Dealstorming (by Tim Sanders) and Mark of an Eagle (by David McNally). He also serves on the Advisory Board of The Global Mentor Network, founded by Keith Krach. Prior to founding MentorCloud, Dr. Ravi led supply chain solutions for Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Raytheon and Hitachi Global Storage. Dr. Ravi actively mentors entrepreneurs and professionals globally, and also serves as a mentor at the Founder Institute in Silicon Valley. One experience that inspires Dr. Ravi every day is Srikanth Bolla, a visually challenged student who he has been mentoring since 2008. Under Dr. Ravi’s mentorship, Srikanth graduated from MIT Sloan and is now CEO of Bollant Industries, a fast-growing green products company in India. Ravi has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, U.S.A, M.S. from Florida Atlantic University, U.S.A, and B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, India. Ravi lives in Silicon Valley, California and enjoys traveling, singing and having serendipitous conversations with new people.

Mentor Connection and the Art of Reducing Stress for Entrepreneurs

What I learned about Stress Management 101 for Entrepreneurs—while driving on the 101! Human connection is the sustenance for life, every bit as important to quality of living as sufficient food and shelter. Even in this digital and machine-driven world we live in today, it’s the person-to-person connections that impact us the most. I was …

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3 lessons from my journey: Co-create, Be grateful, Life is beautiful

Aug 18, 1990. That was the day I landed in this country to pursue graduate studies at Florida Atlantic University. “Sir, Welcome to the United States. Here is your passport and I-20, and keep them safely. Good luck with your studies.” These words by the US Immigration officer in Miami, Florida still echo fresh in …

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About Me

I am passionate about helping people achieve their true potential. Whether they are employees in a company or first-time entrepreneurs or career professionals or students – I want to help them make the right connections and learn new skills to accomplish more and grow in their career. MentorCloud, the company I founded is focused on …

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