What do Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerburg & Sameer Dholakia '91 have in common?
Forbes reports that Sameer Dholakia '91, CEO of email delivery platform SendGrid, is one of the most highly rated chief executives in tech. His Glassdoor approval rating is 98%, the same level as Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerburg.
"Dholakia attributes his success to a management style called servant leadership. The term was coined in 1970 by Robert Greenleaf. Greenleaf worked at AT&T for nearly four decades, once serving as its director of management development. In his first essay on servant leadership, Greenleaf wrote, 'It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.' Anyone who was more motivated by power or financial gain wasn’t a servant leader, he explained. And the best way to determine if someone fit the mold lay in a simple question: 'Do those served grow as persons?'
Dholakia brought his servant-leadership style to Denver-based SendGrid when he joined in 2014, after leaving his job as an executive at software firm Citrix. SendGrid’s main business is to automate email delivery — when you make an Airbnb reservation or call an Uber, the automated message you receive comes from SendGrid. When Dholakia first arrived, the five-year-old startup’s growth was slowing. But over the next three years, he changed that trajectory. Sales grew nearly 40% in 2015 and 2016, and he has said revenue is on track to reach $100 million this year. Servant leadership has helped SendGrid to get where it is today, according to Dholakia."
Sameer is a member of Webb's Alumni Council and currently serves as Regional Representative for Silicon Valley. He has hosted numerous events and mentored many young alumni. He received his AB and AM from Stanford and his MBA from Harvard
Eshaana Sheth ’10 describes her short film, "The Butter Knife" as "a snapshot of modern, intercultural dating." It has won Best Romantic Comedy at the Los Angeles Film Awards and Top Shorts online film festival so far.
In this fascinating article in The Atlantic, writer Jeffrey Selingo dives into the argument many economists, educators, and work-force development professionals are making today--our education in early life does not seem sufficient for the needs of our 21st century economy. The third wave, as he describes, will be one of continual training and education and retraining. Read more in The Atlantic.
Alumni, family and friends are invited to join Head of Schools Taylor Stockdale and special guests for three events this April in New York City (April 11), Philadelphia (April 12) and London, England (April 14).
Once again, Webb athletes had a strong showing across the board during the 2018 winter season. Led by WSC soccer, which finished the season League Champions and with a deep run into CIF, both VWS and WSC athletics posted very positive results. VWS Water Polo also finished its league play in second place.
“It is always great each season to not only see our athletes and teams be successful on the field of play, but to see them learn and grow as individuals and part of a community,” said Director of Athletics Steve Wishek.