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Joshua Spodek

Joshua Spodek

Adjunct Professor

Joshua Spodek is an Adjunct Professor at NYU, leadership coach and workshop leader for Columbia Business School, and Columnist for Inc. He has led seminars in leadership, entrepreneurship, creativity, sales, strategy, and motivation at Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, MIT, the NYU-Stern School of Business, INSEAD (Singapore), NYU-Tisch’s ITP, the New York Academy of Science, and in private corporations. He holds five Ivy-League degrees, including a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA. He also helped build an X-ray observational satellite for the European Space Agency and NASA, co-founded and led as CEO or COO several ventures, and holds six patents.

He earned praise as “Best and Brightest” (Esquire Magazine’s Genius Issue), “Astrophysicist turned new media whiz” (NBC), and “Rocket Scientist” (ABC News and Forbes) and has been quoted and profiled by ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, Fox, NY1, CNN, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek, Forbes, Esquire, The Guardian, Nikkei Shimbun, South China Morning Post, Taipei Times, Village Voice, Salon.com, and more.

Currently Teaching

Entrepreneurial Problem Solving

Learn about experiential entrepreneurship—the ability to identify problems and create solutions to them that others value.

Leadership Skills for New Managers

Learn how to apply powerful strategies to influence others, communicate effectively, negotiate, and understand the power of ethics in leadership.

Social Innovation and Systems Thinking

Acquire an overview of ecosystem mapping, systems thinking, and innovation theory, as applied to innovation and change of social issues.

Leadership Step by Step

Gain knowledge of leadership by putting it into practice, which will help you to grow into an effective, confident, and empathetic leader.

Leadership and the Environment

Gain effective leadership techniques focused on leading yourself and others in tackling perhaps the great challenge of our time: climate change.