Nina Godiwalla

Nina Godiwalla

Nina Godiwalla
Nina Godiwalla at the 2011 Texas Book Festival
Born Texas, US
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin; Wharton School of Business; Dartmouth College
Occupation CEO of MindWorks, public speaker, author

Nina Godiwalla is CEO of MindWorks Leadership and the author of Suits: A Woman on Wall Street.


  • Background and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Involvement 3
    • Writing 3.1

Background and education

Godiwalla was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She is an Indian-American of Parsi background. Godiwalla attended the University of Texas at Austin where she acquired a Bachelor of Business Administration. She later went on to Dartmouth College where she earned a Master of Arts degree in creative writing. She also has a Master of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.


Godiwalla began her career in Johnson & Johnson and Oxygen Media.

Godiwalla is now the CEO of MindWorks Leadership, which provides leadership, diversity, and stress management training for organizations and their employees. Godiwalla has partnerships with organizations that span the areas of government, education, and corporation. These include the US Department of State, the University of Chicago, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, and Deloitte among others.


In addition to running MindWorks, Godiwalla is an industry leader for The Wall Street Journal Executive Task Force for Women in the Economy, a leadership instructor for The University of Texas MBA Program, and a writer for Wharton Magazine. She is often featured in major media including USA Today, Forbes, CNN, ABC, FOX, and NBC.

Along with Barbara Bush and Sandra Day O'Connor, Godiwalla was honored into the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. In 2012 she accepted an invitation by the White House, Office of the President, to serve on their Leadership Roundtable. She also serves on Governor Rick Perry's Business Council.


Godiwalla's immigrant upbringing, her two years as an analyst at Wall Street are the major subjects of her first best-selling book, Suits: A Woman on Wall Street. The book reads as an insider's perspective on women working on Wall Street from the outsider’s point