- Associate Editor of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
- Served as an executive committee member of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Division at the Academy of Management
- Inaugural recipient of the Andre Delbecq & Lee Robbins MSR Scholarship at the Academy of Management
- Distinguished speaker for the Management, Spirituality and Religion Plenary Session, at the Academy of Management Conference, Chicago, USA
- Series editor of Palgrave Series on Leadership and Followership, including volumes on Authentic Leadership, and on Servant Leadership.
- Certified Edgewalker Facilitator
- Certified competency mapping coach
Payal describes herself as a world citizen, who has lived in four countries, namely Zambia, Fiji, England and now in India. Payal has completed her Master of Arts from the School of Oriental and African Studies, England and Ph.D. from XLRI (India) on mentoring. Payal is Dean of Research at Indian School of Hospitality, India. She is also Emerald brand ambassador, a prize-winning researcher, and an author of 17 books. Weaving her 25 years of experience in the corporate sector with her academic knowledge, Payal is able to deliver meaningful managerial development workshops, with excellent participant feedback. She has been a learning and development coach for hundreds of managers from various industries and functionalities (engineers, chartered accountants and hoteliers to name a few), across many countries including India, USA and Canada. In an earlier avatar she was Vice President Editorial and Production, SAGE Publications Pvt Ltd.
“My early childhood passion to strive to understand people and the interconnectedness of beings remains a driving force in my life. Today this manifests in the form of authorship of several books on leadership, and also by nudging mid-level executives and C-suite leaders in the direction of discovering their most authentic self. I believe it is this childhood driving force that led me to becoming an Edgewalker coach, which is indeed a great privilege. Edgewalkers usually lead a value-centred life. I believe Edgewalkers are needed in society to shake up the status quo every once in a while. They are usually outliers, who are not attracted to following norms for the sake of societal expectations, but rather deeply question practices and beliefs, while acting as a bridge between different worldviews.”