Our Founder

Dr. Sheetal Singh is an award-winning researcher, corporate trainer and coach. She is a professor of leadership and Change Management for the OMBA program at Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She also serves as an advisor to several startups and until recently, worked as a Professor of Entrepreneurship at George Washington University, School of Business, teaching entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial growth, and small business management. Dr. Singh has spent the last decade studying entrepreneurs, leadership and emotional labor in service firms and startups. Both her research and organizational development work is inspired by her motivation to support individual and organizational performance and wellbeing.

Dr. Singh completed her PhD. in Organizational Behavior and Strategy from University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. She completed her undergraduate work in Commerce from Delhi University, and in Hotel Administration from the Institute of Hotel Management, Delhi, India. She also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management from The Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development, Delhi India.

Prior to her doctoral work Dr. Singh worked for over a decade in the hotel industry with the Oberoi Group of Hotels & Resorts and Carlson Group in various positions in Rooms and Food & Beverage before transitioning into Training & Development. Apart from designing and conducting training programs for Oberoi Hotels and Marriott branded hotels, Sheetal has also delivered training for the broadcast and travel industry. She has been invited to speak at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and University of Maryland and continues to serve as a mentor to the Leadership Development Program at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University.

Her professional achievements include winning Best Paper Award (2016, 2012, 2009) from Academy of Management, Best summer paper award (2015) from GWU, Best Reviewer Award (2014) from Academy of Management, Best Research Paper 2008 awarded by the Dingman Centre of Entrepreneurship and Best Conceptual Paper Award 2008 and IDEA award for research promise 2009 awarded by the Entrepreneurship division of Academy of Management. Earlier, she had won the Rai Bahadur M.S. Oberoi Gold Medal for excellent all round performance through the two years at Oberoi Centre of Learning and Development.

In her free time Dr. Singh loves, painting, rock climbing and reading.

Sheetal Singh Ph.D.
Founder and Chief Advisor, OTI Advisors
Phone: 202 330 7069
Email: sheetal.singh@otiadvisors.com