Mahan Tavakoli

Mahan Tavakoli

Strategic Leadership Ventures


Mahan Tavakoli is a highly accomplished executive with a multi-faceted background in US and global operations management, sales leadership, professional services, and world-class corporate solutions. Previously, during his 20-year career with Dale Carnegie Training, Mr. Tavakoli was instrumental in launching, marketing, revitalizing, and turning around underperforming operations on five continents.

Mr. Tavakoli’s gift for turning strategy and vision into reality resulted in record-breaking achievements and numerous quality and growth awards. He was credited with building the fastest growing and highest performing operations out of 90+ countries in addition to expanding Dale Carnegie’s global footprint on four continents. He transformed a money-losing operation into a profitability center in less than one year and led a stagnant global region to achieve double-digit growth for five consecutive years.

Giving back to the community is paramount to Mr. Tavakoli, who for the past two years served as the Founding Executive Director of Genesys Works in the National Capital Region.  Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors for and been active in numerous organizations including Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Greater Washington and The Economic Club of Washington.

Mr. Tavakoli earned an MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. He resides in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with his wife and two daughters.