noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Pun Bandhu

Pun Bandhu


Pun is an actor, producer, advocate and has been a corporate trainer for over 18 years across a wide variety of industries specializing in issues of Diversity and Inclusion, cultural transformation, conflict resolution training and communication skills building. He loves giving participants a truly transformational and interactive experience that can help them problem solve, shift the perspectives of others, cultivate empathy, and become their authentic selves.

Training experience

Pun has worked extensively in the finance, tech, retail, legal, and manufacturing industries. Past clients include: Microsoft, Rolls Royce, Google, Twitter, Nokia, 3M Inc., Oliver Wyman, McKinsey and Co., Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, UBS, Credit Suisse, Pepsi Co., Barilla, Macy’s, Ralph Lauren, White & Case, Clifford Chance LLP, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), Anheuser-Busch InBev, and Bloomberg L.P.

Business experience

Highlights in Pun’s extensive career as a trainer and executive coach include developing and facilitating a program to help 3M Inc. shift their culture from a hierarchical to a matrix organization; developing a program utilizing role plays to help senior global leaders at Pepsi Co. deal with the new realities of doing business in the time of Covid; served as a lead facilitator to help salesforce at Twitter become better story tellers; rolled out interactive diversity programs for Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley across their US operations and is currently developing and serving as a lead facilitator for D&I workshops at Ralph Lauren. He has also worked one-on-one with leaders on executive presence, as a speech coach and on improving proficiency with Difficult Conversations.

Pun is also an entrepreneur in his own right as a co-owner of ZenDog Productions, a commercial production company producing Broadway theatre and films with a proven track record of raising capital and returning on investments. He has the distinction of being one of the first Broadway producers of Asian descent to win multiple Tony Awards.

Theater experience

Pun has acted on Broadway, Off Broadway, and at regional theaters across the country. In films, he can be seen in the Academy Award-nominated movies Michael Clayton, Burn After Reading, Can You Ever Forgive Me and The Judge among others. On TV, he has guest starred on many shows including Law & Order, FBI, NCIS: New Orleans, Blindspot, Madam Secretary and recurred on Blue Bloods. He has taught acting at Fordham University, has been an adjudicator for many competitions and currently serves as a nominator for the Tony Awards. He received a Tony Honor and an Obie Award for co-founding the Asian American Performers Action Coalition (AAPAC) in recognition of the group’s success in increasing diversity in the theatre industry. He has appeared on many panels and is often quoted on diversity issues in periodicals from The New York Times to Variety and is included in Playbill’s Who’s Who on Broadway. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Yale School of Drama where he earned his MFA in Acting.