Course Directors
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Christopher Palmer, MD
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Carol Kauffman, PhD
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Margaret Moore, MBA


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Carrie Arnold, PhD
Carrie Arnold is the Principal Coach for The Willow Group, a management consulting company she has owned and operated for six years. She also has 20 years’ experience working in healthcare, human resources, training, and organizational development. She has worked in leadership positions for multi-hospital systems and has taught at the university level. Carrie has consulted in the areas of human resources, education, leadership development, program development, quality, and marketing. As an executive coach, she has worked with over 90 clients at all leader levels and has logged over 1900 hours of coaching.
As an ICF Professional Certified Coach with a Ph.D. in Human Development, Carrie provides strength-based executive and leadership coaching, and training programs for leaders working in private and non-profit industries. She specializes in exploring voice and silencing, to help clients lead with purpose and efficacy. She coaches clients from three months to three years, depending on the leader’s objectives. Carrie has successfully facilitated board retreats, executive seminars, and off-site functions for teams ranging in size from 12-150. She has successfully mediated conflicts between individuals and groups in health care and public service sectors. She enjoys working with diverse executives and coaches leaders on multiple topics that include energy management, change, career transition, diversity issues, balancing task with relationship, political navigation, and difficult conversations. Her leadership development programs are multi-disciplinary and include various forms of adult learning theory and application.
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Tatiana Bachkirova, PhD

Dr Tatiana Bachkirova, PhD is an academic, coach and coaching supervisor. At Oxford Brookes University, UK, she is a Reader in Coaching Psychology, teaching and supervising on the MA and Doctoral programme in Coaching and Mentoring. She is a Teaching Fellow of the University and the programme leader for the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice delivered in collaboration with the University of Hong Kong. She is also a Visiting Professor in The National Research University "Higher School of Economics" (HSE) in Moscow.

Dr Bachkirova is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. She has been involved in many consultancy projects and has been a speaker at many conferences and master classes nationally and internationally. Tatiana was nominated for and won several awards from professional organisations, including Coaching at Work's award 2013 for the Best Thoughts Leadership article. In 2011 she received an Achievement award in recognition of distinguished contribution to coaching psychology from the British Psychological Society SGCP.

Tatiana is an active researcher in coaching psychology and supervision. In 2011, she was granted title of a Harnisch Scholar by the Institute of Coaching. She was the first co-editor in chief of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice and continues to serve as a member of the editorial boards of three academic journals. She has published many research articles, book chapters and three books, including the Complete Handbook of Coaching (2010 and 2014), Coaching and Mentoring Supervision: Theory and Practice (2011) and Developmental Coaching: Working with the Self (2011).

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Tara Bennett-Goleman, MA

Tara Bennett-Goleman, M.A., is a teacher, author, and psychotherapist. Her book Emotional Alchemy: How the Mind Can Heal the Heart (Harmony Books, 2001) was a New York Times best-seller and has been translated into 25 languages. Her most recent book Mind Whispering, navigates a new path to freedom from self-defeating emotional habits. This ground-breaking map of the emotional mind helps us transform our emotions, improve our relationships, and connect us to our inner wisdom. Tara Bennett-Goleman combines principles and practices from horse whispering with mindfulness and Buddhist psychology, the neuroscience of habit change, and cognitive therapy. This gentle path of awakening offers a new lens on re-patterning our emotional habits and everyday ways of being. Aaron Beck, founder of cognitive therapy has called Tara “a pioneer in the field of cognitive therapy and mindfulness,” one of the fastest growing fields in psychotherapy.

Tara continues to offer workshops internationally based on Emotional Alchemy and Mind Whispering, and has given training seminars in this educational/therapeutic approach to mental health professionals for the New England Educational Institute’s Cape Cod Seminars, Cambridge Hospital at Harvard Medical School, and the Santa Barbara Family Therapy Institute.

She also focuses on multi-cultural and inter-disciplinary fusions, integrating awareness training with the arts, social action, and psychology. Tara sees inter-cultural fusion as a way to inspire appreciation and respect for ethnic diversity through an expression of the unique flavor of different cultural traditions. Her interest in fusion – in the arts, psychology, meditation, and social action continues to the present.

Susan Cain, Author, Co-Founder, Quiet Revolution

SUSAN CAIN is the co-founder of Quiet Revolution and the author of the bestsellers Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, has been on the New York Times bestseller list for over four years, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Cain is also the co-founder of the Quiet Schools Network and the Quiet Leadership Institute. Her writing has appeared in the The New York TimesThe AtlanticThe Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 16 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks. Cain has also spoken at Microsoft, Google, the U.S. Treasury, the S.E.C., Harvard, Yale, West Point and the US Naval Academy. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband and two sons. Visit Cain and the Quiet Revolution at

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Chip Carter
For over two decades, Chip Carter has served as an experienced technology leader, manager, business/leadership and wellness coach/mentor, strategist, executive board member, software architect and developer. He has held senior C-level positions as a CIO/CTO and interim CMO leading impactful transitions involving technology for complex stakeholder groups in both private and nonprofit sectors. He is the founder of his own coaching company and practice, MudLotusHealth, and has coached business executives from a wide array of disciplines. As a technology and business leader, Chip has brought to bear effective, integrated approaches to innovation, change management, staff empowerment, and business process and productivity. As Director/Manager of a 90+ person engineering team at Lotus IBM, the IBM Software Group awarded him Manager of the Year in 2007. As a CIO/CTO and interim CMO working for two large global development NGOs -- Mercy Corps and Plan International USA, both global development NGOs working in over 30 countries -- Chip led sweeping, large-scale infrastructure changes, fundamental shifts in business practices and culture, the introduction of innovative marketing approaches and dramatic improvements to mission productivity and reduced total cost of ownership. Three elements characterize his professional history and operational approach: the interdependencies of clear vision and crisp execution; the development of strategic partnerships aligned on mission (as opposed to separate “businesses inside the business”); and a “whole person” approach to management and leadership, emphasizing job satisfaction, employee wellness, creativity and autonomy, and a healthy corporate culture. Chip holds a BS from Davidson College in biology and an MTS from Wesley Theological Seminary (Summa Cum Laude, comparative religion, psychology and philosophy). He has given numerous keynote talks and lectures on a variety of subjects: technology innovation, business process, leadership, corporate culture, effective management, workplace wellness, and mindfulness.
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Ben Crocker, MD

Ben Crocker, MD is a general internist and serves as Medical Director of the Ambulatory Practice of the Future at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  His clinical interests and expertise include team-based clinic design and care and technology assessment in primary care.  Ben attended Tufts University (B.S. Chemical Engineering 1992) and the University of Massachusetts Medical School (M.D. 1997).  He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Boston Medical Center, where he also served as chief resident. In 2001, he joined Internal Medicine Associates (IMA), the largest primary care teaching practice at MGH. Since the opening of APF, Ben has been intimately involved in the hiring and development of the APF team, building and implementing the practice’s strategic plan of operations, developing practice guidelines and policies, and building quality and efficiency in care delivery through IT and technology enhancment.  He has evaluated and published on Patient Centered Medical Home, office-based post discharge telephone follow up, point-of-care technologies, digital disease monitoring platforms, and health coaching in primary care.  Ben is a co-developer of APF’s Innovation Learning Program which seeks to partner with academic and industry leaders around care redesign, programs and technologies and applications to improve the delivery of primary care.

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Susan David, PhD

Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business ReviewNew York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Her acclaimed new book, Emotional Agility, based on the concept that Harvard Business Review heralded a Management Idea of the Year and selected by Amazon as a “Best Book in Leadership and Business”, describes the psychological skills that are critical to thriving in today’s world of complexity and change. Named on the Thinkers50 Radar list of people shaping the future of organizations and management, Susan is a sought-after keynote speaker and consultant, with clients that include the World Economic Forum, EY, United Nations, Google, Microsoft, NASDAQ, and many other national and multinational organizations. Her focus is on defining and executing effective people strategies, particularly in the areas of employee engagement, high-performance leadership, and organizational culture change. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Board of Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global. Susan is also on the core faculty of the extraordinary global program Homeward Bound which culminates in an all-women expedition to Antarctica and is being filmed as a documentary. The program aims at increasing the influence and impact of women in the sciences. Originally from South Africa, Susan lives outside of Boston with her family.

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Joel S. Edman, DSc, FACN, CNS
Dr. Joel S. Edman is a Clinical Nutritionist, Health Coach, Educator and Integrative Health Consultant with 30 years of clinical, teaching and research experience.  He is currently the Founder and Director of Edman Wellness Services, in Media, PA.  Dr. Edman specializes in teaching and coaching employees, executives, patients/clients, the public, and practitioners about the most effective use of nutritional and integrative health therapies for everything from chronic and complex symptoms and disorders to wellness and disease prevention.  His consultations and coaching programs focus on approaches that are individually tailored to the unique needs and characteristics of each person or group.

Dr. Edman was the Director of Integrative Nutrition and Associate Research Director for the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital, for over 11 years.  He received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from Drexel University and his Doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from Boston University.  He is also a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS).  He is also the author or co-author of over 20 peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters.
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Marshall Goldsmith, PhD*
*Recipient of the 1st Annual IOC Excellence in Leadership Award
Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, PhD was recognized as the #1 Leadership Thinker in the World and the top 5 Management Thinker in 2015, as well as one of the top ten Most-Influential Business Thinkers in the World and the top-ranked executive coach at the 2013 biennial Thinkers50 ceremony in London.He has worked with CEOs for over 150 companies.

He is the author or editor of 35 books, which have sold over two million copies, translated into 30 languages and bestsellers in 12 countries. A recent book is Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts—Becoming the Person You Want to Be. He has written two New York Times bestsellers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – a Wall Street Journal #1 business book and winner of the Harold Longman Award for Business Book of the Year.

Marshall teaches executive education at Dartmouth and was Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University’s College of Business

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Daniel Goleman, PhD
Daniel Goleman, best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence, is most recently co-author of Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. A frequent speaker to businesses of all kinds and sizes, Goleman has worked with leaders around the globe, examining the way social and emotional competencies impact the bottom-line. Goleman’s articles in the Harvard Business Review are among the most frequented requested reprints of all time: his article there, “The Focused Leader” won the 2013 HBR McKinsey Award for best article of the year. Goleman has been ranked among the 25 most influential business leaders by several business publications including TIME and The Wall Street Journal. Apart from his writing on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, ecoliteracy and the ecological crisis.
Anthony Grant, PhD
Dr Anthony M Grant is globally recognised as a key pioneer of Coaching Psychology and evidence-based approaches to coaching. Anthony left school at the age of fifteen with no qualifications and trained as a carpenter. Embarking on a second career in direct sales he began tertiary studies in 1993 as a mature age student, commencing a third career in psychology his 40’s. He holds a BA (Hons), an MA in Behavioural Science and a PhD on Coaching Psychology. In January 2000 Anthony established the world’s first Coaching Psychology Unit at Sydney University where he is the Director of the Coaching Psychology Unit. He has over 100 coaching-related publications. He is a Visiting Professor at Oxford Brookes University; a Senior Fellow at the Melbourne School of Business; and an Associate Fellow at the Säid School of Business, Oxford University. In 2007 Anthony was awarded the British Psychological Society Award for outstanding professional and scientific contribution to Coaching Psychology. In 2009 he was awarded the “Vision of Excellence Award” from the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School for his pioneering work in helping to develop a scientific foundation to coaching. He was a 2014 Scientist in Residence for the ABC - the Australian National Broadcaster and in 2016 was awarded the Australian Psychological Society “Workplace Excellence Award for Coaching and Leadership”. He enjoys playing loud (but unfortunately not particularly Claptonesque) blues guitar.

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Gail Greenstein, EdD

Gail Greenstein, EdD is the Global Head of Talent and OD for Global Functions in Novartis Oncology. She has over 25 years of talent management, OD and leadership development experience in a range of industries from The Travelers, Johnson and Johnson, Discovery Communications, The Gap, Levi Strauss & Co and Novartis Oncology. At Novartis Oncology. Gail has most recently been involved with creating innovative career development initiatives for medical and commercial talent, conducting unique talent forums, implementing high performing team programs, designing and implementing a women’s program to build a robust pipeline of talent and partnering with the business to design executive development programs that are linked to business strategy.

Gail earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts @Amherst, a Masters in Organizational Behavior from the University of Hartford and a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Studies from George Washington University.

Gail recently graduated from the Columbia University Coaching Certification Program in May 2016. She is currently using her thesis from the program to publish how the framework of intersectionality can help coaches identify their own and clients multiple identities to recognize their own potential biases to create safe spaces for clients.

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Deborah Helsing, EdD
Deborah Helsing, EdD holds a faculty position at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching courses in Adult Development, Immunity to Change, and co-teaching a course in personal mastery. She provides individualized executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program.

Deborah is also Co-Director of Minds at Work, where she coaches, consults, and provides training on the Immunity-to-Change approach. Her most recent publications include co-authoring An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization, winner of an 800-CEO-Read Business Book Award, The Immunity to Change Coach’s Guide, and Right Weight, Right Mind: The ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss.
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Jeffrey Hull, PhD
Jeffrey Hull, Ph.D. is an author, educator and consultant with over twenty year experience partnering with C-suite executives on issues of high performance leadership, change management, organizational strategy, structure and culture. Dr. Hull is a highly sought-after facilitator, keynote speaker and executive coach to both non-profit and for-profit global organizations. The CEO of Leadershift, Inc. a management consultancy based in New York City, Dr. Hull is also a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, and an adjunct professor of leadership at New York University. Dr. Hull is a highly accomplished executive coach, organization effectiveness, leadership development, and human resource management professional. An expert in the field of organizational and leadership development since 1995, he has worked with leading multi-national companies in the US, Asia, and Europe, both as a senior management team member and as a consultant. He has worked on projects with Fortune 100, start-up and non-profit organizations in a wide range of industries, including legal services, health care, financial services, technology, advertising and education.
Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson, Recognized as one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), ​Whitney Johnson is an expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption; specifically, a framework which she codifies in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work and Everyone Has An S-Curve: Driving Engagement by Developing Employees who Disrupt for a Living (Harvard Business Press, 2018). She developed her proprietary framework and diagnostics after having co-founded the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard Business School’s Clayton Christensen. This framework is complemented by a deep understanding of how executives create and destroy value, having spent nearly a decade as an Institutional Investor-ranked equity analyst on Wall Street.

She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Linkedinfluencer, host of the Disrupt Yourself podcast and co-founder of Forty Women Over 40 to Watch; you can follow her on Twitter at @johnsonwhitney.

Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC
Carol Kauffman strives to embody the IOC goal of bringing science and practice together in her academic and professional work. She is a leadership coach with over 25 years experience helping leaders raise the bar on their performance and managing their success. She is most interested in high-stakes coaching when the stakes are high, outcomes are uncertain and it can be necessary to intervene quickly.

For the past 25 years Dr. Kauffman has taught at Harvard Medical School where she is an Assistant Professor and the Founder/Executive Director of the Institute of Coaching. She is also the Director of Faculty Coach Training at Massachusetts General Hospital. In 2009 she received a $2,000,000 award to create the Institute from The Harnisch Foundation. As a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit she launched: the Institute of Coaching Professional Organization with 1,800 members; co-founded and co-chair of the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at Harvard Medical School and the Institute of Coaching Leadership Forum.

Dr. Kauffman has extensive coaching experience with over 40,000 hours of client contact. She works with multi-national organization either on an individual basis or in tandem with large-scale leadership development programs. A sampling of current clients includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, Cisco, Egon Zehnder, Hospital of Special Surgeries, Indeed, Oliver Wyman, Owens Illinois, Unilever, Vanderbilt University. In addition to coaching, she has designed and delivered Leader as Coach training programs to hundreds of business and physician leaders. The Coaching program she developed at MGH with Dr. Kerri Palamara is the 2016 Harvard Medical School Inaugural Recipient of the Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Recipients. She was the Co-Founding Editor in Chief of the first academic coaching journal from a major publishing house, Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice. Her HBR article What Coaching Can do for You, is their most frequently cited article on coaching.

Eric Kaufmann, MA

Eric Kaufmann is an executive coach, author, and facilitator who guides leaders to go below the surface and beyond the obvious so they can think more clearly, make better decisions, and relate wholeheartedly. Eric is President of Sagatica, a leadership advisory firm that guides leaders and teams to align and excel in the midst of personal or organization transitions. Clients include Sony, SunPower, Verizon, T-Mobile, Genentech, Union-Tribune, Union Bank, and BAE Systems. By blending Strategic Thinking with Zen Practices, Eric guides leaders to evolve and change, and upgrade their relationships, priorities, strategies, and competence.

Eric’s book, The Four Virtues of a Leader: Navigating the Hero’s Journey Through Risk to Results, explores the essential virtues shared by successful, passionate, and creative leaders and how they navigate through uncertainty and anxiety. Eric’s work is shaped from the crucible of his journey which includes 17 years of leadership coaching and consulting, management roles at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, a quarter century of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, working as a certified hypnotherapist, and even from living in a year-long retreat in an isolated cabin he built in the mountains of New Mexico.

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Konstantin Korotov, PhD

Prof. Konstantin Korotov, PhD, is the director of the Center for Leadership Development Research at ESMT-Berlin, a business school founded by global companies with German roots.  Konstantin conducts research on leadership development, leadership coaching, careers, and executive education.  He has authored, co-authored and co-edited six books and dozens of academic and practitioner articles, business cases, and book chapters, for which he has won multiple awards. In addition to his academic work, Konstantin has over 20 years of practical management and leadership development experience in Europe, Asia, Middle East and the Americas.

Konstantin’s list of executive development clients includes  Siemens, Bosch, Daimler, Thyssen-Krupp, Deutsche Telekom, E.On, RWE, EnBW, EY, Axel Springer, KPMG, McDonald’s, BAT, European Central Bank, Lufthansa,  Symrise, Hereaus, Rosatom, Severstal, Pernod-Ricard, Roskosmos, etc. Prof. Korotov is the founder of the ESMT Coaching Colloquia series – annual premier professional development events for the world’s leading executive coaches and HR professionals. He holds a PhD in Management from INSEAD, a Master’s degree from NYU, and an undergraduate degree from Moscow Linguistic University.

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Alyssa McGonagle, PhD
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Margaret Moore, MBA
Margaret Moore (Coach Meg), MBA, is a co‐founder and co‐director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate, and a co-director of the annual Coaching in Leadership & Healthcare conference offered by Harvard Medical School. Margaret is a 17‐year biotechnology veteran in the US, UK, Canada, and France, and founded Wellcoaches Corporation in 2000, a School of Coaching for health professionals, to develop the field of professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. She co‐authored the Coaching Psychology Manual, published by Wolters Kluwer, the first coaching textbook in healthcare. She is faculty at Harvard Extension School, teaching the Science of Coaching Psychology, co‐founder and member of the National Board for Certifying Health & Wellness Coaches, launching national standards and certification for health and wellness coaches in collaboration with the National Board of Medical Examiners. She is co‐author of two Harvard Health books, Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life (Harlequin, 2012), translating the science of brain organization into self‐coaching solutions, and Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life (William Morrow, 2016), describing a strengths‐based model of multiplicity of mind.
Venkata Nanduri, PhD
Venkata Nanduri is a mechanical engineer and management coach with entrepreneurial and business consulting experience helping small and medium enterprises. He has held several executive positions in trade and industry in India, Qatar, Kenya and Botswana where he has resided for the past 25 years. He holds a MPhil degree in Management Coaching from the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Management Science. Venkata Nanduri is a registered coach with the South African professional body COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors of South Africa), and a Member of Botswana Institute of Engineers and MIE (Member of theInstitution of Engineers, India).
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Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD
Dr. Ryan M. Niemiec is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. Ryan is education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, non-profit organization in Cincinnati that advances the latest science and practical applications of character strengths. He’s an award-winning psychologist and adjunct professor at Xavier University, University of Pennsylvania, and several other institutions. He was awarded Fellow of the International Positive Psychology Association in 2017. As a frequent keynoter and workshop leader, he’s offered several-hundred presentations on positive psychology topics across the globe. Ryan is author of several books including Character Strengths Interventions; Mindfulness and Character Strengths; Movies and Mental Illness; and Positive Psychology at the Movies. He’s penned hundreds of articles for the general public on character strengths and more than 50 scholarly articles/chapters. He lives with his wife and three kids (all 6 and under) in Loveland, Ohio. Ryan is an avid collector of Pez dispensers, a passionate fan of The Walking Dead, and a zealot for Michigan State athletics. His highest strengths are hope, love, curiosity, honesty, and fairness.
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Kerri Palamara McGrath, MD
Kerri Palamara, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She completed her medical school degree at New York Medical College and Primary Care Internal Medicine Residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital. After graduation, she served as the Ambulatory Chief Resident at MGH and then joined the MGH Residency Training Program as an Associate Program Director, where she now directs the Primary Care Residency Training Program. Her academic work focuses on professional development coaching of physicians, faculty development, physician burnout and resilience, and innovating ambulatory education. For her work in these and other areas, Dr. Palamara has won teaching awards at MGH, Partners Healthcare, and SGIM. Dr. Palamara created, directs and participates in the Professional Development Coaching Program for Internal Medicine residents at MGH, which was designed to improve resident awareness of their growth and development, reduce burnout, encourage residents to become lifelong learners, and improve their resilience. This program was recognized by Harvard Medical School for the Culture of Excellence in Mentoring Award, based on the organizational change inspired by this program. Dr. Palamara also directs the MGH DGIM Faculty Coaching Program and is currently designing a coaching program for medicine and pediatrics subspecialty fellows. The MGH coaching program has expanded nationally to twenty residency programs and Dr. Palamara is actively involved in onboarding, evaluating and sustaining these programs. Dr. Palamara has developed and run faculty development workshops nationally on this topic and contributes to the dialogue on physician wellbeing nationally as a member of the SGIM Education Committee, CHARM, and the ACP Physician Wellbeing Task Force.
Christopher Palmer, MD
Christopher M. Palmer, MD, received his medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed his internship and psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School. He is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and a practicing psychiatrist specializing in treatment-resistant cases. Dr. Palmer is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
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Director, Executive Coaching & Leadership
Google, Inc.

As Google’s head of Executive Coaching and Leadership, David coaches senior leaders, manages Google’s network of external and internal coaches, and supports leadership, learning, and executive development initiatives at Google.

Before joining Google in 2011, David served as leader of world-wide coaching services for PDI Ninth House (now part of Korn Ferry). In addition to coaching top leaders in organizations such as Salesforce, Sandisk, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Target, Wal-Mart, Shell, Genentech, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, and Stanford University, he provided consultation and thought leadership on how to design and manage organizational coaching programs, how to develop high potential leaders and critical talent, and how to accelerate learning and leadership development at all levels.

David has published dozens of articles and chapters on coaching, is co-author of Development FIRST: Strategies for Self-Development and Leader as Coach, with over a million copies in print, and co-editor of the Handbook of the Psychology of Coaching and Mentoring.

He earned his PhD in Counseling and Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society of Consulting Psychology, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and the Harvard Institute of Coaching. His awards include the RHR International Award for Excellence in Consultation (Society of Consulting Psychology), the Outstanding Achievement Award (California Psychological Association), and the Vision of Excellence Award (Harvard Institute of Coaching).

Vikki Brock’s history of coaching (2008, 2012) names David as one of the primary influencers in the field, both for his early influence on the emergence of executive coaching and for continuing to shape the field as someone "on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”

David lives in San Francisco with his wife, Alexis Shoemate, and two adorable Tibetan Terriers named Pinot and Cab.
Edward Phillips, MD
Dr. Edward Phillips is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services at the Boston VA Healthcare System. Phillips founded and directs the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School,

Phillips is a Fellow of American College of Sports Medicine (FACSM) and serves on the Executive Council that developed and leads the Exercise is Medicine™ global initiative. He is co-author of ACSM’s Exercise is Medicine™, A Clinician’s Guide to Exercise Prescription (Wolters-Kluwer, 2009) and is chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee. Additionally Phillips is co-founder and co-director of the Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaborative "LMEd" which is working to include Lifestyle Medicine in medical school curricula.

Phillips is an active clinician and researcher who speaks and consults nationally guiding a broad based effort to reduce lifestyle-related death, disease, and costs through clinician directed interventions with patients. The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition has recognized both Dr. Phillips and the ILM with its Community Leadership Award. He appears on national media including Good Morning America, ESPN radio, and in Time Magazine.
James O. Prochaska, PhD

Dr James Prochaska serves as Director of the Cancer Prevention Research Center and Professor of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and is the author of several books including Systems of Psychotherapy, the Transtheoretical Approach: Crossing Traditional Boundaries of Therapy, Changing for Good, and Changing to Thrive.  He is also the founder of and consultant to Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.

Named one of the five most influential authors in Psychology by the Institute for Scientific Information and the American Psychological Society, Dr. Prochaska is one of the originators of the Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change and the author of over 400 publications on behavior change for health promotion and disease prevention.

He has served as Principal investigator on over $80 million in research grant on the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases and has received numerous honors, including major awards from the American Psychological Association, the Society of Prospective Medicine and Harvard University.

The fist psychologist to win a Medal of Honor for Clinical Research from the American Cancer Society, Dr. Prochaska has also received both an Innovators Award and an Innovators Combating Substance Abuse Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Healthtrac Foundation Education Award.  Recently he has been recognized as one of the world's top three preeminent psychologist.

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Janice Prochaska, PhD

Dr. Janice Prochaska is the co-founder and a consultant to Pro-Change Behavior Systems, Inc.  Dr. Prochaska holds an adjunct faculty position at URI, earned a master in Social Work from Wayne State University and her Ph.D. in Social Work Administration and Policy from Boston College.  She is one of the most published authors in the field of social work.  She recently  co-authored the book Changing to Thrive.

Her collaborations include applying the Transtheoretical Model to cutting edge issues such as simultaneously reducing multiple risk behaviors and enhancing multiple domains of well-being; promoting healthy weight management in children and adults; preventing bullying; keeping individuals out of trouble with the law; and advancing careers of women scientists.

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Scott Rauch, MD
Scott L. Rauch, MD, is president, psychiatrist in chief, and Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Chair of Psychiatry at McLean Hospital. He is also professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School as well as chair of Psychiatry and Mental Health for Partners Healthcare. Dr. Rauch is past president of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. His principal research interests relate to neuroimaging and the neurobiology of affective disorders. Dr. Rauch and colleagues have been leaders in delineating the neurocircuitry of anxiety disorders as well as pioneers in using modern technology, including brain stimulation, neurosurgery, and internet-based methods, to develop novel treatments for anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Rauch has won numerous awards for his mentorship and research accomplishments. Moreover, he has served on several committees related to military health for the National Academies of Science.
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Janice Sabatine, PhD
Janice Manzi Sabatine, PhD, is president of Avanti Strategies, a firm specializing in leadership development coaching for academic physicians and biomedical scientists. She is also co-director of training in the Professional Coach Certification Program in the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh PA.

In 2015, Dr. Sabatine and Dr. Steven Wendell were recipients of an Institute of Coaching research grant to study the impact of a coaching-based career course supplemented with external coaching entitled “The Impact of Developmental Coaching on Career Adaptability Capacity and Moderators of Sustained Career Development among Graduate Students”.
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Gary Sforzo, PhD

Gary Sforzo is a Professor and Coordinator of Applied Exercise Sciences in the Department of Exercise & Sport Sciences at Ithaca College. This provides wonderful opportunities for sharing the latest wellness and exercise physiology information with interested students and colleagues. My exercise-related research focuses on maximizing the effects of exercise programming for health, wellness, and performance. I have a passion for health & wellness coaching and spend much of my time researching and writing about this exciting and emerging field. An affiliation with Wellcoaches as a research consultant augments my work in health and wellness coaching. With all of these interests, I am currently working on related projects with professional colleagues as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

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Sarah Sherwood, MEd, MCHES, CHWC
Sarah Sherwood is a Certified Wellness Coach at MGH’s Ambulatory Practice of the Future. She has worked at MGH for four years as both a Health Educator and Wellness Coach. She has a Master of Education in health promotion and disease prevention, and is passionate about mobile health technology, stress management, and mind-body medicine. In her free time, she enjoys being active outdoors and going to hot yoga classes.
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Gordon Spence, PhD
Gordon Spence is a psychologist who works actively in both academia and private practice. He is Program Director of the Masters of Business Coaching, Sydney Business School (University of Wollongong) and has maintained a private coaching practice for over a decade, through which he provides a range of executive/workplace coaching and coach training services. Gordon has extensive experience in delivering manager-as-coach training programs and has successfully done so within organisation such as Westpac, Qantas, Bankers Trust, AMP, and several government departments. He holds a PhD in coaching psychology from the University of Sydney and lectures on the psychology of peak performance, leadership, evidence-based coaching, workplace wellbeing, and the application of positive psychology within organisations.
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Reinhard Stelter, PhD

Reinhard Stelter holds a PhD in psychology and accredited coaching psychologist (ISCP), is Professor of Sport and Coaching Psychology at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) and head of the Coaching Psychology Unit at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. From 2009-2015, he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Coaching. Since 2014, he has served as a leader of a large health coaching project at UCPH.

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Lew Stern, PhD
Dr. Lew Stern has over 35 years experience as an executive coach, organization development consultant, and consulting psychologist. He received his Masters degree and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. He has served as an adjunct faculty or guest lecturer in business, management, and organization behavior and development at many colleges and universities. He has served as President of Focus Consulting and Stern Consulting, Vice President at ODI, and Senior Vice President of Manchester Consulting. He Co-Founded and is Co-Director of The Executive Coaching Forum, served as a Founding Board Member of the Graduate School Alliance for Executive Coaching, and founded and directed the only Graduate Certificate Program in Executive Coaching in New England (at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology). He founded and served as CEO of the Foundation for International Leadership Coaching. He is Senior Advisor to the Institute of Coaching at Harvard Medical School, and is a Clinical Instructor Part-time at the Medical School. Lew has an active practice coaching and consulting to executives and senior professionals in the private, non-profit, educational, and health-care sectors. He is especially committed to giving of his time to building leaders in non-profits that are committed to environmental sustainability, quality of life, and building the capacity for people to coach one another in their daily lives in and out of work.
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Livingston Taylor
Livingston Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13, beginning a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting and teaching. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Livingston is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Livingston recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. From top-40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over 80 shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway. Livingston is a full professor at Berklee College of Music, where he has taught a Stage Performance course since 1989. He teaches young artists invaluable lessons learned over the course of an extensive career on the road; the course is consistently voted the most popular at the College. His book, Stage Performance, released in 2011 offers those lessons to anyone who is interested in elevating their presentation standards to professional standards. Wednesday, January 18, 2017 was declared "Livingston Taylor Day" by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker in celebration of Livingston's 50th year of making music. Safe Home, Livingston's new album just released in 2017, features a world class band of Shelly Berg (piano), David Finck (bass), Bashiri Johnson (percussion), and Chelsea Berry (vocals). The album gives playful bend to musical classics like "Anything You Can Do", and also presents Livingston originals such as "I Must Be Doing Something Right". Pull up a chair and give a listen to this guaranteed toe tapper of an album.
Nicky Terblanche, PhD
Nicky enjoys the variety of his portfolio career. He is an experienced IT architect, executive coach and part-time academic.

He consults as an IT solutions architect across multiple industries, competencies and national borders. He uses his strengths of analytical thinking, people skills, understanding of business drivers and technology capabilities to elicit and analyse business requirements, design business processes and create solution architectures and technology roadmaps. He advises senior management on strategic decisions based on technical and business analysis.

In his executive coaching practice he combines his analytical ability (honed as electronic and software engineer) with his interest and passion for people to help executives and senior management make sense of the complexities of daily organisational life. He facilitates transformational learning by helping his clients take a long hard look in the mirror, identifying limiting patterns of thinking and behaving and then helping them to change these.

As a part-time academic he lectures on the MBA and MPhil Coaching programmes at the University of Stellenbosch Business School where he is also a research supervisor and Research Fellow. He is currently busy with his PhD at USB.

He has conducted workshops in 20 countries around the world and has in total travelled to 42 countries for work and leisure, always marvelling at the fascinating diversity of humanity.
Irina Todorova, PhD

Irina Todorova, PhD is Director of Research at the Institute of Coaching. She is a health psychologist with experience in psychosocial and cultural aspects of human development and health and health disparities. Her work is based on narrative and relational approaches to research and coachingTodorova is Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS), Past President of EHPS and on the boards of several professional societies and journals. Thus, she has extensive experience with interdisciplinary and international research teams, in reviewing publications, conference papers and grant applications. Todorova is certified in coaching from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.

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Robert Waldinger, MD

Dr. Robert Waldinger is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of the MGH Center for Psychodynamic Therapy, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, one of the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on the lifetime predictors of healthy adult development, studying 2 groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods, and who have been part of the Study for 78 years.  His 2015 TED talk about the Study has been viewed by over 13 million people.

With grants from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, he has extended the Study to incorporate neuroscience measures to better understand the ways that life experience and neurobiology interact to foster healthy aging. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, he is now studying the nearly 2000 baby-boomer children of these men to track the influence of childhood experiences on midlife health. Using parents’ eyewitness reports of their family lives, the 2nd-generation study examines connections between childhood social and economic adversity and midlife health decline.

Dr. Waldinger received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School.   He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books.  He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and he teaches Harvard medical students and psychiatry residents. He is the founder and co-director of the MGH/McLean Program in Psychodynamics, a program that offers psychiatry residents in-depth teaching in the theory and practice of psychodynamic psychiatry. He has won awards for teaching and research from the American Psychiatric Association, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, and several Harvard teaching hospitals.

Dr. Waldinger practices Zen meditation.  He is affiliated with Boundless Way Zen, where he is a transmitted teacher.  In this capacity he leads weekly meditation groups at MGH and in Newton Centre (, gives dharma talks, and conducts practice interviews. He ordained as a Zen priest in 2013.

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Margaret J. Wheatley, EdD
Margaret Wheatley began caring about the world's peoples in 1966, as a Peace Corps volunteer in post-war Korea. In many different roles-- speaker, teacher, consultant, advisor, formal leader--her work has deepened into an unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to invoke people's inherent generosity, creativity and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward. She is co-founder and president of The Berkana Institute, (, an organizational consultant since 1973, a global citizen since her youth, and a prolific writer. She has authored nine books, including the classic Leadership and the New Science. She has been honored for her ground-breaking work by many professional associations, universities and organizations.

Her newest book (2017) is Who Do We Choose To Be?  Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity.
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Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD
Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD serves as the Director of Vanderbilt Health Coaching through the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, an Associate Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the School of Nursing. As an integrative health coach and clinical health psychologist, Ruth has internationally-recognized expertise in designing, implementing, and evaluating behavior change programs for medical patients and those at risk for chronic disease. She is one of the elected leaders of the National Consortium for Credentialing Health and Wellness Coaches ( and the International Consoritum for Heatlh and Wellness Coaching (, non-profit organizations whose mission is to professionalize the field of health and wellness coaching and protect the public by bringing forth national standards and a uniform job definition that will clarify best practices and allow for rigorous study. Dr. Wolever also serves on the National Board for Certifying Health and Wellness Coaches, the board that oversees the national certification exam. Finally, Dr. Wolever’s research focuses on health coaching and also on the study of mindfulness-based approaches to self-regulation and lifestyle change; she is particularly interested in the intersection of mindfulness and coaching. She also serves as the Chief Science Officer for eMindful.
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Lucy Van Hove, PhD
Lucy Van Hove, PhD in Management Sciences and MA in Psychology, is Lecturer and Senior Researcher at Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (ULB) where she teaches Human Resources Management and Leadership. She develops research in the areas of Executive Coaching and Leadership, and she focused in her PhD dissertation on the assessment of the Impact and the Key Success Factors in Executive Coaching.

For the past 10 years, she has been working as an Executive Coach and facilitator specialized in the development of leadership, communication skills, emotional intelligence and personal efficiency. She is also a trainer and supervisor for coaches in the Certification Program for Coaching of the University of Louvain, as well as for consultancy firms.