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Shelley Carson, PhD

Dr. Shelley Carson, PhD, received her Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard University in 2001, where she continues to conduct research, teach, and advise undergraduates. Her research on creativity, psychopathology, and resilience has been widely published in both national and international scientific journals, and her findings have been featured on the Discovery Channel, CNN, NPR, the BBC, and Radio Free Europe. In addition, Dr. Carson’s work has been noted in magazines such as Newsweek, Scientific American, and Psychology Today.

While winning multiple teaching awards at Harvard for her popular course Creativity: Madmen, Geniuses, and Harvard Students, Dr. Carson also maintains an active speaking schedule outside of the classroom, talking to such groups as the Congressional Biomedical Research Caucus, the National Council on Disability, the Massachusetts Manic Depressive and Depressive Association, and the One Day University lecture series.

Since 2006, she has also served as a senior consultant and subject matter expert for the Department-of-Defense project, which provides innovative online mental health assistance to service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Carson also writes the popular Psychology Today blog “Life as Art,” and her new book titled Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life will be released by Jossey-Bass in fall, 2010.

Ben Dattner, PhD
Ben Dattner is an executive coach and organizational psychologist, and has over fifteen years of experience coaching and consulting all over the world. Ben founded his coaching firm, Dattner Consulting, in 2000, and has been an adjunct professor at New York University since 2002. Ben has helped a wide variety of corporate and non-profit executives, managers, teams and organizations become more effective. His coaching and advisory services enable individuals, groups, departments and organizations to assess, onboard and develop talent; to achieve greater efficiency and better results; to foster commitment and cohesion; and to successfully manage organizational change.
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Susan David, PhD
Susan David, PhD, is a psychologist on faculty at Harvard Medical School, co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, and CEO of Evidence Based Psychology. An in-demand speaker and consultant, David has worked with senior leadership of hundreds of major organizations, including the United Nations, Ernst & Young, and the World Economic Forum. Her work has been featured in numerous leading publications, including the Harvard Business Review, Time, Fast Company, and the Wall Street Journal. Originally from South Africa, she lives outside of Boston with her family.
Carlos Davidovich, MD

For over 15 years, Carlos has been coaching internationally to support the leadership development of individuals and management teams alike.

Originally from Argentina, he lived in Europe for 12 years and since 2013 works and lives in Toronto. With an expertise in NeuroManagement that involves NeuroMarketing, Neuroeconomics and NeuroLeadership, Carlos draws on his skills as a medical doctor plus twenty years of experience in Pharmaceutical business to deliver insights to both organizations and executives into how the brain works. Carlos holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Barcelona, a Medical degree in Argentina, a MBA in Switzerland (Roche interning program) and coaching credentials with the European Mentoring and Coaching Council. He is a professor in the MBA program at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP), invited lecturer for their EMBA programs at Rotman School of Management in Toronto and member of the Harvard Institute of Coaching.

David Drake, PhD

Dr. David Drake, PhD, founded and runs the Center for Narrative Coaching & Leadership in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has studied human dynamics for 30 years, with a particular passion for change and transitions. Lucky for him he has had plenty of practice at both in his own life. Along the way he honed his passion for biq questions and small moments as openings for transformation. It appeals to his smart and quirky brain, which is secretly run by a generous heart.

Shhh… don't tell his brain it is not actually in charge. Even though it won him a math prize when he was 12 and four degrees, it’s his care for people that gets him out of bed in the morning.

What this means for David’s clients is that he can help them separate the signal from the noise to focus on what matters most. He is an integrative practitioner who draws on a rich academic and consulting background in helping clients figure things out.

David has worked on narrative coaching, change and leadership initiatives for 70 organizations, including Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Google, Nike, PwC, Westpac and the Australia and US federal governments. Clients appreciate his systemic and innovative approaches.

He is the founder of the field of narrative coaching and the creator of the Narrative Coaching Labs for practitioners and Narrative Design Labs in organizations. David has trained over 10,000 people in 14 countries in his methods. He has started a global community of licensed Narrative Design Partners to bring this work to the world in new ways.

David is also the architect of integrative development, which brings together adult development and organization development in a unified theory of change. Narrative coaching is an integrative practice that can scale to any size.

David is the author of 40 publications on narratives and coaching and editor of The Philosophy and Practice of Coaching (2008, Jossey-Bass). His new book is Narrative Coaching: Bringing New Stories to Life (CNC Press, 2015), and his next book is as co-editor of SAGE Handbook of Coaching (Sage, 2016).

Amy Edmondson, PhD

Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.

Edmondson, recognized in 2011, 2013 and 2015 by the biannual Thinkers50 global ranking of management thinkers, teaches and writers on leadership, teams and organizational learning. Her articles have been published in Harvard Business Review and California Management Review, as well as in academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly and the Academy of Management Journal. Her books, Teaming: How organizations learn, innovate and compete in the knowledge economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments. Her latest book, Building the future: Big teaming for audacious innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016), reveals the challenges and opportunities of teaming across industries.

Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on the design and implementation of transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (Birkauser Boston, 1987) clarifies Fuller's mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.

Dan Fisher, PhD

Dan is a consulting psychologist and Managing Partner at Garcia Fisher Gullette (GFG), where he serves as trusted advisor to C-Suite executives, boards, and investors. Dan has extensive experience assessing executives for both selection and development. In addition, he works with senior leadership teams to optimize team performance and align companies around vision, mission, and strategy. Prior to co-founding GFG, Dan was a founding member of AlixPartners' Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness practice, where he served on the Senior Leadership Team and led the team development practice, and was co-founder and Managing Partner at Fisher Rock Consulting.

Dan completed postdoctoral studies and was a faculty member at Weill Medical College of Cornell University. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. In addition to being a past board president of the Metropolitan New York Association for Applied Psychology, Dan is an active member in the American Psychological Association’s Society of Consulting Psychology and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. He is a frequent speaker at professional conferences.

Elizabeth Frates, MD

Elizabeth Frates, MD, is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed her internship at MGH and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School program where she served as Chief Resident and is currently an Assistant Professor, Part-Time. In addition, she has her own company, Wellness Synergy, LLC, which is her private practice for wellness coaching and lifestyle medicine consulting.

Dr. Frates has won multiple teaching awards from Harvard Medical School, where she teaches courses to first- and second-year medical students, including the Human Central Nervous System, Musculoskeletal System, Nutrition, and Introduction to the Profession. In 2008, she started the first Medical Student Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group at HMS, and she continues to supervise this group. In the Fall of 2014, Dr. Frates taught the course Introduction to Lifestyle Medicine at the Harvard Extension School and received a Letter of Commendation from the Dean. She is the Director of Medical Student Education at the Institute of Lifestyle Medicine.

Dr. Frates was one of the pioneering physicians who completed her wellness coach training and became a certified wellness coach in 2008. In addition, she has trained in Mind Body Medicine with Dr. Herb Benson, in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's group, in Motivational Interviewing at UMass, and in Functional Medicine.

Dr. Frates is the co-author of Life After Stroke: The Guide to Recovering your Health and Preventing Another Stroke (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006). Also, she is the medical editor for the recently released Harvard Medical School Special Health Report, "Get Healthy, Get a Dog." Merging her physiatry and wellness coaching skills, Dr. Frates is the Director of Wellness Programming at the Spaulding Stroke Research and Recovery Institute in Charlestown.

Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Gail Gazelle, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, graduated from Cornell University and Upstate Medical University. She is a part-time Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School where she developed and teaches a burnout and resilience curriculum to medical residents.

Dr. Gazelle is deeply committed to helping all physicians and physician leaders overcome whatever obstacles they face and move forward to live their best lives. She trained at the Coaches Training Institute, one of the foremost coach training programs internationally and holds Professional Certified Coach certification through the International Coach Federation. She is a Founding Member of the Harvard Medical School Institute of Coaching.

She is the author of “Building Your Resilient Self: 52 Tips to Move from Physician Burnout to Balance.” She provides engaging and insightful keynotes and workshops nationally on physician wellness, burnout, and resilience.

Over her 25-year career, Dr. Gazelle has worked in the following capacities – director of the pain and palliative care programs at a major Boston HMO, CMO, hospitalist on the complex surgical services at a major Harvard teaching hospital, hospice medical director, emergency room extender, primary care internist, regional medical director of a large national hospice chain, academician, and entrepreneur. Her main clinical work is in hospice.

Dr. Gazelle has published in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. She published one of the first articles on coaching physicians in a medical journal.

Alan Graham, PhD

As a consultant, coach, therapist, educator, author and presenter, Alan R. Graham has over two decades of experience helping thousands of individuals, families and organizations navigate life's challenges, and gain the tools they need to manage emotional and business issues. Uniquely trained in business, education and psychology, Dr. Graham obtained his Ph.D. at Northwestern University and completed his training at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Graham is a graduate of the MentorCoach training program and a member of the MentorCoach Training Team.

Dr. Graham's experience has included working with struggling individuals, families and organizations in a variety of settings. He has consulted to many large and small organizations including Deloitte Consulting, Associates in Quality Management, Wauconda Tool and Engineering, R. Lavin & Sons, Melvin Secutiries, and Magellan Behavioral Health. While creating his group practices, ACP Consultants and the ADD Centers, he also held the position of adjunct professor at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. With Dr. Bill Benninger, Dr. Graham created, a coaching organization for individuals with ADHD and their families.

As a way of sharing his skills and experience, Dr. Graham serves as the chair of the steering committee for the American Psychological Association Business of Practice Network (BOPN). He is a member of the Illinois Psychological Association Consulting Section and is the chair of the Association’s Health Care Reimbursement Committee. Dr. Graham is a member of the International Coaching Federation.

Recognized for his work by peers and clients alike, he presents and writes on psychological, child and family, and business issues throughout the United States. Dr. Graham is married and has two daughters in college and an eighth grade son.

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Deborah Helsing, EdD

Deborah Helsing, Ed.D., is the Director of Coach Learning Programs at Minds at Work and also coaches within the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program at Harvard University Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She coaches clients in the fields of education, business, finance, and the non-profit sector to diagnose and overcome their immunities to change. Deborah’s research and teaching practice have focused on issues of adult development and learning. “I find the theory so fascinating because it provides a very elegant, challenging, and powerful framework for understanding so many aspects of adult life – my own and others’. I believe that this theory offers enormous insight into how to assess and support adults to perform more competently across a vast spectrum of issues in their work lives and personal lives. It can help us see more deeply into the challenges adults face, and why so many adults struggle with these challenges. It provides specific guidance for how these challenges could be resolved more effectively and how to support adults to develop the capacity for these types of resolution. Once you start to look at the world through its lens, you see its relevance everywhere.”

Recent publications include:

  • An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (forthcoming, with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, and Matt Miller)
  • Right Weight, Right Mind: An ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss (2014, with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey)
  • “Unlocking Leadership Potential” in Extraordinary Leadership: Addressing the Gaps in Senior Executive Development (2010, with Lisa Lahey)
  • “Human Development” in Political and Civic Leadership: A Reference Handbook, (2010)
  • “Putting the ‘Development’ in Professional Development” (2008, with Annie Howell, Robert Kegan, and Lisa Lahey) in the Harvard Educational Review
Jeffrey Hull, PhD

Jeffrey Hull, PhD, is founding partner and CEO of Leadershift, Inc. a boutique management consultancy based in New York City. He is also a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School, Director of Education and Business Development at the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School affiliate), and an adjunct professor of leadership at New York University.

Dr. Hull is a highly accomplished writer, 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, leadership coach and consultant. His most recent article in Harvard Business Review, “How to be a Less Autocratic Leader” was published in March 2015.

Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC

Carol Kauffman, PhD, ABPP, PCC, embodies the IOC goal of bringing science and practice together as seen in her academic and professional practice. 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. As a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit she launched: the Institute of Coaching Professional Organization with 1,600 members; founded and co-chairs the Coaching in Leadership and Healthcare Conference at Harvard Medical School

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 clients includes: Ahold, Astra Zeneca, Baker & McKenzie, BCG, Bombardier, Egon Zehnder, Linklaters, McKinsey, Norton Rose, Tube Lines, Unilever, Vanderbilt University & School of Medicine and Wellington Management Companys

In addition to coaching, she has designed and delivered Leader as Coach training programs to hundreds of business and physician leaders. These include programs at Unilever, Massachusetts General Hospital, Health Dialog/BUPA and Infosys. Carol is also the Chief Supervisor of the Meyler Campbell Business Coach Programme, The Alexander Partnership in the UK, and supervised the BCG Europe/Middle East fleet of leadership coaches. She also individually supervises 25 Leadership Coaches in UK, Europe, US and Asia.

Robert Kegan, PhD

Robert Kegan, PhD, is a psychologist who teaches, researches, writes, and consults about adult development, adult learning, and professional development. His work explores the possibility and necessity of ongoing psychological transformation in adulthood and its implications for professional development. In addition to co-founding and directing Minds at Work he also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kegan serves as educational chair of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education; as co-director of a joint program with the Harvard Medical School to bring principles of adult learning to the reform of medical education; and as co-director of the Change Leadership Group, a program for the training of change leadership coaches for school and district leaders.

Kegan is a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing therapist who likes to say “that it may help to know that I am also a husband and a father; influenced by Hasidism; an airplane pilot; a poker player; and the unheralded inventor of the ‘Base Average,’ a more comprehensive way of gauging a baseball player’s offensive contributions.”

Phillip G. Levendusky, PhD, ABPP
For more than three decades, Dr. Levendusky has directed and/or developed more than 30 cutting-edge clinical programs at McLean Hospital. He is recognized nationally and internationally as a pioneer of integrated cognitive-behavioral treatment systems for persons with serious mental illness. In addition, he has inspired a generation of students to achieve excellence in the pursuit of their professional careers. As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Communications at McLean Hospital, he continues to research innovative new programs to help patients.
Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. Originally from Russia, she received her A.B., summa cum laude, from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in Social/Personality Psychology from Stanford University. Lyubomirsky currently teaches courses in social psychology and positive psychology and serves as the Department of Psychology’s graduate advisor. Her teaching and mentoring of students have been recognized with the Faculty of the Year (twice) and Faculty Mentor of the Year Awards.

Lyubomirsky’s research has been awarded a Templeton Positive Psychology Prize, a Science of Generosity grant, two John Templeton Foundation grants, a Character Lab grant, and a million-dollar grant (with Ken Sheldon) from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct research on the possibility of permanently increasing happiness. Her research has been written up in hundreds of magazines and newspapers and she has appeared in multiple TV shows, radio shows, and feature documentaries in North America, South America, Asia, Australia, and Europe. She has lectured widely to a variety of audiences throughout the world, including business executives, educators, physicians, entrepreneurs, military officers, mental health professionals, life coaches, retirees, students, and scholars. Lyubomirsky’s best-selling The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want (Penguin Press) is now translated and published in 23 countries, and The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, But Doesn’t, What Shouldn’t Make You Happy, But Does (Penguin Press) is translated (or will be) in 16 countries.

Margaret Moore, MBA

Margaret Moore (Coach Meg), MBA, a co-founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, is a 17-year biotechnology veteran who founded Wellcoaches Corporation in 2000, to establish standards for professional coaches in healthcare and wellness. She co-authored the Wolters Kluwer Coaching Psychology Manual, the first coaching textbook in healthcare. She is faculty at Harvard Extension School, co-founder and co-leader of the National Consortium for Credentialing 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.

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Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet
Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director, Boston Ballet, is recognized internationally as an accomplished dancer, teacher and artistic director. He was appointed artistic director of Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet School in 2001. Nissinen has defined Boston Ballet’s image with classical, neo-classical and contemporary works from the world’s finest choreographers. Born in Helsinki, Finland, Nissinen trained with The Finnish National Ballet School and The Kirov Ballet School, and danced with Dutch National Ballet, Basel Ballet and San Francisco Ballet, where he held the position of principal dancer for ten years. Nissinen is the former Artistic Director of Marin Ballet and Alberta Ballet, and he served as Executive Director of Alberta Ballet and Boston Ballet. His extensive knowledge of the business of ballet and dance history has made him a popular presenter at conferences worldwide.
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Christopher Palmer, MD

Christopher 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. He is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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Edward Phillips, MD

Edward M. Phillips, MD, is Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School and Director of Outpatient Medical Services of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Boston, Massachusetts.

Phillips founded and directs The Institute of Lifestyle Medicine (ILM) in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School,

Additionally, 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™, The Clinician’s Guide to the Exercise Prescription (Lippincott, 2009) and is chair of the Exercise is Medicine Education Committee.

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.

John Raatz

John Raatz, Founder and CEO of The Visioneering Group, is a modern-day Renaissance man. A skilled and experienced communicator, strategist, administrator, musician, teacher and entrepreneur, the thread that runs through Raatz's professional life is an abiding commitment to others' excellence and success ... and to the unfolding process that's lifting all of humanity to a new level of ethical and spiritual expression.

Raatz has been a personal manager in the entertainment industry, representing both high-profile celebrity actors and musicians. He's been a successful stockbroker, a major executive at a public relations agency, a professional blues/rock guitarist, a publisher of a leading-edge newsletter and the administrator of one of Southern California's most forward-looking holistic health clinics.

Raatz holds a Bachelor of Science degree and professional certification in public relations, and is pursuing a BBA degree from the State University of New York Regents Program as well as certification in financial planning from the College for Financial Planning. He is a frequent lecturer on public relations for the UCLA Extension PR Certificate Program.

Raatz also holds a private pilot's license, and is currently working on his instrument rating. Embodying an eclectic spiritual path since 1967, Raatz is a certified meditation teacher and, since 1976, has instructed thousands in the practice. Since 1989, The Visioneering Group has represented many of the foremost authors, books, films and musical projects in the alternative/transformational movement, including What the Bleep Do We Know, The 11th Hour, Youth Without Youth, Peaceful Warrior,Baraka, Mindwalk, A Brief History of Time, Fritjof Capra, Peter Russell, Chellis Glendinning, Dead Can Dance, Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra, Madonna and Donovan.

Douglas Riddle, PhD, DMin

Douglas Riddle, PhD, DMin. is Global Director of Coaching Services and Assessment Portfolio at the Center for Creative Leadership. He drives the portfolio of coaching services and guides the assessment strategy for the benefit of the clients of the Center. He supports the management of coaching talent including nearly 400 professional coaches located in almost 30 countries and shapes the coaching research and publications agenda, including research into global best practices, use of alternative media, and the impact of coaching on organizational effectiveness.

Doug coaches senior leaders and their teams and continues to provide thought leadership in the field, speaking and presenting papers at major scientific and professional conferences around the world on leadership, coaching and organizational change. He has served on the adjunct faculty of the graduate school of Human Behavior at Alliant University and helped establish the Community Mediation Centers in San Diego. He currently serves as an advisor on several non-profit boards including Project Rising Sun of the Fund for Theological Education and the Foundation for International Leadership Coaching. Doug’s articles, blogs and media interviews have appeared in numerous general circulation and specialty publications.

Pascal H. Scemama de Gialluly, MD

Pascal Scemama de Gialluly, MD, is an attending anesthesiologist and pain physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. He is the Director of the Pediatric Pain and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Scemama was the co-founder of a consulting and executive coaching firm focused on fostering individual and team peak performance in fast-growing organizations. He holds a Master in Electrical Engineering from Supelec (France), an MBA from University of Michigan, and a MD from Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He completed his Anesthesiology residency and Pain Fellowship at the MGH.

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Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD

Daniel L. Shapiro, PhD, is founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. His pioneering research focuses on how to address the emotional and identity-based dimensions of negotiation and conflict resolution. He is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable and coauthor with Roger Fisher of Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate. He has published extensively in the research literature, developing innovative psychological models to conceptualize the affective and relational factors driving conflict and its resolution. Dr. Shapiro specializes in practice-based research—building theory and testing it in real-world contexts. He has launched successful conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and for three years chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Shapiro teaches a highly evaluated course on negotiation at Harvard College; instructs psychology interns at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital; and leads executive education sessions at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. He also has served on the faculty at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Lewis 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, co-founded and served as President of the New England Society for Applied Psychology, 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 Executive Director of the Foundation for International Leadership Coaching. He is Senior Advisor to the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is on the Faculty part-time at the Medical School. He has researched and authored or co-authored many articles and books on coaching including most recently: The Executive Coaching Handbook 6th edition; The Executive Coaching Competency Model; Executive Coaching: Building and Managing Your Professional Practice; Executive Coaching: A Working Definition; Education and Development Guidelines for Coaches; What Progress Has Been Made in Coaching Research (2008-2012); Multidisciplinary Approaches to Leadership Coaching; Beyond Strengths- Practical Coaching Techniques to Help Senior Leaders Change Bad Habits; and Bringing Assessments in Coaching Into the 21st Century. Lew serves as Editorial Board Member of Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice and an Advisory Board Member of the International Coaching Psychology Review. Lew has a passion for bringing the power of coaching to leaders around the world who can influence our environment, international peace, and quality of life on a global level.

Bonita S. Thompson, MBA

Bonita S. Thompson, MBA, is a senior human resources executive for global corporations and for 25 years was an HR innovator for six major firms, including Bank of America, Genetech, Levi Strauss, Pacific Telesis, Varian and Catellus.

She is bestselling author of Admired: 21 Ways to Double Your Value, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Hesselbein Institute (formerly Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management). She lectures globally and has taught leadership at John F. Kennedy University.

Her American management Association webinar, Double Your Value, is featured as an article in Dr. Marshall Goldsmith’s book Coaching for Leadership, which was described as “the single best collection of writings and writers on executive coaching,” according to Professor Warren Bennis at USC/Harvard. She was Director of Research for Stanford Professor Jerry Porras (and coauthors Thompson and Emery) on Success Built to Last, the sequel to Porras and Collins’ Built to Last.

Bonita earned an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley; and a BA in Industrial Psychology (minor Statistics) from California State University, San Jose. She also holds an Honorary PhD from Mount Mary College.

Mark C. Thompson

Mark C. Thompson is a world-renowned authority and top speaker on Leadership, Driving Change and Innovation, Sales Growth, and Customer and Employee Engagement.

Mark is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organization. Currently a highly sought after executive coach and venture investor, Forbes called Mark one of America’s Top Venture Investors with the ‘Midas Touch’. Mark was recently featured as one of the “World’s Top Executive Coaches” by the American Management Association and #1 Thought Leader on Innovation and Engagement. He was named one of the “Top 30 Communications Professionals for 2015” by Global Gurus. Mark advises top leaders in Fortune 500 and Global Fortune 1000 companies as well as the executive teams who are leading high growth startup companies in Silicon Valley today.

A New York Times bestselling author whose books include: ADMIRED: 21 Ways to Double Your Value; Now Build a Great Business; and Success Built to Last - Creating a Life that Matters, Mark is also an Innovation Leadership columnist for, and His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”.

Mark has worked side by side with three of the world’s most legendary disruptive innovators: Steve Jobs, Charles Schwab and Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson. He brings insight from decades of experience with these great leaders and research on the culture of companies and brands that achieve the highest levels of employee engagement, customer loyalty and continuous sales growth.

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Irina Todorova, PhD

Irina Todorova, PhD, has extensive academic experience on issues related to psychosocial and cultural aspects of human development and well-being, coaching psychology and qualitative/narrative psychology. She has methodological research and teaching experience in mixed methods research. She has taught Qualitative Inquiry at Harvard Graduate School of Education and currently at Northeastern University, Boston, where she is an Adjunct Associate Professor and advises doctoral and master and doctoral students conducting relevant research and evaluation projects. She has been awarded research grants for national and international projects - for example she has been Principal Investigator on grants funded by the WHO, The Gates Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, European Commission Framework7 Program and Co-Investigator on NIH and NSF grants. She is also currently consulting on an international grant from the European Commission Framework7 Program, “Improving quality and safety in the hospital: the link between organizational culture, burnout, and quality of care”, as well as on a project in collaboration with UNESCO Foresight, both of which implement participatory action research methodologies.