Shari Cohen Ph.D.
I help organizations stay ‘on mission’ in periods of change and transformation.
My desire to solve society’s most pressing problems got me started in academia.
As an academic political scientist, I studied the conflict between the US and the Soviet Union. I spent much of the 80s and 90s in Russia and Eastern Europe, witnessing firsthand the collapse of communism.
That experience helped me truly ‘get’ how politics and societies work, and what happens when everything changes around you.
But I grew frustrated that the academic approach of theorizing and specializing seemed to stop short of actually solving problems.
I decided my time would be better spent with organizations actually solving those problems.
As I transitioned into coaching and consulting, I quickly realized how relevant my understanding of political culture and leadership was to the way organizational culture and leadership actually function. I discovered that I had a knack for catalyzing new thinking and helping people challenge their assumptions about themselves and their work.
Since that time I have consulted for organizations in the nonprofit, private, and government sectors – including The United States Climate Alliance, The Roosevelt Institute, The Aspen Institute, Natural Resources Defense Council, Brookings Institution, World Resources Institute, Doctors without Borders, Population Services International, Rockefeller Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Nielsen, AOL and Telx (now Digital Realty).
I have also served on the leadership teams of a number of mission driven organizations, which has giving me a real life appreciation for the challenges my clients face. Most recently I led a department of the Jewish Federations of North America where I built CEO onboarding, board development, and organizational culture programs serving its 146 local Federations that range in size from 5-400 employees around the US and Canada.
I’ve learned that massive impact cannot be sustained without effective, creative, and resilient leadership.
attention & awareness
One of the greatest values of coaching is that we carve out time to slow down and put what is often unconscious under the microscope. We build awareness of what might have been unexamined and engage in the experimentation and reflection needed to tackle new challenges.
Each of these ingredients must be present to make sustainable behavioral change. This approach is relevant whether I’m working 1-1 with a CEO or coaching the entire leadership team.
Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Certificate in Organizational and Executive Coaching from NYU.
Author of Politics Without a Past, published by Duke University Press.
Immunity to Change Coach.
An authorized partner for Wiley’s Everything DiSC assessment.
Trained in scenario planning by the Global Business Network.
Certified in Hay Group’s ESCI, Organizational Climate and Leadership styles assessments.
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Jewish Federations of North America
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