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About Ginny O’Brien

Ginny O'Brien is an executive and corporate coach, specializing in leadership development and women’s advancement. In 1998, she founded The Columbia Consultancy, a leadership development coaching firm. Ginny’s coaching model encompasses five core areas of development: authenticity, vision and strategic thinking, emotional intelligence, assertive communication, and the ability to build and nurture strategic relationships. She has worked with managers, directors and senior executives — both men and women — from small, medium and large companies, including corporations such as Avery Dennison, Thomson Financial, Texas Instruments, and Time.

A skilled facilitator and workshop leader, Ginny has led leadership and career development workshops for over 100 organizations, including Chubb, Eastman Kodak, EMC, McKinsey & Company, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, SalomonSmithBarney, Shell Oil, Texas Instruments, Verizon, Viacom, and Xerox.

Ginny is the author of three books: Coaching Yourself to Leadership: Five Key Strategies for Becoming an Integrated Leader, (HRD Press, 2005); Success on Our Own Terms: Tales of Extraordinary, Ordinary Business Women (John Wiley, 1998; and, The Fast Forward MBA in Business (John  Wiley, 1996). In addition, she was a contributing author to Winning in the New Europe: Taking Advantage of the Single Market (Prentice Hall, 1992) and her articles on business intelligence and career strategies have been published in magazines, such as Associations Now, Business Woman, Business Woman Canada, Insights, London Commerce, Planning Review, Self, The Journal of European Business, Women’s Business Boston, Working Woman, Women in Business. She has been featured in major newspapers and magazines, including O, The Oprah Magazine, and has appeared on regional and national radio and TV shows.

During her career she has held management positions in communications and public relations, and has worked for small businesses, nonprofit organizations and major corporations. Ginny was a member of MIT’s organizational learning pioneer group that developed learning histories and she edited two of the first corporate learning histories written. She also taught organizational communication, writing, and leadership courses on both undergraduate and graduate levels. She holds a summa cum laude BA in psychology and an MS from Boston University's College of Communication. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coach Federation and a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA) who is qualified to use DISC, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Benchmarks assessment instruments. Ginny has also received training relevant to coaching in the following areas: Dialogue; Inquiry as Intervention; Negotiation; Relational Intelligence; Integrating Neurobiology and Relational-Cultural Theory; Organizational Development; Spiritual Psychology; and  Emotional Intelligence.

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