She created the Institute of Coaching at Harvard and works with global top leaders

Worldwebforum speaker Carol Kauffman

Carol Kauffman

President: Coaching Psychology; Harvard Faculty, Founder, Institute of Coaching, Boston, USA

Why you should listen

Carol as a member of the Harvard faculty and an active leadership coach who brings science and practice together to create interventions that work in real time to create real change. She was named the #1 Leadership Coach by the Marshall Goldsmith Group and voted one of the top 8 coaches in the world by Thinkers50.

She draws on all she knows to help leaders become transformation agents and step into “4th dimensional leadership.” Change just isn’t fast paced, change itself is changing. Our capacity to see our futures, rapidly shift the stances we take and develop the capacity to hyper-flex is required in the new normal.

With over 40,000 hours of client contact and 100s of workshops she’s known as a latertal thinker who pushes the edges, engages with a sense of humor and can disrupt someone out of heir comfort zone. Some of her recent clients include Astra Zeneca, Cisco, ConsenSys, Dashlane, Egon Zehnder, Indeed, Informatica, Knowles, Lyft, MasterCard, Sonos, TriNet, Unilver and Value Retail.

She is a leader herself who has impacted the field of coaching on a global scale, In 2009 she received a $2,000,000 gift to start the Institute of Coaching, her coach training program won the Inaugural Program Award of Culture of Excellence in Mentoring at Harvard.

Hear Carol speak at Worldwebforum 2020 Wanted: Leader: So you want to be a Leadership Transformer? Be a 4th dimensional leader.

About the Institute of Coaching

The Institute of Coaching is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the integrity and credibility of the field of coaching by awarding $100,000 in research grants each year thanks to the thought leadership and generous donation from Institute founder and benefactor Ruth Ann Harnisch of The Harnisch Foundation.

By advancing coaching research, education, and practice, the Institute supports professional coaches and others who use coaching skills in their personal and professional lives. We are building a global coaching research community by bringing together leaders in the field to accelerate research progress and disseminate coaching’s best practices.

Coaching is a change process that mobilizes strengths and realizes the potential of individuals and organizations. The practice of coaching embodies a unique skill set designed to optimize the performance of a person or organization in diverse arenas including leadership, healthcare, and public service.


Leadership coaching: As a very active practicing coach, her mission is to help leaders raise the bar on themselves, their teams and organizations to maintain peak performance and optimal life satisfaction. She has over 40,000 hours of client contact. Her work focuses primarily on CEO’s and their teams. In order to launch the next generation of leaders, she is now working with millennials, high potentials and some unicorns.

Academic leadership: While on the faculty at Harvard for over 25 years, she received a $2,000,000 gift from the Harnisch Foundation to be the founder of the Institute of Coaching. She also launched the Coaching Conference at Harvard and the IOC Leadership Forum. Our education-based community has 2,000 active members and serves coaches and those who want to use coaching skills to change their worlds.

Coach approach training: In addition to coaching leaders she also has created the enormously successful Coach Approach training for leaders. The professional coaching program she created at the Massachusetts General Hospital won Harvard’s Inaugural Program Award for Culture of Excellence in Mentoring. Due to its national acclaim as the gold standard, the program is now rolled out in 23 of the top teaching hospitals in the US.