Meredith Persily - The Initiative™

Meredith Persily

CEO, Aspire@Work

As an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and professor, Meredith Persily specializes in the leadership challenges of complex, global organizations including technology, healthcare, financial services, and hospitality.  Leaders call on Meredith to challenge their management teams, facilitate the development of their vision and strategic goals, and instigate transformation. With an MBA and professional coach certification, Meredith brings her deep business background, understanding of neuroscience, and a variety of leadership assessments to her clients.

A keen observer and trusted advisor, Meredith helps her global C-suite coaching clients break through the clutter, get clear about the real issues at hand, find their purpose, and take risks so they can play in an even bigger arena.  She has delivered leadership programs in 17 countries across five continents and in 38 states and the District of Columbia.

Meredith served on the faculty of American University’s Kogod School of Business from 2010-2013 and transitioned in 2014 to teaching public sector leaders in American University’s School of Public Administration Key Leadership Programs. Her courses include Transforming from Manager to Leader, Leading High Performance Teams, and Action Learning.

As the former director of training and consulting for The Congressional Management Foundation, she coached and consulted for Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff.  She also served as director of executive education of CEB’s Corporate Leadership Council working with hundreds of leading corporations around the world.  Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Meredith began her career as a telecommunications market analyst and then Research Director for the telecommunications division of Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Meredith earned an MBA, with concentrations in finance, strategy and organizational behavior, from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She earned her BA with honors from Brown University.

Featured on NPR, in Entrepreneur, SHRM, Roll Call, Politico and more, Meredith is a subject matter expert on multi-generational leadership, career transition, executive onboarding, employee engagement and current workplace trends.

She earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University and is credentialed as a Professional Certified Coach (P.C.C.) by the International Coach Federation.  She is certified in The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®), The Leadership Circle Profile™, DiSC®, Appreciative Inquiry, Korn Ferry’s ESCI (EQ) tool, and The NeuroLeadership Institute’s Brain-Based Coaching.

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