Deborah Reidy


Deborah Reidy, M.Ed., PCC is founder and president of Reidy Associates, a coaching and consulting service established in 1996. Reidy Associates supports leaders and their organizations to succeed in complex and uncertain environments. Clients work in state and federal government, industry, community organizations, and nonprofits. Recent clients include the Department of Defense, Airbus Group, the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and many state agencies and nonprofits. Since the early 1980s, Ms Reidy has been designing and facilitating training events, with a particular focus on leadership development. She holds a Masters Degree in Adult Education and is well versed on current research on how adults learn, drawn from the field of neuroscience. With a decades-long background in adult learning, training and group facilitation, she infuses a coaching approach to group learning into her workshops. She is co-chair of the governing council of the Society for Organizational Learning North America (SoL NA), a founding contributor to the SoL Coaching Community of Practice and the Consulting Convergence. In 2012, she published a book on leadership for families of people with disabilities entitled Why Not Lead?, based on her highly successful leadership development programs. Find out more on Deborah’s Website

Speaking Topics

Here’s a sample:

  • The Neuroscience of Change
  • Leader as Coach
  • Cultivating Personal Resiliency in Turbulent Environments
  • Leading Successfully in Permanent White Water
  • Personal Influence Toward Positive Change
  • Getting Past the Fear of Public Speaking
  • Bringing Out the Best in Your People
  • Team Survival Intensive
  • Conversations & Confrontations: How to Communicate When It Really Matters
  • Small Changes for Big Impact: Applied Systems Thinking

In addition, long term leadership development programs can be custom-designed.

Bibliography & Video

  • 2012). Why not lead? A primer for families of people with disabilities and their allies, iUniverse, Bloomington, IN.
  • (2009). Why not lead? (A monograph published for the Southeastern Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation).
  • (2005). Facilitating constructive meetings. The Systems Thinker.
  • (2003). Embracing vulnerability: A core leadership discipline for our times. The Systems Thinker.


  • M.Ed, Adult Education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • BA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Certificate in NeuroLeadership (NeuroLeadership Institute)
  • Security Clearance: Top Secret, Special Accesses w/Full Scope Polygraph and Background Investigation
  • Certified Professional Co-active Coach (Coaches Training Institute)
  • Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation), ACC (2008)
  • Qualified to administer Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • Certified as a Woman Business Enterprise in Massachusetts

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