Coughlin is President and Founder of Great Circle Associates providing strategic advisory and executive coaching services to individuals and organizations planning for or in the midst of implementing strategies that call for a significant change from the status quo. She is a sought after thought leader in complex, high stakes situations that call for transition to a new end state.
A seasoned general manager, corporate board member and innovative change agent, Coughlin spent 15 years of her career leading the implementation of transformational initiatives in rapidly shifting and volatile environments, including several successful start-up, re-branding, turn-around, down-sizing and restructuring assignments. Known for her just-in-time strategic investments into the development and advancement of the leaders for whom the achievement of breakthrough results are most at stake, her track record includes the achievement of immediate and sustained ROI on all such investments, and the realization of significant increases in individual and organizational effectiveness and productivity.
Taking advantage of her extensive operating and general management experience, Coughlin has spent more than a decade coaching and mentoring high potential leaders and leadership teams on six continents. She has also assisted leaders in the public sector in the design and delivery of leadership training programs targeted to high potential leaders in North America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Coughlin’s signature approach to coaching focuses on immersive experiences over relatively short periods of time. Having identified shared measurable, time-bound objectives and outcomes, she “shadows” her clients through here-and-now situations that call on the skills they seek to leverage, and those they seek to strengthen. She employs a variety of strategic assessment tools to measure and evaluate critical path leadership skills and competencies and communications styles and abilities â€“ all to inform the development of crisp and distinct personal brands.
Coughlin is co-editor of Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership (Jossey Bass 2005), a seminal volume offering compelling insights into non-traditional approaches 21st century leaders are using to transform business, the media, education, politics and societies. She has spoken all over the world on the personal and organizational imperatives to driving change at core, and the role leaders can, do and need to play.
She is a member The Women’s Policy Group at The Council on Foreign Relations, a member and former executive committee member of The Women’s Leadership Board at The Harvard Kennedy School, an Advisory Board member of Grameen America, a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of The Madison Square Boys and Girls Club of New York and a member of The Committee of 200, an invitation only global membership organization drawing from a select group of c-suite women executives in successful private and public companies — dedicated to fostering, celebrating and advancing women’s leadership in business.
A graduate of Fordham University, Coughlin received a BA in economics, summa cum laude.