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Rachel Ciporen

Professional Background

Educational Background

  • B.A., Earlham College -Peace and Global Studies
  • M.A., Teachers College, Columbia University - Organizational Psychology,  Department of Organization and Leadership
  • Ed.D., Teachers College, Columbia University - Adult Learning and Leadership, Department of Organization and Leadership

Scholarly Interests

Selected Publications

biographical information

As an executive coach, educator and facilitator Rachel draws on over 15 years of experience in conflict resolution, leadership development and cross cultural collaboration to help individuals, teams, and organizations maximize their potential. She works with global executives across multiple industries and specializes in helping leaders stretch beyond their habitual thinking, relating and problem solving patterns.

Rachel is a core faculty member of the Columbia Coaching Certification Program and the Gestalt Organization and Systems Development Center. Rachel has been coaching in Columbia Business School's Senior Executive, Emerging Leader, and High Impact Leadership Executive Education Programs since 2004. She also teaches courses in Adult Learning and Leadership as well as Emotional, Social and Cultural Intelligence at Teachers College, Columbia University.

Rachel takes a systems approach to leadership development and understands that an individual's behavior is both a function of personality and the larger organizational environment. Rachel has extensive experience using multi-rater feedback with clients and helps leaders step back from their daily routine and reflect on their style and impact on others. Rapport and trust are at the heart of any coaching relationship and Rachel works from an appreciative stance that supports honest self-appraisal and growth. Her research on leadership development, executive education, and transformative learning has appeared in several journals including The Academy of Management Learning and Education and The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.

Rachel received her doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership and her Masters in Organizational Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Board Certified Coach through the Center for Credentialing and Education and has completed numerous advanced training programs at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She is certified in the following assessment tools: Culture in the Workplace, Genos Emotional Intelligence, Hogan Assessment Suite, and the Neethling Brain Instrument (NBI). A partial client list includes: The Africa-America Institute, Barnard College, Bio-Arra, CariniLang Boutique Carpets, Columbia University, Eileen Fisher Inc, Genesis Bio-Lab, LL Bean, Macquarie Bank, The Synergos Institute, Tory Burch, Time Warner, and Verizon.

honors and awards

  • Inclusion in "Best Paper Proceedings" for the Management Education Division of the Academy of Management 2009 Conference.
  • 2009 Outstanding Graduate Award – The Gestalt OSD Center
  • American Society for Training and Development's (ASTD) 2008 Dissertation of the Year Award
  • Spencer Foundation Research Fellow 2002-2004.

principal publications

  • Ciporen, R. (2010). The Role of Personally Transformative Learning in Leadership Development. The Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, Volume 17, Issue 2. Pg 177-191.
  • Beechler, S; Yorks, L; Ciporen, R. (2008) Developing Learning Communities in Executive Education: A Case Study of a Global Senior Executive Program. University and Corporate Innovations in Lifetime Learning. Information Age Publishing. Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • York, L; Beechler, S; Ciporen, R. (2007) Enhancing the Impact of an Open-Enrollment Executive Education Program through Assessment. The Academy of Management Learning and Education. Volume 6, Issue 3. Pg 310-321.

professional presentations