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Dr. Angela Passarelli



Dr. Angela Passarelli is an Associate Professor of Management at the College of Charleston, SC, and Director of Research at the Institute of Coaching, McLean/Harvard Medical School. She also serves as a research fellow with the Coaching Research Lab and an instructor of executive education at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. Angela has a long-standing interest in how people, especially organizational leaders, transform as individuals and collectives to realize their full potential. This draws her to topics such as leader development, intentional change, experiential learning, emotional intelligence, organizational neuroscience, motivation, self-regulation, wellbeing, and developmental relationships. Her current research focuses on how coaching relationships support learning and behavior change throughout one’s career. In particular, she is engaged in work that examines how coaching outcomes are shaped by characteristics of the individual being coached, the interaction between the coach and coachee, and competencies of the coach. She also studies the efficacy of coaching interventions for special populations, such as women entrepreneurs, new working mothers, and physicians. Her work has been published in both academic and practitioner journals such as the Leadership Quarterly, Social Neuroscience, Organizational Research Methods, and the Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research. Angela also serves as a representative-at-large on the board of the Organizational Neuroscience division at the Academy of Management. Ph.D., Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University M.S., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Texas A&M University B.S., Psychology & General Business, James Madison University

What inspires you?

Nature, experiences of awe, learning, and witnessing people achieve what they did not think possible.

What relationship has been most influential in your life?

There have been many, but most recently my son. Seeing the world through the eyes of a 5-year-old has awakened my curiosity, sparked my creativity, and honed my ability to ‘tune in’ and empathize. He turns up the volume on play, laughter, and exploration in my daily life!

What’s on your bookshelf?

The Engaged Scholar, Andrew Hoffman

“Positive social interactions and the human body at work” (article), Heaphy, E. D., & Dutton, J. E.

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