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SPA - Key Leadership Program
B.A., Brown University; MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

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Meredith Persily Lamel, MBA, P.C.C., is CEO of Aspire@Work. For 15 years, she has explored the frontiers of aspirational leadership, human behavior, and organizational development. As an executive coach, consultant, facilitator and instructor who specializes in the leadership challenges of organizations across public and private sectors, Meredith’s personal mission is to help people think boldly about what is possible and lead fulfilling and thriving work lives. Leaders call on Meredith to challenge their management teams, facilitate the development of their vision and strategic goals, and instigate transformation.

A keen observer and trusted advisor, Meredith is expert at helping her individual 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 a bigger arena. She supports their success through individual and/or team coaching, organizational consulting, and customized professional development programming and training.

She served on the faculty of Kogod from 2010-2013 and transitioned to teaching public sector leaders in SPA's 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 Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, and counts many among her most interesting clients. She also served as director of executive education of CEB’s Corporate Leadership Council working with hundreds of leading corporations around the world and delivering training programs in more than ten countries.

Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, Meredith started 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.

She has delivered programs in 17 countries across five continents and is just 11 states shy of delivering programs to all 50 states. Watch out South Dakota, she’s coming for you!

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, employee engagement and current workplace trends.

Passionate about development in Latin America, Meredith serves on the board of directors of Pueblo a Pueblo, a nonprofit that supports child education, health and nutrition in indigenous communities of Guatemala.

In her free time, Meredith stays fit through her love of Zumba® and keeping up with her fearless children on high ropes courses, roller coasters and river rafting.

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,
• the Hay Group’s ESCI tool,
• the Team Diagnostic™ Assessment, and
• Retreats the Work: Creative Facilitation and Design.

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Management in Congress, general management, strategic planning, leadership development programs, undergraduate business studies, leadership/executive/team coaching

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Professor Meredith Persily Lamel joined the Key faculty after teaching in the Kogod School of Business. She has an extensive career in executive education, coaching and consulting. Most recently, she ran leadership and management training programs for chiefs of staff and legislative directors in the U.S. House of Representatives and facilitated strategic planning and organizational development for over 50 U.S. Representatives and Senators and their staffs. She also wrote Chief Counsel, a monthly management column for Roll Call newspaper. She was director of executive education for CEB where she taught human resources best practices to numerous Fortune 500 companies. Based in São Paulo, Brazil, she worked as a telecommunications senior market analyst for The Economist Intelligence Unit’s telecommunications division and then served as their deputy director of research.

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