Rick Koonce

Rick is an accomplished leadership coach who has worked with executives and teams in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia.  The co-author of six books, including Growing Leaders (ATD, 2001) he has coached executives at all levels in a diverse range of industries including banking, professional services, financial services, pharma, healthcare, creative services, publishing, manufacturing, aerospace, and technology.  He has also worked extensively with nonprofits, NGOs, academic institutions, and federal government agencies.

Rick’s particular passion is helping executives and managers lead change, build strong teams, enhance their executive/leadership presence, and communicate effectively with key internal and external stakeholders.  His coaching methodology involves a rigorous process of asking probing questions, generating self-reflection, building trust and rapport, and helping coachees develop clear (and measurable) coaching goals.  Clear agreement is struck, early in each coaching engagement to align coaching goals with business strategy, and to address existing/emerging skills gaps or professional development priorities.  As coaching proceeds, various methods are employed, based on appropriateness, to accelerate and facilitate the coaching process, and to gauge progress.  These methods include assessments and self-inquiry exercises, stakeholder interviews, and tools such as 360-degree feedback. 

Rick holds the credential of Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation (ICF).  A graduate of Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, he serves as an executive coach at the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania, and at the McColl School of Business at Queens University.

Education, Certifications, Faculty, Publications

Affiliations and Education

  • Executive Coach, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Executive Coach, McColl School of Business, Queens University
  • Former Master Coach Supervisor, Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)
  • Executive Coaching Certificate, Georgetown Institute for Transformational Leadership, Georgetown University 
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation
  • Certificate in Ministry, Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, NJ
  • Coursework in Health and Wellness, Andover Newton Seminary, Newton, MA 
  • Master of Arts, Government, Georgetown University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, College of William and Mary
  • Coursework, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


  • EQi Assessment (Emotional Intelligence)
  • CCL Suite of Leadership Assessments (Executive Dimensions, Benchmarks, Leadership by Design, Prospector) 
  • MBTI- Qualified
  • FIRO-B Qualified


  • Co-author of six books on leadership, including Growing Leaders (ATD, 2001) and Strategic Six Sigma: Best Practices from the Executive Suite (Wiley, 2002)
  • Frequently published author on leadership topics in many publications including: Pharmaceutical Executive, HR Magazine, Training and Development, Journal of Organizational Excellence, Executive Excellence, and Washington Business Journal


  • Business Commentator on Public Radio's popular business program, "Marketplace" for five years

Industry Experience

  • Advertising
  • Automotive
  • Consulting
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • Legal
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Media/ Entertainment
  • Nonprofits
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications

Areas of Expertise

  • 360 Assessment
  • Action Learning
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Building Leadership & Org. Resilience
  • C-Suite Leader Coaching
  • Change Management/ Leadership
  • Coaching Program Design & Management
  • Communication and Influence
  • Creative Conflict/ Conflict Resolution
  • Derailment Management for Leaders
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Executive Assessment
  • Executive Coaching
  • Executive Presence
  • Executive Team Alignment Facilitation
  • Executive Team Assessment & Development
  • Experience as a Senior Executive
  • Experience as an Entrepreneur
  • High Performing Organizations
  • High Potential Leader Coaching
  • Leadership Development Program Design
  • Managing and Leading Change
  • Managing Up Effectively
  • Mindfulness at Work
  • Navigating Organizational Politics
  • Coaching for Executives in New Roles
  • Presentation Skills
  • Sales Training
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Strategic Planning Facilitation
  • Strengths-based Leadership Development
  • Team Facilitation
  • Teambuilding
  • Values, Mission, Vision Facilitation
  • Women's Leadership