Ben Olds


Hobart College, BA, Economics, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Kellogg School of Management, Graduate School of Business, MBA


A seasoned leader and human resources executive, Ben thrives in fast-paced, data-driven environments. He started his career with Bain & Company, where he consulted for Fortune 500 companies in a wide variety of industries, including private equity, consumer goods, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and IT services. While at Bain, he built expertise in organizational and leadership development. As a case team leader, he earned a reputation as a great developer of talent, receiving high praise and numerous awards for his commitment to helping his teammates and clients improve every day. After Bain, Ben joined Monitor Group to lead North American talent management and internal coaching. He was quickly promoted to lead all culture-development activities for Monitor headquarters and played a lead role in training and development nationwide. Ben left Monitor to become the head of HR and build the HR function for Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, an oncology biotech company. After helping Merrimack double in size, he decided to return to coaching and leadership development full time, joining The Boda Group as an executive coach.

Recent clients

Bain & Company, The Bridgespan Group, Monitor Group, BCG, Davis Polk, SAC Capital, Nexphase Capital, RA Capital, Third Rock Ventures, Microsoft, athenahealth, Lexia Learning, Cengage,, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, The Broad Institute, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Tesaro Biopharmaceuticals, FORMA Therapeutics, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Proctor & Gamble

Training and certification

The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); Kantor Institute/Dialogix, Structural Dynamics: Action Design Systems Dynamics; Harvard University/Kegan and Lahey, Immunity to Change; Kaiser Leadership Solutions, Leadership Versatility Index (LVI), Certified Facilitator.

At The Boda Group…

Ben is committed to helping leaders realize the best version of themselves. His specialty is helping leaders skillfully approach difficult conversations in high-stakes situations. He believes that productive interactions and effective understanding form the foundation of healthy relationships. His clients appreciate his direct communication style, his sincere investment in their self-exploration, his analytical mind, and his positive sense of humor. Ben is an enthusiastic learner and works best with clients who are committed to examining themselves and their contribution to the situations they find themselves in, so they can navigate these waters effectively and achieve their goals.

My biggest professional mistake was…

spending years in a job I didn’t love because it was prestigious to others, instead of doing the work I’m passionate about.

What matters to me is…

becoming better every day at helping others grow and develop.

My friends say I’m…

energetic, passionate, goofy, and quick.

I’m part of The Boda Group because…

in eight years of HR leadership, I worked with many coaches and leadership development companies and none were as effective or as good a partner as The Boda Group. Boda’s emphasis on real business experience and provocative curiosity consistently helped leaders learn about themselves, improve their leadership, and ultimately achieve better results. When I decided to shift from being an HR leader to a full time professional coach, Boda was the obvious choice for me.