Brown University, BA with Honors
Columbia University, MBA
Chris has deep expertise in marketing and strategy, grounded in 20+ years of experience. Most recently, Chris was a partner with MarketingNPV, a highly specialized advisory firm that helps global marketers assess the financial returns on marketing investments. Prior to that, Chris was Marketing Accountability Practice Leader for EMM Group, a consulting firm specializing in enterprise marketing management. He also led Client Services for High Performance Systems (now isee systems), a leading provider of systems thinking-oriented educational and software programs. Helping leaders develop has been his passion and practice for a long time. In 2010, he founded Obsidian Partners to provide executive coaching and leadership development programs to marketing leaders and their teams.
Upper Valley Waldorf School, Board Chair; Wellspring School, CFO; 3rd Eye Unlimited, Board Chair; Thetford Chapter of Vermont Democratic Party, Chairman.
Microsoft, athenahealth, Harvard Business School, AOL, Teach for America.
Training and Certification
International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC); The Coaches Training Institute, Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC); Kantor Institute/Dialogix, Structural Dynamics Certification; CRR Global, Advanced Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching (ORSC); The Leadership Circle Profile; Team Coaching International, Team Diagnostic Assessment.
At The Boda Group…
Chris specializes in coaching highly accomplished technical and analytical leaders and their teams. He brings his twenty-five years of experience as a marketing and strategy consultant leading major global engagements for market leaders across a broad range of industries. He believes that effective leadership is fundamentally driven through connection to personal values. Energy, creativity, and commitment are brought to life through a leader’s active connection with what is of absolute importance, the core values that define who they are, and the accomplishments and legacy they deeply seek for their personal and professional lives.
The biggest challenge facing today’s leaders is…
burnout. Today’s problems are increasingly complex and cannot be addressed successfully with traditional methods. Today’s leaders must be courageous and forward-looking individuals, grounded in their personal truth, but they must also successfully harness the power of their followers and have enough flexibility and humility to change course dynamically as needed.
What matters to me is…
humor, connection, authenticity, and courage.
Things that make me smile include…
reggae music, my children’s offbeat senses of humor, and the moments in my coaching relationships when the client suddenly shifts from their default perspective to one that resonates with anticipation and possibility.