Virginia Dean

Virginia Dean

Executive Coach

Virginia's coaching is about increasing performance and effectiveness through a rigorous process of mindset and behavior work. In her work with clients, she carefully examines everyday actions and reactions, while supporting a deeper inquiry into underlying beliefs, narratives, contexts, thoughts, challenges and aspirations. Through this lens, her coaching puts equal emphasis on the two polarities of "being" and "doing." It focuses holistically on increasing self-awareness, changing mindsets, and frameworks for action, with an intention of fostering sustainable behavioral shifts. After working with Virginia, her clients lead from a place of purpose and vision, instead of from a place of reactivity. They transform into leaders who have the capacity to respond to the quickly changing business landscape with a grounded sense of their leadership. Virginia's approach is informed by theories ranging from neuroscience, reflective practices, emotional intelligence, various leadership philosophies, psychology, and somatics.

Over a 25-year career as an HR executive, Virginia R. Dean has worked with C-suite executives and entrepreneurs in rapidly growing companies in life sciences, professional services, high technology, and non-profit organizations such as Obsidian Therapeutics, The Broad Institute, BeiGene, TESARO, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, The Bridgespan Group, and Macromedia (now Adobe). Virginia has created engagement-centered cultures in rapidly growing organizations, launching programs to support the evolution and performance of leaders and their employees. Her work has focused on creating sustainable cultures and leadership through high growth and rapid change.

In addition to an MBA from Simmons University's School of Business, Virginia is a Certified Professional Coach with New Ventures West (ICF certified). She has completed Georgetown University's Team Coaching program, is certified in the Leadership Versatility Index (LVI) assessment tool, The Hogan Personality Suite of assessments, has studied and worked with Internal Family Systems theory and has studied at the Strozzi Institute on Somatic Coaching. Virginia has a deep, personal mindfulness practice and teaches methods and techniques to her clients. She is in the process of becoming a certified meditation teacher.

"A tree with strong roots can withstand the most violent of storms, but the tree with no roots canit grow roots as the storm approaches on the horizon." – Dali Lama

Email: execed@simmons.edu