Barbara Leary

Faculty and Affiliate

As a man­age­ment con­sul­tant, teacher and exec­u­tive coach, Bar­bara Leary helps peo­ple and orga­ni­za­tions nav­i­gate com­plex change ini­tia­tives by focus­ing on the human side of change.

Pri­or to form­ing her own con­sul­tan­cy, Leary was a man­ag­ing direc­tor at FTI Con­sult­ing, a glob­al busi­ness advi­so­ry firm, where she advised For­tune 500 clients on merg­er inte­gra­tions, orga­ni­za­tion­al restruc­tur­ings, tech­nol­o­gy deploy­ments, cul­ture change, and exec­u­tive lead­er­ship tran­si­tions. Before that, she held lead­er­ship roles in cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Flori­da Pow­er & Light Co., a sub­sidiary of Nex­tEra Ener­gy Inc., the world’s largest pro­duc­er of wind and solar ener­gy; Lex­mark Inter­na­tion­al, a glob­al provider of print­ing and imag­ing prod­ucts; BASF Cor­po­ra­tion, the North Amer­i­can sub­sidiary of the world’s largest chem­i­cal com­pa­ny; and CDI Cor­po­ra­tion, an engi­neer­ing and IT staffing com­pa­ny. Pre­vi­ous­ly, she was a vice pres­i­dent at Ketchum in Pittsburgh.

Leary serves on the adjunct fac­ul­ty at George­town Uni­ver­si­ty, where she teach­es in the Pub­lic Rela­tions and Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions grad­u­ate program.

She holds a Mas­ter of Sci­ence degree in Pos­i­tive Orga­ni­za­tion­al Devel­op­ment and Change from Case West­ern Reserve University’s Weath­er­head School of Man­age­ment. In serv­ing her clients, she draws on a vari­ety of the­o­ries and method­olo­gies, includ­ing Inten­tion­al Change The­o­ry, Expe­ri­en­tial Learn­ing The­o­ry, the Kot­ter mod­el, Appre­cia­tive Inquiry, and Prosci, in which she is certified.