Melanie Katzman has led pioneering efforts at the intersection of individual, enterprise and system change for over three decades. As the founder of Katzman Consulting, she has served as a trusted advisor to the leaders of public and private companies, family businesses, entrepreneurial and educational organizations, governmental agencies and non-profit institutions worldwide. Combining psychological expertise, global experience and business acumen she provides strategy, coaching and facilitation that enhance personal and organizational performance during periods of transition, growth or crisis.
Melanie began her career as a research scientist documenting the effect of modernization and globalization on emotional well-being in 17 emerging and developing markets. She has co-authored five books, dozens of peer reviewed articles, and helped bring the findings of non-English speaking colleagues into mainstream literature to stimulate social policy.
While living in Asia and England, Melanie built two commercial and two social enterprises (in the UK, US, and Hong Kong). Her work bridging academic and corporate worlds led to the development of competency-based predictors of future success which catalyzed inclusive and diverse recruitment and promotion programs at six leading global financial firms. When Melanie returned to the US in 1999, many of her international collaborators from overseas became Katzman Consulting associates, thus creating an intimate yet global consortium of advisers. In 2005, she became an early partner of the social enterprise Leaders’ Quest, (www.leadersquest.org), which employs immersive experiential learning to develop adept influencers across sectors and different levels of society, who are capable of leading in volatile, disruptive environments with competing priorities and interconnected challenges.
A faculty member of Weill Cornell Medical School since 1987, Melanie has also been a visiting professor at the Bocconi Business School in Milan, the Henley School of Management in Henley-on-Thames, England, Kings College in London, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since 2001, she has been a member of the NYC Medical Reserve Corps and most recently, she joined The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management as a Senior Fellow and is part of the joint venture team delivering Business Radio Powered by the Wharton School. Melanie is the co-creator, former co-host and now frequent guest on a weekly nationally broadcast radio show called Women@Work on SiriusXM Channel 111.
A member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, she has co-chaired the committee on the Advancement of Women Faculty while serving on the advisory boards of Carleton College, the Fundação dom Cabral (Brazil’s leading executive business school), the Resolution Project (supporting social entrepreneurship for young adults) and Women’s Voices for Change (a physician-lead nonprofit providing medical information to de-stigmatize and redefine aging). Melanie holds a PhD in Psychology and is certified in the US and chartered in the UK.
Whether in the corporate boardroom, the lecture hall or a remote village, Melanie unleashes the potential of individuals and supports them in creating cultures that provoke and sustain personal and group advancement in a mutually reinforcing system. She challenges people to recognize the potency of their position and to amplify their influence with intention, purpose and joy.