Melanie Katzman has led pioneering efforts at the intersection of individual, enterprise and system change for over three decades. A clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City, Melanie’s skill at generating the mindset shift that leads to individual and group behavioral change underpins all of her work. She is the founder of Katzman Consulting, and 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 markets. She is a Wall Street Journal bestselling author, 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. Her newest book,
Connect First: 52 Simple Ways to Ignite Success, Meaning, and Joy at Work presents 52 actions you can take immediately to create a deeply rewarding work life by connecting to yourself, your organization, and the world at large.
While living in Asia and England, Melanie built two commercial and two social enterprises (in the U.K., U.S., 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 U.S. in 1999, many of her international collaborators from overseas became Katzman Consulting associates, thus creating an intimate yet global consortium of advisers. She is also a founding partner of the social enterprise Leaders’ Quest, 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.
She was a faculty member at Weill Cornell Medical School for 30 years, and 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. Melanie was a Senior Fellow at The Wharton School’s Center for Leadership and Change Management, where she co-created and was the former co-host of the nationally broadcast radio show Women@Work on SiriusXM Radio.
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 Ph.D. in Psychology and is certified in the U.S. and chartered in the U.K.
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.