Dr. Kate Isaacs 

Dr. Kate Isaacs is a scholar, teacher, and strategy advisor who designs organizations and stakeholder partnerships that enable people and places to thrive.


She works with organizations in all sectors as a consultant on strategy and culture change, and as a facilitator of complex stakeholder engagements. Her work is informed by design thinking, system dynamics, principled negotiation, ecological stewardship, and somatic psychology. Kate is a certified Shadow Work coach who emphasizes the positive potential in people and organizations—noticing and expanding what is working, and transforming obstacles and habits that block the natural orientation towards creativity, growth, and health.

Kate is a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan Leadership Center where she teaches courses on Nimble Leadership and Inclusive Innovation. She is an Executive Fellow at the Center for Higher Ambition Leadership, where she and colleagues run CEOs Leading Local, a network of business coalitions that work to accelerate positive social and economic change at the local level


She writes about leadership, innovation, and sustainability for publications including the Harvard Business Review, strategy+business, Chief Executive, The Hill, and the Academy of Management.


Kate holds a PhD in Organization Studies from the MIT Sloan School of Management, an M.S. degree in Technology and Policy from the MIT Engineering Systems Division, an M.S. degree in Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute, and a B.S. in Biology from the Oakland University Honors College.

She lives in Concord, Massachusetts with her family, and loves running, biking, swimming, yoga, skiing, gardening, and working on cars. She occasionally commutes to Colorado in the winter, where she finds no greater joy than telemark skiing in fresh Rocky Mountain powder.


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