Lynn Offermann, Ph.D.
Lynn Offermann has over 20 years’ experience in supporting organizations in developing their individual, team, and organizational capabilities. Lynn has worked with numerous public, private, multinational and international organizations on executive development and coaching, organizational development, and team development. A gifted facilitator, trainer, executive coach and public speaker, Lynn is highly sought after by organizations seeking to successfully meet their business challenges.
A Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and of Management at the George Washington University, and former Chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, Lynn is a highly-rated teacher of graduate courses in leadership, teams, organizational behavior, and managing diversity, preparing students for careers in organizational development and human resources. The author of over 65 published professional articles, Lynn brings a unique balance of scholarship and practical organizational experience to her consulting work.
Lynn served for 10 years as a consultant to the World Bank Group on the implementation of numerous strategic change initiatives, and was instrumental in the design and implementation of the Bank’s Executive Development Program. She has trained and coached hundreds of managers from all over the world to improve their leadership effectiveness in multicultural contexts. She has coached Medstar executives as part of their Executive Development Program, and recently worked with Children’s National hospital to develop more effective multidisciplinary teams.
Lynn has conducted scores of workshops and retreats for a wide variety of organizations. She has helped guide organizational change efforts through skilled diagnosis, organizational research and assessment, facilitation and consultation. In 2020, Lynn was honored by the Society for Consulting Psychology (Division 13 of the American Psychological Association) with their Award for Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Consulting, an award recognizing outstanding consultation to enhance organizational diversity and inclusion agendas, to retain, promote and develop diverse leaders, and to help organizations create a more diverse and inclusive workforce.
Lynn is an active member and regular presenter and speaker at numerous professional associations in human resources, management, and organizational psychology. She works with non-profit organizations seeking to engage and empower community volunteers and to improve the quality of leadership provided by professional staff. She was a member of one of four groups of internationally known researchers and practitioners funded by the Kellogg Foundation to explore cutting edge approaches to developing leadership in both politics and business. Lynn has served 9 years on the Editorial Board of the international journal, Leadership Quarterly, and was Associate Editor for the journal, Academy of Management Learning and Education. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Society for Human Resource Management.
Educational Background and Certifications
Lynn holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from Syracuse University, where she began her career as a management development specialist providing consulting, training and program evaluation services to executives in public service agencies in upstate New York. Based on outstanding contributions to the field, she was awarded Fellowship in both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.