Carole Robin

MBA Class of '78 Lecturer in Organizational Behavior

Director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program

Phone: (650) 725-9606


Academic Areas: Organizational Behavior

Carole Robin, PhD, is the Director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows program and winner of the 2011-2012 MBA Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2013 Robert K. Jaedicke Silver Apple Award.  As a consultant and executive coach, she has been helping people and organizations thrive in the business, nonprofit, and public sectors since 1985. Dr. Robin’s experience as a former high-tech sales and marketing senior manager and past partner/principal of an organization consulting firm provides her students with pragmatic, solution-oriented approaches grounded in “having been there.” Her belief is that adults learn best by doing. Her courses combine a high degree of experiential-based activities with case method, theory, and research to ensure rigor, relevance, and practicality. In addition to teaching Leadership Fellows, she teaches courses on interpersonal dynamics, influence, leadership, coaching and life transitions at the Graduate School of Business.


For over 25 years, Carole Robin has provided executive coaching, leadership development and executive team building to a wide range of business, government, and nonprofit clients. She has consulted to organizations ranging in size from startups to global and Fortune 500 organizations. She is an experienced facilitator in whole system change and numerous organizational improvement and decision-making processes (including G.E.’s Work-Out®). Dr. Robin was formerly a partner and principal at Destra Consulting Group, LLC, an international consulting firm prior to becoming a full-time member of the faculty at the GSB. Prior to becoming an organization development consultant and executive coach, Dr. Robin was a National Account Manager for Honeywell's Industrial Controls Division (1975-1980) as well as the 13-state Western Regional Manager for the Modicon Division of Gould, Inc. (1980-1985)

Dr. Robin has been affiliated with Stanford University since 1998 and a lecturer at the Graduate School of Business since 2002. She is currently the Director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program and winner of the MBA Distinguished Teaching Award. She holds a full-time lectureship appointment in the Organization Behavior area where she teaches Interpersonal Dynamics, High Performance Leadership, Leadership Coaching and Mentoring and Taking Stock and Moving Forward to MBAs and Sloan students and Interpersonal Dynamics for High Performance Executives to executives (Executive Education).

Dr. Robin is also the Faculty Director of "Beacon, Charting Your Next Phase", a program within the alumni Life Transitions Initiative and previously taught Interpersonal Influence and Leadership at the Stanford Law School (an interdisciplinary course open to Law School, School of Engineering, and School of Earth Science graduate students), and Interpersonal Dynamics for High Performance Leaders (offered to alumnae through the Life Long Learning Program.) Her research interests focus on emotional intelligence, influence and leadership, coaching and mentoring, executive team development, appreciative inquiry, and existential perspectives on meaningful work.

Dr. Robin has been a Guest Lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Business and is a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science. She has served on numerous boards including Leadership Midpeninsula, Palo Alto Foundation for Education, and the Fielding Graduate Institute Board of Trustees.

Dr. Robin has a PhD in Human and Organization Systems and a Master's Degree in Organization Development. She was raised in Mexico City, Mexico and speaks fluent Spanish. She is the recipient of two Congressional Awards for Community Service and resides in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and two children.

Academic Degrees

PhD, The Fielding Graduate Institute, 1998; Internship in Group Process Facilitation, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1998; MA, The Fielding Graduate Institute, 1995; BS(cum laude), Northwestern Univ., 1975.

Professional Experience

At Stanford since 2002. Principal, Destra Consulting Group, 2003—; Instructor, School of Engineering Management, Stanford Univ., 1999–2000; Guest Lecturer, M.I.T. Sloan School of Business, 1999–2000; Partner, Avista Consulting Group, 2001-2003; Independent Organization Consultant, 1985-2001; Regional Director, Gould Inc., 1980–85; Natl. Account Manager, Honeywell Inc., 1975–80.

Selected Publications

  • Leadership Excellence and the “Soft” Skills: Authenticity, Influence and Performance: Stanford GSB Research Paper, 2008

Awards and Honors

  • Robert K. Jaedicke Silver Apple Award, 2013, Stanford GSB Alumni Association
  • MBA Class of 2011 and MBA Class of 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011
  • MBA Class of 1978 Lecturer for 2007-2008 through 2011-2012, 2011
  • Who's Who Among America's Teachers and Educators, 2007

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