For 30 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 was 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.) She is now the Faculty Director of the Interpersonal Dynamics for High Performing Executives Program offered through GSB Executive Education. 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.