Executive Director, Professional Development

About Terri Brady

In her role as the Executive Director of Professional Development, Terri conceptualizes, creates, and manages professional development for Harris alumni.  She offers insights and tools to enable alumni to communicate effectively and become more self-aware, thoughtful, and adaptive leaders. Terri also teaches and coaches Policy Labs students on teamwork, presentations, and communications, and provides strategic support for the Policy Labs curriculum.

Terri joined Harris from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where she established and managed the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative at the University of Chicago Law School. At Booth she also led programs on group dynamics and change management.

Prior to Booth, Terri taught leadership and persuasion classes at the Harris school and was President of TAB Consulting, a strategy and communications company. In that position, Terri was a consultant to US Congressional campaigns, led leadership seminars, and was a consultant to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

Specializing in commercial litigation, Terri had a long and successful legal career, most notably at New York-headquartered Shearman and Sterling. Prior to her legal career, Terri was a consultant to the US Department of Agriculture in the Policy and Program Planning Office, served as the interim Director of Court Planning for the Iowa Supreme Court, a Russian specialist in the East-West Economic Policy Office at the US Department of Treasury, and served on the Russia area team for the US International Communication Agency.

Terri is certified in The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) Inventory, and uses it as an assessment tool in her executive coaching practice. She coaches senior executives and teams to develop their leadership skills and enhance their performance. She specializes in coaching senior executive women, doctors, and other healthcare professionals.

Terri graduated with a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School. She received her JD from Columbia University Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an International Fellow. She received her BA in Russian/International Studies from Grinnell College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and received the Grinnell Honor Scholarship. Terri is a Truman Scholar, Certified Mediator (Northwestern University), and certified to administer personality-based inventories by Hogan Assessment Systems.

Terri currently serves on the Board of Presbyterian Homes and the Leadership Council for the Wilson Center for Innovation and Leadership at Grinnell College.

You can find links to Terri’s commentaries on leadership and professional development and the webinars she has hosted on the Harris Edge website here.