With over 25 years in Learning and Development Rich Braaten is an expert in executive coaching, performance management and developing and leading high performing teams. Rich’s ‘super power’ is a unique ability to influence hearts and minds helping organizations to focus on their most valuable resource, people!
As a connector, executive coach and leadership development expert Rich has successfully launched and implemented global learning and development programs for top tier enterprises. Rich honed his craft both at Pfizer, and through March 2021 at world renowned Crotonville, GE’s Management Development Institute. From developing C-Suite Executive Leadership programs, through leading teams dedicated to developing professional colleagues his focus has always been on helping others to unleash their potential, becoming the best possible versions of themselves.
Rich has been involved with coaching since 2008 having been certified as a Bluepoint coach and master facilitator. Under Rich’s leadership the ‘Leader as Coach’ was rolled out across multiple sales teams and was incorporated into the GE leadership development curriculum. Rich also led an internal coach certification program while developing a ‘bench’ of internal coaches dedicated to coaching executives.
Rich is an expert facilitator, skilled at delivering sessions both in the classroom and virtually, and for the past 10 years has been a strategic partner in the development of blended learning solutions. Rich and his teams have worked across business units and with external strategic customers in the Corporate, Energy, Aviation and Healthcare sectors. Recognized for his global cultural sensitivity Rich has been called on to lead initiatives worldwide, including in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.
Rich and his husband Scott live in Congers, NY and when off the clock enjoy time biking, being with family and friends and working around and in the antique stone farmhouse they have called home since 2019.
Rich received his B.S. from SUNY Albany and also has professional certifications for the Hogan Assessment, SOQ/The View, DISC, the Speed of Trust and Situational Leadership