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Penny Potter

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Penny Potter, Ph.D., PCC

Director of Executive Education, Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence

Dr. Penny Potter’s expertise as a scholar-practitioner lends itself to managing all the aspects of her position as Director of Executive Education for the Mason Institute for Leadership Excellence (MILE). Penny has consulted in organizations for over 25 years and worked with leaders at all levels, from rising leaders to executives. As a former senior leader in two consulting companies, Penny understands the challenges of leading well in high-pressure situations. Penny uses this experience as grounding to ensure the programs she oversees in the MILE programs are grounded in both scholarship and “real world” solutions.

Penny managed small- and large-scale client programs, and designed curricula and delivered leadership courses for organizations such as the World Bank, UN Foundation, Gates Foundation, Democracy Fund, Department of Energy, Department of Education, Internal Revenue Service, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM), Smithsonian Institution, USAID, and Veterans Affairs.

Penny’s doctorate is in Human and Organizational Systems. She is keenly interested in the impact of practicing inquiry and openness for leaders and their organizations. She is able to continue exploring this as a Mason Coaching Fellow in MILE’s Leadership Coaching for Organizational Well-Being certification program.

Penny holds a M.S. in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management from George Mason University, and a B.S. in Psychology from James Madison University. She received her coaching certification from Georgetown University and her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) accreditation from the International Coach Federation. 

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