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Tara Montgomery, MS

Helping Purpose-Driven Leaders Thrive


About Tara

I help purpose-driven leaders thrive in the face of today's complex challenges. I specialize in providing individual leadership coaching to health care industry executives, medical professionals, medical educators, and public health leaders. I also work regularly with tech industry innovators, media leaders, nonprofit leaders, MBA students, and social entrepreneurs around the world.

My coaching practice focuses on the human dimensions of change leadership. I am skilled in helping leaders guide organizations through change, both planned and emergent. I enjoy helping my clients lead purpose-driven organizations through the challenges of a complex environment, guided by ethics, empathy, and evidence. Depending on the client’s needs, coaching may address topics such as supporting a client’s growth and self-awareness as a leader through self-reflection and the use of self; defining values and purpose; making sense of what is happening; steering culture change; building resilience; learning trust-building habits; dealing with failure; navigating uncertainty, ambiguity, and discomfort; working with conflict; appreciating positive deviance; understanding and improving relationships and group dynamics; and building adaptive leadership skills. I don’t bring formulas or solutions. I try to humbly ask questions and bring out your curiosity to learn and change.

As an EMCC (European Mentoring and Coaching Council) accredited coach at Senior Practitioner level, I integrate effective executive coaching methods into my practice, helping leaders to reflect on the intersection of empathy and evidence and supporting them through the development of ethical approaches to build trust. My research on the role of trust in the US leadership response to COVID-19 informs my efforts to foster more trustworthy systems leaders. In 2021, I spent six months with the medical humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières supporting mentoring and coaching programs.

I hold an Executive Mastère Spécialisé® in Consulting and Coaching for Change from HEC Paris and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, UK. As an Executive in Residence at the Saïd Business School, I participate in the Organisation Studies Group as well as the Systems Change Research Working Group and the Impact Lab at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. I am bringing a practitioner perspective to the University's research, learning, leadership development, and partnerships to improve health and health care systems. In this role, I am contributing to the new MSc in Global Health Leadership and other graduate-level and executive development courses. I also serve as a mentor and facilitator for reflection around complex challenges, helping to guide students in their self-development journeys to becoming effective change makers and leaders in health organizations and other social enterprises. I'm inspired by a new generation of leaders who are committed to social justice and ethics.

  • New York, United States
  • European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) — Accredited Senior Practitioner
  • MS in Consulting & Coaching for Change — HEC Paris & University of Oxford
Who I Help
  • Board members
  • C-Suite executives
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Emerging leaders
  • Healthcare leaders
  • LGBTQ leaders
  • Medical educators
  • Nonprofit executives
  • Public Health workers
  • Purpose-driven leaders
  • Social entrepreneurs