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Randall P. White, PhD Biography

Randy White, psychologist, principal Executive Development Group

Randall P. White, PhD, is founding partner of Executive Development Group and an international thought leader in the field of executive coaching and leadership development. He is Co-head of Leadership at HEC Paris (and Doha) and the TRIUM Global Executive MBA program in London. He also teaches with Duke Corporate Education (Durham and London).

Dr. White has long served in leadership roles with the American Psychological Association. Currently, he is Chair-elect of the APA Council Leadership Team and a member of the APA Board of Directors.

Dr. White has continually participated in the advancement of consulting psychology for leadership development. He serves on the Division 13 Coaching Psychology Credentialing Committee and is a reviewer for the Consulting Psychology Journal, as well as several other scholarly journals. He is a former president of the Society of Consulting Psychology (SCP), Division 13 of the American Psychological Association, a Fellow in Divisions 1 and 13 of the American Psychological Association (APA), a Salzburg Fellow on Women’s Issues and a former board member of the American Society for Training and Development.

In 1987, Dr. White co-authored the best-selling business book, Breaking The Glass Ceiling: Can Women Reach The Top Of America’s Largest Corporations?; and in 1996, The Future of Leadership: Riding the Corporate Rapids into the 21st Century.

Dr. White also co-authored Four Essential Ways That Coaching Can Help Executives in 1998 and Relax, It’s Only Uncertainty in 2001, which culminated in the development of Ambiguity Architect, a 360 assessment that measures the ability to cope with uncertainty. In 2009, he contributed the capstone chapter to The Perils of Accentuating the Positive, challenging the strengths-based leadership movement. Much of Dr. White’s work appears in multiple Western languages and Chinese.

Dr. White holds an AB from Georgetown University, an MS from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in social psychology from Cornell University. He is the former Director of Specialized Client Applications at the Center for Creative Leadership, where he was responsible for all custom programs and executive coaching, and has taught at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell.