Christine Cowan-Gascoigne is a professional coach - not for athletes, but for executives, businessmen and businesswomen.

She designs and facilitates leadership and management development programs, teaches interpersonal skills, works as an executive coach and therapist, delivers keynote speeches and consults in human resource and organizational development issues for organizations of all types and sizes.

She founded The Leadership Company in 1990 to foster responsible leadership and help others understand its critical role in strengthening families, businesses, and communities. Her intense interest in leadership grew out of many years of experience in marketing and strategic planning, first as a consultant at McKinsey & Company and then as a line manager at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. She observed in both settings that project success correlated more closely with project leadership than with other variables.

In 1989, before leaving The Cleveland Clinic to start The Leadership Company, she directed a staff of 70 in marketing, strategic planning, public relations, and consumer affairs. From 2002-2005 she trained as a clinical social worker at the Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights, Ohio. In 2005, she became Adjunct Faculty at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School where she teaches leadership theory and practice.

Ms. Cowan-Gascoigne has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, a Masters of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) from Case Western Reserve University, and a Bachelors of Science (BS) in Economics from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2004 she became a licensed social worker (LSW) and in 2008, a Licensed Independent Social Worker Supervisor (LISW-S), the highest level of licensing in the profession.

Ms. Cowan-Gascoigne has served as a Trustee of Laurel School for more than 20 years, becoming an Honorary Trustee in 1997. She has been a member of the Nominating Committee for the Board of the YWCA, volunteered as a consultant for the Business Volunteerism Council and is a former President and Trustee of the Harvard Business School Club of Northeastern Ohio.

Her clients have included Eaton Corporation, McKinsey & Company, Stanford University, Case Western Reserve University, The John Hopkins Health System, University Hospitals Health System, The State University of New York, Leadership Cleveland and the United States Coast Guard