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Who We Are

We Are Certified, Experienced Practitioners Dedicated to Cultivating Confident Leaders.

Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC provides leadership and professional development programs, and facilitation services to business and organizational leaders and leadership teams within global firms, nonprofit organizations, government agencies and intergovernmental organizations.

Brenda Harrington, PCC, CRP, CGBP

Brenda Harrington is the CEO and founder of Adaptive Leadership Strategies, LLC. Her reputation for helping clients navigate both obvious and obscure leadership challenges has resulted in leaders throughout the country and around the world contacting her to help them:
  • Increase influence across their organizations
  • Boost productivity and engagement
  • Develop creative solutions to complex challenges

  • Align vision among stakeholders

  • Create high-functioning, high performing in-person and remote teams
  • Develop effective expatriate and reintegration strategies to mitigate business disruption
Prior to establishing the consultancy in 2011, she was the Executive Vice President of a real estate consulting and management firm. As the organization’s senior leader for operations, she provided oversight for Human Resources, Accounting, IT and Consulting. Brenda has also held management positions with AT&T and Mobil Oil Corporation.

A Natural Listener and Facilitator

No skill is more important to Brenda than her ability to actively listen. Deeply understanding her clients’ needs and challenges is paramount for achieving successful coaching or facilitation engagement outcomes and the operational results that follow.

Brenda helps each client find their authentic leadership style. When needed, she is able to access a variety of assessment tools to reveal professional growth opportunities and potential blind spots to inform the development of engagement objectives.

Areas of Focus

  • Influential and authentic leadership
  • Succession planning and occupational transitions
  • Individual contributor to manager transitions
  • Cross-culture and diversity skill development
  • Global Mindset
  • Expatriate integration and reintegration
Brenda has been featured in The New York Times, U.S. News & World Report, and CNN Money Magazine.


  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Pamplin College of Business, Master of Science, Business
  • Adelphi University, Bachelor of Arts

Professional Certifications

  • Certificate in Leadership Coaching
    Georgetown University, School of Continuing Studies
  • Government Coaching
    University of Government Coaching
  • Hogan Leadership Forecast
    Hogan Assessment Systems
  • Global Mindset Facilitation
    Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Global DISC™
    ICQ Global
  • Global Business (CGBP)
    National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE)
  • Relocation (CRP)
    Worldwide Employee Relocation Council (WERC)
Brenda has facilitated countless virtual leadership development programs to audiences worldwide as a member of the Global Delivery Team in the Corporate Learning division of Harvard Business School Publishing (HBP).

When seeking training for my mid-level and senior managers, I engaged Brenda and Adaptive Leadership Strategies to develop a custom training curriculum for my leadership team. Our organization is culturally diverse and geographically dispersed, with a very small leadership presence of one or two managers in each location. Brenda designed a web-based course that enabled our team to learn together remotely, keeping the sessions relatively short due to the webinar format, but also very interactive to keep the participants involved. The feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive, and the courses were a success.

Eva Markowitz, SPHR, SWP, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Human Resources
ICF Member-International Coaching Federation. ICF-PCC Professional Certified Coach. NASBITE CGBP® Certified Global Business Professional. Worldwide ERC® Member. Certified Relocation Professional.

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Global Chamber “2020 Global Excellence Award” Recipient

Global Chamber Baltimore/Washington - 2020 Global Excellence Award - Brenda Harrington - Adaptive Leadership Strategies.

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