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Paul Thallner is an ICF-certified executive coach and organizational development consultant specializing in strengths-based change. He is founder and CEO of High Peaks Group, a firm that develops organizations to advance business and society. He is also Senior Advisor to Camber Outdoors, a non-profit that advances workplace equity in the outdoor industry.
Previously, he was a Partner at Great Place to Work - a global consultancy that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Places to Work list - where he managed a $3M portfolio and developed employee engagement solutions for the National Basketball Association, Carhartt, Adecco, Blue Diamond Growers, Hackensack Meridian Health, and others.
Paul's coaching clients have included senior executives from PepsiCo, Johnson- Matthey, Montefiore Medical Center, Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, GreatMinds Inc., Team Rubicon, Dealer.com, The Future Project, The Arthur Ashe Institute for Public Health, The Bush Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, The Corporation for National and Community Service, and more.
By helping leaders leverage their strengths to drive engagement and results, Paul has built a reputation as an expert in catalyzing positive, sustainable organizational change at scale. He built the executive coaching component of the Presidio Institute’s flagship cross-sector fellowship program. In 2013, he was awarded a FuseCorps fellowship to design cross-sector solutions that reduce the high school dropout rate.
He was a consultant at Teleos Leadership Institute - an executive coaching and organizational development firm founded by UPENN professor and bestselling author Annie McKee - where he led large-scale transformational change projects for more than a dozen domestic and international organizations.
He was Managing Principal Consultant for BroadVision’s (NASDAQ: BVSN) Worldwide Professional Services group during the Internet boom, and a Senior Consultant at K12 Inc (NYSE: LRN) where he opened new markets and generated $25 Million in revenue.
He started his career in Washington, DC researching best practices in education and later was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to lead the development of California's Math and Science standards. He was later named President of School Performance, a non-profit focused on improving academic achievement of low- income students.
Paul received a M.S. in Positive Organizational Development and Change from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University where he graduated with high honors and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma management honor society. He also holds a M.A. from the College of New Jersey and a B.A. from Gettysburg College.
He provides pro-bono coaching to early-career non-profit leaders, and he volunteers with several community organizations.