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David Brendel

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David co-founded Strategy of Mind as a psychiatrist, certified executive coach, leadership specialist, and philosophical counselor based in Boston. 

David is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) of the International Coach Federation (ICF). He has vast experience as an executive coach and leadership trainer across a wide diversity of corporate settings. He is an expert in applying cognitive psychology and leadership techniques in executive coaching and corporate training programs.

David writes about his approach in frequent articles for the Harvard Business Review, Huffington Post, and other publications. David earned an MD from Harvard Medical School and PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

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Ryan Stelzer

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Ryan co-founded Strategy of Mind as a management consultant specializing in both individual and organizational performance improvement.

Prior to his work in consulting, Ryan served at The White House as a Presidential Management Fellow during the Obama Administration, where his team was responsible for improving and sustaining high levels of performance across federal agencies. Before this, Ryan also worked as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Export-Import Bank of the US. 

Ryan has delivered a TEDx Talk and written articles for various publications. He holds a master's degree from the University of Chicago and undergraduate degrees from Boston University and the University of Cambridge in the UK.


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