Professor Coakley has a passion for teaching. Known for her fast-talking style and real-world approach, she has received several teaching awards that acknowledge her excellence.
“I’m always thinking how I can make things different or better for my students,” Coakley said. “I want them to walk out of my class and say ‘Wow. I can use that in my interview or my internship.’ Everything I do begins in the classroom – research or consulting, it all starts there.”
Coakley has published and presented on topics ranging from defense conversion to adaptive leadership to design thinking. She runs a robust consulting practice, teaching personal branding, negotiation, and women and leadership for clients that include B.J.’s Wholesale Club, Hope Global, and Women & Infants Hospital.
She’s a consistent contributor to the annual Women’s Summit, serves as a faculty fellow for the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, and is on the executive leadership team which plans and organizes Bryant’s annual three-day IDEA program, an all-freshmen student event focused on creative problem-solving and the innovation process.
“What I love about Bryant is that it is always evolving, and you’re allowed to be cutting edge – always finding new ways to challenge your students and to create an environment for achievement and success.”
● Women and leadership
● Organizational behavior
● International management
● Work/family conflict
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