Marilee Adams, PhD | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University
Marilee Adams, PhD

Marilee Adams, PhD

Marilee Adams, Ph.D. is an author, organizational consultant and facilitator, executive coach, and professional speaker. She is CEO/President of the Inquiry Institute, a solutions company providing consulting, coaching, training, keynotes and eLearning. She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University in the Key Executive Leadership Program and faculty for the Institute for Life Coach Training, the Adler Institute, and Expedition Coaching. She is an ACC with the International Coach Federation and an instructor for Weatherhead Executive Education.

Dr. Adams' published works include books, book chapters, and articles. These include Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 12 Powerful Tools for Leadership, Coaching, and Life, 3nd edition (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2016) and The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy (John Wiley & Sons, 1998). Change Your Questions, Change Your Life is an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Learning in Organizations and Business and has sold over 300,000 copies in about 20 languages. Another book, Teaching that Changes Lives: 12 Mindset Tools for Igniting the Love of Learning, was published in 2013 by Berrett-Koehler and won a Gold Medal IPPY Publishers Award. Marilee's book chapters include: "The Practical Primacy of Questions in Action Learning" in Action Learning and Its Applications, Present and Future and she co-authored, with Dr. David Cooperrider and Dr. Marge Schiller, "With Our Questions We Make the World" in Advances in Appreciative Inquiry—Constructive Discourse and Human Organization. She also co-authored with Dr. Cynda Rushton an article in Advanced Critical Care Nursing entitled: "Asking Ourselves and Others the Right Questions: A Vehicle for Understanding, Resolving, and Preventing Conflicts between Clinicians, Patients, and Families."

Dr. Adams works and speaks in the private and public sector, healthcare, education, and professional associations. These include: the United Nations, Georgetown McDonough School of Business; Ameriprise, AREVA, Inc., Booz Allen, Brother Int'l, DHL, DuPont Global, Johnson & Johnson, Lockheed Martin, Merck & Co.; the Federal Reserve Board, the Department of Commerce, the Social Security Administration, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Navy, FBI, Department of Health & Human Services, HSBC Private Banking, NASA Goddard, the National Defense University (NDU), U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Education, National Geospatial Agency, Brookings Institution, SUBMEPP Activity, and the Council for Excellence in Government; Princeton University, Harvard University, Kansas State University, Kent State University, Humber University, New York University, George Mason University, Columbia University Teachers College Workplace Learning Institute; Johns Hopkins Hospital, Toronto General Hospital, Medical College of Wisconsin, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Christiana Care Hospital, Bayada Home Health Care, National Training Laboratory, International Coach Federation (national and local), Tony Robbins coaches, Systems Thinking in Action Conference, Learning Forward, Organizational Development Network, Society for Human Resource Management, American Society of Training & Development, the Global Forum for Action Learning. Marilee earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University.

Prior to 1998, Dr. Adams was a psychotherapist in private practice working with individuals, groups, couples, and families. During that time, she also founded and led several public seminar companies.