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Tom Hughes

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Tom has spent the past twenty years developing leaders around the world through his teaching and coaching. He has held leadership positions at the consulting firms Duke Corporate Education and Booz Allen Hamilton, and founded a number of small companies.

Operating from the United States for Openside, Tom focuses on consulting skills, communications, team and individual performance improvement, change leadership and general management and leadership development, leveraging his background in Organizational Psychology and Organization Development.

In particular, Tom has a deep commitment to creating environments where learning can be internalized.

Tom also spent several years as a full-time actor and writer, performing on stage and on film, and recording many audio books.  During those years, he managed to avoid both the food-services industry and substantial fiscal success, but did discover many interesting metaphors for learning.

Tom’s academic career is varied—he holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology with a focus in Organization Development consulting; a conservatory certificate in Acting from the American Repertory Theatre’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard; and a Bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard University.  He has written several fiction and non-fiction books, and a number of journal articles in the field. Several writing projects are currently underway as well.

Tom has had the good fortune to work with many exceptional organizations in the professional services, technology, healthcare, food and beverages, defense, government, and not-for-profit sectors. All told, he has worked with clients in 30 countries on 6 continents.

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