Barbara McMahon

Barbara Mintzer-McMahon, MSW, MFT, PCC is a C-Suite Coach and Executive Development Expert with Executive Development Associates. For the last twenty-three years, she has been working as an organizational consultant, executive coach, and trainer. She specializes in leadership development, team building, change management, building strategic partnerships, and coaching in mindful leadership. In 1989, she founded the Center for Transitional Management ( in Orinda, California.

Ms. McMahon is also head of the consulting division of Women in Leadership for The Alexcel Group. She has been head of the coaching faculty for the Global Institute for Leadership at Linkage Inc. from 2003-2011. In 2012, she was offered a position as adjunct trainer/presenter working with the Marcus Buckingham Company.

She facilitates workshops and consults both nationally and internationally for a wide variety of professional organizations including those in business, media, high-risk occupations, hospitality, mental health, and education.  She has keynoted and developed training programs for Women in Leadership, Strategic Partnering, Mindfulness and Strategies for Successful Leadership for companies including Shell International, Intel, Pella Corporation, Nektar Therapeutics, University Polytechnic in Madrid, Yahoo, and many others. For the last two years, Ms. McMahon has partnered with Alexcel Group and the Institute for Executive Development in a research project and paper on Best Practices for Executives in Transition.  She has frequently been called upon to speak and consult on this topic.

Ms. Mintzer-McMahon was an instructor for over 20 years in the Graduate Psychology Department at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, teaching Systems Theory and Group Dynamics. In 1999, she accepted a position as adjunct professor at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, teaching Group Process in the Graduate Department of Education and Counseling.

Based on her specialization in leadership development, coaching and consulting, she is a contributing author to Enlightened Power: How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership released in April 2005. She is also a contributing author to Marshall Goldsmith’s recently released book, Coaching for Leadership, showcasing her model for Transformational Change.

Ms. Mintzer-McMahon is a psychotherapist and has accumulated twenty-five years of clinical experience, during part of this time she worked as a full time clinical consultant to a Police Department in Northern California. While working for the police, she developed one of the first systemically oriented programs in Stress Management and soon became sought after as a consultant in Stress Management for both Business and Professionals in High Risk Occupations. She holds a PCC, MSW degree from San Francisco State University and a BS in Sociology from University of California at Berkeley.

Representative Assignments

  • University Michigan Medical Center- Surgeon and Chief- Relationship Management- How to build better strategic partnerships.
  • Juniper- VP Leadership Development- Influence
  • Johnson and Johnson- VP IT- Change Management- Strategic management initiative transitioning the organization to centralized IT.
  • Starwood Hotels and Resorts- VP Owner Relations- Self-awareness and Creating a leadership brand
  • Tesco Corp- Regional Manager- Building High Performance Work Team


  • Instrument Certifications/Trainings: Myers-Briggs (MBTI), FIRO-BTM, Emotional Intelligence, Hogan certified
  • Founder & President, Center for Transitional Management
  • Professional Certified Coach, ICF
  • Executive Coach, CoachSource
  • Marshall Goldsmith Certified Coach


  • Change Management
  • Mindfulness
  • Communication Skills
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Influencing Others
  • Relationship-Building
  • Teambuilding
  • Transition Management / First 90 Days
  • Women in Leadership

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