Portrait of Ali O’Malley

Ali O’Malley, PhD

Organizational Psychologist and ICF-Certified Executive Coach

Partnering with leaders to reinvigorate purpose and expand impact 

Ali has nearly 20 years of experience coaching and developing senior leaders across industries including higher education, healthcare and life sciences, technology, and professional services. Her clients range from college deans contemplating their next move to corporate officers navigating mergers and acquisitions. Ali is committed to honoring her clients’ identities and building upon her clients’ wealth of knowledge, experience, and intuition.  

Ali began her career as a psychology professor. She founded a university research lab focused on feedback for peak performance and published her findings in outlets including the Journal of Management and Human Performance. She was twice elected to serve in the faculty senate and led a campus-wide initiative to address sexual misconduct. Upon receiving tenure and promotion, Ali pivoted from academia to global corporate leadership roles with John Deere (DE) and a technology unicorn. She hired and managed cross-functional global teams of data scientists and subject matter experts to solve problems with high business value and support organizations in making better people decisions. Ali has delivered over 100 invited keynotes and workshops on leadership development.  

Ali holds a PhD and MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from The University of Akron and a BA in Psychology (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Butler University. She received her executive coaching certification through Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership, is certified by the International Coaching Federation, and has completed coursework in mindfulness-based stress reduction. She is proficient in many evidence-based assessments including the Hogan personality suite, emotional intelligence inventories, and the Leader Network Diagnostic.