Dr. Lisa Lahey and Dr. Robert Kegan are the co-founders of Minds at Work.
Along with their leadership team they’ve helped individuals and organizations achieve their goals for over thirty years.

Minds at Work helps people to close the gap between their good intentions and their actual behaviors. Our work is based on Kegan and Lahey’s breakthrough discovery of the hidden behavioral dynamic called the “immunity to change.” This highly lauded technique is now being used by executives, senior teams, and individuals in business, governmental, and educational organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Lisa Lahey,
Ed.D.

In addition to co-founding and co-directing Minds at work Lisa Lahey, Ed.D. is a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she recently served as the associate director of the Change Leadership Group, a national project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop greater internal capacity for leading organizational improvement in our nation’s public school districts. She has worked with numerous corporations and nonprofit organizations as well as working across the educational spectrum, from primary schoools to universities and their boards. Lahey is the author of Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization with Robert Kegan (2009), and How The Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work with Robert Kegan (2001). She is also co-author of Change Leadership: A Practical Guide to Transforming Our Schools (2006).

Lisa is a passionate pianist and hiker; she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband and two sons.

Robert Kegan, Ph.D.

Robert Kegan is a psychologist who teaches, researches, writes, and consults about adult development, adult learning, and professional development. His work explores the possibility and necessity of ongoing psychological transformation in adulthood and its implications for professional development. In addition to co-founding and directing Minds at Work he also holds a faculty appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kegan serves as educational chair of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education; as co-director of a joint program with the Harvard Medical School to bring principles of adult learning to the reform of medical education; and as co-director of the Change Leadership Group, a program for the training of change leadership coaches for school and district leaders.

Kegan is a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing therapist who likes to say “that it may help to know that I am also a husband and a father; influenced by Hasidism; an airplane pilot; a poker player; and the unheralded inventor of the ‘Base Average,’ a more comprehensive way of gauging a baseball player’s offensive contributions.”

Deborah Helsing, Ed.D.
Co-Director

Deb has coached individuals from many walks of life and consulted with organizations across several sectors to use the Immunity-to-Change approach to reach their most-cherished improvement goals. More recently, her role as Director of Coach Learning Programs at Minds at Work has focused on developing coaches’ and consultants’ abilities to integrate the ITC method into their own practices.

Deb holds a faculty position at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, teaching courses in Adult Development, Immunity to Change, and co-teaching a course in personal mastery for leaders. She provides executive coaching to high potential educational leaders as part of the Doctor of Educational Leadership program.

In her former role as Senior Program Associate at Harvard’s Change Leadership Group, Deb worked with her colleagues to better understand school transformation and to design high-quality professional development programs for educational leaders.

Deb has co-authored several articles and books, including: An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization (2016, with Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Andy Fleming, and Matt Miller); Right Weight, Right Mind: The ITC Approach to Permanent Weight Loss (2014, with Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey); The Immunity to Change Coach’s Guide (2011, with Lisa Lahey and Robert Kegan) and “Unlocking Leadership Potential: Overcoming Immunities to Change” (2010, with Lisa Lahey) in Extraordinary Leadership: Addressing the Gaps in Senior Executive Development.

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Maria DeCarvalho, M.Div.
Co-Director

Maria DeCarvalho is an executive coach who works with leaders committed to their own personal development. She counts among her international clients key executives in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, software, transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications and foundations as well as the leaders of a number of faith communities, including an order of monks. She also has the honor of training and coaching other coaches.

Maria’s career trajectory has taken her through the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She served the late U.S. Senator John H. Chafee on Capitol Hill, and as the director of his home office. Before her stint as a lending officer in the Commodities Finance Division, International Department of JP Morgan Chase, she was faculty for the bank’s rigorous corporate training program. In that role she taught credit analysis and specialized lending practices to all new Chase corporate hires and to mid- career lending officers sent for training from other global banks.

As an ordained Episcopal priest (1991) and Dean of The Cathedral of St. John in Providence, RI, Maria served a multicultural congregation whose attendance doubled and whose annual giving nearly tripled over her tenure. One educational initiative led to ongoing conversations with Jewish and Muslim neighbors about interfaith violence, out of which emerged strategies for interreligious understanding, such as the regular inclusion of a rabbi in Holy Week services and occasional shared worship with a local mosque.

Maria is asked to speak to a wide range of audiences and is the author of numerous articles in both the popular and professional press.

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OUR TEAM

Katie Heikkinen, Ed.D.

Director of ITC On-line

Katie Heikkinen is Director of ITC On-line at Minds at Work, where she focuses on bringing the Immunity to Change process to online, virtual, and large-scale contexts. She is also the course producer and lead teaching fellow for the massive open online course for HarvardX, GSE1x: Unlocking the Immunity to Change: A New Approach to Personal Improvement.

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Katie recently received her doctorate in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied the assessment of development, with a particular emphasis on Kurt Fischer’s Skill Theory, Theo Dawson’s Lectical Assessment System, and Robert Kegan’s Subject-Object Interview. Her dissertation research focused on the development of perspective taking skills.

After graduating from Harvard College, she moved to Sweden to explore alternative education, and then to Boulder, Colorado, to work for Ken Wilber’s Integral Institute. She received a Master’s degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2007. She previously taught on the faculty of the Integral Theory program at John F. Kennedy University and at the Harvard Extension School. She lives in Salem, MA with her partner and their two dogs.

Catherine Sullivan

Director of Operations

As the Director of Operations, Catherine is responsible for program and business operations as well as development and implementation of Minds at Work’s strategic plan. She also oversees external communications and brand management, including our website. In her former role managing People Development at a healthcare start-up, Catherine designed and implemented HR infrastructure as the organization grew from 20 to over 100 people. She is in the final year of her MBA at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Denison University.

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