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Amii Barnard-Bahn

C-Suite Coach and Consultant, Author, Speaker at Barnard-Bahn Coaching & Consulting

Sacramento, United States

A former Fortune Global 50 exec, I’m a coach and consultant who specializes in accelerating the success of legal and compliance executives and their teams. Forbes was kind enough to call me “one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives.”

My clients include Adobe, Gap, Chegg, Boehringer Ingelheim, Lyft, FedEx, and Bank of the West.

Forbes called my recent Promotability Index® Guidebook "a SWOT analysis for your career." Get your copy of The PI Guidebook at and everywhere books are sold.

A contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Compliance Week, I previously shaped company culture and strategic initiatives as an executive (CAO, Chief Compliance Officer, and Chief HR Officer) at Fortune Global 50 companies such as McKesson and Allianz. I advise organizations on how leaders create ethical workplaces -- exceptional cultures that out behave and outperform the competition.

I'm a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Coaching and member of Marshall Goldsmith's MG100 Coaches, which brings together the world's top executive coaches.

I guest lecture at UC Berkeley, Stanford and have extensive experience presenting to corporations, industry groups and associations such as the California Chamber of Commerce, Georgetown Alumni, The Conference Board, Association of Corporate Counsel and SHRM affiliates.

I have been interviewed and quoted in media such as NPR, Forbes, the BBC, NBC affiliates, The Wall Street Journal, the SFChronicle, and other national business publications. Please see Accomplishments - Projects section below for speaking engagements.

I earned my law degree with honors from Georgetown, BA from Tufts, and am a member of the California State Bar. A graduate of the Hudson Institute of Coaching, I’m a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) by the International Coach Federation.

I work to ensure that women have a platform for their unique challenges and perspectives. A lifelong diversity advocate, I testified for passage of California's SB826 and Washington state's SB6037, the first laws in the U.S. requiring corporate boards to include women. Outside of my business, I'm active in supporting the arts as a way to bring people together and bridge differences.

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Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: San Francisco Bay Area
Speaking Topics: Workplace Culture, Leadership Effectiveness, and Business Ethics/Corporate Governance

Amii Barnard-Bahn Points
Academic 15
Author 91
Influencer 101
Speaker 40
Entrepreneur 0
Total 247

Points based upon Thinkers360 patent-pending algorithm.

Thought Leader Profile

Portfolio Mix

Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Theatre: North America
Media Experience: 20 years
Last Media Interview: 01/06/2022

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy 30.55
Change Management 30.20
Culture 30.45
Design Thinking 30.51
Diversity and Inclusion 39.69
Entrepreneurship 30.44
Fintech 30.48
Future of Work 30.21
Healthtech 30.38
HR 33.39
Leadership 34.43
Legal and IP 42.39
Management 33.12
Risk Management 34.93
Social 30.38
Startups 30.56

Industry Experience

Consumer Products
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Higher Education & Research
Professional Services
Wholesale Distribution


8 Article/Blogs
5 Reasons Not to Quit Your Job (Yet)
Harvard Business Review
October 14, 2021
We may be living through the “Great Resignation,” but before drafting your resignation letter, it’s important to take a hard look at whether quitting is the best way to achieve your long-term career goals. Five factors to consider: 1) Do you have a sponsor in place? If so, it may be a worthy gamble to double down, work hard, and let them know how committed you are to the organization’s success. 2) Your company may have unforeseen opportunities. Your colleagues’ departures could mean opportunities for you to take on new responsibilities, build new relationships, and be seen with fresh eyes by management. 3) You’re crushing your goals. If you’re overdelivering value to your team and organization, generating innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems, and earning a standout reputation for your efforts — why leave now? 4) You’re not ready. Change can be exhausting, and you need to make sure that this is the right time for you — and/or the people who depend on you at home — before you shake things up. 5) It’s a great time to negotiate. Employees have unprecedented leverage at this time to reasonably discuss pay, working conditions, growth opportunities, workplace flexibility, and career development.

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Tags: Leadership, HR, Business Strategy

The Great Resignation: How to Proactively Address the WorkQuake Now
August 11, 2021
Here are 3 human capital areas organizations and leaders should be addressing now to ensure they are prepared to take advantage of this next wave of change: Talent Retention, Workplace Culture and Organizational Design.

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Tags: Culture, HR, Change Management

Uber Health Legal Director’s Top Tips for Leading in a Hybrid Work Environment
Association of Corporate Counsel Docket
July 06, 2021
As hope grows with vaccine distribution, questions regarding the pandemic’s impact on teams, leadership, and the transition to a hybrid work environment abound. In this series of articles, Amii Barnard-Bahn interviews top in-house leaders on their views of leading during the pandemic, return to work, and top tips for success.

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Tags: Change Management, Healthtech, Legal and IP

Genome Medical GC’s Top Strategies for Leading in a Hybrid Environment
Association of Corporate Counsel Docket
June 01, 2021
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with colleague and friend Minh Hoang Merchant, general counsel and secretary of Genome Medical, a genomics technology, services, and strategy company based in South San Francisco.

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Tags: Healthtech, Leadership, Legal and IP

Promotions Aren’t Just About Your Skills – They’re About Your Relationships
Harvard Business Review
February 04, 2021
Too often, people early in their career hit a wall when vying for opportunities to rise in their companies.

Chances are they’ve focused too much on their skills and not on their relationships at work.
These five tips for strengthening relationships can help those struggling demonstrate to management that they’re ready for a promotion.

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Tags: Future of Work, HR, Leadership

How to Identify — and Fix — Pay Inequality at Your Company
Harvard Business Review
November 03, 2020
Companies who say they care about inclusion and belonging can start by paying employees fairly. To start, initiate a pay equity audit in which you compare the pay of employees doing “like for like” work (accounting for reasonable differentials, such as work experience, credentials and job performance) and investigate the causes of any pay differences that cannot be justified. Next, determine how you’ll remediate any issues, and identify operational gaps that led to the salary discrepancies in the first place. Finally monitor your hiring, promotion and compensation processes on an ongoing basis.

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Tags: Culture, Diversity and Inclusion, Management

Don’t shoot the messenger: How to deliver bad news without being hated
Fast Company
September 02, 2020
Behavioral science research shows that we’re programmed to dislike the person who brings us bad news. So, what’s a messenger to do?

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Risk Management

How Compliance and HR Can Work Together
Anti-Corruption Report
February 05, 2020

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Legal and IP

1 Book
The PI Guidebook: How the Promotability Index Can Help You Get Ahead in Your Career
Edgewater Press
May 21, 2021
“If you aspire to success and want to get promoted, this is a hands-on, interactive, and valuable resource that every motivated professional should have.”—Dorie Clark, author of Reinventing You and Stand Out; executive education faculty, Duke University Fuqua School of Business. The Promotability Index (PI) is a free online assessment tool used by Fortune 500 companies and over one thousand professionals who want to advance in their careers. The PI Guidebook is the essential resource that can help you get the most out of the PI.Using The PI Guidebook you will:• discover how you are currently perceived in terms of promotability• assess your unique strengths and opportunities• develop and master the skills needed for leadership in the workplace• create an action plan with concrete next steps to advance your careerWith over thirty exercises and additional resources for developing a personalized self-development plan, The PI Guidebook will help you find your path to job satisfaction and career success.

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Tags: Management, Leadership, HR

2 Book Chapters
Due Diligence in Hiring and Promotions: Implementation and Management
Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics
February 02, 2022
Annual Chapter in "The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual 2022." This trusted resource, written by more than 90 compliance and ethics experts and with more than 1,050 pages of content, provides practical guidance that enables a practitioner to establish, maintain, and improve a compliance and ethics program.

The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual (CCEM) features detailed analyses of critical aspects of compliance and ethics programs, practical tools, checklists, policies, and procedures to help compliance professionals improve program effectiveness and address a wide range of risk areas.

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Tags: HR, Leadership, Legal and IP

Sending the Elevator Back Down
CCI Media Group
October 15, 2020
Lisa Fine and Mary Shirley, compliance leaders and co-hosts of the Great Women in Compliance Podcast, have the unique pleasure of speaking regularly with other experts in the field. Here, they share wit and wisdom from some of the greatest minds in compliance, women who hail from every corner of the globe and span myriad industries and experience levels. The guidance these contributors offer and experiences they share are a breath of fresh air – both for the young professional just starting out and for the mature compliance leader with a long history in compliance and ethics. The stories are exceedingly relatable, the lessons universal. Mary and Lisa have compiled a light-hearted but substantive work as a celebration of women in the compliance space and an encouragement to stand fast in the face of adversity.

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Risk Management

4 Keynotes
The Art and Skill of Communicating Risk and Bad News
Institute of Internal Auditors, Chicago Chapter
April 04, 2022
Every one of us has to deliver tough news sometimes, and we all know it’s easier to do when we’ve built up enough political capital. But what if you haven’t built those trusted relationships or are in a new role that requires you to be the de facto bearer of bad news? Join Amii Barnard-Bahn, workplace culture expert and executive coach, for a fascinating and practical discussion that will help anyone learn to share difficult messages without damaging political capital.

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Tags: Risk Management, Legal and IP

The 5 Elements of Promotability (and How to Perfect Them)
Mary Baldwin University, Women's Leadership Symposium
March 26, 2022
Join us for brunch and a riveting keynote address by Executive Coach and MBU Trustee, Amii Barnard-Bahn, JD on the power of promotability. Learn how to define and develop your strengths to compete in various arenas of leadership.

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Tags: Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion

Leadership Effectiveness for Legal, Risk & Compliance Executives
The Conference Board
October 15, 2019
The Global Business Conduct Council, The Conference Board, New York, NY

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Tags: Leadership, Legal and IP, Risk Management

Changemaker Conversations: Getting on a Corporate Board
California Women Lead
April 24, 2019
Women’s Empowerment Conference, Disneyland, Anaheim, California

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Tags: Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Legal and IP

5 Media Interviews
Could the Great Resignation actually be the right time for the big negotiation?
NPR's Marketplace Morning Report
January 06, 2022
While openings are more abundant lately, consultant Amii Barnard-Bahn argues for improving the terms of your job rather than leaving it.

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Tags: Change Management, HR, Leadership

Building Relationships And Giving Before You Need Help - Amii Barnard-Bahn
September 12, 2021
"Find people that you align with that can be sponsors. Join a project team, volunteer to do something outside your work area. Building your network by being helpful is the number one way to build it and then you're not feeling like a taker. You want to build your network before you need it, you don't want to go asking and go begging around. That is what it can feel like if you haven't paid it forward." Amii Barnard-Bahn told me about building relationships and giving before you need help on Episode 18 of the Reframe & Reset Your Career podcast.

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Tags: Social, Leadership, Business Strategy

The Future of Women on Boards - Q&A with Amii Barnard-Bahn
October 07, 2019
Amii Barnard-Bahn - a leading coach for ethics and compliance executives - answers some questions about women on boards.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership

Law Requiring More Gender Equity on Company Boards Sparks Sweeping Change
San Jose Inside
September 13, 2019

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Tags: Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership

California could become first state to require women in boardrooms
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2018
Amii was interviewed regarding a new bill requiring that publicly traded California companies include women on their boards of directors. The bill heads to the Assembly floor this week.

SB826, which is opposed by many business groups, would make California the first state with such a mandate.

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Tags: Business Strategy, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership

3 Visiting Lecturers
Ethical Culture and the Root of Financial Fraud
University of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business
October 07, 2021
Theranos case study and the importance of establishing an ethical culture to prevent illegal and unethical corporate conduct

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Tags: Culture, Leadership, Risk Management

How to deliver bad news to employees and investors
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Global MBA Program
August 17, 2021
Guest lectures: "How to deliver bad news to employees and investors" for Ethics and Entrepreneurship, and "Self-Awareness and Achieving Your Reflected Best Self," interviewed by CEO of Junior Achievement Worldwide, Asheesh Advani

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Tags: Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Startups

Ethics of Finance: Re-engineering Fairness
Stanford University
November 09, 2020
Guest lecturer, Stanford University School of Engineering, Professor Bruce Cahan
Ethics of Finance & Financial Engineering (MS&E 148)
Reengineering Financial Ethics – November 9, 2020

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Tags: Design Thinking, Diversity and Inclusion, Fintech

1 Whitepaper
Leading with Humanity: The Future of Leadership and Coaching
The Institute of Coaching, McLean, Affiliate of Harvard Medical School
September 14, 2021
We are delighted to share the results of a phenomenal, first of its kind, collaboration of IOC fellows and the IOC team - 24 coaches, 12 months, and close to 1,000 collective hours.

Leading with Humanity, the Future of Leadership and Coaching, is an IOC report on a qualitative study of the impact of pandemic-era disruptions on organizations, leaders, leadership, and leadership coaching.

A team of nineteen IOC fellows interviewed thirty-three executives in five countries, all of whom were invited to reflect on what they experienced and learned about leadership and the role of coaching in leadership. The report captures the experiences of the executives transcribed and coded from the interviews, which were then contextualized with relevant theoretical and empirical literature.

Our wish for you and your clients?

Relive the acute phase of the pandemic with a reflective stance, harvesting the positive shifts as well as processing the concomitant pain and suffering. Together, let’s sculpt organizational life in a way that better serves humanity, generates agility and resilience, and enables a sustainable future for us all.

Our deepest gratitude and appreciation to all of the report’s contributors.

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Tags: Future of Work, Health and Wellness, Leadership



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