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Amii Barnard-Bahn

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

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.

Forbes was kind enough to call me “one of the top coaches for legal and compliance executives.”

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 quoted in publications such as Forbes, the SFChronicle, NBC affiliates 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.

You can receive my free Promotability Index® career self-assessment at or text PROMOTEME to 44-222

To get the companion guide that Forbes called "a SWOT analysis for your career," get your copy of The PI Guidebook at and everywhere books are sold.

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Available For: Advising, Consulting, Influencing, Speaking
Travels From: Sacramento, CA
Speaking Topics: Workplace Culture, Leadership Effectiveness, and Business Ethics/Corporate Governance

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Company Information

Company Type: Individual
Media Experience: 20 years
Last Media Interview: 07/13/2021

Areas of Expertise

Business Strategy
Change Management 30.05
Culture 30.20
Diversity and Inclusion 33.50
Future of Work 30.07
HR 32.74
Leadership 32.23
Legal and IP
Management 34.41
Risk Management 31.75

Industry Experience

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

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4 Article/Blogs
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

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

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

1 Book Chapter
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



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