Gretchen Schmelzer

Gretchen Schmelzer, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

As an integral part of the Teleos consulting team, Gretchen has designed and led large-scale leadership development programs around the world for multinational corporations. She has worked with senior executives and corporate teams during rapid expansions, change processes, new product implementation, and merging cultures in companies such as IBM, Generali, United Nations, Sepracor, Thomson-Reuters, and Merrill Lynch.

Gretchen has extensive knowledge in the area of growth and development and utilizes this in her program design work, as well as her coaching. She’s an essential contributor of transformational leadership design, which ranges from adult development and mechanics of behavior change, to individual and group dynamics. She has provided leadership development training to culturally diverse groups ranging from 20 to 200 participants.

Her research and training has made her the Teleos content expert on transformational leadership, executive coaching and management consulting. As a two-time National Champion in Rowing, Gretchen also has extensive experience in performance enhancement for individuals and teams working with Olympic, Master’s and Collegiate level coaches and athletes. As a seasoned executive coach and a licensed psychologist, she internally provides support and direction for fellow Teleos Executive Coaches and is a Core Faculty member of the ICF Certified Teleos Coach Development Program.

Gretchen’s research and publications are focused in the area of mind-body research with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation and emotional regulation, impact of systems on interventions, and issues on training and development. She has led training workshops in mindfulness meditation at Harvard Medical School, Franciscan Children’s Hospital, and government agencies. She has numerous publications on productivity and learning, sport psychology, and performance enhancement, and has presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association and the Association of the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.


Gretchen received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University, and her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Springfield College. She also holds a baccalaureate degree in German Literature from Mount Holyoke College.

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