Dr. Nayla Bahri

Executive, Leadership and Career Coach

Dr. Nayla Bahri is an executive coach, educator, facilitator, and co-host of The Inside Job Podcast. Her mission is to help everyone she collaborates with create their ideal relationship with work, one that lets them thrive, experience more satisfaction and flow, and deliver excellence.


Her clients include individual leaders and teams across organizations and levels. She works with not-for-profits, startups, and well-established organizations, including Apple, American Express, The City of New York, Appian, Ruggable, The Nature Conservancy, Colgate University, Royal Bank of Canada, Stripe, and ABC/Disney.


Nayla combines the best of research with human-centered and experience-based learning, to help clients develop real insights and create concrete action plans. She offers 1:1 executive and leadership coaching, group coaching and facilitation, and advisory services to senior leaders and their teams.


Nayla served as the Dean of Students at Columbia Business School for more than fifteen years, where she coached and taught thousands of students and co-founded the Leadership Lab, the clearinghouse for leadership activities for MBA and EMBA students. She also led the learning and development team for a private equity-held global medical diagnostics organization, coaching managers and the most senior leaders in the organization.


Clients value Nayla’s varied and rich leadership experience, her teaching + research foundation, and practical experience with professionals across industries and levels. Clients also comment on her warmth, humor, directness, and approachability.




Doctorate, Columbia University – Teacher College, Adult Learning and Leadership 2013; MsEd University of Pennsylvania; Smith College, AB, English and French Literature



I’m an excellent home cook, avid reader, and extremely mediocre painter despite my best efforts. I live in NJ with my family and our Aussiedoodle named Winnie.

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