Ellen Harris, EdM

Director, Thompson Island Outward Bound Professional and Coach, Harvard Business School

Ellen Harris has over twenty-five years of experience working with executives individually and in teams. Harris coaches Harvard Business School (HBS) MBA candidates for career development. She also coaches executives in several HBS executive education programs, including the Program for Leadership Development, Leading Change and Organizational Renewal, Women's Leadership Forum, and A New Path.

Harris has served as the HBS MBA learning team coach, working with first-year MBA students to examine group process as well as the student's personal strengths, contributions, and areas for development.

Harris is the director and facilitator of Outward Bound Professional on Thompson Island in Boston, Massachusetts, responsible for business development, design, and delivery of team building and leadership development programs for Fortune 500 companies and graduate schools. Working with Outward Bound in the US and internationally, her particular interest is multi-lingual, international teams.

Prior to joining Outward Bound Professional, Harris was a corporate trainer/instructional designer with Digital Equipment Corporation, after making a career change from advertising and marketing.

Harris holds a master's in education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education with a focus in organizational behavior and development and a bachelor of arts in English from Connecticut College.


  • EdM Harvard Graduate School of Education