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Michael Brenner, Ed.D.

Michael Brenner, Ed.D.

President, Right Chord Leadership

As founder and president of Right Chord Leadership, Dr. Michael Brenner works with leaders and teams at all levels to amplify the essential skills needed to achieve peak performance. He achieves this by drawing on almost two decades of experience as an international leadership consultant, executive coach, keynote speaker, and educator, and more than 30 years as a professional musician. Michael’s unconventional workshops, executive coaching sessions, and consulting services – grounded in the belief that “When people work in harmony, great things happen!”™ – have helped his clients increase employee engagement, reduce turnover, improve customer service, and create more collaborative work environments.

Michael has partnered with leading companies in a variety of industries, including Burlington Stores, QVC, SAP, Penn Medicine, Hahnemann University Hospital, Drexel College of Medicine, the City of Philadelphia, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Chester County Hospital, Boeing, The Goddard School, Godiva, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. He has worked for several not-for-profit organizations as well, including Philadelphia FIGHT, United Communities Southeast Philadelphia, and Liberty Resources.

Michael was 2014 president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Chairman of the chapter’s 2015 Regional Learning and Development Conference. He has been a featured speaker at many industry events and conferences around the world, including in Sri Lanka and Australia.

Michael holds a doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College at Columbia University – his dissertation research focused on arts-based learning – and a master’s degree in Adult and Organizational Development from Temple University. He has taught courses in organizational behavior, systems dynamics, negotiations, and interpersonal relations (among others) at Immaculata University, Temple University, and La Salle University.
Michael currently serves on the HR Committee for United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey and the Rutgers University Design Thinking Program’s Advisory Board.