Joan Bragar, Ed.D.
Dr. Bragar has over twenty five years of experience in creating and delivering leadership development and executive coaching programs that develop leaders to face challenges and achieve results in the private and public sectors around the world.Her clients have included managers and executive teams from Mellon Financial, United Technologies, AXA Financial, Biogen Idec, LG Group; and the Ministries of Health in Egypt, Tanzania, Kenya and Afghanistan.She has taught leadership as part of the faculties of Boston University, Babson College, Hult University School of Management, and the Arthur D. Little School of Management.Dr. Bragar has launched and led leadership practices at, Arthur D. Little and Management Sciences for Health. These practices areas have included leadership principles, practice models and programs adapted to fit business needs.As Director of Research at the Forum Corporation she developed training models in Leadership and Influence that have been used in leadership development programs for Fortune 500 companies, including General Electric.Her own research is on the leadership practices of high performing managers. This research identified the ability to “promote the development of other people’s talents” as the number one practice of managers who are perceived as good leaders.She has applied leading-edge private sector leadership development processes to health ministries in the developing world. Her book, Managers who Lead, A Handbook for Improving Health Services, and Video, Seeds of Success, (available on documents the health results, including reductions in maternal and infant mortality, linked to this work.Dr Bragar received an A.B. in the History of Science from Harvard College, and an Ed.M. and Ed. D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As valuable as this formal education was, she believes that she learned more about human behavior from her life experiences of leading in organizations and family.

  • Harvard University, Doctorate in Education, 1990, Research on high performing leaders
  • Harvard University, Masters in Education, 1985, Cross cultural studies and learning
  • Harvard University, Bachelor of Arts, 1976, History of Science


Joan teaches leadership to students in professional programs in business and public health. She is a winner of the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 Excellence in Teaching award from Boston University School of Public Health, given to faculty who receive the highest scores from students.