Coaching and the Art of Extraordinary Leadership

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Chicago

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Toronto

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York City

August 26, 2021: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

1 PM EDT | 12 PM CDT | 6 PM BST

Coaching has never been as important and these turbulent times require leaders that empower, elevate and enable. Leaders that build trust, resilience and admit mistakes.


Online Webinar
New York, New York

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However, merely focusing on learning (or teaching) coaching skills is insufficient. Successful executives must continuously supplement their domain knowledge and industry expertise with people skills—the ability to lead and enable others. They must also communicate and model those same skills across all levels of their organization, i.e., they need to transform this individual skill into an organizational one by developing that capacity in the people they lead, and work with. In short, coaching is a culture.

Suzy Davidkhanian, '06 will be in conversation with Ruchira Chaudhary, '13 (AXP-11) – author of Coaching the Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership and Noah Askin, MBA '13, PhD '14, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior at INSEAD. The two guests will share learnings from Ruchira's book and discuss how coaching is no longer a "nice to have'' aspect of leadership - it is essential. They will also share some thoughts on how leaders can effectively and deliberately instill coaching into the culture of their teams and organizations.


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Deadline: 8/26/2021

Speaker Profiles

Ruchira Chaudhary, '13 (AXP-11) (Speaker)
Leadership Coach & Author 'Coaching the Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership'

An alumnus of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Ruchira straddles the corporate and academic worlds – she is a leading executive coach, adjunct faculty at several top tier business schools and runs a boutique consulting firm focused on organizational strategy solutions.

Ruchira's diverse and eclectic background in mergers & acquisitions, organization effectiveness and strategy execution, coupled with two decades of experience in emerging markets in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, helps her grasp challenging people issues.

During her corporate career, Ruchira held leadership roles in Medtronic and AIG in Singapore, Qatar Telecom (now Oredoo) in Qatar and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in India. Her consulting repertoire spans multinationals, government agencies and leading local businesses across industries.

She has coached mid to C-level business leaders, academics, entrepreneurs and small business owners across the Middle East, North Africa, China, India and Singapore in industries ranging from oil & gas, financial services, government, automotive parts, health care, insurance, law, manufacturing, medical devices and technology.

She is the executive coach for Chicago Booth's ADP program for senior level executives and affiliate faculty at several business schools including SMU, NUS and IMD in Singapore, and most recently London Business School.
Ruchira frequently gets featured in and writes for leading business journals like HBR. She has authored a series of highly acclaimed leadership and coaching articles for leading Indian business paper Mint and also writes a regular column for them.

She is the author of the book Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership Coaching: The Secret Code to Uncommon Leadership - Penguin Random House India commissioned by Penguin Random House and endorsed by luminaries like Sheryl Sandberg, and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. She was recently facilitated as one of the "21women leaders in 2021" by a leading women's platform in India.

Ruchira has earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Delhi, a master's in communications management and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with a concentration in strategy. She currently divides her time between Singapore and Mumbai, India.

Noah Askin, MBA '13, PhD '14 (Speaker) '13
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, INSEAD

Noah Askin is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD.

An award-winning case writer and teacher, Noah directs two Executive Education programs—Leading for Results and the Product Management Executive Programme—in addition to teaching the organisational design and leadership core course in INSEAD's MBA program. His teaching focuses primarily on firms' organisational-strategic alignment, understanding and utilizing social networks, the what and the how of networking, driving organisational change, managing corporate culture, and fostering creativity in organisations.

Noah's research is focused on social and cultural networks, the causes and consequences of creativity (particularly in the creative industries), the production and consumption of culture, and the dynamics of organisational and individual status.

His work, which has garnered him recognition on the Thinkers 50 Radar list, has appeared in top tier management and sociology journals, as well as computational social science publications. He has been an interview guest on the BBC (radio and television) and, and his research has been covered in The Economist, Rolling Stone, Forbes, Business Insider,, The Times of London, and music industry blogs. He has given a TEDx talk on what makes popular songs popular.

Prior to becoming a business school academic, Noah had a number of roles in the business and not-for-profit sectors. He was a management consultant for the Monitor Group, working in its strategy practice and its Executive Development group. This was followed by several years as an early member of a start-up in the educational services space. Noah received a joint PhD from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and its Sociology department. He also has an MA in Sociology from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Booth, as well as an AB in Psychology from Harvard University.

Suzy Davidkhanian (Moderator) '06
Principal Analyst, Insider Intelligence

Suzy Davidkhanian ('06) is an eMarketer principal analyst at Insider Intelligence, covering retail and ecommerce. Suzy has nearly 15 years experience in retail from store level to buying and planning, and marketing, where most recently she led the consumer insights and market trends team at Macy's. Suzy earned her MBA at University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and her B.A. at McGill University.

Prior to moving to the US, Suzy worked in Montreal as an in-house public relations executive for a financial services firm for 5 years.

Suzy volunteers with many organizations, including Booth, where she currently serves as the Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York Chapter President.


Suzy Davidkhanian, '06 
Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York, President