Miriam Hawley


Miriam Hawley


Miriam Hawley has a contagious and inspiring commitment to living life fully. She combines an infectious vision of what is possible with confidence in every person’s potential for greater accomplishment and satisfaction. A catalyst for personal and global transformation for over 45 years, Miriam is a highly regarded speaker and facilitator of dialogues to unleash visionary leadership at work, at home, in the community and in the world, with a commitment to creating sustainable relationships and extraordinary results. Miriam has extensive experience consulting to both the profit and nonprofit sectors, for both local startup companies and multinational corporations. Her clients span the fields of law, medicine, biotech, engineering, education, development, financial services, and the arts. Miriam is CEO of Enlignment®, Inc., a business coaching and consulting company specializing in leadership development, systems thinking and organizational change. She has a passion for working with entrepreneurs and copreneurial couples to cultivate strong relationships and effective communication that support thriving businesses. She is co-author, with her business partner and husband of 35 years, of the ground-breaking book You and Your Partner, Inc.: Entrepreneurial Couples Succeeding in Business Life and Love, published in 2012 to great reviews in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Small Business Trends, Business Insider, Money Magazine and AOL. Miriam is a founder of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, Inc., the organization responsible for writing the best seller Our Bodies, Ourselves, a book that shifted the national and international dialogue about women's health, sexuality and power. The BWHBC continues to thrive globally as an educational and activist organization more than forty years after its inception. Miriam was honored in 2012 as one of the Makers: Women Who Make America. As a lifelong activist with an affinity for women’s leadership, she conducts year-long coaching programs entitled Beyond Success: A Leader’s Learning Forum for Executive and Professional Women and co-facilitates a women’s leadership program entitled Vision Voice and Victory: The Changing Face of Women’s Leadership for executive and business women. A seasoned facilitator of the Pachamama Alliance initiative, Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium, Miriam was instrumental in creating the first ATD Business Symposium. She facilitates national weekly forums and coaching calls for leaders and leadership teams with a focus on sustainability practices. Her keynote presentations include such titles as The Power of Enough and Enough Already! A Sufficiency Dialogue for Creating a Sustainable World. Miriam interfaces with the work of Peter Senge and The Society for Organizational Learning, where she presented the Symposium in 2009. With a team from SoL’s Coaches Community of Practice, Miriam co-created Coaching from a Systems Perspective, a certification course in systems thinking that was launched in 2010 and has been delivered in: Boston; Seattle at Microsoft; Budapest, Hungary; London, England; Tokyo, Japan; and Bangalore, India. As a founding partner of Systems Perspectives LLC, she now trains and coaches international business leaders in systems thinking in action. Miriam was part of the core team that created and facilitated the online version of Just Start, a course developed by Len Schlesinger, former President of Babson College, and Charles Kiefer, President of Innovation Associates, based on their work with entrepreneurs committed to developing the ability to take thoughtful and effective action in an unknowable world. Miriam coaches global leaders in several Harvard Business School Executive Education Programs, and mentors 2nd year MBA students in the Babson College Women's Leadership Program. She was chosen for first time this year by World Pulse: Connecting Women’s Voices to Transform Our World, to be a Vision Mentor for an up-and-coming woman leader from Mexico. Miriam earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Psychology and a Master’s degree in Social Work, with a specialty in groups and organizations. She is known to clients and colleagues as a rigorous listener for each person’s greatness and contribution. Prior to shifting her focus to leadership coaching and consulting, she conducted a private psychotherapy practice for over 30 years. A bold, direct and graceful communicator, she brings compassion, insight and clarity to her work. She challenges her clients to be focused and strategic in taking action with passion, purpose and integrity. Miriam’s professional memberships presently include the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL) and The Boston Club. She serves on the Board of The Sufficiency Foundation. She is a mother of three children, and grandmother to four.


Cambridge, MA 02140

What draws you to the STIA conference?

Friends and colleagues said I must come and must offer the new work that I am passionate about. I remember how inspiring prior STIA conferences have been – both as a participant and as a teacher so I said "yes" to the invite to contribute.

What are you hoping to experience?

Being in community and conversation and collaborative action with old friends and new. Powerfully sharing my questions, my experience, my vision in a way that inspires others to take the actions that make the difference they desire in the world. Spending three days learning with others who are steeped in systems perspectives.

What are you most passionate about?

Offering the thoughts, questions and possibilities included in my talk entitled One Question to Five Million Copies Sold: What You Can Learn from Our Bodies, Ourselves that Can Transform the Culture of Your Organization or Your Business. Being part of the council of elders and contributing to an intergenerational dialogue. Also sharing my creativity with others by teaching how to collage using tablets and phones.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

Listening, talking, playing, and creating with one another in a spirit that generates the desire to design actions to take going forward–actions that will benefit others in our communities who were not able to be at the conference.

What’s your bigger vision?

Continuing to be a catalyst for personal and global transformation in the world.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

Half of what I said above!