noun. One who facilitates leadership experiences for Ariel. synonyms; thought leader, guide, guru.

Pat Dougan

Pat Dougan


One of Ariel’s most veteran affiliates, Pat Dougan has been training and coaching clients for over 25 years. She has designed, developed, and delivered a range of leadership communication workshops and is an executive coach for a number of senior leaders. She is particularly passionate about coaching executives “on-camera” for live or web-based communications for maximum impact.

Training Experience

Pat’s extensive list of clientele include: Capital One, American Express, Harvard Business School, IBM, Liberty Mutual, Bain Capital, MetLife, General Electric, Time Warner, Deloitte, Coca-Cola, Tufts University

Business Experience

From 1994 to 2009, Pat served as Ariel’s Vice President of Training and Development, managing a team of 45 facilitators. As a member of the Leadership Team, she partnered to establish and implement the company’s vision, strategy and culture in addition to managing day-to-day operations. This gives Pat critical experience in not just aspects of leadership and management, but in optimal methods of training delivery as well. Pat has volunteered with a number of organizations, including two in Africa. In Ghana, she worked with Christian and Muslim youth leaders and in Zambia she helped to provide dental care to orphans.

Theater Experience

  • Played the role of Stella in the play A Streetcar Named Desire at Boston’s Lyric Stage.
  • Appeared in over 600 commercials and corporate training films.
  • Directed the play Educating Rita at New Repertory Theatre in Newton, Mass.

Education and Credentials

  • B.S. (magna cum laude) in Management from the University of Massachusetts
  • Guest faculty teacher in the MFA Program at Brandeis University
  • Studied acting at New York City’s prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse

Sample Coaching Assignments

  • Worked with the CEO of a major professional services firm to share his global visions and values through storytelling. Story was delivered to 4,000 partners and won him the CEO position over the incumbent.
  • Coached the EVP of a U.S.-based credit card company and bank to strengthen internal and external business relationships through heightening the impact of his communications and emotional intelligence.
  • Helped the only female member of a major banking institution’s C-suite establish her leadership voice to build credibility with all stakeholders.