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Coach and consultant to executives, family businesses, family offices, and professional advisors.

38 years’ experience providing insight, support, and facilitation. Skilled in understanding individual, group, team, organizational, and family dynamics.


Helps clients systematically and objectively solve complex problems, make consequential decisions, and achieve desired outcomes.

Working together, clients find it easier to:

  • Develop business, organizational, and family leadership capacity

  • Facilitate planning, problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution

  • Navigate natural transitions in leadership, ownership, and wealth

  • Create structures and processes to guide individual, business, and family growth

Prior to coaching and consulting, served as an internal organization development consultant at AT&T, an executive search consultant, and VP of a successfully tech startup. Experienced as an angel investor, board chair, and advisory board member.


Raised in Levittown and Garden City, NY. While growing up, worked in the family business. Lives in Boston area with wife, Julia Edelman. They have two adult sons.


Active alumnus of MIT, Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and Harvard Kennedy School.


  • BS, Physics, MIT (Social Science concentration in Cognitive Psychology)

  • PhD, Personality and Developmental Psychology, Harvard University

  • Executive Education, Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance, Harvard Kennedy School

  • Board Certified Coach, Center for Credentialing & Education (specialty designations in executive, leadership, career, and business coaching)

  • Certified Master Facilitator, Board Advisor, and Family Legacy Coach, Center for Executive Coaching

  • Qualified Family Office Professional, Investment Certification Institute

  • Certified Talent Optimization Consultant, The Predictive Index

  • Member, Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychologists

  • Member, Exit Planning Exchange

  • Member, Purposeful Planning Institute

  • Member, Family Firm Institute



  • Teaching and Research Fellow, Harvard University, Department of Psychology and Social Relations

  • Internal Organizational Development Consultant, AT&T

  • VP, Talent and Organization Development, MicroE Systems (VC-backed startup)

  • Executive Search Consultant, Edelman & Associates

  • Executive Coach and Family Business Consultant, Edelman and Associates

  • Angel Investor, Hub Angels Investment Group

  • Advisory Board Member, Wildlife Acoustics

  • Board Member, MIT Alumni Association

  • Board Member, National Center for Employee Ownership

  • Founding Member, Private Directors Association, Boston/New England Chapter


For over three decades, Paul Edelman has been helping senior executives and family businesses set goals, solve problems, and get things done.





“I would highly recommend Paul to other executives seeking an advisor with the intellectual horsepower, experience, and skill to assist in tackling difficult decisions, situations, or challenges.”



“The process generated lots of energy, enthusiasm, and creativity. Participants left feeling excited about implementing the ideas they developed.”




"When launching a new product for my family’s business, Paul helped me align all the stakeholders and execute the plan successfully."




As a family business person, you wear multiple hats. Your business roles can include owner, executive, employee, or board member. Your family roles can include parent, child, sibling, relative, or in-law. Consequently, the dynamics are complex and ambiguous. It is hard to differentiate the roles you play at any given time and to integrate them in a satisfying and effective way.

Paul developed the CPRI (Context, Process, Results, Implications) model to deal with exactly this sort of challenge. He uses the model in working with families, their businesses, and their advisors.

Your advisors may include bankers, lawyers, accountants, investment advisors, management consultants, executive coaches, psychologists, and family therapists. They offer a range of services intended to address a variety of different needs. This can create difficulties in coordination, communication, and integration.

Paul can work with you to help you assess your needs. Then he can provide services within his areas of expertise while helping you to coordinate with your other service providers. The aim is to provide you with a comprehensive, integrated approach to meeting your needs. This saves time and money and benefits everyone involved.


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