Iris Lee Bagwell, M.Ed., is an executive coach and organizational consultant in Winthrop, Massachusetts. She is the Founder and Principal at Optio Associates LLC, a consulting firm offering coaching and leadership development to a wide variety of clients in corporate, nonprofit and political settings. Iris has over forty years of experience working with individuals, pairs, teams and organizations with a focus on building relationships that work. She has had the opportunity to work with outstanding thought leaders like Chris Argyris, David Kantor and the partners at Action Design. She is a frequent trainer in the field of organizational learning, including serving as Senior Faculty at the Action Design Institutes.
Through Optio Associates, Iris offers coaching (individual, relationship and team), training and facilitation. Her work draws deeply on nearly two decades focused on developing leaders in business settings enhanced by her past experience as a psychotherapist. Her corporate clients can be found in high tech, professional services, finance, academic, healthcare and pharmaceutical areas. Her nonprofit clients include pioneers in education reform, progressive political campaigns, and other organizations with an emphasis on entrepreneurial leadership.
Starting in 2004, Iris became increasingly involved in the political process. In 2008, she began to design an offering now called Campaign Leadership Coaching. This innovative offering pairs Iris’s experience as a leadership development coach with her campaign experience to create a vibrant, powerful, customized program that can reduce staff turnover, accelerate leadership development, enhance the pace and quality of collaboration and decision-making, and enable leaders to spend less time while being far more effective dealing with difficult interpersonal issues.
Iris holds a Bachelors Degree cum laude from Tufts University and a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University in addition to extensive post-graduate training.