About Leading Minds Executive Coaching

Dr. David Brendel's Associates

Meet the providers in the Leading Minds Executive Coaching practice. In addition to Dr. David Brendel, there are three other coaching professionals who work with clients directly and behind the scenes to deliver outstanding coaching services: Emmie Stamell, Allison Abrams,  Stefan Kalt, and Ryan Stelzer.

Harvard-trained MD/PhD Psychiatrist
Certified Executive Coach
Master Certified Coach Trainer
Experienced Hospital Executive
MIT Press Author of Healing Psychiatry
Harvard Business Review Blogger

A Track Record of Excellence at the Highest Levels. Dr. Brendel’s educational background and career achievements reflect his deep commitment to understanding human experience and to helping others face human challenges so that they can thrive in all aspects of their lives.

Building on his medical training and doctoral work in philosophy, Dr. Brendel became a leading psychiatrist and hospital executive. Dr. Brendel is also an author with articles in publications such as Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and Huffington Post.  

With Leading Minds, he applies his background and expertise to his work as a certified executive coach, corporate team coach, management consultant, crisis management specialist, and philosophical counselor. His passion in all these endeavors is to help others deepen their capacity for self-reflection and thereby enhance their capacity to succeed at the highest level in their work and personal lives. Download Dr. Brendel’s CV

Building better workplaces: Think Talk Create

David Brendel, MD, PhD

Co-Author of “Think Talk Create: Building Workplaces Fit For Humans,” as well as several important Executive and Career coaching models, Dr. Brendel’s ground-breaking work on the Human Quotient has been featured in the Huffington Post. Dr. Brendel has also developed several other models including the PITTA Model for Executive Coaching, the SANE model for Philosophy and Coaching, and the 4-M Wellness and Stress Management Model.

Media Appearances

• CNBC | Business Network featured a debate on my paper, Patient-Targeted Googling from the Harvard Review of Psychiatry • VoiceAmerica | One Hour at a Time

Radio Show Host

Leading Minds with Dr. David Brendel aired on the VoiceAmerica Empowerment channel.

Interviews / Quoted In


I have done a great deal of public speaking on all my professional interests.

Some of my recent speeches have focused on my overall approach to executive coaching, the relationship between coaching and psychiatry, the relevance of philosophical counseling to coaching, the ethics of coaching, and the role of the Internet and social media in coaching practice.

Please call me at (617) 932-1548 or email me at Media@DrDavidBrendel.com if you would like to book a media appearance, a speech, or a talk for members of your executive team or other colleagues.


Pictures for Media Use

Dr. David Brendel, Stefan Kalt, and Emmie Stammel

Overview of Dr. Brendel’s Experience and Credentials


  • B.A. summa cum laude, Yale University
  • M.D., Harvard Medical School
  • Ph.D. in philosophy, University of Chicago