Brian Emerson, PhD

Brian is the Founder and Principal of Riverstone, where he integrates knowledge of both business and human-development to design and deliver innovative interventions for the clients with which he partners.

After completing his graduate work in Organizational Communication, Brian worked for the Olympics and then moved to Namibia to help convert local school systems from Afrikaans to English.  It was there that he became interested in the impact of change on groups and how to effectively get organizations and teams “from Point A to Point B.”   

Brian has partnered with clients of various sizes across diverse industries including: healthcare, biotech, airline, financial services, legal, broadcasting, management consulting, and nonprofits.  In addition to consulting and coaching, he teaches about leveraging paradoxical tensions in leadership and organizations as part of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, and as co-director of Georgetown University’s Certificate of Polarities and Paradox in the Institute for Transformational Leadership.

Brian is the author of A Manger’s Guide to Coaching: Simple and Effective Ways to Get the Best Out of Your Employees and the first book of the Polarity Thinking: And series, for which he serves as lead of the editorial team.

Brian enjoys being on the water and is trying his best to keep bees on the historic farm he and his partner are restoring outside of Washington, D.C.