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Dr. Judith Holder is the executive director of Uniquely U Pathways: Inspiring You to Be Your Best, an executive, leadership and life coaching and consulting service for physicians, healthcare professionals and corporate executives. She is versed in change management, leadership development, communication dynamics, and in the competing stressors confronting corporate and medical cultures and workforces. Judith’s passion is to empower leaders, teams and organizations to maximize their potential. She uses her clinical and coaching skills to collaborate with leaders and managers in the people skills needed to lead effectively, and the psychosocial factors impacting employee sub-optimal performance and well-being.

Client and Business Focus:

Judith collaborates with leaders in areas such as self-awareness, emotional intelligence competencies, effective communication, onboarding processes, team dynamics, diversity, corporate culture, personal impact and stress resilience/management, work-life balance and self-care, interpersonal effectiveness, public image, critical incident debriefings, life transitions, and pre-retirement/retirement pliability are some of her niche areas. Dr. Holder truly believes that if newly- and seasoned- leaders are aware of their impact on others, and strive to improve their interpersonal and execution skills, the result are positive gains for the organization and the people they lead. In addition, Dr. Holder works with leaders who are in transition, such as succession planning, pre-retirement contemplation, anticipated or unexpected career and lifestyle changes. Surveying the “transition” terrain and starting-off in the right direction, and then, maintaining a steady pace in a new-life-course or post-career journey is critical to engagement and enjoyment, especially in the third half of the professional’s life.
Judith works with your uniqueness and key success factors to support you in achieving your goals. She is perceptive to her clients’ needs and collaborative in working with them. Dr. Holder enjoys humor and exhibits a holistic, straightforward approach in her coaching and consulting engagements.

Background and Experience:

Dr. Holder is the founder and executive director of Uniquely U Pathways: Coaching and Consulting Services, PLLC in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Additionally, she is the director and senior psychologist at the Duke Professional and Personal Development Program (Duke PPDP) and Duke Employee Assistance Program (Duke EAP) in Durham, NC. Dr. Holder’s rich background as a consultant, trainer, executive, leadership and personal development coach, as well as retreat/meeting facilitator, administrator and psychologist, has positioned her well to empower individuals, teams and organizations in North Carolina and across the country.

Judith is an Assistant Professor with joint faculty appointments in the departments of Psychiatry/Behavioral Sciences and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center since 1995. She provides interactive lectures and workshops on leadership enrichment topics; personal risk and resilience; conflict resolution, energy/time management; effective communication; team/ interdisciplinary team dynamics; career planning and professional transitions for the Duke School of Medicine Master’s degree program in Clinical Leadership and in the Duke Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program. She is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Public Health Nursing Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Education and Credentials:

Dr. Holder received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in stress management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master’s degree in Systems Dynamics (Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Development-Prevention) from the University of Maryland-College Park. As a former American Psychological Association and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health fellow, Judith is one of the few psychologists’ clinically trained as an Occupational Health Psychologist in the United States.

Judith has specialized training in personal, professional, executive, leadership, healthcare and business coaching from UNC Charlotte Business Coaching Program ™, MentorCoach™, CoachU™, Masterful CoachingTM, and the Physician Leadership Institute™ Advanced Certificate Program.

Additional Credentials and Assessments –

  • Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
  • Personal Strength Deployment Inventory (SDI) Qualification FacilitatorTM
  • Certified Assessor, Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Assessment SuitesTM
  • Certified Practitioner in 360 Tilt Leadership PredicatorTM
  • Certified Trainer of Mediation & Managing Workplace ConflictsTM
  • Certified Trainer in PeopleMapTM
  • Three-decades of experience working in the human service, healthcare and corporate industries.

UniquelyUPathways Coaching and Consulting Services
Research Triangle Park, NC
• Phone: 919.621.7388
(9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time)

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