Nicole Harp, Ph.D.

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Nicole Harp, Ph.D., RCC

Dr. Nicole Harp partners with executives and high performers to lead change initiatives through creative problem solving, strategic visioning, storytelling, and design thinking.


Now more than ever, in the current climate of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA), leaders must think and lead flexibly in order to innovate and thrive. Moreover, as work environments shift to hybrid, and people continue to seek meaning and belonging at work, leaders are called to use new lenses, adopt new skills, and implement new processes.  Known as the Creativity Whisperer, Dr. Harp helps leaders develop the mindset and habits essential to lead and sustain change.


She earned the doctor of philosophy in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia (UGA). Her scholarly work, largely inspired by Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, focused on the ways young people make meaning through dialogue. She found that adults silenced and excluded voices when they failed to practice active listening, welcome diverse perspectives, or ask authentic questions. As a strategist and brain-based coach, Dr. Harp helps leaders examine their own habits to create more space for genuine dialogue and the inclusive conversations required in modern workplaces. She is also a trained journalist and a traditionally published children’s author. She encourages leaders to use writing and journaling as critical tools for reflection. Doing so allows you to “see” your thoughts in order to examine and change them.


Dr. Harp aims to help busy professionals lead happier, more authentic lives. In particular, she partners with executives and high potential leaders to explore and master issues of Mindset and Habits, Attentional Control/Mindfulness, Productivity/Performance, Goal Setting and Visioning, Creativity/Creative Problem Solving, Authentic Dialogue, and Inquiry-based Leadership and Work/Life Balance.

Education Dr. Harp earned the Ph.D. in Learning, Design and Technology from the University of Georgia. She also earned an M.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University and a B.S. in Journalism from Florida A&M University. Additionally, she holds advanced certification in interdisciplinary qualitative research.
Certifications Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation (FIRO-B)
Hogan Assessments
NeuroLeadership – Results Certified Coach
Trispective – 4 Team Zones Assessment
Creative Education Foundation – Creative Problem Solving
Selected Publications
  • Collier, N. D. (2013). Head start. In J. Ainsworth & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Sociology of education. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Fecho, B., Collier, N. D., Friese, E., E. G. & Wilson, A. A. (2010). Critical conversations: Tensions and opportunities of the dialogical classroom. English Education, 42(4), 427-447.
  • Collier, N. D. (2010). Two for one: Authenticity and standards through inquiry circles. Journal of Language and Literacy Education [Online], 6(1), 114-118.
  • Collier, N. D. (2010). Stories of stance: Exploring dialogue in elementary literacy classrooms (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Georgia, Athens.
  • Hill, J. R., Domizi, D. P., & Collier, N. D. (2009). Design and teaching: A bibliographic essay. Distances et Savoirs, 7(4), 601-613.
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