Contact

edithchears@brandeis.edu

Research Areas

Advancing Women; Improving Human Performance

Education

Ph.D. Candidate, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

M.A., Northeastern Illinois University 

B.A., Northeastern Illinois University 

Edith Coleman Chears

Edith Coleman Chears

Edith Coleman Chears

With a keen focus on ‘improving human performance’ (HPI), Edie is an accomplished transactional and transformational leader, manager and organizational role model with many years of leadership experience.   As the President of her 17-year-old training consultancy, Edie has diverse areas of expertise. She is a facilitator, trainer, and teacher with excellent skills in transferring knowledge and engaging diverse audiences.  She is an instructional designer who understands how a well-crafted and designed program can enhance skills and change behaviors.  With 22+ years of training experience, Edie has cultivated expertise in many industries especially the financial arena, having spent 14 yrs. with Bank of America supporting complex commercial lending and International banking customers.  In the ensuing years, Edie has been a sought after independent contractor, educator,  professional training consultant, and project manager for a myriad of financial institutions (Bank of New York-Melon, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management,  Wachovia, Bank of the West, Royal Bank of Canada, Citizens Bank, PNC), and many other fortune 500 orgs.    In 2012, MOMI expanded to include a pool of professional trainers (approx. 400 trainers coast-to-coast) to support organizations during mergers/acquisitions, facilitate proprietary systems rollouts, provide new hire training, and as agents of change management.

Edie has experience training nationally and internationally. While living life, working and spending time with her three children, she earned a BA and an MA Degree in Human Resource Development (HRD) and will complete a Ph.D. (Organizational Leadership) in 2016. Ms. Chears is articulate, humorous, and has an impressive facilitation style (which she applies to every project).  As an Adjunct Professor for over 11 years, she has taught at Northeastern Illinois University, National Louis University and for the City Colleges of Chicago. Edie admits to occasionally tripping over the “thin lines of demarcation between teaching and training”, and she thrives on mixing those principles for the benefit of employees, cohorts, participants, and students. 

In 2015, Edie was acknowledged as a “Top Female”” by The International Women’s Leadership Association (IWLA); and was named “Woman of the Year” by The Nat’l Assoc. of Professional Women (NAPW). She is a member of the curriculum design team for the Workplace Learning and Performance Institute (WLPI) – from the Association of Talent Developers (ATDs), Chicago Chapter. Edie is included in Cambridge’s Who’s Who (banking) and was recently inducted into her high school “Hall of Fame.”   A well-known secret in the Midwest is that Edie is an accomplished vocalist and loves to sing jazz.   Overall, there is a passion for the work of leading, teaching and training for which she is highly skilled – the combination is a successful formula for any corporate, academic, or nonprofit institution!   Most importantly, Edie’s desire to aid others in reaching their highest potential fuels her volunteerism, her leadership, and the coaching/mentoring of many groups of women (and men). This desire inspired the name of her company – MOMI (pronounced Mommy) and her motto:  Let MOMI Fix It!

Current Projects

I am working toward completion of my dissertation which I hope to defend at the end of 2016. 

Representative Publications

Forthcoming.