M Brooke Moran Author of Evaluating Organization Development

M Brooke Moran

Consultant & Professor
Zen for Business & Western Colorado University

Dr. Moran’s passion is elevating the effectiveness of purpose-driven individuals, teams, and organizations. She is the Human Potential Catalyzer at Zen for Business, a Certified B Corp, and an Outdoor Industry MBA Professor at Western Colorado University. She facilitates culture and leadership development with a wide range of people and organizations and is the author of Organizational Heartbeats: Engaging Employees in Sustainability by Leveraging Purpose and Curating Culture.


Brooke has been helping people strengthen their leadership skills, including identifying their purposes and passions, for over 20 years via such means as coaching, presentations and workshops, experiential methodologies, as well as reflective and goal setting activities. She has done this on six continents in a range of environments, from conference calls to remote mountain glaciers, and from five-star resorts to Ivy League executive education classrooms. In whatever the environment, Brooke’s emotional intelligence allows her to earn the trust of diverse people; over the course of her career, this has included minimum-security prisoners in Australia and C-suite executives in numerous corporations. That said, Brooke’s primary clients are leaders in middle-to-upper management. She has worked with executives from such companies as PwC, Microsoft, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Schneider Electric, Hasbro, John Deere, UPS, the United States Navy, Ericsson, and Fidelity. She regularly serves as  adjunct faculty at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business and the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. As assessed by Personnel Decisions International, a firm with nearly 40 years of personnel and leader assessment expertise, Brooke ranked in the top 10%  of leaders evaluated.

Brooke’s skillset also includes employee engagement in organizational sustainability, non-profit board building, strategic planning, workshop design and facilitation, research, and writing thought leadership. She has worked for the National Outdoor Leadership School, Outward Bound, a variety of universities, Action Learning Associates and World Action Teams. Brooke has also earned money by cleaning hotel rooms and flipping burgers as a vegetarian in high school, waiting tables in college, and she has done countless hours of service work with a shovel and pick axe. She researches and writes in the areas of leadership, resilience, sustainability, employee engagement, purpose, pedagogy, and more.  She published her first book "Organizational Heartbeats" in 2020.

Brooke holds a B.A. in English and Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire, an Ed.M. and Ph.D. in Experiential Education from Harvard University and the University of New Hampshire, respectively. She earned a certificate from Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program in Innovating for Sustainability and a Sustainability Associate certification from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Employee Engagement
    Program Design

Personal Interests

    Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Skiing, Rafting, Hiking, and most other outdoor adventures
    International Travel



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