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Barbara Nobles Crawford

Professor of the Practice of Organizational Behavior


CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490

Barbara Nobles Crawford is professor of the practice of organizational behavior and director of executive and leadership coaching for working professionals in the MBA programs at UNC Kenan-Flagler.

Dr. Nobles Crawford is an award-winning relationship, results-driven executive who has extensive corporate, entrepreneurial, higher education, healthcare, retail, high technology, government and leadership experience as a consultant and business leader in multinational corporations throughout the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

She is a highly respected executive coach, organization and leadership development consultant with an exemplary reputation as a business executive in achieving revenue and profit goals. Her strategic and operational experience spans decades across multiple industries and transformational initiatives.

Prior to joining UNC Kenan-Flagler, Dr. Nobles Crawford was an executive coach and senior organization development consultant in her most recent role at Harvard University, and was an associate adjunct professor in several university MBA/MPA programs. She previously served in Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s administration as assistant secretary of human resources, where she led and managed six agency human resource directors and the executive office HR staff.

As CEO of Nobles Crawford & Partners for almost a decade, she consulted with international and domestic Fortune 50 corporations, state and federal governments, entrepreneurs and professional associations on multifaceted initiatives including business operations management, organization development and restructuring, strategic planning, executive development and coaching, employee engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion, change and talent management.

Dr. Nobles Crawford is a conference keynote speaker, panelist and moderator, and has extensive university, domestic and international board member experience.

She completed executive certification programs at Harvard University, University of California-Berkley and Duke University. She earned her PhD from Brandeis University, her MEd from the University of Virginia and her BA from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.


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