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Marilee G. Adams, Ph.D., founder and president of the Inquiry Institute, is an organizational consultant, trainer, author, executive coach, and professional speaker. Marilee is also the originator of the QuestionThinking™ System. She first presented the foundation for this work in The Art of the Question: A Guide to Short-Term Question-Centered Therapy, a textbook in psychology that was the culmination of her long career as a psychotherapist. This cognitive-behavioral text was called “a seminal and breakthrough contribution of the decade in the field of psychotherapy.”

In addition to The Art of the Question (John Wiley & Sons, 1997), Marilee wrote Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 7 Powerful Tools for Life and Work (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2004). She authored a chapter in Positively M.A.D.: Making a Difference in our Organizations, Communities, and the World (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). She also co-authored, with Dr. Marge Schiller and  Dr. David Cooperrider, a chapter for the first book in the series, Advances in Appreciative Inquiry—Constructive Discourse and Human Organization (Elsevier Publishers, 2004). Her published articles include “Expert Coaching with Expert Questions” and “The Spirit and Discipline of Organizational Inquiry.”

Marilee has been featured in national print, television, and radio media. She and her husband, artist Ed Adams (www.AdamsArt.com) live in the arts community and river town of Lambertville, New Jersey.

Some of her clients are:

Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co., Inc.
Aetna-US Healthcare

Seiman’s Building Technologies

NASA Goddard
Federal Executive Institute
Girl Scouts of America
National Defense University  
National Institutes of Health
Appreciative Inquiry Int'l Conference
American Society of Training and Development (ASTD)
Columbia University Teachers College Workforce Institute
Global Forum for Action Learning (Shanghai and Montreal)
International Coach Federation (ICF)
Organizational Development Network (ODN)
Society for Human Resource Managers (SHRM)




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