Eric Fridman is the founder of Fridman Associates, an executive coaching firm serving senior-level executives and board members.

Prior to starting his own firm, Eric spent over 25 years working in strategic planning, marketing, and organizational development roles for high-technology companies, including Fortune 500 corporations and start-ups. After a career shift from the private-sector to higher education, he spent 15 years in several senior communications roles at Northwestern University before launching his own independent practice.

Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Denison University, a master’s degree in humanities from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management. He earned his leadership coaching certification from Northwestern's Master's of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) program, where he deepened his study of how individuals and organizations learn, grow, and develop expertise. He has taught graduate and undergraduate-level courses in leadership development, organizational change, and effective team building at both DePaul University and Northwestern University. Currently Eric teaches two graduate-level courses in Northwestern's MSLOC program, which is housed in the University's School of Education and Social Policy. He also coaches high-impact executive teams in Kellogg's Executive MBA Program.

Eric is especially interested in how mindfulness and other contemplative practices facilitate learning, growth, and leadership development, and he currently serves as a member of the education and certification advisory board of the Institute of Organizational Mindfulness. Eric volunteers with the One Million Degrees program, where he coaches and supports community college students receiving One Million Degrees scholarships. He also serve as board president of the Chasing Hope Foundation, which works to provide supportive housing for children who are suffering from mental illness and are enrolled in local therapeutic day schools. You can learn more about Eric’s coaching practice at and get a more detailed summary of his professional background and experience on his LinkedIn profile page.

If you are interested in working with Eric, email him to schedule an appointment at Please attach a recent copy of your resume as well as a brief statement of what you hope to accomplish by working with a career coach.



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